Overall Length 3.5
Weight (oz) 5.6
Source Previously owned
Knife Type Tip Down Carry, Tip Down Clip
Handle Material Metallic
About the Maker
Derrick Obatake born and raised in East Los Angeles and has been designing and making jewelry for over 35 years. At an early age he was taught to be a machinist by his father. He is a Graduate Gemologist from GIA and has had formal training in traditional jewelry arts, Diamond setting, model making, casting, finishing and fabrication. He has extensive experience in Die striking, and 3D CAD design. I like to blend old school craftsmanship with new age technology to create an out of the box style that is hopefully refreshing and empowering. The parent company of Steel Flame®, Elements has been in business for over 17 years. Elements has sold custom product through over 500 retailers nationally and has been an approved drop ship vendor for corporations like Nordstrom, Disney, Warner Bros, Amway and Lands End. We take pride in building everything here in the United States using quality materials from US suppliers.
I started crafting precision spinning tops and other collectible machined items in my garage in January of 2014. I've since built a new shop and added additional equipment in order for more people to enjoy my creations. Every machined item I offer has been crafted with the utmost attention to detail by me in my shop.
I grew up in Honolulu, HI and left home for Seattle to attend the University of Washington for my undergraduate degree. After four years as an undergrad I received a B.S.E.E. (Electrical Engineering) and decided to stay at UW for graduate work. I finished my Ph.D in Electrical Engineering, working in the BioRobotics Lab on a project developing a next generation robotic telesurgery system. Until I came to college did not I truly discover my passion for knives. Since about 1999 I have become continually more involved with the knife community. In the past I attend about four or five major shows a year, plus the small local ones. Trying to finish grad school cut into my knife show travel. Part of my knife-collecting hobby was to photograph and review knives in my collection. When I first began to learn about custom knives, I always appreciated people who would give thorough and honest reviews and share quality images. When I began my own collection I returned the favor by offering my own reviews and photographs. I do so for many reasons. First and foremost it helps a potentially unknown maker get some exposure. It also allows other collectors, new or experienced, to see a knifemaker’s current work and see how they are progressing. Becoming friends with many talented knifemakers helped motive my own creative passion. I started with rings, primarily in Timascus and Stainless Damascus as well as Timascus pens constructed from high quality kits. In 2014 I made my first spinning top – since then it has been the primary focus of my work.