The WESN Titanium Micro Blade EDC Pocket Knife Keychain project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound
$167,055 pledged of $12,000 goal
backers

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by .

By Billy Chester
$167,055 pledged of $12,000 goal
backers

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by .

About

The WESN is a titanium body micro blade measuring in at a total length of 3.75 inches. It has the practicality and versatility of a full-size knife—but at a fraction of the weight, and the size of a house key.

The WESN Titanium Micro Blade EDC Pocket Knife
The WESN Titanium Micro Blade EDC Pocket Knife

  

 

  

When I started making the WESN knife, I didn’t have any grand ideas of starting a “knife brand.” All I wanted was a knife that I myself would want to own—something reliable, practical, and made of the best materials. Plus, I wanted something worth every penny of the cost, and not a cent too expensive.

The story of how the WESN has come to be is long and unique—but the best part is that the story isn’t done yet. This is a knife I’ll be able to hand down to my kids. And so will you.

Lanyard Hole to attach to your keychain
Lanyard Hole to attach to your keychain

This knife is built to go absolutely anywhere you want to take it (well, other than airport security, of course). In fact, that’s why it’s called the WESN: West, East, South, North. Every direction, every destination, the WESN can go there.

WESN assembly
WESN assembly

 

 

 

When it came to actually making the WESN, you can bet your bottom dollar I did my research. I dug into what’s behind all my favorite parts of different knives I’ve owned. I asked people both in and out of the industry what made their favorite knives so special.

I found out what kind of materials the best knives are made of. And then, I got to work. I ended up with a knife that’s got the practicality and versatility of a full-size knife—but at a fraction of the weight, and the size of a house key.

A sleek and compact design
A sleek and compact design

By using top grade components, the WESN is made with some of the best materials at an affordable price: grade 5 titanium and AUS8 steel.

Partnering with the top knife manufacture overseas, we are able to produce the WESN out-of-country. This keeps the cost down for you and helps us get the knife into more hands. But even though we’re taking these steps to lower the cost, we certainly aren’t lowering our standards of quality.

The titanium makes the body simultaneously tough and hardy, while also dramatically reducing the weight. And by using AUS8 steel, the blade is durable, sharp, and made to last...and last...and last.

WESN / Stock & Barrel Custom Sheath
WESN / Stock & Barrel Custom Sheath

Plus, as an extra bonus for Kickstarter backers, we’re super excited that we’ve been able to partner with Stock & Barrel to create an all-natural Wickett and Craig’s natural tooling leather Sheath specifically designed for the WESN and made right here in America.

WESN / Stock & Barrel Custom Sheath
WESN / Stock & Barrel Custom Sheath

I’ve always been a huge fan of Stock & Barrel. Their commitment to quality design and materials made them a perfect match for the WESN in my mind. This case is just like the WESN—made with integrity, and built for the long haul.

 

 

What can't you use this knife for? Well, I wouldn't recommend trimming your nose hairs... but hey: where there's a will, there's a way.

The WESN was designed to be versatile—and I made sure it was by testing the crap out of it. With over 6 months of testing and usage, it's been able to do any task someone might ask of a knife. Even though the WESN doesn't have the specialized ability of knives built for specific tasks, you can know that the WESN will be up for the task, whatever you ask it to do. 

 Here's a list of practical uses:

...pry, cut, pick, flip, dip, nip... It’s endless what you can do with the WESN... Only time will tell!

Processing firewood
Processing firewood

 

Cutting rope
Cutting rope

 

Fire starting
Fire starting

   

Opening a box
Opening a box

 

 

              

 

  • Blade Length: 1.5” (38mm)
  • Closed Lenth: 2.25” (57mm)
  • Open Length:  3.75" (95mm)
  • Total Weight: 1oz
  • Handle Material: Grade 5 Titanium body
  • Blade Steel: AUS8 Heat Treated Steel
  • Hardware: Stainless steel
  • Frame-lock 
  • Pocket Clip
  • Keychain Hole
  • Lifetime Warranty
 

Every detail was considered when I was designing the WESN, from the steel I chose for the blade, to the shape of the pocket clip.

 It was my goal to create a compact, high-quality knife that won't get in your way. Whether you choose to carry it on your keychain, in your pocket, or with a custom Stock & Barrel sheath, it will carry far and it will carry well. 

 

 

I believe in this knife, and that’s why it’s got a lifetime guarantee. This is a knife we’ll be able to hand down to our kids. Wherever you take it, whatever you use it for, the WESN can handle it. And if it ever breaks, we will replace it—you have my word. 

Made to last
Made to last

  

 

 

 

For any questions or press inquiries feel free to email us at info@wesngoods.com

 

  

 

For wholesale please contact us at Info@wesngoods.com

 

 

   

 

 

Over the years I’ve always been searching for the perfect pocket knife. I've carried everything from a 3” folder to a multi-tool, but nothing ever satisfied me or quite delivered what I was looking for. Everything was either too big, heavy, or ugly, or just not practical enough to carry around with me everywhere I go. So, a little over a year ago, I set out to create what I consider the perfect pocket knife.

Starting from a simple sketch on a piece of paper all the way to manufacturing a working prototype, the WESN has been a long and exciting journey. I've been committed to quality the whole time— so there's been a lot of starting over to perfect each and every aspect of the knife. I've considered everything, from which screws to use to how thick the blade should be. Then, I personally tested the knife. I'm happy to say it's passed my own test, as well as the simple—but all important—test of time.

Early Development Concept Design
Early Development Concept Design

 

Blueprint designs
Blueprint designs

 

WESN Hand Made Prototype
WESN Hand Made Prototype

 

 project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

 

WESN Dimensions
WESN Dimensions

  

 

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

With a background in product design, it has been my commitment from the beginning to create the best product possible.

With a little over a year of development, the WESN is in the final stages. All the necessary steps—from design to prototyping—have been completed, and the materials are in place to begin manufacturing. Once the project is complete and funded, we'll be able to get the gears rolling and begin production as soon as possible.

I have been working closely with my machinist and manufacturer to ensure the WESN is ready for mass manufacturing and the delivery dates are in place.

If the WESN Micro blade is successfully funded, I commit to making sure all steps are completed and delivery is met as promised. The funds raised from this Kickstarter will be used for production and manufacturing.

Our goal is to deliver all rewards on schedule, but if demand is higher than expected or unforeseen challenges arise, we could see a delay in delivery.

Development of the WESN has been a long road, and I’m excited to get this knife into your hands.

Thank you for making the WESN story a reality,
Billy

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Make a pledge without a reward

    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

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

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    WESN Keychain & Sticker

    You will receive a custom WESN Keychain & a WESN sticker.

    We appreciate your support!

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

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

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $40 or more About $40

    1 WESN Micro blade

    Support us now and receive an exclusive Kickstarter price of 20% off (expected retail $50).

    
-- 
To add to this reward, click here then add the following to your Pledge Amount:
    $40 per WESN Knife
    
$35 per Stock & Barrel Leather Sheath

    $5 per WESN Keychain

    Includes:
    • WESN Micro Blade
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    1,290 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

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

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge $70 or more About $70

    1 WESN Bundle

    Support us now and receive an exclusive Kickstarter price of 20% off (expected retail $50).

    
-- 
To add to this reward, click here then add the following to your Pledge Amount:
    $40 per WESN Knife
    
$35 per Stock & Barrel Leather Sheath

    $5 per WESN Keychain

    Includes:
    • WESN Micro Blade
    • S&B Leather Sheath
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    323 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

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

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    2 WESN Micro blades

    Support us now and receive an exclusive Kickstarter price of 25% off (expected retail $50).

    
-- 
To add to this reward, click here then add the following to your Pledge Amount:
    $40 per WESN Knife
    
$35 per Stock & Barrel Leather Sheath

    $5 per WESN Keychain

    Includes:
    • WESN Micro Blade
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    249 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

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

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge $112 or more About $112

    3 WESN Micro blades

    Support us now and receive an exclusive Kickstarter price of 25% off (expected retail $50).

    
-- 
To add to this reward, click here then add the following to your Pledge Amount:
    $40 per WESN Knife
    
$35 per Stock & Barrel Leather Sheath

    $5 per WESN Keychain

    Includes:
    • WESN Micro Blade
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    51 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

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

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge $140 or more About $140

    2 WESN bundles

    Support us now and receive an exclusive Kickstarter price of 20% off (expected retail $50).

    
-- 
To add to this reward, click here then add the following to your Pledge Amount:
    $40 per WESN Knife
    
$35 per Stock & Barrel Leather Sheath

    $5 per WESN Keychain

    Includes:
    • WESN Micro Blade
    • S&B Leather Sheath
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    44 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

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

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge $190 or more About $190

    5 WESN Micro blades

    Support us now and receive an exclusive Kickstarter price of 25% off (expected retail $50).

    
-- 
To add to this reward, click here then add the following to your Pledge Amount:
    $40 per WESN Knife
    
$35 per Stock & Barrel Leather Sheath

    $5 per WESN Keychain

    Includes:
    • WESN Micro Blade
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    20 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

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

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge $1,500 or more About $1,500

    50 WESN Micro blades

    Support us now and receive an exclusive Kickstarter price of 40% off (expected retail $50).

    
-- 
To add to this reward, click here then add the following to your Pledge Amount:
    $40 per WESN Knife
    
$35 per Stock & Barrel Leather Sheath

    $5 per WESN Keychain

    Includes:
    • 50× WESN Micro Blade
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

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

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. All gone!
  11. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $35 or more About $35

    1 WESN Micro blade

    Select this reward to receive:
    •1 WESN Micro blade

    Support us now and receive an exclusive Kickstarter price of 30% off (expected retail $50).

    
-- 
To add to this reward, click here then add the following to your Pledge Amount:
    $40 per WESN Knife
    
$35 per Stock & Barrel Leather Sheath

    $5 per WESN Keychain

    Includes:
    • WESN Micro Blade
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Reward no longer available 200 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

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

    Learn more about accountability.
  12. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $80 or more About $80

    BUY 2 GET 1 FREE

    Support us now and receive an exclusive Kickstarter price of 48% off (expected retail $50).

    
-- 
To add to this reward, click here then add the following to your Pledge Amount:
    $40 per WESN Knife
    
$35 per Stock & Barrel Leather Sheath

    $5 per WESN Keychain

    Includes:
    • WESN Micro Blade
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Reward no longer available 250 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

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

    Learn more about accountability.