The Jeremy Krammes Shortcut is another highly regarded small custom folding knife with numerous options. The Shortcut has four distinctive pinholes at the top of the blade following the spine. The blade is a simple drop-point with a spine swedge. Here are the general specificatons:
Overall Length(Open): 4 5/8″
Length Closed: 2 5/8″
Blade Length: 2″
Handle: Carbon Fiber, G10, Titanium, ask
Opening Device: Thumbhole
Weight: ~2.3 oz.
Clip: Tip Up Carry
Here are some photos of the Shortcut from his website:
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.)
It seems like all the big, flashy custom knives get all the attention, but sometimes you need you need something light and small. Sometimes you may wear dress pants that don’t like heavy knives. Sometimes you need a small knife that won’t scare the sheeple. Sometimes you may feel the need to go as small and light as possible. Sometimes you just don’t want to carry a full size knife!
That doesn’t mean you want to abandon all semblance of style and panache. Thankfully there are a number of custom knife makers with fantastic small custom folding knives that will fit your needs. Over the next several weeks, we’ll look at a number of small custom folding knives.
When I compiled this list, I was looking for something similar in size to the Spyderco Dragonfly, a production knife that many would consider to be the standard in the small and light folding knife category:
5.563 ” (141 mm)
2.25 ” (57 mm)
3.313 ” (84 mm)
1.875 ” (48 mm)
1.2 oz. (34 g)
.093 ” (2.5 mm)
I’ll be covering custom knives that are similar to these dimensions. I realize that “similar” is a very subjective word since every knife is different, but I think you will be happy with the selction. Here are few of the knives we will be covering: