The Utility Knife Blade is an extremely useful tool, especially in the hand of a maker. Its uses are almost endless, yet few people use it. Why?
Because there is no holder designed to fit the needs of us makers.
So we decided to make one.
The Maker Knife is a tool made to be carried every day, everywhere you go. It is compact, lightweight, super quick and easy to open. No more looking for a blade. No more interruptions while you’re working on a project. The Maker Knife is always there, ready to swiftly help you work more efficiently.
Oh yeah did we mention it’s freaking magic? The locking mechanism is extremely easy to use. There are no buttons to push. No weird finger movements to do. You can just flick it open with your thumb or a finger.
The blade holder automatically locks securely into place when it reaches the top and by witchcraft unlocks when you pull it back down. It really does feel like magic!
"WTF!?? How does it work?" - That guy in a red shirt that tried to figure out the mechanism for 2 minutes while pushing it back and forth.
More magic! Pretty cool right? And this is without the use of springs! It's all you. You see the Maker Knife is adjustable. You can choose from a range of "almost impossible to open" to "wrist flick to open". Both offer great holding strength while retracted (no worrying about it opening in your pocket), and you can tune it to feel just the way you want it to feel.
It's also a fantastic feature for increasing the "child safety" factor of the knife as you can make it require a lot of force to open. (Obviously don't let kids anywhere near a knife of any kind though)
We love the utility knife blades because you can scrape, pry, cut, chop, stab, sand or whatever without worrying about them getting chipped, dull, bent or broken. They are cheap and easy to find at hardware stores, so you can just swap the blade when it gets worn out and have a new flawless, razor sharp edge in seconds.
What we don't like is the lack of a good way to hold them. Most handles are bulky and heavy, mainly made for industrial applications. - That won't work for us makers!
What we need is a convenient, super quick knife that is lightweight and compact. A design that is made to be an EDC (Every Day Carry) item.
So we decided to make the Maker Knife.
Here we are, five months later, with a finished design. You would think designing a holder for a blade would be pretty straightforward right? But we didn't just want to make a stick and shove a blade on there. No, we wanted to make something so good that you would like to carry with you, all the time, every day.
There were these extraordinarily complex problems that needed to be solved in order to achieve the magic feeling we were seeking. Some parts were impossible to mill using CNC machines, so we used extremely accurate EDM (Electrical Discharge Machining), making cuts that are no thicker than a human hair.
It took many, many tries, prototypes and curse words to perfect this deceptively simple looking locking mechanism. A locking mechanism so intuitive and easy to use that you don't even think about it, you just use it, no matter which hand.
"You really don't have to think about using the Maker Knife. You're already done."
"Unlocking the maker knife is the transition from a thought to an action. That is why we made it flawless."
Once the campaign is over, we will ask which finish you prefer, so you don't have to make this difficult decision just yet. Pledge now - choose later.
To ensure the best performance we made the core from high strength corrosion resistant stainless steel. The case is made from aerospace grade aluminium to keep the Maker Knife as light and agile as possible. This combination also means that the Maker Knife is waterproof.
- Height closed: 108mm
- Height open: 140mm (with blade)
- Width: 33mm
- Thickness: 7.7mm
- Weight: 65g (with blade)
We really do believe we made the best utility knife. It's everything we ever wanted a utility knife to be. We think you will feel the same.
Ceramic utility knife blades? Yeah, they are really cool! Ceramic is really, really good at keeping an edge. You can cut foam, cardboard, leather, fabric and such and it will probably never go dull. It's fantastic for RC scratch builders, crafts, leather makers and many others.
But as always in life there are tradeoffs. Ceramic blades will chip when abused. Cutting very hard things like hard wood and such is not really its intended use. Use cheap metal blades that you can pick up local to you for stuff like that.
- Only available as part of the knife bundles during the Kickstarter-
Blades will be available on MakerKnife.com after the Kickstarter has ended.
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All the funding will go towards making this project a reality. We need to make several molds and they can be quite expensive. It only makes sense to have them made if there is enough volume of parts being produced. That is why we are here on kickstarter! With your help we can make this tool. A tool we believe every makers will love. Makers unite to make a tool!
This is our first kickstarter project and it's going to be a excellent learning experience for us.
However it is not our first time doing product development and fulfilment. We have done both software and hardware before.
This has taught us a lot about the importance of finding quality suppliers. We have already spent a long time building relationships with the manufacturers we will use for this project and we feel pretty confident in their ability to deliver.
We feel well prepared, but like with any project there are always unforeseen challenges to overcome. We will try our utmost to deliver on time, but if we do run into any problems we will try to be as transparent as we can and communicate this to you here on kickstarter.
Thank you very much for supporting us in this endeavour. We hope you will be as happy with the Maker Knife as we are.
/Giacomo Di Muro with the help of David Windestål
- (35 days)