After the original B-2 Nano Blade raised nearly $450K in total funding last year, it went on to become the most funded pocket knife project in history. This time around we wanted to do something different by getting all of our original backers involved in the design process.
We're extremely proud to introduce the newest addition to our B-2 Pocket Knife Collection - BLITZ, a SMALL pocket knife designed and created by all of our backers!
Over the past year, we asked all of you to help us design and create the ultimate pocket knife together as a community of adventurers, creators, and designers through a series of surveys, updates, and emails. This included over 1,000 surveys from 22,000 original backers and over 10,000 data points analyzed to create the World's First "Crowd-Designed" Project.
The B-2 Pocket Knife Collection was inspired by the notorious B-2 Stealth Bomber military aircraft. The B-2 Bomber is notably the most advanced warplanes in history. Nearly 80 percent of the aircraft is made from woven composites that incorporated glass, carbon, and graphite fibers. The B-2 BLITZ, made of 440Carbon Black Stainless Steel, is the newest addition to our collection. The original B-2 Nano Blade was designed as an everyday carry keychain pocket knife. The BLITZ is a slightly bigger, slightly beefier, and ever so slightly... more badass.
Based on your feedback, we incorporated these aspects of design into our new Bomber B-2 BLITZ Pocket Knife. Our new BLITZ design is meant to be a chubby style knife. It's wider than a normal proportion of a standard knife. This allows the BLITZ pocket knife to be more durable and stronger in situations that require the use of force. It also gives a stronger grip to the user's hold. At only 3.7 inches, the B-2 BLITZ is small enough to conceal in any coin pocket. Its the first of its kind and we are absolutely sure you will love it!
UltraLight Weight: < 2oz
Length of Blade: 3.7cm
Thickness: 7cm Open Body Length: 9.5cm
Handle Length: 5cm
Materials (Blade and Body): 440Carbon Black Stainless Steel
Hardness: 58-60HRC (Rockwell Hardness Scale)
Color: Jet Black
Tanto Blade - Many backers asked if we can incorporate a tanto blade into the new design. The blade has a high point with a flat grind, leading to an extremely strong point that is perfect for stabbing into hard materials. The thick point of the tanto blade contains a lot of metal near the tip, so it is able to absorb the impact from repeated piercing that would cause most other knives to break. Bonus: We are also able to utilize a serrated edge and straight edge.
Small Size - Discrete concealability is the definition of the B-2 BLITZ Pocket Knife. The B-2 BLITZ Pocket Knife will be approximately 9.5cm or 3.7 inches in length. We wanted to keep it small enough to be fully-concealable (in coin pocket) and easy to carry on a day to day basis but also heavy duty like a full pocket knife.
Blade - The B-2 BLITZ Pocket Knife will have an oversize grip in width and blade which gives it a better handle for tactical use. This style of "chubby knife" is the first of its kind.
Just like with the original B-2 Nano Blade, the B-2 BLITZ Pocket Knife incorporates both a serrated and a non-serrated precision cut blade. The non-serrated portion of the blade features a flat grind. The serrated part (teeth) of the blade, however, uses a chisel ground. We designed the serrated part of the knife to be able to scrape flint or even split wood. The blade itself is very robust and the serrated chisel can be used to wedge and pry. Offering two types of blade options gives the B-2 BLITZ Pocket Knife full tactical abilities despite its smaller form.
Serrated and Straight Edge - Based on the backer data and feedback, we found that 58% of our backers wanted a straight edge and 42% of backers wanted to see a split blade. By utilizing the Tanto blade's multi-edges to have BOTH serrated and straight edge, we can have both features in one knife. Just angle the Blitz at 45 degree to designate a full straight edge. ;)
440Carbon Black Stainless Steel - The entire body and blade of the Blitz will utilize 440Carbon Black Stainless Steel. 440Carbon black stainless steel makes the B-2 BLITZ one of the strongest pocket knives ever created by mankind. Rated at 58-60HRC (Rockwell Hardness Scale) the B-2 BLITZ Pocket Knife is extremely tough and will stay sharp for longer periods of use. 440C is a highly durable and corrosion resistant stainless steel. The B-2 BLITZ can endure years of outdoor wear without extra maintenance to protect the blade from rusting.
Bomber Signature Perforations - Many backers mentioned adding our signature 3 perforated holes into the blade. Perforated blades allow cutting and slicing of materials to not stick onto the blade itself. It provides a cleaner, sharper cut.
Heavy Duty Screws - The B-2 BLITZ Pocket Knife will utilize stronger and larger screws than the original B-2 Nano Blade. This allows the pivot point of the blade to absorb extreme impact or force meaning it will be more durable than ever.
Urban Military Concept - All of our Bomber & Company products have a military design and tactical aesthetic. The B-2 BLITZ Pocket Knife is engineered to hold durability and functionality to the standard of military-grade equipment. Vincent Pilot Ng (Lead Designer) has had over 10 years of professional experience in product design. He has brought about other renown products to markets such as the Bomber Barrel Duffle Bag, original B-2 Nano Blade, and Halo Belt.
Legality - As a two-handed folding blade under 3 inches in length, it is technically legal worldwide. Please double check with your local customs to make sure the knife falls within local legal restrictions.
Weight - The ultralight weight of the B-2 BLITZ Pocket Knife comes in at less than 2oz making it one of the lightest, fully functional, 440C black stainless steel tactical pocket knife in the world.
Folding/Locking: The B-2 BLITZ Pocket Knife is both locking and folding. Safety was one of our main concerns when it comes to a knife of this size. We wanted the design to be suitable for beginners as well as intermediate knife experts. The lock is a lever rather than a push button. You can actually use the spine to scrape flint without the worry of it coming around when the blade is locked. This makes the knife design much more robust than traditional smaller blades which are just folding.
When the B-2 BLITZ Pocket Knife opens, the lever "SNAPS" into place to lock the blade from accidentally closing when in use. The user can feel and hear the tactile sound and click on the lock. To close, all you have to do is press the locking lever to open. Utilizing the latest manufacturing and engineering technology, we made sure to leave ZERO wiggle room.
Over the past year, we have had several reiterations of prototyping as you can see below. The first prototypes were designed out of aluminum casts and wood. After several months of collecting surveys and feedback, we added many more features including a quick access tab, serrated edges, and even a thumb grip for better stability when in use. See the below pictures.
All Bomber & Company products were originally designed for ourselves. We engineer everything under strict quality and durability standards. It is our promise to provide a Lifetime Warranty for the B-2 BLITZ Pocket Knife. If it ever breaks, send it back to us and we will replace it free of charge!
Examples of BLITZ B-2 NANO BLADE KNIFE USES:
- Teeth to tinder fire-starting
- Cut open boxes
- Pry open cans
- Screw in loose screws
- Cut paracord
- Emergency seat belt cutting
- Cutting fruit & food
- Removing staples
- Carving wood
- Stripping wire
Bomber & Company is an industrial urban product design company based out of San Francisco, CA USA with a mission to provide premium survival gear to the modern explorer. We believe that your everyday gear should be functional and minimal. We're here to design quality products that all hold a life-time warranty.
Check out the Original B-2 Nano Blade on UNBOX THERAPY!
Risks and challenges
If the B-2 BLITZ Pocket Knife is successfully funded, we will have to make sure everything goes according to plan to meet the promised deadline. We have manufacturing, operations, and logistics set up and ready to go. The funding raised on Kickstarter will be used for production and manufacturing. Although we do not see any direct risks and challenges, there are always indirect or unseen tasks that may present itself during the process of productions. We hope to run everything as streamlined as possible and also ahead of schedule to make you the best damn everyday carry, ever.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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