Born to Blade
It wouldn’t be much of an exaggeration to say "I was born with a knife in my hand.” In one of my earliest memories, I recall turning the back seat of my Mom’s vintage Ford Econoline van into swiss cheese with the help of my trusty pocket knife. I don’t know why I did it, but Mom was not happy to say the least. However, the reprimand I received did little to diminish my love of cutlery. In fact, I dare say it only encouraged me. I was hooked on knives.
The Early Days
And so began a lifelong love affair with blade design. I was fortunate enough to have an ever-present friend and mentor who fostered my passion and helped stoke the fire. His influence inspired my first custom knife which Gil Hibben built in 2001. Later, I teamed with the likes of John Coheah and Dylan Farnham (just to name a few) to bring other creations to life.
Making My Mark
Like many designers before me, I have long pursued the Unicorn of blade design; One knife that does it all. For years my efforts were largely in vain.
While pursuing my Unicorn, I closely followed one of the most hotly contested debates of the bladed survival tool market, “big knife vs camp axe.” After years of watching this debate unsuccessfully resolve itself on the discussion forums, I began to think there might be an undiscovered 3rd option that could successfully supplant the perennial kings of the survival tool market (big knife/small axe) and once and for all lay the age-old debate to rest.
10,000 years in the making
My “ah-ha” moment occurred when I began to consider the shared origin of both the knife and the axe. Before these two tools diverged into separate evolutionary paths, they shared a common ancestor – the stone age hand axe. Often made out of flint, they could be chipped to produce razor-sharp edges for slicing and cutting, or they could be lashed to wooden hafts to make axes. With this as a starting point, I began to see ways that modern technology could improve upon this stone age design.
Trial & Error
Discovery is often a messy process and I definitely got my hands sticky on this one. To find something new, I had to first let go of everything I had been taught about how knives and axes are supposed to look and function. Far easier said than done.
The “unrefined” nature of some of my earlier designs and prototypes reflect my struggles as I endeavored to escape the gravity of traditional blade ideology. However, through enough trial and error, something new began to emerge and the Axxis was born.
You gotta break a few eggs to make an omelet...
Where to go from here?
Sometimes, the only way to find yourself is to get a little lost along the way. At the time I discovered the Axxis, I was a Realtor living in Austin, TX and not only did I lack the will to turn my dream into a reality, but I also lacked the technical know-how. Great Ideas are like A$$ holes; everybody’s got em… I knew I had something when I discovered the Axxis, but a great idea is nothing more than a dream without the will and ability to wrestle it free from the subconscious.
A Man with Dreams, Needs a Woman with Vision
I am not ashamed to admit, while in Austin, I met the love of my life on OkCupid. In my profile, I talked about knives. A lot. Unlike other girls, she did not recoil from my passion for cutlery. No, this one was clearly special. She prefers a hot forging and a full tang if you know what I mean. A survivalist at heart, she took my dreams and made them her own.
They say that love can set you free, and in our case, that was certainly the truth. 9 months after we met, we gave up the security of our careers and packed our bags for Colorado. Marooned in the wilderness of the Rockies, we threw ourselves into making this dream a reality.
Marooned in the wilderness of the Rockies, we threw ourselves into making this dream a reality.
At Bone Daddy Blade Werx we believe that proper stewardship of the planet begins with an appreciation of the natural world. It is only through first-hand experience that one truly comes to understand that which they wish to preserve. Unfortunately, gaining this wisdom can be tough and is often hard-earned. If living in the wilderness has taught us anything it’s this; Nature can be a brutal bitch and her call is sometimes hard to hear.
That is why we are dedicated to minimalism, utility, and above all else design innovation. In order to make nature more accessible to the every-day adventurer, we produce skeletonized survival tools that reduce weight while increasing functionality. Utilizing the same archaic principles that inspired the Axxis, our unorthodox approach to design has led to discoveries that will reshape the survival gear landscape and challenge adventurers the world over to rethink their entire approach to minimalist survival.
Do you hear that sound??
... Sounds like nature calling to me!
"We often forget that we are nature. Nature is not something separate from us. So when we say we have lost our connection to nature, we have lost our connection to ourselves."