NEW Titanium Friction Folder Knife

​I'll confess now...

This is a long-ish post. Not only that, but it's 100% about a new friction folder knife we're working on.

I'm going to take you from the initial concept ...all the way through to the first crude (and admittedly barely functional) prototype.

The Concept

​First, a challenge for you:

​Go and search google and see what you can find in the way of modern-looking friction folder knives.

You may be lucky and find something. Or, quite possibly, you'll find exactly what I found ...which is to say ...NOTHING.

I looked on Instagram, YouTube, Google, ...everything. I found plenty of friction folder knives but they all seemed to be either a "classic" look or an "​traditional" look. ​That kind of look just isn't my thing.

Time to roll up my sleeves (or, more accurately, power-up the milling machine!)

So, as with almost everything I make, I'm doing it because I can't find the thing I want. No big deal - it's what I do.

The concept for this knife, if you've not picked up on it already, is a:

-- Friction folder
-- Modern/non-traditional looking
-- Fully cnc-machined

It's a fairly simple criteria. So let's get started...

The Design

​We actually started with the blade first.

We did this because we initially were designing a different knife ...but the scales (that's the handle part of the knife if you're unfamiliar with the terminology) ​were something we were having a problem with. it was a combination of a design problem as well as how it looked. We decided to give up on that particular knife.

But here's the thing...

The blade was really a ​great ​design (practical and a nice shape to look at as well) - it had a fairly aggressive look to it ...which is was we were after for this friction folder.

​Here's the blade blank (Nitro-V steel) fresh off the water-jet cutter:

​And, after a bunch of machining - it's looking something like this:

​The blades you see above were us proving-out the concept of the machined bevels to see how they would look and function.

​Next we tackled the scales:

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​Blade Re-design

Before the blade and scales were put together it was obvious the bladed needed a slight tweak.

​This was because the plunge-line was a little too vertical (and didn't look nice with the rest of the knife). We re-designed the plunge-line and it really transformed the look.

Here's the before:

​...and here is the after:

(note: ignore the pivot hole and stop-pin slider differences ...they are not finalized. And also ignore the quality of the finish on the blade - it was an experiment)

​The (​early) Prototype

​We still have a bunch of tweaks to go - but, overall, the knife is done.

It feels excellent in the hand and is a fairly compact size (which was one criteria I wanted to hit). I think we've managed to make a fairly non-traditional looking friction folder knife.

Here are a few shots:

​I posted a few of these photos on Instagram a few hours ago ...and some of the responses were that it would be better if it was a locking knife (as opposed to it being a friction folder).

​So either a liner-lock or a frame-lock knife. Do you share this view?

If there is not much interest in the knife as a friction folder, then perhaps there is more interest if it was a frame-lock.

Would appreciate any feedback or such you might have...

  • Lucas says:

    Looks fantastic, I’m just not a fan of the friction folders. I would be interested if it was a flipper with a liner or frame lock. I would also want it to have a pocket clip. Just my 2c.

  • F-J says:

    Hello Magnus .. So I would also prefer a lienerlock and clip would not be bad, but to lose weight so can. everyone chooses how he wants ,,,

  • Vance Newton says:

    Frame lock please!

  • Robin says:

    Hi Magnus!
    Definitely framelock. And clip. May an cool twist of the clip delock the blade…

    Regards Robin

  • Russell P. Reece says:

    Magnus,

    Fantastic looking design! I would incorporate a pocket clip, and definitely a liner lock.

  • Gary Ricard says:

    There’s a lot of personal opinion in whether friction, or a liner or frame lock is better. Personally I’d prefer a locking version. The machined blade is very nice. Unique.

  • Donald W Perreault Jr says:

    I love the looks of this knife, sleak and smooth with no extra holes for pocket clip, ruining the looks. The wharncliffe style blade is one of my favorites. The only friction folder I have used is the smaller version you made. I do not see a blade length mentioned, I would like to see a blade between 3 to 3.5 inches. I think you would do well with this friction folder.

  • Deuce says:

    I like the look, but prefer locking knives. I’d be interested in this as either a frame or liner lock.

  • Brian says:

    Looks lovely; while I prefer locking knives, there are issues of legality in the UK: basically, you cannot legally carry a lock knife of any size, while you can carry a small utility knife with a friction blade.

  • KMP says:

    The idea was to make a unique looking friction folder. If you change the mechanism to liner lock, frame lock, end lock or whatever, how will it’s visual impact be positioned among knives with other locking methods?

    • Magnus says:

      Yeah, it’s hard to know – there would definitely be some design changes. The blade would likely be the same …but there would then be a flipper-tab. Also the lower part of the scales would have to change a bit to incorporate a lockbar.

  • Fernando says:

    Love your designs Magnus, the concept is looking great! I prefer locking blades as well though it would be a shame to change such a sleek profile. And are you designing the keychain hole to be fitted with your pocket clip?

  • Vance Newton says:

    On second thought after reading the comments. I’m ok with no locking mechanism so that this knife is available for purchase legally for those in the UK.

  • Ron says:

    The only way I can really decide if I like this friction folder design is to see how well gripping the handle acts as a lock to keep the blade from closing on my hand. So buying one was taking a chance. I’ll weigh in again when I get it.
    A friction lock is uncommon in the world of modern, high tech folding knives. Frame locks and liner locks are a dime a dozen. Also, from what I can see, this design should last much longer without adjustment.
    I love that you chose Nitro-v steel. With proper heat treat, it should be nearly as tough as many rust prone tool steels. And its extreme corrosion resistance makes it a perfect match with titanium.

  • Richard Switzer says:

    Wow I’m loving this. Watching with interest….

  • Tony says:

    Liner lock, please. Frame locks can be very troublesome if one’s grip puts too much pressure on the lock bar, but changing one’s grip is not easy.

    The design difference between a frame lock which is highly sensitive to pressure on the lock bar and one which is not sensitive is very subtle. Even big-name manufacturers get it wrong.

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