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I have been thinking a lot about what to build next. There have been a few products contemplated and suggestions provided by people in the community. I want to make something that fixes a problem for EDC while still providing value for a large audience. This has led me down the path towards the ultimate fixed blade EDC knife.


I have been carrying a folding knife just about every day (except when I travel and carry my Traveler…shameless plug) and always wanted to carry a fixed blade knife. Folding knives are fantastic and just fit so easily with any attire. My problem is that I can’t find something that fits just right for me that is a fixed blade. My goal is to create something that solves this for me, and hopefully other people as well. Here are a few of the targets I have:

  • Premium Steel(s) - There are smaller EDC fixed blades out there but I have struggled to find something I like that uses high-end steel. I am contemplating M390, CPM 20CV, or CPM S30V but need to do more research on cost and machinability.

  • Retention With Clips - If you know my EDC style you know it is more clips = more better. I want a fixed blade knife that I can carry similar to my folding knives.

  • Minimal Sheath - A sheath is a necessity of a fixed blade knife but they increase bulk. I want to optimize the sheath to the bare minimum in order to protect without adding bulk.

  • Compact Length - I am not sure how long to make the blade and the handle. My goal is that it fits the back pocket of my jeans. This will take some development work and thankfully I will have my 3D printer in about a week.

  • Modern and Functional Design - I have never designed a knife before and look forward to the challenge. I have a few sketches and going to start CAD modeling based on some feedback from the community.

My plan is to document the design process similar to my wallet. I really enjoyed putting my thoughts and ideas into words and love the feedback I received. I want to make the perfect EDC fixed blade not just for myself but for everyone.  If you have any ideas, thoughts, suggestions, please respond to this post or shoot me an email at GondekEDC@gmail.com  


My design page has previously been focused on machined everyday carry items such as my pry bar and wallet. While I am working on my next creation, my current path has focused me down the road of the EDC Hank. I have been making handkerchiefs for a little while now, but it got kicked into overdrive when my wife gave me some extra Harry Potter fabric. As a nerd and Harry Potter fan, the only option was to make a Hank. Turned out the community loved it as much as I did.

This started a wave of support for my Hanks and really got my brain spinning. With the holidays right around the corner (and some great ideas from a few friends) the holiday hanks were born. I have been spending a ton of my time sewing to keep up with demand. Thankfully my amazing wife has a whole office devoted to sewing so there is no lack of equipment.

So, while my design updates in the past have been to talk about a new project or idea, I wanted to share a little background on the Hanks. It has been a huge part of my business in the past two weeks and something I hope to continue to expand. Who knows, maybe I put a new design in my store. Wink wink.

It has been a little while since my last post and wanted to give an update on current designs. Well....not a lot has been done since I finished up the wallet as most of my time has been on wallets, pry bars, and hanks. I just shipped out all open orders of pry bars and have a little time to focus on the next product.

To help that, I finally pulled the trigger on my own 3D printer. Before I would outsource to friends to help out and this should dramatically decrease design and development time. I also hope this allows me to make a few extra prototypes to get some feedback from the community.


Stay tuned for more updates as I nail down the next product design and as always feel free to reach out with any suggestions or ideas.


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