What is this project?
Our project is a high performance folding knife that utilizes the Xross Bar patented locking system designed to give a folding knife the feel and safety of a fixed bladed knife. We are striving to make the worlds strongest and safest locking folding knife.
How will the funds bring it to life?
Previously each knife was crafted by hand but it was necessarily high priced as a result. We want more people to enjoy this great knife at a much reduced price and is good reason to manufacture it by a reputable company. Our goal is quality at an affordable price.
Our latest design - The Brutus, in the Workman family is the epitome of all of those details in an Every Day Carry hard working platform. However hand made knives are expensive, very expensive to those who don't follow the collectors crowd.
So, here is the pitch - we want to bring this knife to the masses in a high quality production version. Dan has been in manufacturing, ironically, in Quality Engineering, for 30 years making everything from lasers to medical devices. I know what needs to go into a high quality, high performance knife. Together, working with a top quality contract manufacturer, we can bring a custom quality product at a reasonable price.
Our Knife, Custom to Production
We don't all have the time or skill to make our own knives. We also don't all have the desire to carry a knife costing hundreds of dollars made by hand from a quality maker. Still, the desire to have a blade that will hold an edge, lock up tight, and cut well is one many of us know well and hold dear.
I've been making knives Since 1976 to meet that desire for a great working blade. Through lots of experimentation, research and time on the hammer, grinder and oven working steel I have learned to make high performing blades. The knives that I have made, by hand, with many man hours of labor, for the past 40 plus years are made from good edge holding steel that I have learned to properly heat treat. I also pay close attention to design and to detail and strive to make a knife that looks as good as it performs.
When I started making folders, the conventional lock back was arguably the most robust design on the market, proven with over a hundred years of folders out there ... but it was still prone to failure with hard use. Particularly under torque or impact loads. Same with frame locks, liner locks, and all of the others.
We need the lock on a folding knife to hold up - we really don't want it to fail. If we've got the edge buried in thick branch we are trying to split, or need to back it out of something we are cutting and the blade has gotten stuck - having that fold back unexpectedly is one of those terrible things to remember.
Which came to a meeting of the minds. Dan Perreault is an engineer who has been looking for solutions to the lock problem for over 30 years. He got his first patent at 19 on a knife lock trying to solve the problem. Tremendously strong, but not very manufacturable and bulky. More time on the bench, more experience working out in the world seeing how things were made, and still more time at the CAD station led to the creation of the Xross Bar Lock.
Combining my knife making experience with Dan's lock technology was an obvious solution. Working together, we worked out the details of implementing the Xross Bar Lock into a variety of designs, refining the details at every step. Both Dan and I have been carrying Xross Bar Lock folders for years now, testing them every day, in real world settings on all sorts of tasks.
So to sum it up; Dan and I have worked together to design, develop and patent a world class workman's knife. Although I have been making knives for many years, I can't produce but a few high quality and high dollar knives each year. This can only benefit a few collectors and leaves the majority of the working men without the utilization and benefit of our great folding knife.
Xross Bar lock Brutus Workman's series