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.
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...
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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The Flixx™ is our super-successful friction folder (and the first friction folder we made) - we continue to refine it. We're hoping to try and keep more in stock - but, with other products being developed and made, it's proving difficult.
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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...