Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
A hand made damascus utility blade A working tool and a true work of art. Small enough to fit in jean's change pocket.
53 backers pledged CA$ 2,501 to help bring this project to life.

About

Damascus Utility Knife project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

CA$ 2,501

53

What is a prototype?

A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:

Proof of Concept

Explorations that test ideas and functionality.

Functional Prototype

Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.

Appearance Prototype

Looks like the final product, but is not functional.

Design Prototype

Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.

Production Prototype

Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.

Ed6fc13622b73c3a2a93de55de09f937 original.jpg?ixlib=rb 2.1

Prototype Gallery

These photos and videos provide a detailed look at this project’s development.

Ordering after Campaign Closes

      https://www.backnife.com/

    After I have completed mailing out backer's orders

I own a number of damascus bladed knives both fixed and folders that have been collected over the years.  Not just pretty but carried and used outdoors and needed minimal care to keep rust free and sharp.

I ran a  campaign last year, backnife, focused on a ceramic utility blade and this is kind of an upscale small knife to be held and used in a pinch grip for small tasks.

Damascus utility knife
Damascus utility knife

With even small Damascus Knives  priced at $100 USD each I became interested developing a process to bring costs down to make a small utility knife that could be used with the Backnife holder and affordable to a larger community.

All forged damascus knives have to start with many layers of carbon steel that are welded together by hammering when hot from the forge.

 My approach is to use billets of forged and twisted damascus steel that are produced having a minimum of 120 layers of carbon steel.  These billets are available from a number of custom suppliers which can then be hammered down into the desired thickness.

 project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

The blade will then be cut to shape with CNC / EDM machining. Finish hand grinding and polishing will complete the knife. 

CNC Cut from Billet
CNC Cut from Billet

 Of course the blades still need to have sharpening and finish polishing done by hand but this approach does save on some machining time. 

Every piece of twisted and forged damascus will have it's own slightly different pattern and therefore every blade is unique.  The arrow shown here is a lazer marking to identify this as my own forging.

Finished Damascus knife
Finished Damascus knife

I had to have a custom leather sheath produced as it was just not possible to reuse the plastic holder that I designed for the Backnife project.

Leather sheath
Leather sheath

Optional Blade Shape

I will be sending a survey at end of this campaign so backers can choose either straight or curved blades. Or combination of styles.

Curved Blade Style
Curved Blade Style

AH HA - Thanks to Wazoo for comment on pinch grip, in order to give a firmer grip on the knife I have ordered, from England, small rubber plugs that will fit into the larger hole used for a pinch grip.  Improved handling with this minor addition AND can be used for Right or Left Handed users.

Rubber Insert ( actual size a bit smaller )
Rubber Insert ( actual size a bit smaller )

AND another way to customise your damscus knife for increased grip would be to use small diameter para cord or even a rounded shoelace.

Paracord
Paracord

Interesting that the blade cutting surface on this very small fixed blade knife is the same size as on a successful recent Kickstarter folding knife. 

WESN Knife
WESN Knife

 Reviews:

I did not submit this knife to reviewers before launching Kickstarter BUT looks like a couple of bloggers / websites are paying attention.

Damascus Utility Knife is featured in this week's Prowling Dog blog:

https://www.prowlingdog.com/prowling-dog-cool-things-issue-202/

Hyperstarter now has this project listed.

https://www.hyperstarter.com/kickstarter/damascus-utility-knife + http://hprs.co/damascus

Risks and challenges

I have already contracted for enough billets of damascus forged in the thickness needed to produce approximately 90 blades and programming for CNC cutting has been completed. I should be able to complete machining, and hand sharpening and polishing in time to ship at least these knives before Christmas. Additional product runs will, of course take at least an additional month.

Having completed a kickstarter campaign where I shipped out over 800 pledges earlier than promised I am well aware of time constraints.

I have, in the past completed a variety of production runs of ceramic blades and tools within projected timelines and even a number of custom small folding pocket knives with Japanese damascus blades.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge CA$ 39 or more About $30

    Early Bird

    One Damascus Utility Knife
    Shipping free to USA and Canada
    Note: $30 USD
    These should be shipped out in time for December 25th arrival.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 40 backers
    CA$
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge CA$ 39 or more About $30

    One Damascus Knife

    Damascus Blade - Shipping Included to Canada and USA

    Cannot promise delivery before Xmas but will try working longer days to attempt this.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    2 backers
    CA$
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge CA$ 75 or more About $57

    Two Damascus Knives

    Two utility blades in Damascus Steel (120 layers)
    Shipping included to Canada & USA
    May be able to ship in time for Dec 25th depending upon demand.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    6 backers
    CA$
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge CA$ 100 or more About $76

    Three Damascus Knives

    Three hand finished Damascus Blades.
    Shipping included to Canada and USA
    Depending upon Demand I MAY be able to ship in time for Christmas but cannot promise this.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    3 backers
    CA$
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge CA$ 300 or more About $228

    Ten Damascus Blades

    Ten Blades with Sheaths
    Sorry but Canada Post rates make it necessary to charge some shipping

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only certain countries
    0 backers
    CA$
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (25 days)