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An American knife company dedicated to quality, craftsmanship, and customer service. All are HUMANMADE in America and around the world.
An American knife company dedicated to quality, craftsmanship, and customer service. All are HUMANMADE in America and around the world.
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 What are V Nives?

V Nives represents the “Something Different” you have been looking for in the knife design industry. This brand will create an environment that can bridge the gap between the artist and knife enthusiast to deliver a more authentic overall experience. V Nives strives to bring cutting edge designs to the world from both masterful and upcoming designers that are otherwise not as readily available in a corporate setting.

The founder, Mike Vellekamp, possesses 25 years of experience and has a large range of designs available from knife manufacturers you already know, such as:

  • 5.11Tactical
  • First Tactical
  • Mandiola Defense
  • Fox Knives
  • Blade-Tech
  • And More

Yet another impact he has made in the knife world can be seen in his representation in the passing of the Washington State legislature bill ESHB 2347. This bill allowed the use of spring blade knives to become legal under certain permissions of agencies and companies.

 

To review the full House Bill Report, please click the link.

 

HUMANMade Manufacturing

V Nives are the real deal. When you back us, you don't just back the highest level of quality knives, but are also backing an artist-driven knife manufacturer that is truly dedicated to the craft. With 25 years of commitment and hard work under his belt, Mike Vellekamp has executed a wide array of spectacular designs and manufactured countless rock-solid knives. He has traveled the world striving to find the absolute best materials to build his knives! The V Nives brand is an expression of his passion and fire that forges every one of his knives that will soon be available to (and because of!) you.

Mike Honing A Nife
Mike Honing A Nife

Once the components are received here in the U.S., the knife will then take shape and become the tool you will come to count on for the highest quality at the best price. Below is a more specific chart regarding the origin of knife materials and location of creation & assembly:

Collectible Knives

V Nives will be collectible from Day One. We understand that a knife can be as unique as the person that owns it. This Kickstarter offers three knives, each with their own unique design and metal composition to fulfill a range of collectibility as well as utility. Furthermore, each knife has two different reward tiers which feature custom options exclusive to Kickstarter backers.

Reward Tier #1 – Early Bird:

  • Limited to 50 Knives
  • Features Laser Engraved “K” (Kickstarter Only)
  • Features Date Of Manufacturing

Reward Tier #2 – Collector:

  • Knives numbered 1 through the total amount sold (i.e., Knife will be numbered "1 of 35" if total amount of 35 knives are sold.)
  • First & Last knives from each category will be hand-signed by Mike Vellekamp
  • Features Laser Engraved “K” (Kickstarter) or “KS” (Kickstarter Set)
  • Features Date Of Manufacturing
     

This is the only time that a K or KS will ever be engraved on a V Nives as well as the only time we are making a exception to the 200 max collectable knife rule.

Never again will a “K” or “KS” ever be engraved on a V Nife. Make sure you get yourself a piece of knife-making history during this very special campaign!

Collector Quality Survival Utility V Nives Case
Collector Quality Survival Utility V Nives Case

 

Endorsements

 

You don't work in this industry for 25 years without meeting a few people. We have a large list of friends that are seasoned in making knives and that have plenty of positive experiences working with Mike. The video below features their praise and support of Mike's work as their contributions to help shed some light on the efficacy of his new brand.

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The Nives

Poseidon
Poseidon

 

Poseidon
Poseidon

 

Altered Beast
Altered Beast

 

 

V Sharpener
V Sharpener

 

TI-Sportster
TI-Sportster

 

 

TI-Sportster
TI-Sportster

 

Atmosphere
Atmosphere

 

 

Atmosphere
Atmosphere

 

Awards

 

Thank you for your consideration in making this Kickstarter possible!

 

Risks and challenges

We know the industry, We know how to make knives and we have distributors that want to buy. What we need is the capital to fulfill. Please, help us to achieve our goal and our dream of providing the public with an astounding knife experience.

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    Read All About It!

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    V Nives Hat

    One size fits most

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    V Nives Shirt

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    EARLY BIRD - Altered Beast

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    - Date Of Manufacturing

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    Collector - Altered Beast

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    1x Altered Beast
    - Laser Engraved 1 of '# Sold'
    - Laser Engraved "K"
    - First & Last Knife Sold Will Be Hand-Signed by Mike Vellekamp
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    EARLY BIRD - TI-Sportster

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    Collector - TI-Sportster

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    1x TI-Sportster
    - Laser Engraved '1 of # Sold'
    - Laser Engraved "K"
    - First & Last Knife Sold Will Be Hand-Signed by Mike Vellekamp
    - Date Of Manufacturing

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    EARLY BIRD - Atmosphere

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    - Laser Engraved "K"
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    Poseidon

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    - Date Of Manufacturing

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    Collector - Atmosphere

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    EARLY BIRD - "One Of Each" Set

    1x Altered Beast
    1x TI-Sportster
    1x Atmosphere
    Laser Engraved "KS"

    Regular Retail Price: $780

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    Collector - "One Of Each" Set

    1x Altered Beast
    1x TI-Sportster
    1x Atmosphere
    - Laser Engraved 1/# Sold
    - Laser Engraved "KS"
    - Date Of Manufacturing
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    Forged In Honor

    Fly down and make your own Nife with Mike. You will spend three days and two nights with the legend himself as you create your very own personal Nife at our secret headquarters in Washington State.

    Costs Included:
    - Travel
    - Lodging
    - Food

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