KA Custom Griffon Framelock
K.A. Custom Griffon Framelock
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 it's got that going for it too!!!
This particular folder is fresh off the bench and built out as a beefy framelock in 6al4V titanium, on the lock side and force patina'd brass on the scale. The entire frame was given a CC'd contour profile and then textured in a "jigged" stag pattern, which presents as a nice rounded and comfortable feel in the hand. A solid brass backspacer and hand fabricated clip made from a small billet of Ti itself make for an extremely solid folder. All titanium has been glass bead blasted then tumbled for a nice grey tone the will hold up well to everyday use. The addition of the Hinderer Knives Lock Bar Stabilizer (used under licnese) further secures and strengthens the framelock, doing double duty as both overtravel stop and lateral stabilizer.
The blade was hand hollow ground from Swedish RWL-34 and heat treated by Bos to a rockwell of 58rc. A satin stonewashed finish completes the blade and will prove to be extremely durable in use. 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.
Blade action is smooth and flickable, riding on phosphor bronze with a ceramic detent. Lock up is solid at 20% on face with a clean release.
A pit bull of a folder, highly functional and modern in design with a bit of old school KA flare tossed in for good measure. Griffon-Mythical creature made real.
OAL when open 6.5"
OAL when closed 3.75"
Weight 6.5 oz