NEW Titanium Utility-Blade Knife
Quite an exciting couple of things to share with you today... (well, I'm excited about them at least :-P)
I have a new titanium prototype I've been working on. I'm fairly pleased with how it's coming together and thought I'd ask for your thoughts on it before I start going for production (just in case it's super un-popular)...
Titanium Utility-Blade Knife (Prototype)
I'm going to be flat-out honest with you here...
The design I'm about to reveal to you is something I am fairly confident is going to be popular.
I'm damn excited about this design. It's super-functional ...minimalist ...fully-titanium ...and will be made entirely in-house by me. 🙂
However, here's the truth:
I want to make sure I'm not mis-guided or over-confident because, let's be honest here, this could be a poor product and I'm not seeing it objectively.
The design is 95% finished ...and I just have a handful of small tweaks to go to finalize it - so what you will see is a decent representation of what the finished product will be.
Oh, and one more thing...
Typically, when I design products, the longer it takes me the simpler and simpler the design gets.
So, ironically, the simpler and more "basic" the design looks - the longer I have spent on the design (this played out with all my designs almost without exception!).
The design is simple - but it has taken me a long time and a ton of frustration to get there (yeah, I know, it probably doesn't look like it when you see the end result).
Here is a short video with a little explanation and showing the function of it:
(NOTE: This is a prototype and not the final product ...there are more design tweaks to go!)
And here are some photos to give you a better idea of it:
IMPORTANT: The final button design will likely be fairly different to this. The button below is a little "busy" (the final design will be cleaner looking).
Here are a few "features":
- Fully Grade 5 Titanium
- Simple two-part design (Frame + Slider)
- Blade can be replaced without tools
- Loop at rear for attaching to keychain
- "Clicks" into position when closed (and does the same for the open position)
- Accepts standard "Stanley" utility blade
- Blade extends out around 21mm (or 0.83") - more than most similar tools
- One-handed operation
- Length: 70mm (2.75")
- Width: 25mm (1.00")
- Thickness: 5mm (0.20")
Curious as to your thoughts on this? Please do comment below - thank you!
Custom Knife-Grinding "Jig"
Over the last few months I've been sharing the progress on the Flixx™ - Friction Folder knife.
We have had various production issues - but the issue that's caused us the most grief is the blades.
The blades are CNC machined and, if you take a look back at the last handful of blog posts, you'll see we've tried different approaches machining the blades.
Long story short:
After one or two more "failures" we've finally figured out a method that now works.
The downside is that the blades are not now 100% cnc-machined only. There is now an element of hand-madeness (is that a word?) to the blades.
We now give the blades a light skim on a knife-grinding machine to "clean up" the main bevels on the blade before tumbling/heat-treating.
It's working very well and we're starting to ship blades again (after endless problems for the last couple of months).
Now, here's a little secret about me...
While I really enjoy coming up with new designs for products that will end up in hundreds (and sometimes thousands) of peoples hands ...I also enjoy designing and making things that only serve the purpose of improving our own in-house production.
This last weekend I spent two days designing and making a custom "jig" for the sanding of the bevels on the Flixx knife.
It's totally over-built - but I needed to guarantee the rigidity of it:
I had to wait until Monday to see if it was going to work. The reason for that is I have never ground a knife blade before - but Nathan has done quite a bit of it ...and so he was tasked with the testing of it.
Turns out it's working even better than we hoped - woohoo!
So, yeah, like I said ...this new jig is finally letting us finish the blades and ship them (the project is already late).
And that's all I have for you today. 🙂