Folding Bushcraft Knife that is usable/comfortable - by Daniel Koster

Discussion in 'Koster Knives' started by Daniel Koster, Feb 26, 2013.

Can a folding bushcraft knife compete with the fixed blade version?

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  1. Daniel Koster

    Daniel Koster Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 18, 2001
    Shouldn't it be possible to make a practical, comfortable folding knife that could stand up to bushcraft/survival use with few compromises?

    I've been mulling around this idea for about 11 years now. And I've finally found a way to make it happen.

    Here's the story that started it all:

    So I did.

    I've built a bunch of prototypes of this design along the way....from wood aluminum mild-steel mockups...and now I have finished the final prototype.

    I've been fielding requests from customers to make a folding scandi-grind knife for nearly as long as I've been making scandi-grind knives. But I didn't want to just make another tactical folder and simply scandi-grind the blade. I needed it to be something special, something unique, something well-thought-out. That's why it has taken me so long to get this far. And even now I have been working through prototypes...and am finally finished.

    Here is a picture of the final Prototype!


    10 reasons this folder is different than your everyday tactical folding knife:

    1. [*=left]0.125" thick 3V steel, true scandi grind (flat) set at 13 degrees, hardened to 59-60 HRc, tumbled finish on flats for durability, riding on IKBS bearings for super smooth action
      [*=left]Frame-Lock type construction under a full size handle. Typically you have either a thinner liner-lock with scales, or a thicker frame-lock. This has both a thicker frame-lock as well as scales. Maximum comfort and stiffness/rigidity.
      [*=left]Full length, full width, "upside-down egg" cross-section handle. No squared edges - everything is rounded and contoured. Thicker on the top for rolling in your hands while carving, thinner on the bottom for leverage.
      [*=left]Squared off spine with thumbgrooves for striking a firesteel
      [*=left]No thumbstud to get in the way of woodworking cuts. Anyone who has used a folder for woodcarving, making traps, kindling-sticks, etc. knows what a pain a thumbstud can be. Instead, will be a nail nick or milled slot.
      [*=left]Hidden pivot pin to keep things clean physically and visually. Also, for comfort. No bolster either. Keep it simple, practical and straightforward.
      [*=left]Maximum blade/handle ratio. No compromise. Blade tip goes all the way to the back of the handle.
      [*=left]No pocket clip. A clip is the most uncomfortable part of a handle on a folding knife. It only takes about 10 minutes of serious use before your hand starts to get torn-up and many of my bushcrafting customers and friends are taking the clips off of their folders now anyway. I'm not against a clip on a tactical folder. Just not on an "actually-will-be-used-for-bushcrafting-and-survival" folding knife. I will have an optional leather and/or cordura pouch made to hold the folder with a firesteel loop along side it as an add-on.
      [*=left]Comfort and usability without sacrificing quality was the #1 goal. Not looks. Not money in my pocket. Not "building my reputation" or prestige. Not for pimping. Not to drive the secondary market. I just wanted a knife I could actually take bushcrafting and not have to compromise comfort and usability. All the same quality materials as my fixed just folds up for convenience. It doesn't matter to me if I sell 10 or 1,000 of these. It's the right thing to do, and this is the right way to do it.
      [*=left]No exotic materials. I imagine at some future point I may consider dressing up one of these for fun. But for now I have no desire to add damascus, mokume, mammoth tooth, and so on. Those materials are highly impractical out in the field where you may regularly encounter poor weather conditions, changes in humidity, impact from use, etc. These will lock up rock-solid, have impervious materials and be ready for constant (not occasional) use. They will be made from the same materials I use for my fixed blades.

    There are plenty of great tactical folders out there. I have purchased and collected many myself - both custom and production knives. I really don't have anything negative to say about anyone else's work. I just feel there is a "gap" in the market for a usable, comfortable folding bushcraft knife and I intend to fill it.

    Thanks for reading!


    Edited to add:

    1 -you can pre-order here =====>
    It's just a "show of hands". No commitment. No obligation. I will contact everyone on the pre-order list when this is ready to go.

    2 - Specs:
    Liners will be made of 0.095" thick Titanium
    Blade is 3.7", 0.125" thick CPM 3V with Scandi grind set at 13 degrees
    Handle is 4.8", made from 3/8" thick material with palm swell/contouring

    3 - this knife is intended for all bushcraft use except heavy batoning or spine-whacking

    4 - Pricing is $365 because this knife is for 24/7/365 use - hard use, all day, every day, all year long.

    5 - Options available:

    The following options/add-ons are available.

    Handle Options

    • Natural Canvas Micarta (+$0)
    • Black Canvas Micarta (+$0)
    • Green Canvas Micarta (+$20)
    • Black G10 (+$30)
    • Red G10 (+$30)
    • Blue G10 (+$30)
    • Orange G10 (+$30)
    • Blue/Black (+$40)
    • Black/Tan G10 (+$40)
    • Black/Brown G10 (+$40)

    Sheath Options

    • Leather Pouch ($50)
    • Leather Pouch + Firesteel loop ($60)
    • Leather Pouch w/ foldover flap ($60)
    • Leather Pouch w/ foldover flap + Firesteel loop ($70)
    • Black leather (adds $10)
    • Tooling (adds $10)
    • Kydex - MOLLE/TekLok compatible ($40)
    • Kydex Drop Loop - MOLLE/TekLok compatible ($60)

    Titanium Finish Options

    • Bright finish (+$0)
    • Orange peel finish (+$20)
    • Heat-colored finish - specify color range (+$30)
    • Anodized finish (more even) - specify color range (+$40)
    • Beadblasted (+$0)
    • Stone tumbled (+$0)
    • Other - specify

    Misc Options/Add-ons

    • Nail nick instead of Milled slot (+$20)
    • No thumbgrooves (+$0)
    • Striker tip - swedge, not a false edge (+$10)

    I'm open to suggestions - feel free to email me any requests for options you'd like to see added.
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2014
  2. Daniel Koster

    Daniel Koster Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 18, 2001
    More pics!






    For those that don't like thumbgrooves - have you tried mine? The way I do them is different than others. The edges are deburred on top and the corners left square. Terrific for throwing a spark on a firesteel (much better than just the spine). Plus I put them far enough forward that you have plenty of room to push down on the spine with your thumb without getting into the grooves...and yet not so far forward that you won't engage them if your index finger should overcome the guard.
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2014
  3. RWT


    Mar 15, 2011
  4. zcd


    Jun 6, 2012
    Thats f-in awesome Dan!
  5. HardTripper


    Dec 13, 2010
    Can we make this the official sign up ??!! :D
  6. Tripwire895


    Jun 17, 2012
    That's got to be one of the coolest and most practical folders I've seen. Great work!
  7. TacBlade


    Feb 9, 2008
    Put me on the list!!! I'm In!!! I'm In!!!
  8. discdoggin


    Jun 6, 2010
    I NOW know what I want that wood to go on, Dan!!! Oh, but with orange liners. :D

  9. hutten


    Apr 16, 2009
    I'm keeping my eye on this one!...

    ...and the rest of the knives you make, it seems. That can only be a good thing, right?
  10. Nobody


    Dec 13, 2000
    Good on you Dan. I look forward to seeing this come to fruition. What made you choose 3V over a high quality stainless like M390 or Elmax?
  11. Tbaggin


    Apr 29, 2012
    id buy it, it all depends on the price! would this be hand made or milled by machine, finished by hand?
  12. Warriorsociologist


    Dec 12, 2001
    Very interesting! 3V is seemingly a fine choice for this one, though a good tough SS would be great as well. I'm happy to see this in the works. I hope I can afford one! :)
  13. HWF

    HWF Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 1, 2012
    Very nice! I'll be watching this thread closely. :)
  14. geargeek

    geargeek Gold Member Gold Member

    May 31, 2010
    It looks perfect!
  15. rockgolfer

    rockgolfer Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 1, 2008
    Yup :D

    I am down for one of these. Just a great idea, cant wait to beat on one :thumbup:
  16. Brummie

    Brummie Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 13, 2007
    This looks fantastic, Dan. I completely agree about the hole in the market - I've been looking for ages for a 4" folder with a good steel, minimum handle length, which at a push can handle some abuse, but I've never found what I was looking for. Fully support the opening hole rather than thumbstuds, which hang up on deep cuts.

    My only issue is with thick liners and a thick spacer, it looks like a lot of metal in the handle. Will you use Ti? If not, will you skeletonize the liners? Balance is really important to me in a knife - I like it right on the first finger in a general use blade like this, so an overly heavy handle would be a bit of a put-off.

    I'll be watching this closely.
  17. ridnovir


    Mar 12, 2012
    this is the real deal indeed :thumbup:
  18. superfluities

    superfluities Moderator Moderator

    Jun 29, 2008
    I'm in...
    Dan, I like your...
    "10 reasons this folder is different than your everyday tactical folding knife:"
    I may need 2-3 of this one. (I also like the idea of a quality stainless version some day)
    Last edited: Feb 26, 2013
  19. FTR-14c


    Jul 24, 2011
    I really like this, the Bushcraft is a great knife.
    Maximum blade/handle ratio!... I'm in.
  20. Pykrim


    Dec 10, 2012
    I've seen some scandi folders around before but none like your design, I like it!
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