Of course, you need a blade or two to start with. The rest of this is how the blades are protected and held in place when you are using the knife.
The liner is normally made of 2 layers of steel. One on each side of the blade. Then we add the metal bolsters.
All of these pieces are held together with metal pins, through the bolster, the liner layers, and the blade.
How about a spring, so the blade is held closed, and held open? That is usually held in place between the 2 layers of liner, by a pin in the middle of the knife.
To top off the appearance, scales (handles) are added. They can be made out of bone, wood, steel, or synthetic material.
The final product then is personalized with your name. This is usually done by laser engraving on the blade or the handle, or the bolster.
Some modern knives get their advanced look by having the liner do the job of the scales. Some have only a liner on one side, to save weight, and create a daring look.
Locking mechanisms are of two types. The liner lock holds the blade open by a spring action of sliding into the tang of the blade. The tang is the “root” of the blade. The other type of locking mechanism is the “lockback”. This is done by the spring locking against the blade tang. A lockback mechanism is easier to use. Some knives don’t have a locking mechanism. The blade tang just has a flat spot that rests on the spring to stay open when in use.
This is how the standard Personalized Pocket Knives are made. Knife designers are always looking for more unique ideas to attract knife lovers.
The New Gerber Instant Knife 752 is designed to be light weight, but big and powerful. If you get your company logo on these engraved Gerber knives, you will be an Instant Success with your employees and customers. Gerber keeps up-to-date with the preferences of knife enthusiasts. This year, they want a tactical design, and the assisted-opening feature. Light-weight handles with cutouts are a big hit, also. The stainless steel blade is in the form of a modified tanto style and 3 1/4″ long. The knife is 4 1/2″ closed, which is a large pocket knife. To keep the weight low, Gerber makes the handle out of a composite material. Can you open this knife with one hand? You bet.
Pocket knives are very popular as gift items to employees and customers. How are personalized knives made? Rather, how is your logo put on a pocket knife blade or handle? It depends on the material of the handle and it depends on the blade. Here are the answers…
Laser engraving is very popular for stainless steel blades and handles. Also wood handles are able to be laser engraved. Smooth leather sheaths and smooth bone and synthetics, except Zytel, are also able to be laser engraved. This is a permanent imprinting method. It is done by experts who laser engrave all day, every day.
Screen printing is popular with companies that have a color logo, and they want to stick with that color or colors on everything that they have imprinted. This in considered a semi-permanent process. It will scratch off if you put your knife in your pocket with your car keys. One or two colors are possible.
Full color imprinting is a new process developed about 2012. It is like your desktop printer, but better. It is not limited to cyan, magenta, yellow, and black. It can also print white. It prints directly on the handle, etc.
Electro Etching is an electro-chemical process in which the imprint areas are eaten away by acid and electricity. It is a semi-permanent method of imprinting.
However, it is the method of choice by some knife imprinters.
Computerized engraving scratches the imprint mechanically into the metal surface. It is considered permanent.
Color fill of a laser engraving. If you want to add some color to your imprint, one color can be applied to the recessed areas of the laser engraved logo.
Personalization means that each knife is marked with a different person’s name. This is a great gift idea for members of a group. The names are usually laser engraved. If someone misplaces their knife, it is easy to identify.
Serialization. If you want to keep track of each knife in your order, each knife can be marked with a serial number. It would be laser engraved.
There are thousands of styles of engravable knives, pocket knives, in the world. Each one has its own personality. Collectors are always looking for the newest, latest, most unique pocket knives at all the gun and knife shows across the USA. Factors they look for are the color, material of the blade, shape and material of the scales (handles), and the mechanics of opening and closing them.
The Kershaw Camo Scallion made the short list because of its printed camouflage design. It almost looks 3 dimensional, or glowing. The opening mechanism is Speedsafe assisted-opening system. It works very smoothly. Of course the blade is high quality 420hc stainless steel. Just so you don’t accidentally open the knife, it has a safety lock to keep it closed when not in use. Made in the USA.
Buck® has many styles of knives, and keeps up with the current tastes of its customers. The most popular style now is the tactical knives. The rich black color of the blade and handle make this a beauty. The openness of the handle makes the weight low. The tanto style blade shape and the serration are both good selling points. Great for an every day carry (EDC), but still a very beautiful pocket knife.
Boker is a fine American company that manufactures knives all over the world. The Boker Leopard Damascus II Knife wins this award on several points. The damascus blade, the blade shape, and the origin of the steel, are all winning points. The steel was forged out of the barrel of the German army tank Leopard I. This gives it the Rockwell hardness of 65-67. The handle has amazing features of its own. It is made of hardcoated 6061-T6 aluminum and it encloses Ziracote wood inserts. This heirloom comes with a certificate of authenticity.
Funny you should ask. How can you predict the future of anything? Here are some basic techniques that knife predictors might use:
To see what a knife will look like in 100 years from now, lets see what it looked like 100 years AGO.
Then look at the changes that were made, and when they were made. Did most of the changes occur in the last 10 years? If so, then you could expect more changes to come at a faster rate. If changes occurred every 10 years for the last 100 years, then you could expect the same steady rate of change in the next 100 trips around the sun.
See the health of the knife company, and how well they respond to the needs of its customers.
What will Buck Knives be like in 2116? To try and answer that, let’s follow the 3 steps shown above…
I can’t find a picture of the original Buck knife, made in 1902 by Hoyt Buck, the founder. If you can, please post it here.
Buck Knives have changed gradually over the last 100 years. At the halfway mark, the son of Hoyt, Al Buck, incorporated “Buck Knives“. In 1963-1964, Al designed and started to manufacture the famous 110 Buck Folding Hunter knife. At 4 7/8” closed, this knife has been the flagship of all pocket knives. It made the name “buck knife” a household name. When someone would say that name, they would mean a good pocket knife. Al’s son Chuck and his wife, Lori worked at the plant, too, since 1978. Then in 1999 CJ took over the company. His father, Chuck died in 2015. So CJ is the great grandson of the originator, Hoyt Buck.
How does this knife company respond to the needs of its customers? Starting with the founder, Hoyt Buck, he was looking for a way to temper steel. A better steel would be able to receive and hold a sharper edge. He had the American people in mind. Chuck responded to the customers in 1963 when they wanted a hunting knife that would fold. Not only fold, but lock in the open position, so you wouldn’t hurt yourself. This 110 Buck Folding Hunter knife was the best thing since sliced bread. So point 3 gets a passing grade for Buck. Most Buck knives are USA made.
But in response to the economic cries of its customers, Buck does import some fine pocket knives. Camo (camouflage) has become very popular, so Buck responded with a few camo handles and even orange camo handles. Tactical knives are now taking center stage in the pocket knife collectors. Buck has designed some great example of that.
What Will Buck Knives Be Like in 100 Years? My best guess would be more of the tactical style, and survival style of knives. However, for those who reminisce, Buck will always produce the 110 Buck Folding Hunter knife that has survived over 50 years. It is the flagship of all pocket knives.