This is part of my new BC’s Knives series! A once a week post about one knife in my collection. I plan to keep posting these until I get bored or run out of knives.
Jake Hoback is a custom knife maker. Like many successful knife makers, he has his own line of midtech knives to lower prices and increase production. This means he has a line of knives that are made by hand, by him, and knives that he carefully oversees but puts less personal work into.
A while back, I picked up one of his custom knives on consignment at a store. The knife was more expensive than I would have normally paid, but it just spoke to me in the hand. This was actually the knife that got me started on my higher end collecting from that point on. 🙂
Jake’s Kwaiback is arguably his signature knife, or at least the model he is best known for. A seriously overbuilt, tanto-like, overbuilt, modern tactical folder, lots of folks in the knife world really love the design, and I’m one of them. Despite the thick blade stock, the knife cuts well, and…did I mention it’s overbuilt? This sucker is a custom but I’ve pried paint cans with the blade without a second thought.
Of course, the premium steel doesn’t hurt. This is the only knife I own in CPM-20V, but I have no problem with it at all.
The 3.75″ blade actually feels a bit larger than it really is in the hand, and I really like how long the handle is, giving a striking surface to break windows, or use as an impact weapon if that’s your thing. Some folks really don’t like that Jake engraves a Bible verse on every knife he sells, but I think that’s his prerogative as the maker, and has turned into a mark of his brand, somewhat like the Bible verses that Trijicon always puts on their scopes.
My particular knife has a really attractive acid washed blade that has provided a maintenance free carry experience over the course of time that I’ve owned it.
I really love this knife.
- Blade Length: 3.75″
- Cutting Edge: 3.875″
- Blade Steel: CPM-20CV Stainless Steel, Acid Washed
- Thickness: 0.1875″
- Closed Length: 5.375″
- Overall Length: 9.125″
- Handle Material: Milled Titanium