- Feb 11, 2016
This object looks like it fell off of a transformer.
I like Elijah's designs for the most part, but this and the Brous Echelon or Raven just seem to be exercise designs to show off manufacturing prowess. It also seems to be a minor variation of the same knife. I think for collectors The Zeta (as the Kizer Megatherium) will be a much more usable and useful design. He's also been doing some interesting work with Geoff Blauvelt, the Dark Knight was a slightly more useful exercise. He's got a shtick alright, but I'm already tiring of it. Many cutting edge industrial designs date themselves rather quickly no matter what field (from transportation to electronics), and I'll be interested to see where it falls in the future. Not necessarily a timeless design on the whole, but I'm sure some of this design language will find its way into the work of makers for years to come.
Remember that the Custom Knife Factory Decepticon looked like nothing else only a few short years ago, but now it's pretty widely accepted and even copied to some degree.
The engineering is neat. I believe the designer did it all in a cad style software. Not sure what we knives had to improve to make it work or if it was all Isham. It is cool looking. But not something most of us want to use. I don't think it's too terribly difficult to do this style this day and age with 5axis cnc and solid works etc.It is a design to show off manufacturing capabilities. How many companies could successfully make a knife like that and have it not fall apart in their hands? Not many. Hell there are companies out there (going to step on some toes here) like Emerson's that use screws that look like they were picked up along the side of the road that fell off something. This knife is purely about art and showing off what WE is capable of doing, I'm not usually a fan of funky designs, but I love love love this one. If you look at other companies that have tried to do similar things, like Quartermaster, it usually ends up with super heavy knives that have abnormally large dimensions in one way or another to maintain structural integraity, but WE managed to do it in a moderately small, super thin, and super light package. The milling and attention to detail on this knife is beyond phenomenal, whether you agree with the design or not.