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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
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
The DiamondBlade knives were sharp, scary sharp, like nothing I'd ever seen.
— Roger Pinckney, Senior Editor, Sporting Classics magazine
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
This is the best folding knife I know of for working on game.
— David Petzal