The Grovemade Pocket Knife is the knife refined to its true essentials, showcasing premium materials and advanced construction. Inspired by the classic Japanese Higonokami knife, the Grovemade Pocket Knife is held closed by friction, and held open by placing one’s thumb on the end of the tang. It’s a beautiful, elegant, and simple knife for the design conscious individual.
The vast majority of pocket knives are built with a sandwich style construction, stacking materials and then screwing them together surrounding the blade. This is the easiest and cheapest way to make a knife. We challenged this convention by building around a single-piece machined core which we call the “monobody”. We pursued this single piece construction for cleaner lines, durability, and a fundamentally unique look.
For our blade, we chose Elmax Blade Steel made by Bohler-Uddenholm of Sweden. One of the most premium blade steels available, Elmax is specially formulated for high wear durability, superior compressive strength and corrosion resistance. It has both ease of sharpening and strong edge retention; making it easy to maintain and impervious to wear.
The solid monobody is composed of 303 stainless steel. At almost three times the density of aluminum, it has a satisfying heft and is virtually indestructible. Also, unlike aluminum, it’s not anodized or coated, so the appearance won’t chip or wear away with time.
In order to fully realize the fine details of our design (the blade fitting flush with the handle when open or closed; the lack of gap between the blade and the surround) we were forced to get creative with our manufacturing partners. After the larger blade companies we reached out to couldn’t promise the tolerances we needed, we decided to keep all manufacturing entirely in the Pacific Northwest.
The blade and monobody are machined by our friends in Oregon City, the blade is taken up to Kent, Washington for bevel grinding, and then returns to Portland for final sharpening. The wood is machined, sanded, and finished here in the Grovemade workshop where the knife is finally assembled.
These decisions were not taken lightly. A knife made entirely in the USA is significantly more expensive than outsourcing from overseas. But we wanted to create a beautiful and unique piece which contributes to the genre, not just make another knife.