I want to make knives. Not hand make as a hobby, but as a manufacturer.
I am severely disappointed with my choices in knives right now.
Spyderco, Benchmade, Schrade, even Buck are in a race to the bottom to bring me crap steel made in China.
If I want made in the USA, I’m generally going to be paying a lot more than I want to. Only Kershaw right now is delivering made in the USA at a reasonable price.
What I REALLY want is “the one knife to rule them all.”
I, like many people, carry a Swiss Army Knife for the tools and a bigger, better lockback for the knife.
Because the choice is “good tools, crap knife, or good knife and no tools.”
Even the big SAKs are Krupp 4110 steel, which is the European version of 420HC, which is some bullshit steel. Leatherman uses 420HC bullshit in their knives. On their high dollar tools they use 154CM, but the blades are rinky-dinky.
What I want is a knife, Spydero Endura size, a solid 3.75 inch drop point blade, made out of a premium steel – I’m a big fan of CTS XHP – with the basic tools I use daily, e.g. bottle opener/pry bar (yes, you can pry with that, it’s not a blade), can opener, screw driver, awl (actually pretty useful for opening heat sealed clamshell packaging).
Since, apparently, the entire knife making world is suffering from a case of “me too” and just making crap Chinese variants of the same shit over and over again, I’m going to just have to start rolling my own.