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Brad Southard Downing – Small Custom Folding Knife Spotlight

Since the Brad Southard Downing is a custom knife, there are no real constraints for materials.  Here are some general specifications:

  • Blade Length: 2 1/8″
  • Clip: Tip Up Carry
  • Length while Closed: 3 1/8″
  • Handle: Titanium / G10 / Carbon Fiber
  • Overall Length (Open): 5 1/4″
  • Opening Device: Thumb Hole
  • Titanium Framelock
  • Weight: ~2 oz
  • Backspacer: Optional Glow in the Dark
  • Blade Steels: Cryo-treated CPM-154, CPM-S30V
  • Blade Finishes: Satin/Stonewash Combo, Bead-blasted, Hand-Rubbed
  • Blade Shapes:  Drop-Point, Hawkbill
Now, let’s get to everyone’s favorite part.  The photos:

According to Brad Southard’s page on the Arizona Custom Knives website:

“Since my grandfather first gave me a knife at the age of 8 I’ve been hooked. The love grew from there and I’ve constantly searched for and sought after the best. When my love of woodworking led me to make my own chisels and hand planes, the step to knives was an obvious choice.

While studying Industrial Design in college I learned to machine, and quickly learned all I could about metal working and tried my hand at knives. What started as a hobby and pastime quickly began to pay for my tuition, and before I knew it, it was my main source of income. I made knives part time for quite a while but in 2009 was forced to go full time. I say forced, but it was a welcome move, although a hard one.

Every day I go to my shop and spend a few minutes sketching and drawing, hoping to see if a great new design appears. For every couple hundred sketches I get one or two worth developing farther. My constant goal with design and knives is the age old adage “Form follows function”. The comfort and usability of the blade comes long before how the knife looks, but when a good design comes together you can end up with a beautiful knife that functions well, and you just cant put it down. That’s what I strive for.”

Brad Southard is a relatively new knife maker out of Tucson, Arizona who is building a stellar reputation in the custom knife community.  Brad’s order book is currently closed, but you can still find his work through custom knife dealers and collaboration projects(i.e. Triple Aught Design, Liong Mah, etc.)

Special Thanks for the photos to: