Mike Hoefer, former EVP of Sales & Marketing at MIZU and EVP of Business Development at Nixon Watches was recently appointed as the CEO of The James Brand, a boutique knife and tool company based out of Portland, Oregon. Mike took some time to talk with us here at Knife Informer about the move and plans for the brand in the future.
While blade steel and handle materials are important aspects, the true heart of a pocket knife is the locking mechanism. There are a wide variety of locking mechanisms used by manufacturers, each with their own pros and cons. In this guide we take a closer look at the different lock types so you’ll know what to look for in your next purchase.
Several readers have asked us about Damasteel – what is it? how is it created? who’s using it? and how is it different from Damascus steel? If you’re wondering the same then stick around because we scored an interview with Per Jarbelius and the team at Damasteel – everything is revealed below. Okay let’s get start by […]
We interviewed Bob Shabala, President of Niagara Specialty Metals (NSM). New York based NSM has been hot rolling sheet for the knife industry now for decades. If your knife blade was made from a CPM alloy or 154-CM the chances are it was from steel rolled and distributed by the team at NSM. In this interview we learn more about the company, their facility and how the whole process works.
We jumped on the opportunity to interview knifemaker Matthew Lerch of Lerch Custom Knives based in Wisconsin, USA. Matthew has been designing and making knives for over 30 years now, focusing on custom knife creations as well as some interesting collaborations with big names like CRKT and ProTech. Read the full interview to learn more.
Bullet resistant vests are one of the best examples of research and development making a direct impact on human life. However, as useful as it is, it cannot protect you against everything. It is commonly known that stab proof vests are distinguishable from Kevlar vests, even if they still use Kevlar. It is not commonly known, however, that spike protection cannot be guaranteed with either a bullet proof or stab proof vest.
Interview time again folks and this time I caught up with Colter O’Dell who runs the O’Dell Studios Craft & Design website. I stumbled on this site recently and discovered some really great content associated with EDC gear, knives and tools with a unique perspective and focus on design. In reaching out to Colter he kindly agreed to do this interview and share his story with us.
You may be interested to learn where today’s popular folding knife brands are produced. Our handy infographic below shows the countries in which our favorite pocket knife brands produce their knives. It’s great to see the USA is still favored by many of the top brands, but knife production today is truly a global marketplace.
Knives are a common fixture in our everyday lives, be it in the kitchen, workplace or the great outdoors. What is fairly uncommon however, is someone who knows how to keep their knife sharp and how to discern what “sharp” really is. Hopefully this article will help to divulge a few secrets to the mystery that is making and keeping a knife sharp.
Readers of our Knife Steel Guide often ask me about Damascus Steel. This attractive yet mysterious steel has captured the imagination of many so I’ll do my best to explain what it is and how it’s made. The word “Damascus” goes back to medieval western cultures and refers to an earlier style of craftsmanship that first emerged in India around 300 B.C.
Here at BestPocketKnifeToday.com we’re always keen to share interesting knife related discoveries with our readers. One discovery I made recently was the stunning custom knife work of Garett Finney over at FinneyKnives.com. Eager to learn more I asked Garett for an interview and he graciously agreed to share his story with us.
In this article we’re going to be evaluating the different types of knife handle materials. Knife newbies often fall into the trap of assuming that the knife handle is simply an aesthetic choice. However, in reality the type of handle is extremely important to the overall performance and characteristics of the knife. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the most common grips you’ll typically find in knife handles today.