Introducing Badfeather Knives - and a cool, fixed-blade EDC!
Badfeather Knives launches its first knife, the "Raider Creek"
Now there is the "Raider Creek". It sports a single-piece blade and full tang. When the blade is locked out, the knife acts like a fixed blade. To stow it, a bolt lock is released – takes one-hand with a little practice – and the handle slips over the blade. You've got a fixed blade in your pocket with no sheath. Cool!
"I like the simplicity of a fixed blade," explained Dan Vorhis, designer of the knife.
"We wanted a working knife, and came up with a design that
uses the handle to sheathe the blade like a folding knife - but in a different way."
"Most folding knives nowadays have 20 or 30 parts.The "Raider Creek has six. We side-stepped the little screws and ball bearings. And we eliminated the joint entirely." Dan and Don Horton, the other principal at Badfeather, have "patents pending".
A straightforward locking mechanism allows the blade to be locked out at any length, from full-open (about 3 inches) to the tip just peeking out (for box opening and similar). Because the blade and sheath do not fold, it is impossible to accidentally fold the blade onto a finger.
"But it is possible to poke yourself." laughs Dan.
"That's the first thing I did when our production prototypes came in. Like with any new knife, there is a learning curve."
A low profile pocket clip, integral with the tang, is another nod to simplicity. It is not attached to the knife frame by tiny screws like many folding EDCs. In fact, the whole knife can be easily stripped down to the naked blade/tang using just a magnet, for cleaning or wear adjustment.
The "Raider Creek" is the first of a series of working knives that Badfeather hopes to introduce in coming years that will take advantage of this innovative "fixed blade pocket knife" approach. Being the first of a new generation, "Raider Creek" is strutting it's stuff, with a stainless CPM-S35VN blade and a titanium handle.
For more information, check out the Badfeather Knives website, http://www.badfeatherknives.com