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HEXAI: C-TEK Honeycomb & Cryogenic 1.4116 stainless steel folding knife. A perfect sleek and rugged EDC folding knife built to last.
HEXAI: C-TEK Honeycomb & Cryogenic 1.4116 stainless steel folding knife. A perfect sleek and rugged EDC folding knife built to last.
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HEXAI: Hexagons & cryo stainless steel EDC folding knife

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You may have never noticed hexagons in your daily life, but we have several billions of them in our body , more than you can ever imagine. It all comes down to the most common element that is present throughout our body: CARBON

Funny thing is every organic living (at least on Earth :P) is made of carbon, if we study the atomic structure of them (or us) you will find a series of carbon hexagon chains that are linked together.

This element is present in our cells structures and even in our DNA, so carbon make what you are from head to toe. Without hexagons made of carbon , I am afraid we would be a pink and red pudding in the carpet.

We love Carbon, we love Hexagon and more than that, we love making folding knives. We took that inspiration for Hexai, why not making a hexagon inspired folding knife. That is how Hexai was born. 

On Hexai we prioritized its elegance and design.
On Hexai we prioritized its elegance and design.

Surprisingly, we expect nature to be a messy thing, just bumps and downs; we did not expect any geometries lines, however, hexagons are everywhere in nature! From the colossal to the microscopic structures hexagons are everywhere. So, why not putting them into our good EDC folding knife?

Hexai is a highly resistant folding-knife to rust, turning out a long-lasting product
Hexai is a highly resistant folding-knife to rust, turning out a long-lasting product
  •  Blade Length: 3.35 inches / 8.5 cm 
  •  Blade Thickness: 0.039 inches / 3 mm
  •  Blade width:  0,91" / 2.3 cm
  •  Body Length: 4,13 inches / 10.5 cm
  •  Open Length: 7,48 inches / 18.5 cm
  •  Blade Type: Drop point blade customized with hexagonal pattern.
  •  Grind: Full flat 
  •  Steel: 1.4116 stainless steel & cryogenic treatment · 58 HRc
  •  Body Type: C-TEK honeycomb scales & stainless steel liners
  •  Weight: 4.2 oz / 120 gr
  •  Locking system: Liner lock.
  • Mosaic pin included
  • Tubular ferrule included
  • All materials are selected for beauty, light weight, corrosion resistance and durability properties.
Hexai has been designed after many months of working hard which has contributed to make a great quality product.
Hexai has been designed after many months of working hard which has contributed to make a great quality product.

The blade length is  3,35 " / 8,5  cm. It is made out of cryogenic 1.4116 steel  (you may know it as 4116, X50CrMoV15 or 420MoV). It is a popular steel in German stainless kitchen knives.

1.4116 is one of the most well-known steels that can be found on almost every brand, it is a classic between both, knife makers and knife addicts. Its qualities makes it a perfect steel for Hexai.

Site: Acerinox
Site: Acerinox

Some of the top cutlery brands such as CRKT®, Cold Steel® or KA-BAR® make some of their amazing blades out of it. This steel is highly appreciated for kitchen knives as well, due to their exceptional corrosion resistance.

Its high content in molybdenum and chromium gives this steel awesome corrosion resistance, it is considered as one of the most resilient stainless steel ever made. It also provides great mechanical hardness.

The hardness of 1.4116 is between 55-57 HRc. Some users would say that the secret behind this steel is the heat treatment; with the appropriate heat treatment, you can get a lightsaber. This is the reason why the old Puma® knives made of 1.4116 steel are recognized by the users as top-notch knives.

If we wanted to make Hexai a user-friendly folding knife that would survive any situation, we could not think of a better steel. Hexai is meant to be used as an EDC tool by all users (experts or not) as their properties make it the ideal steel for this purpose

1.4416 is perfect for beginner sharpeners, it is really tough yet flexible, it comes with an exceptional corrosion resistance, and even if it does not hold the edge that well you can get a razor in a couple of minutes with a bit of experience in sharpening.

Perfectly adaptable to ease the opening single-handedly.
Perfectly adaptable to ease the opening single-handedly.

To find the right balance between flexibility and edge retention Hexai's blade comes with a cryogenic treatment. This process enhances the steel properties, improving them and increasing a bit the edge holding.  

Thanks to this cryogenic treatment, we can reach 58 HRc.

Hexai has been designed very throughly and carefully ending up with a very elegant layout.
Hexai has been designed very throughly and carefully ending up with a very elegant layout.

Our handle is made of C-Tek ™  resin infused honeycomb material. One of the most interesting qualities of this material is the light reflection and semi-transparent aesthetic.

Our honeycomb scales are made from a propietary resin, 5052 aircraft grade aluminum cell membrane and assorted color pigments. C-Tek is a great material but requires a little more planning that most commonly used handle materials. You have to work with the honeycomb layout and angles to assure an optimal result.

5052 aircraft grade aluminum is commonly used in commercial aircraft flooring, space and satellite components, aircraft leading and trailing edges, and helicopter rotor blades.

Hexai’s handle exposed to natural sunlight.
Hexai’s handle exposed to natural sunlight.

Honeycomb scales have an awesome heat deflection properties, they posses the functional features that would survive and thrive your everyday. They are light yet strong, the contoured handle feels ergonomic in your hand and help you to generate the leverage you need for cutting and slicing.

We could not think of a better material for Hexai. Furthermore, honeycomb scales make Hexai looks absolutely stunning. The icing on the cake is given by the beautiful mosaic pin and a tubular ferrule, for those who want to carry Hexai hanging on a cord or in a keyring.

For Hexai we have designed a pocket-size sheath made out of leather, which is perfectly protected and makes carrying it easier. This design is also a hexagon-based pattern, which can be seen over its very own leather.

Hexai’s sheath is made manually by a leathercrafter, who has used prime quality materials like a blue tanning that comes along with Hexai’s nice handle.

Finally a blue string accompanies Hexai and gives it an elegant and classy look.

Hexai is a folding knife to be carried in your everyday. Hexai combines utility and preparedness, it is made to help you overcome simple everyday problems and to be prepared for the unexpected (*misterious fog appears*).

From cutting twine, slicing up a sandwich or opening a package, Hexai is your best friend in any situation. Hexai blade would stand your everyday and be always with you shinning and performing as the first day.

Our goal is to marry understated and elegant aesthetics with practical features expected of an EDC folding knife. We have refined Hexai to what it is: compact, light, sleek, rugged and more than that, functional folding knife with a refined touch.

The perfect accessory for your EDC.
The perfect accessory for your EDC.

Hexai is the perfect knife for those who prefer to travel swiftly, without too much weight around.

Also for girls. Great and elegant accessory for their everyday.
Also for girls. Great and elegant accessory for their everyday.

Hexai has been designed to be versatile, we made sure just by testing it for months. More than 3 months of exhaustive designing and testing. The 0.12" (3 mm) thick blade has been able to do any task someone might ask of your daily blade. Hexai has not been made to shine on an specialized ability but it will be up for any task, whenever you need it.

Hexai is beautiful yet functional: opening boxes, cutting thick materials, slicing fruits and food, cutting a rope, processing light wood, etc.  

Hexai comes with a very resistant edge that can tolerate lots of hours of working hard against high resistant materials.
Hexai comes with a very resistant edge that can tolerate lots of hours of working hard against high resistant materials.

Hexai is easy to carry and highly capable. Made from materials that will last.  Unobtrusive and understated both in hand while cutting or while carried in your pocket.

Is there anything that we would not recommend to use Hexai? Well, possibly we would not recommend you to chop a tree down but hey, where there's a will, there's a way.

Hexai is finished in two different ways, satin and mirror polished.

On the following pictures you can admire it on its nature.

Over here we show off how these rocks are reflected on the blade.
Over here we show off how these rocks are reflected on the blade.

Our folding knife are made one by one by Juan Martinez, CEO and owner of JV adventure knives, he has found the perfect combination between machinery and handmade processes. After many refinements we are confident that we have accomplished our goal: a compact, elegant, functional rugged folding knife with a classy and elegant aesthetic. 

Hexai is made to satisfy you daily, it is really handy and we are confident it will become an essential accessory in your everyday.

Hexai is an exceptional folding knife made with effort and paying attention to the tolerances. This is not our first knife or folding knife, we are not discovering a new folding knife trend, we are doing what we love and showing it to the world.

In this picture the high-quality mirror-like finishing can be noticed.
In this picture the high-quality mirror-like finishing can be noticed.

We love our product so we totally understand a perfect product takes time, we do not rush our products. Simplicity, perfection and clean design, all mixed together excelling in function.

We always stand behind our products, our name and our reputation, we never settle anything less than high quality standards with thoughtful designing and a lot of testing.

Every corner and surface has been meticulously studied, Hexai is so smooth that you can open and close it with one hand with no effort at all. Hexai has a rugged construction, functional yet refined. We are satisfied with Hexai overall aesthetic and its performance, Hexai is more than its look: handy and functional, a must-have on your everyday.

Hexai is made to last, to endure your daily tasks. We are knife makers so we know how frustating is a tool that continuously break. We kept Hexai simple: stainless liners, honeycomb scales, 4116 cryogenic blade because a folding knife does not need anything else. 

We get ride off all those flimsy gadgets like nail files and plastic toothpicks. A blade is more than enough for your daily tasks, the only gadget you may need is given by the tubular ferrule, for those who want to carry it hanging on a rope or in your keyring.

It has been a long and exciting journey, from a simple sketch on a piece of paper to manufacturing the first working prototype. We have been commited with quality all this time and that is why we thought about everything on Hexai construction, we wanted to keep it simple yet functional with a glossy and rugged aesthetic.

Hexai is a sleek folding knife, incredibly sharp and highly durable folding knife unlike any other. It has passed our most important test: the past of time, using it for months and yet being as deadly sharp and beautiful as the first day.

Your loyal companion in your free time.
Your loyal companion in your free time.

Hexagons are symmetrical, simple and they have one of the rarest skills, they tessellate making beautiful tiles between themselves. Nature knows that, we know that. We wanted to reflect that property on Hexai.

Hexai in a relaxing and enjoyable day in the woods.
Hexai in a relaxing and enjoyable day in the woods.

What is one of the first things that come to your mind if you think about Hexagons and Nature? Honeycombs, right? Bees store their nectar in the honeycomb, they are a beautiful example of precision engineering, an array of prismatic cells with a perfect hexagonal cross section.

Honey being reflected on Hexai's blade
Honey being reflected on Hexai's blade

Why do bees prefer hexagons? They know it well, if you want to pack together cells identical in shape and size on a flat plane only three structures would be equilateral: Triangles, Squares and HEXAGONS. Of those, hexagons requires the least total length of wall compared with the others, it is simple, less wax mean less bee work so more bee party.

But, there are more examples of hexagons in nature, since this campaign is not about hexagons (we love them okey? We cannot just overlook them) we will just make a quick list with a couple of facts:

Saturn's Hexagon - Source: Wikipedia.
Saturn's Hexagon - Source: Wikipedia.

You heard it right, Saturn has its own hexagon! If we were able to see the North Pole of Saturn you will see the majestic cloud formation known as “Saturn’s hexagons”. (fun fact: each side of Saturn’s Hexagon measures more than the earth’s diameter)

Dragonfly Eyes: Source of the image: Wikipedia.
Dragonfly Eyes: Source of the image: Wikipedia.

From gargantuan to the tiniest, even some living beings have visible hexagons on them. Dragonflies eyes are made from more than 30.000 hexagons. These eyes made of hexagons are so powerful that New Scientiest describes them as ultra-multicolor.

Source: Wikipedia - Image by Wilson Bentley (1865–1931):
Source: Wikipedia - Image by Wilson Bentley (1865–1931):

To conclude with the list of examples, we could not resist naming something that beautiful as a snowflake. The mesmerizing and mysterious snowflake, its overall structure is made of hexagons, from the shape to its core. (the reason for the shape is the orientation of water molecules while freezing)

Hexai is enterily made at Albacete, the cutlery capital from Spain; At Albacete, we have been making knives and folding knives for centuries. From Celts to Romans, Spain has one of the greatest cutlery legacies on the World.

Monument in honor to pocket knives seller from the XIX century in Albacete - Source: Wikipedia
Monument in honor to pocket knives seller from the XIX century in Albacete - Source: Wikipedia

Hexai is born from the hands of Juan Martinez Ortega, he is an artisan of knives and folding knives who has been running his own knife making company since he was 20. Juan is a third generation knife maker who has earned the most prestigious awards and titles on the cutlery sector.

The first samples made manually by Juan Martínez.
The first samples made manually by Juan Martínez.

However, Juan Martinez is more than the current CEO of J&V, he is a reknown artisan, a craftsman who has being earning prizes and awards since his youthfulness. From kitchen knives to folding knives, Juan was born and raised on a family of knives makers. The steel runs on his veins and his hearth pumps fire, this is what he loves, making exceptional products apart of running his own business focused on industrial cutlery products.

Hexai sheath is made out of genuine leather, always focused in quality to achieve a perfect high end standard. Our sheaths are made by an artisan from Spain using top quality leather, vegetable oak, acacia and rhododendrum tanning.

High-quality leather with a hexagon-based pattern, coming along wih a nice blue spun string.
High-quality leather with a hexagon-based pattern, coming along wih a nice blue spun string.

Among our collaborators we find Hydra who are a new cutlery brand from Albacete and the right people in terms of designing, testing and social media marketing. They are young but very talented and skilled, their designs are a blow of fresh air on the Spanish  sector. In fact, they are holding their own kickstarter campaign: Buzzard a multitool EDC neck knife, check it out here!

Buzzard - Multi tool EDC knife - Kickstarter project
Buzzard - Multi tool EDC knife - Kickstarter project

Risks and challenges

On the first place, we would be committed to have an excellent communication throughout the whole campaign (during and after). We totally understand the importance of keeping our backers up to date. We will not rush you with useless updates but we will be updating with every good or bad news, big or small, you can count on us.

It is not our first time executing large-scale operations, but unforeseen delays may occur. In any case, be sure that we will inform our backers through updates until rewards are shipped out. Our campaigns are run with integrity, we will not spam you with advertising but we will keep you updated.

We have tried to de-risk the campaign and overcome any potential concern. On this line, we have already set up our production with our manufacturing partners; we just need a little push.
We promise that we will deliver nothing less than the exceptional product we have promised. We believe in our own project and concept but we would like to invite you on the journey of helping us to make Hexai a reality.

Please, be sure to know your national and local restrictions about knives and pocket knives, Hexai design can be subject to restrictions in some countries. If you have any doubt, our tip is to ask to an attorney or talk to a solicitor for legal advice. You should always consult a solicitor on legal matters, they are experts in the law and they are the right people to give you the best all round advice.

In order to conclude we just want to say that we love to hear your ideas and feedback so please keep the great suggestions coming, we will not be here without your support. Thank you all for real!

>>Companies that have participated in our video<<

The following list is an enumeration of several companies who helped us:

-D·Origen cafe roasters let us took a few of our footage inside their coffee shop, are you looking for a glamorous place where to taste the smoothest cafes ever? This is your cafe. D·Origen is a company that can be found worlwide, check out if there is one close to you.

-ECM consultory: Since they were born on 2006 they have earned a really good reputation as one of the most professional consultories in Spain. They offer a complete advising about contability and legal support. Among their team you can find some of the best attorney, legal advisors, accounting advisors from Spain.

-Grupo Bueno Arenas: Bueno Arenas group are experts in designing, making and maintaining compressed air, heating, solar, gas, air conditioning installations. From electricity to telecommunications, plumbing, remodeling, etc. they are the company you can trust for any sevice, no matter if it is your home or your company, they will figure out the best solution with their expert advice.

-Miguel Angel Escribano Photography: his sharp eye and photographic skills have made him earn his good reputation. One of the best photographers from our region, from filming to editing, we would not be here without his skills (and patience!). Miguel Angel has filmed and developed amazing promoting videos for many companies worldwide.

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Long-lasting design

Hexai is made of 1.4116 steel, its high content in molybdenum and chromium gives this steel awesome corrosion resistance, it is considered as one of the most resilient stainless steel ever made. It also provides great mechanical hardness.

Hexai liners are made of stainless steel, meanwhile the handles are made out of C-Tek ™ resin infused honeycomb material, a synthethic and composed material built to last a life.

With the proper care Hexai should endure any regular and daily task and last a life.

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    Pledge €75 or more About $84

    *EARLY BIRD* HEXAI: EDC folding knife.

    *EARLY BIRD - 12% OFF* HEXAI: EDC folding knife for hexagon lovers.

    You get:

    1 x HEXAI: A perfect EDC folding knife.

    1 x HEXAI's sheath.

    Finish choice will be collected via a survey after this campaign has ended. You can choose a satin or a polish finish in your blade.

    **We are confident with our timeline, so we have scheduled the delivery by the end of July, maybe even sooner if everything go smooth as silk**

    Includes:
    • HEXAI: Perfect EDC folding knife · Satin or Polish finish choice.
    • HEXAI Sheath: genuine leather · handmade sheath.
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    Pledge €85 or more About $95

    HEXAI: EDC folding knife

    HEXAI: EDC folding knife for hexagon lovers.

    You get:

    1 x HEXAI: A perfect EDC folding knife.

    1 x HEXAI's sheath: made out of genuine leather crafted by an expert craftsman from Spain.

    >Finish choice will be collected via a survey after this campaign has ended. You can choose a satin or a polish finish in your blade.

    **We are confident with our timeline, so we have scheduled the delivery by the end of July, maybe even sooner if everything go smooth as silk**

    Includes:
    • HEXAI: Perfect EDC folding knife · Satin or Polish finish choice.
    • HEXAI Sheath: genuine leather · handmade sheath.
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    Pledge €150 or more About $167

    *EARLY BIRD* HEXAI Combo: The bee team

    *EARLY BIRD - 12% OFF* HEXAI: EDC folding knife for hexagon lovers.

    This pledge level contains TWO Hexais, for those who want to have them both or make a gift.

    You get:

    2 x HEXAI - A perfect EDC folding knife.

    2 x HEXAI's sheath.

    >Finish choice will be collected via a survey after this campaign has ended. You can choose between satin or polish finish in your blades.

    **We are confident with our timeline, so we have scheduled the delivery by the end of July, maybe even sooner if everything go smooth as silk**

    Includes:
    • HEXAI: Perfect EDC folding knife · Satin or Polish finish choice.
    • HEXAI Sheath: genuine leather · handmade sheath.
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    Pledge €170 or more About $190

    HEXAI Combo: The bee team

    HEXAI: EDC folding knife for hexagon lovers.

    This pledge level contains TWO Hexais, for those who want to have them both or make a gift.

    You get:

    2 x HEXAI. A perfect EDC folding knife.

    2 x HEXAI's sheath.

    >Finish choice will be collected via a survey after this campaign has ended. You can choose between satin or polish finish in your blades.

    **We are confident with our timeline, so we have scheduled the delivery by the end of July, maybe even sooner if everything go smooth as silk**

    Includes:
    • HEXAI: Perfect EDC folding knife · Satin or Polish finish choice.
    • HEXAI Sheath: genuine leather · handmade sheath.
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    Estimated delivery
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