Support BladeForums! Paid memberships don't see ads! 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 dummies...to aluminum trainers...to 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: [*=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 blades....it 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! Dan KosterKnives.com Edited to add: 1 -you can pre-order here =====> http://kosterknives.com/pre-order 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.