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Please visit this dedicated Halloween 2021 editions page to see what we’re doing this year.
There has always been a number of projects being researched and developed behind the scenes here at Olamic. Like most organizations we have a “skunkworks” or special projects division. It’s always a joy when something comes to fruition and two such joys have always stood out.
The first was in the works for awhile and the idea was to have our own in-house “fancy metal” akin to timascus, mokume, and the like. But we wanted it to stand out and, of course, on top of that the material had to be actually usable. Sometime in 2017 we succeeded and the result was dubbed “Fedokume” (the origin of the name is still classified).
at this point we still wanted more color
early batch, tighter pattern
Above you'll see two examples of very early versions our Fedokume material. We were happy with the results but one of the original goals was to have more color, and color that would stand out against mokume. So we kept at it to see what else is possible based on the proof of concept and what we learned from that first batch.
second batch, better contrast
third batch, more color, and an experiment in finishing
Getting closer there. Now we had blues/greens along side the gold/bronze tones, with good contrast in both glossy and more matte finishes. At this point we also did some carry tests to see how Fedokume would wear and saw that the color was very stable and resistant to fading or changing like many other materials do. The material was also very well received because it offered an exclusive alternative to mokume, timascus, and dragonskin while of course being something completely new. Because we still were only able to make it in very small quantities most of the Fedokume was reserved for truly special builds and iSolo Special Edition knives.
batch 3: now we're talkin'
batch 3 on a custom handmade 3D clip
Going into 2020 we were on the third small batch of Fedokume and things were beginning to look real hot. We had a lovely psychedelic pattern along with a wide spectrum of colors, one that before was not available in any single material of this kind. The colors remained durable under normal carry conditions. We were also happy to see that Fedokume worked just great as a clip material and had an excellent level of spring and tension. At this point there was a wait list for those who wanted to use it on a build. Going into 2021 we were ready for the next batch and so far it it's looking like always: each new attempt better than the one before it.
batch 3 on a polished, raised Whippersnapper inlay
Busker pocket clip w/ Fedokume batch 3.5
We were excited back in 2018 when Blade Magazine announced that they are bringing back the west coast edition of their show, dubbed simply Blade West. Of course we signed up immediately. For the first two years (2018-2019) it was held in Portland, OR and in 2020 it had to be cancelled. However the good news is that the show is back on this year and in a new location: Long Beach, CA. Conveniently it's just a 4.5 hour drive for us, so we're excited for a new show in our home state. Blade Show West is happening this week, on October 8th and 9th, at the Long Beach Convention Center. For all info visit the official show website.
We will be at table 148, against the left side wall after you come in.
And in line with our new tradition, there will be a virtual version of the show during actual show times, online at The Olamic Table.
After eight years in our current spot we finally got the opportunity to expand into a much nicer space. Luckily the move itself won't be too dramatic because we're just going from one unit to another in the same building. And so please note our updated address, effective October 1st, 2021:
Olamic Cutlery, Inc.
650 S Bridge Street
Visalia CA 93277 USA
We're getting closer to finalizing the “bolsterlock” version of the Whippersnapper. The design and all dimensions will stay the same, but with the addition of an integrated front bolster. This will allow us to expand our build options to include a plethora of other materials. We've worked with such build styles early on, since 2013, since our first folders were linerlocks, so it's exciting to bring it all back to that once again. Sign up below for updates, notifications, and early bird perks. If you've already signed up on the Whippersnapper page then you'll automatically be updated on this variant of the model.
To mark the end of the first run of the Whippersnapper we are offering a limited amount of builds all based on these shaped inlays. The inlays will span most of our familiar options in Titanium as well as expand into other materials like copper, fat carbon, Fedokume, and others. They will be available in an upcoming Olamic Table drop, and also from DLT Trading and Smoky Mountain Knife Works.
We came out with the original Entropic finish in summer of 2018, and were the first ones to do so. In the months that followed we worked on perfecting it while keeping it exclusive. That’s changed since then and Entropic is well on its way to becoming a household name. However we never stopped on exploring it. This post is about one its newer variations called Antique Entropic. In the gallery below you’ll see that it’s characterized by deep rust tones, uniquely worn textures, and the aesthetic of an artifact from outer space. Yet the unpredictable chaos that was the soul of the original Entropic is still there. Because we’re also able to get distinct bright colors that create a recognizably different look, there is also a subset called Antique Neontropic. This finish can be combined with most of our styles including rocks sculpting, Acid Rain, Funky Holes, inlays, and standard hole patterns. For more images of what’s possible visit the Build Assistant and in addition to having its dedicated section, you’ll see Antique Entropic in other sections, when combined with specific styles and options.
After a bunch of certainty we’re happy to say that Blade Show in 2021 in Atlanta, GA is definitely happening and we will definitely be attending. You’ll find us in a new spot, Booth #612, which will be on your left through the second walk-way after the entrance. This year for the show special exclusive/limited edition we came up with something fun with Andrey Kolesnikov. Below is a gallery of the knives themselves: hand-carved in titanium with a theme we think you’ll recognize.