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I have been playing with many ideas for EDC fixed blades and narrowed it down to three that I was happy with. They are all very different from each other, but I like where they are going. I will only be taking one to the finish line right now and look for help from the community to choose. These are very preliminary designs and expect much finesse in the final design.

The first I am going to call the hole (first on the left). A huge pro for this knife is that you get significantly more blade length without sacrificing how you hold the knife. The blade length is pretty close to the Spyderco Para 3 which is crazy for a 5" fixed blade knife. The con is that the hole forces a wider blade which will make it less EDC friendly.


Option two in the center, which my wife calls the shank, is a small but mightly knife design. The main pros of this design are the great feel in the hand, non-threatening design, and still the robustness of a fixed blade. If I continue with this design I will work on getting more blade length as I feel that is the main con of this style.


Last but not least is option three. I'll call it the cleaver for now and personally it is my least favorite of the three. I wanted to make something with a little more tactical look to it while still keeping it EDC friendly. The tanto blade is less than ideal to sharpen (my opinion) but it looks awesome. I see the aggressive nature of this blade as it's the main downfall since I am trying to make a fixed blade knife that doesn't look too threatening.


With these three options out there I ask for feedback on which one you like the most and why. Also, please note these designs are very preliminary and I will be modifying the look and feel of them. My goal was to make three prototype concepts, pick one, and then finalize it. Thanks so much for the support and feedback on this new adventure. Shoot me an email (gondekedc@gmail.com) or respond to this post with your thoughts.

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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  

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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.

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