Behind The Design
Ever wonder why a knife was designed a certain way? If so, this is for you.
To understand what makes a good knife, we have to go back to the drawing board. There are a lot of intentional decisions that are made when designing a knife that may get missed if you're just looking at the final product, with no context. In this segment, we're going straight to the designer so that nothing gets lost in translation.
Work Knife V1
The Work Knife V1 is my idea of a practical tool for a craftsman or outdoorsman, and is one of my earliest drawings. The simple Wharncliffe blade is “socially acceptable” and lends itself to detailed work with the tip, while the belly of the edge enables the user to slice efficiently. The relatively compact size makes it possible to carry it daily on the job site, particularly in the deep carry pocket sheath or leather “scout” scabbard. The handle (common to the whole Work Knife series, with interchangeable scales) is equally at home in a saber grip or ice-pick grip, and its application has ranged from carpenter’s belts to battle belts.
Work Knife V2
The Work Knife V2 is the result of a request for a “Duty” oriented knife by a law enforcement officer and trainer. The “spear point” blade offers penetration benefits while still being a practical tip and edge profile for every day use. The relatively compact size makes it possible to carry daily, particularly in the deep carry pocket sheath, leather “scout” scabbard or even concealed inside the waistband with the standard scabbard and DCC clip. The handle (common to the whole Work Knife series, wth interchangeable scales) is equally at home in a saber grip or ice-pick grip, and the bird’s head pommel facilitates quick retrieval and good retention.
This model, whose name is derived from the shape of the handle, was formed with true EDC in mind. Whether in a deep carry pocket scabbard, on the waistline with the standard sheath, or in the wild with the leather scout scabbard, it lends itself to daily carry and routine use. The slim profile and compact size make it easy to have with you, but is just large enough to tackle most chores. Symmetry is beautiful, on its own merit, and the curves of the handle make it secure and functional. The blade profile is slim but with a stout tip and a sweep that cuts well. My intent with the DogBone was to make a knife that was both elegant and capable, proportioned to be a daily companion.