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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 go the extra mile in finishing off their knives. The fit and finish of the handles is as good as you will find on any custom knife. They are every bit as collectible as they are serviceable.
— Pat Covert, Knife Editor, American Handgunner
Sharper, Harder, tougher, longer lasting edge: Just when we thought blade technology had reached its zenith with industrial strength stainless steel and aircraft grade titanium comes the introduction of the exciting new DiamondBlade line of "Super Blades" based on Friction Forged technology. These blades are not just the next step, but a giant leap forward.
— Harold Gunn, Texas Outdoor Journal
ultramodern technology creates blades with strength and edge-holding ability that is certainly unsurpassed, and probably unequaled...not hype, it is for real.
— Field & Stream Magazine, award selection committee
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.
Do they stay sharp? I recently gutted and skinned a mud-encrusted wild hog in the California hills. The knife felt as sharp as before. In tests, a DiamondBlade severed a 1/2 inch manila rope 300 times and remained keen enough to shave. It then chopped several 2x4's in two---before lopping another section of rope with one swipe!
— Wayne Van Zwoll, Bugle Magazine, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation