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Future Knives

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by nikoknife48, Apr 7, 2010.

  1. nikoknife48

    nikoknife48 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    Using your imagination what do you think the knives of the future will look like?
  2. Charlie Mike

    Charlie Mike Sober since 1-7-14 (still a Paranoid Nutjob) Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Nov 1, 2000
    More exotic laminates like Warren Thomas stuff. Perhaps blades the use super- sonic vibrations to ease cutting.
  3. axtalan0


    Jul 18, 2008
    Can I say Light Sabers or is that too cliche?

    Actually, I recall reading in a book on knives that future knives will probably not be made of steel or even metal. They will be made of some new material only a couple of molocules wide, so it can actually rend the molecular structure of whatever it is you'll be cutting. This sounds plausible, but I think it is at least 100+ years away.

    Can you imagine how dangerous a knife like that will be? Even a small accident could cost you some fingers and if you're careless, there goes a hand, arm, leg, etc. I have a feeling they will not be available to the general public.

    Great thread topic by the way!
  4. shmaster


    Feb 8, 2010
  5. black mamba

    black mamba Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 21, 2009
    There's always a move toward lighter materials. Fighters are always at the cutting edge of performance, because lives depend on them. Imagine a 12-15 inch blade that weighs 6 ounces and cuts like M4 at 64 HRc. Still decades away, but hey, I'm only in my 50s, there's still hope!
  6. A.L.

    A.L. Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 27, 2007
    I've often thought if there would ever be steel (or material) that would need virtually no sharpening. I guess in few hundred years.. :p But then, will we need knives after few hundred years? Who knows, depends wether we go with the same line sofar or try to learn and be wiser.
  7. Jesse B.

    Jesse B.

    Oct 23, 2009
    Eventually we'll see a knife so sharp it can cut through memories.
  8. Nebulae


    Aug 24, 2009
    the design probly wont change much but the materials will. I'm thinking Carbide blades will become less brittle, and tough enough for at least small edc. personally I think it could be achieved by doing what Kershaw does with its composite blades, except with carbide.
  9. Daniel Dorn

    Daniel Dorn Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 21, 1999
    Something I think might be cool, is a nano-technology of sorts that allows the handle of the knife (a folder) to somehow sharpen the blade for you, by shaping the edge down to individual molecules, so you can achieve the edge proposed by axtalan0.

    I can also see a new style of blades with Colors! With the idea of blending colors into the steel to achieve artistic renditions of whatever can be imagined, and still maintain the properties of a premium steel. All without the painstaking process of creating the mosaic damascus which is so labor intensive these days.

    New lighter composites for handles, as well as blades. Ceramics with a little give, probably a blend of ceramics and something like epoxied cloth, Or mixing in ceramic or even diamond particles in with the matrix of things like G10 or micarta, or even carbon fiber.

    I could sit here and imagine for hours, but I think this is a good start.

  10. dangreco


    Nov 29, 2009
    Blades with edge thicknesses measured in femtoangstroms.
  11. Apec


    Oct 30, 2007
    I call the pocket folding chainsaw.
  12. VictGerbSogCamill


    Feb 19, 2010
    I'll go with the nano-technology. Imagine you have a fixed blade knife with lets say three buttons. You press one and the nanos rearrange them selves to make a serrated blade. Press #2 and they rearrange to a drop point blade. Press #3 and you get a tanto blade, or what ever. One knife many possibilities.
  13. tnt-user


    Oct 1, 2009
    Or multiply molecules and fix chips/dings.
  14. riz_aaroni


    Feb 7, 2007
    I'd imagine the blade material used would be the next thing to change. Man made diamond formed into a blade maybe or steel with a lot of diamond particles in it. Skipping from what we have now to a light saber, though very sweet, seems too far fetched. Who knows though, some researcher is probably on their way to discovering some crazy knife technology nobody sees coming.

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