Brian Nadeau Knives inbound

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Beautiful!

FWIW, here is another variant of the Typhoon which Brian recently made as he explores different possibilities within the basic design . . .

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And a link to a video . . .

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Sorry for the delayed response, I've been getting ready for NYCKS and haven't had much time in the last week. Thank you all for the kind words...I put my heart and soul into my knives and it's great to hear when people see the details I put into the builds. I will continue to make the Typhoon for a while but I am very anxious to get me new designs going. My real passion is in the design....not so much of the hand sanding!
I believe more and more people are realizing, "CNC" knive don't come off the machine done...and it is a lot of work designing, programming, fixturing and all the rest of the work that goes into making knives. The forging guys say it takes no skill to do it this way....I say...it's just different skills! I didn't spend 20 years swinging a hammer....but 20+ years developing other skills.
Thanks again and I hope you all learn to appreciate the higher tech knife making.
Brian
 
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Brian,

As a forged fixed blade collector, I am deeply offended by your post.

But I love your work. :D

Doug
 

Kohai999

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Sorry for the delayed response, I've been getting ready for NYCKS and haven't had much time in the last week.

Nobody expected a response, so chiming in is, as many things, appreciated and an excellent reflection upon your "makership"

I appreciated:

1. Thicker stock, rather than 1/8" this knife is 5/32", slightly thicker blade moves nicely on the "flick"
2. Tension-blade doesn't "flop" out, it has a very nice movement that is unstoppable, but solid and confidence building
3. Rounding of edges-there are no "hotspots" on the handle or blade surface, the frame is machined for retention, but not rough or aggressive to the point that "girly hands" like mine are abraded or antagonized.
4. Overall fit, finish and design are superior....in that, blade is sharp, feels good where it needs to, cuts confidently and does not allow the finger to easily slide forward of the edge which is very important wrt overall function.
5. Superb hand rubbed finish which so many seem to avoid(stonewash, bead blast.....)
6. Packaging(comes with a nice plastic case with customized identity plate) is unnecessary, but shows serious commitment to "the details".

Brian is the HEAT....get on his list while you can, i have a feeling that he is in it for the long haul, and love the knives that I have currently. FWIW...he is in "The Collection" of 50 US makers(-1, Brian Tighe, who had to go in, Canuckian though he is) that represent an "A-Z" under "$1,000 per knife commitment.

Best Regards,

STeven Garsson
 
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Lorien

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there is some impressive stuff going on here, in a genre that's populated by some pretty hideous patterns and designs. Out of all the custom tactical folder designs out there currently, I'd estimated that maybe 20% of them exhibit the kind of flow, imagination and forethought on display here, and much of that 20% are by makers with tenure. That's to say nothing of the mechanics, of which I can't comment since I haven't seen one face to face.

while there are a few small elements to the pattern shown here that I personally find to be a little visually jarring, overall, these knives are sleek, practical looking and I dig the experimentalism going on with texturing and colouring.

good stuff!
 

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Brian

Don't know if you were at the show today - I looked, but never found you!

Did get to handle one of your knives at Mark Strauss' table and I was very impressed !

Bill Flynn
 

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Nobody expected a response, so chiming in is, as many things, appreciated and an excellent reflection upon your "makership"

I appreciated:

1. Thicker stock, rather than 1/8" this knife is 5/32", slightly thicker blade moves nicely on the "flick"
2. Tension-blade doesn't "flop" out, it has a very nice movement that is unstoppable, but solid and confidence building
3. Rounding of edges-there are no "hotspots" on the handle or blade surface, the frame is machined for retention, but not rough or aggressive to the point that "girly hands" like mine are abraded or antagonized.
4. Overall fit, finish and design are superior....in that, blade is sharp, feels good where it needs to, cuts confidently and does not allow the finger to easily slide forward of the edge which is very important wrt overall function.
5. Superb hand rubbed finish which so many seem to avoid(stonewash, bead blast.....)
6. Packaging(comes with a nice plastic case with customized identity plate) is unnecessary, but shows serious commitment to "the details".

Brian is the HEAT....get on his list while you can, i have a feeling that he is in it for the long haul, and love the knives that I have currently. FWIW...he is in "The Collection" of 50 US makers(-1, Brian Tighe, who had to go in, Canuckian though he is) that represent an "A-Z" under "$1,000 per knife commitment.

Best Regards,

STeven Garsson

All good points. But one more thing I really appreciate is that when it is closed, the blade fits IN the handle - not half of the blade sticking out the side like some teenager with his pants hanging off his ass with his underwear showing. I really wish more makers would do that.
 

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I edited my first post above to replace the original picture with some new pictures that that I believe are more representative.

Also, Coop posted a MUCH better picture of similar knives on his pictorial review of the NYCKS, and I thought for completeness I would link to it here.

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Beautiful model, but i feel the two torx at the spacer don't fit with the otherwise pretty and flowing ensamble
 
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