KA Custom - Griffon Framelock - Hand Cut Damasteel blade & clip
A classic staple in the Kingdom Armory lineup, the Griffon is still one of Dave's favorite deisgns and one that is always in his personal EDC rotation. A modified sheep's foot blade profile is an unbelievably useful and utility driven shape, really giving you both the cutting power of a straight edge, but with the strength and practicality of a drop point nose.
Named for the mythical creature to which the knife bears a striking resemblance, the Griffon is a whole lot of fierce packed into a small profile. Body of a lion, head and talons of an Eagle? Yup, that'll work! Plus, Pliny the Elder wrote, "Griffons were said to lay eggs in burrows on the grounds and these nests contained gold nuggets." So its got that going for it too!
This particular folder is fresh off the bench and built out as a contoured Linerlock in 6al4V titanium, in a CC'd profile for comfortable every day carry. Most striking however is the Swedish Damasteel blade and clip! Forged by Damasteel Labs in Söderfors Sweden, this stainless damascus pattern is know as "Odin's Eye". Hand cut and hand hollow ground, this blade is unique in it's taller cross section and milled jimping.. which exhibits some of Dave's variation found in a hand cut blade as opposed to when he's running the water jet. That taller blade allowed for a higher grind, and really did a great job of exposing the pattern that exists in this piece of steel. As the cherry on the top, Dave built a clip from the same material. Not just a cool "matchy, matchy" aesthetic... the clip is actually spring tempered and functions as a pocket clip should.
Unlike most Griffons made previoulsy with the spydie hole, this one makes use of a milled oval slot for thumbing open. The change to the look is subtle, but really in keeping with this knife's design. All the Ti is wearing a wire wheel applied satin orange peel texture that looks clean and wears extremely well with time.
Blade action is smooth and flickable, riding on phosphor bronze with a ceramic detent. All hardware is custom fabricated stainless, with the pivot screws being fabricated out of Titanium by Steve Kelly at TiConnector, and gold anodized for a little extra flair! Lock up is solid at 22.25% on face with a clean release.
A pit bull of a folder, highly functional and modern in design with enough Damasteel to make it awe inspring. Griffon. Mythical creature made real.