Jack Wolf Knives - The Wolf Den

Jack Wolf Knives

Benjamin Belkin - Owner/Operator
Dealer / Materials Provider
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Hi folks, my name is Benjamin Belkin and I am the owner, operator and designer of Jack Wolf Knives.

First and foremost, I wanted to thank all of you who keep this forum alive and awesome. It is where I first met the traditional knife community so it holds a special place in my heart. My personal account here is @southpaw357 so some of you might recognize that. Admittedly, I have spent a lot more time on FB & IG over the past few years, I guess I got sucked in over there.

I wanted to setup a thread (The Wolf Den) where I can post information, provide updates, and answer questions as I progress with the growth of Jack Wolf Knives. There is already a thread that an awesome member started here, if you want to read what has already been discussed: https://www.bladeforums.com/threads/new-knife-company-jack-wolf-knives.1787062/ . If not, no worries as I will answer any questions that arise here as well.

What is Jack Wolf Knives: I am designing classic pattern slip joint knives in AutoCAD and contracting with Reate, a high-end Chinese manufacturer, to build them to my specifications. They feature hand ground m390 hollow ground blades, titanium liners with integral fluted bolsters, and micarta covers. Hafted construction with springs flush in all 3 positions. I want to expand the line over time to include variants on existing patterns, more patterns, different covers, locking knives, fixed blades, and more budget friendly offerings. You can see CAD drawings and specifications of my knives at www.jackwolfknives.com . I still have some work to do on the site. I will update it with prototype photography once they arrive, and ultimately with photos of the production pieces.

A little bit about me: I am 40 years old, born in 1980. Married with an 11 year old daughter and 8 year old son. I grew up in the Metro Detroit Area and moved to the Phoenix area in 1999 to attend Arizona State University and I have been here ever since. I spent several years in the construction and real estate development business. In 2013 I took a leap into entrepreneurship, taking a stab at online based businesses. I have been collecting knives since I was a child, and was bit hard by the slip joint bug around 2014. My grandfather introduced me to slip joints (he was a builder and a Swiss Army Knife guy). He was a big influence on me and gave me my first knife. So I named the company after him (Jack Wolf Belkin). This effort is my dream project and I am going to do everything in my capacity to make it awesome. You can learn more about me and the Company on this podcast I did with Bob DeMarco, aka TheKnifeJunkie:


My commitment to you guys is to be extremely accessible and responsive. I will monitor this thread daily, so post anything you would like here, or send me a PM. If you are on Facebook, you can find me there by name. Send me a friend request and/or send me a PM. I am in a lot of slip joint groups on FB, so if you are looking to get into any of those, let me know. On Instagram, you can follow me @jackwolfknives as I post there daily. Lastly, if you want to follow my personal instagram page, it is @bennyb357 and you might find it interesting. For the past several months I have posted pictures of a different GEC each day. You see, I am a full blown No. 15 addict. And I have amassed a decent set of them over the years. Some might call it an obsession. And they are clearly right ;) You can PM me on either instagram account also. If email is your thing, you can send me a message at [email protected] . Bottom line is, I am easily reached, respond quickly, and appreciate hearing from each and every one of you. I value the relationships in this community most of all.

A note on timing: I should have my first batch of prototypes in 2-3 weeks. It will be the first 5 designs listed on my website, and the factory said they may be able to get me designs 6 & 7 before the end of May. In early June, I will be exhibiting my prototypes at Blade Show, to get valuable feedback from folks like you. My table number is 16C and I would love to meet you guys; please stop by and get some free swag. Once I approve prototypes, it takes 3-4 months to receive the first production batch. So if everything goes well, I will have inventory available end of summer / early fall. I have the capacity to sell them on my website, but I am going to be speaking with dealers at Blade Show to learn more about selling through them.

Thanks for taking the time to read this. I really appreciate all the positive feedback, constructive criticism and support I’ve gotten from the community thus far. I hope you find Jack Wolf Knives to be not only high quality tools, but also something that you enjoy collecting and an experience that you value. Because my goal is to make you smile every time that post man shows up.

-Ben

COLLECTION THUS FAR, IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER: Benny’s Clip, Big Bro Jack, Humpback Jack, Javelina Jack, K9 Jack, Laid Back Jack, Little Bro Jack, Low Drag Jack, Sharpshooter Jack, Vampire Jack, Venom Jack, with more to come! [Click the thumbnail to visit a larger version]
 

sf fanatic

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First, congratulations on your new endeavor! Your designs and quality goals are commendable. Sign me up for Venom Wharncliffe Jack. :thumbsup:
 
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brownshoe

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CAD drawings are not knives. Prototypes have to be use tested, designs changed, new prototypes made, tested... Doesn't seem you'll make Blade with a mature design. Are these production knives based on customs you have had made? Be nice to see 'em.
 

Jack Wolf Knives

Benjamin Belkin - Owner/Operator
Dealer / Materials Provider
Joined
Apr 25, 2021
Messages
123
CAD drawings are not knives. Prototypes have to be use tested, designs changed, new prototypes made, tested... Doesn't seem you'll make Blade with a mature design. Are these production knives based on customs you have had made? Be nice to see 'em.

Good evening sir, thank you for writing. I will mention that in addition to CAD drawings, there are detailed 3D models. There are not customs that came first. However the manufacturer has been through the trial and error on previous projects to perfect their manufacturing of the slip joint mechanism. The prototypes I will have at Blade Show will be subject to change. I am not opposed to requesting revisions as deemed necessary by folks who handle them at Blade, plus I have a sounding board of collectors and a couple makers who will be handling them and providing feedback.
 

jwb01

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Dec 6, 2016
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Sweet designs! Can't wait to see them assembled.... and available. Also I for one would love to see polished paper micarta handles on some of these. Congrats on the endeavor and best of luck from a future customer.
 
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