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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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What They're Saying
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
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.
Your blades are simply amazing. I've skinned 7-8 deer with the first knife of yours that I purchased a few years ago. It's still scary sharp...
— B. Ravnaas
The DiamondBlade knives were sharp, scary sharp, like nothing I'd ever seen.
— Roger Pinckney, Senior Editor, Sporting Classics magazine
In more than 30 years of hunting wild pigs, I have never seen a knife that could dress more than two pigs without sharpening. However, I used a single Friction Forged knife to skin five hogs without sharpening it. Simply put, that is unparalleled performance.
— Durwood Hollis