Kingdom Armory Bomber Edition Framelock
Bench Series - Bomber Edition - Framelock Dave's closest friends have called him "Bomber" for a...
Bench Series - Bomber Edition - Framelock
Dave's closest friends have called him "Bomber" for almost 30 years now... so it just made sense that when Kingdom Armory decided to make available a special tier within the Bench Series, the closest you can get to a full one-off custom...it should also be called "Bomber".
Differentiated from Dave's full blown, one-off customs only in that fact that some parts are CNC machine made and delivered to Dave in blank unfinished form. He will utilize small batch CNC'd backspacers and clips for example, but still be texturing the frames and grinding the blades in much the same way he would a custom. And of course each one is fully assembled and tuned under Dave's strict attention to detail. His fingerprints are on every piece.
Completely aware that many other makers would just call this a full custom, Dave still adheres to the ethos that "custom" should mean that as much of the knife as possible be handmade, ensuring that each piece is artistically unique and contain the full work of the craftsman who both designed and personally built it. That is the work that dies with the maker, and the skills to be passed to Dave's sons one day. The fingerprints will be different, but the design language will endure.
In this iteration - These Bomber edition folders had frames, clips and backspacers precisioned machined by Chad Nichols of Nichols Damascus in Blue Springs, MS. Chad delivered those parts in the last run of Bench Series Rogues he and Dave recently released.
- From here, Dave hand-jigged the Ti frame to create that very cool "stag pattern" in titanium. A clean bead blast and tumble finish on all the Ti.
- The blade is a one-off shape, unique to this particular folder. Begining as a Rogue shaped blank, Dave reprofiled and hand ground this blade into what you see here. Imagining a slimmer and pointer profile, leaning into both the vibe of the orginal sparrow folder and all those reprofiled Strider SnG regrinds he did so many years ago.
- Steel type is CTS-XHP stainless from Carpenter Steel and wearing a satin scotch brite and tumbled finish.
7 3/8" OAL