I’ve been making knives since 2002 as a hobby.
I used the name “DEVIANT BLADES” because I’d been using ‘deviant11′ as login name on most of the knife-related forums.
When I started making knives, I only did fixed blades. These days, I mostly make framelock folders.
You can’t make good knives if you don’t use good materials. When I started in 2002, it was almost impossible for me to find any ‘modern’ materials like titanium, carbon fiber, G10.
Most of the other Belgian knife makers only used wood, antler or bone as handle material and Carbon steel as blades.
I wanted to make something different, something that was ‘deviant’, out of the box.
I love using RWL-34 as bladesteel for folders. It’s easy to work with and it holds a great edge. When I can’t get this, I also use N690 and M390 (wich is a pain to work with). All these stainless steels are heattreated professionally in Germany.
Most of my prototypes are made of A2 carbon steel. This is because I can harden this steel myself.
Carbon fiber is gorgeous, but it’s a hassle to work with. It’s a dirty, dangerous material. I hate using it, but love it when it’s finished.
Zirconium: Awesome as a bolster material. This stuff burns my fingers almost every time I use it, but it looks amazing when anodized. You can get it almost black.
Titanium: A must have for modern knifemakers. Especially framelocks need this material. It’s strong, lightweight and can be anodized in many different colors.