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How Friction Forged Blades Began

In 2003, two quail hunters, Hobie Smith of Smith International, Inc. and Charles Allen, Knives of Alaska's President, were teamed up at the Grand National Quail Convention, an annual fund raising event in Enid, Oklahoma for quail conservation and research. As fellow bird hunters will do through the course of the day, conversation revolved around quail hunting and management, bird dogs, the Grand National, and eventually what each did business-wise. Hobie's Smith International has two operating units in Provo, Utah-MegaDiamond and MegaStir-both concerned with manufacturing synthetic diamond and other "ultra-hard" materials for oil field drilling bits and other specialty tools. Knives of Alaska manufactures high quality outdoorsmen's knives.

The discussions eventually led to the challenge "LET'S TEAM OUR COMPANIES UP AND BUILD THE MOST TECHNOLOGICALLY ADVANCED BLADE IN THE WORLD."

Thus it was at the Grand National that a four-year research process began. Teaming mechanical and electrical engineers, metallurgists and materials PhD's from Brigham Young University, and manufacturing experts from MegaStir, MegaDiamond, and Knives of Alaska, eventually culminated with meeting the challenge. Their research yielded newly issued U.S. Patents concerning technological advancements in knife blades that are "a technological leap ahead" of any other knife in the world-FRICTION FORGED® SUPER BLADES-and resulted in the formation of the new American knife manufacturing company, DIAMONDBLADE, LLC, that builds the Friction Forged® blades.

Friction Forging Technical Document

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There has never been anything like this available before. These DiamondBlade knives are stronger and have better edge holding. They give blade performance never before available from any previous blade manufacturing method at any price! I give these knives my highest endorsement?they are the best of the best with regard to performance.
— Chuck Karwan
DiamondBlade knives will take and keep an edge like nothing else on the market. (Along with the PD1, DiamondBlade sent an elk antler that it had hacked hunks out of, and the edge was not dulled in the least. Try that with your cutlery).
— Field & Stream Magazine Awards selection committee comments
In this age of hype and hoola it is refreshig to get exactly what you pay for - Quality!
— Tom Steck
DiamondBlade's Friction Forged blades are probably the most significant legitimate improvement in the knife industry in over 40 years.
— Dr. Tracy Nelson, Phd., Brigham Young University Mechanical Engineering Dept.
This is the best folding knife I know of for working on game.
— David Petzal