KA Custom Spade
Kingdom Armory - full custom - Spade framelock with sculpted blade.
The Spade has always been a popular model, and the first designed solely around the licensed Spyderco hole. A mid sized folder, the Spade packs a lot of blade and cutting edge for it's size giving it both a unique look as well as high level of functionality. My original vision was to create an EDC folder that would be at home anywhere from an LA office environment opening boxes of party decorations at the Nakatomi Tower, to a Wyoming elk cape caping out a branch bull. Contrary to what you may assume, the spade did not get it's name from the "ace of spades" but rather from the width of it's blade. Wide enough to use as a garden shovel, or Spade!
Made from 6al4V Titanium, this Spade was giving a CC'd contour profile with a two tone satin orange peel/stonewashed texture which highlights the additional frame sculpting detail. Additionally, the presentation side was built up with a bronze liner that was left in the "bright" to add a little pop of color.
The blade on this particular folder is made from Swedish RWL-34 that was heat treated by Bos heat treating. It was first sculpted, then hand ground and given a two tone acidwashed/satin stonewashed finish. The final effect is something akin to the look of a dinosaur in my opinion. When open, texture blends from blade to frame giving the impression of a feathered shoulder.
Additional details include a Titanium Hinderer Lock Bar Stabilizing disk, which is used under license from Hinderer Knives. The blade rides on phosphor bronze washers, for a long lasting smooth opening feel. Lockup is solid at 25% on face with a clean release from a carbidized lock face. Backspacer and Clip were both fabricated from Titanium, as was the pivot screws. All other hardware is stainless steel.
Frame - .187" thick 6al4V titanium
Blade - .156" thick RWL-34
OAL when open = 6.75"
OAL when closed = 3.75"
3" blade is 50 state legal to carry, unless your principality has issues with one hand opening. (*insert fart noise here!)