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Awesome SAK Concept Knives

Discussion in 'Knives' started by fatkid, Sep 28, 2009.

  1. fatkid

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    As an industrial designer I come across really cool stuff all the time while checking out my usual blogs, but this is the first one I felt the EDC crowd would really dig. A Swiss industrial design student named Thilo Fuente made a few different knife concepts using real Wenger steel from the source. The article is excellent and I encourage anyone interested to check it out. It shows some the design process as well, something I can't always explain very well.

    Check it out here
     
  2. shrap

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    The bent one looks cool, although it seems to be less efficient in space. The rest seem impractical.
     
  3. yam350

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    I liked the Absinthe knife, but then I like Absinthe!
    The rest looked a little childish and not too practical although I thought the necker was okay and the pry bar was usable if a little large for neck or keyring.
     
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    I'd go for one with the bent handle and removable blades. That's always been my biggest gripe about SAKs and multi-tools--use one tool, fold it down, open the next one you need, fold it down, go back to the first one you were just using, etc etc etc. They're great for compact carry but not so efficient in use.

    A set of tool attachments and one (or even better two) handles would make a great EDC kit without the weight of full-sized versions of the tools.
     
  5. TKC

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    I don't care for any of them.
     
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    I'm not sure whether I'd buy them, but I like the designs. Good to see some creativity. Thanks for the link. :highfive:
     
  7. fatkid

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    Well, at least one person liked it :shrug:

    This was a student project.This was an exercise in design and is conceptual. I wouldn't be too hard on the guy, after all, he was working with Wenger on the project. How many of us can say that? Not to mention he is probably around 20 years old! :shocked:
     
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    The separate tools and bent are all models I could buy, though the bent model looks a bit inefficient. If Wenger uses alox scales, make them thin and add more tools! :)
     
  9. Belush2
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    :thinking: I would hate to say anything negative to a kid who just might be an up and coming designer in the near future...

    Don't want to burst their (sometimes sensitive) bubble!! But I will say...

    "Get back to the drawing board, and keep pushing the limits!!!" :work:
     
  10. Sharpdogs

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    Some interesting designs, I like the bent one the most.
     
  11. yam350

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    Here's my couple of cents worth,If you disagree, flame me, it's your right!

    The job of a product designer or an architect for that matter is to ascertain needs and or wants in the market and attempt to fulfill them, if that can be done in an innovative , artistic or original way then it is a bonus. The worst thing designers can do is to indulge themselves with only what appeals to them and then try to push it on to the customer.Philips and Sony have been doing that for years and have paid the price once or twice.
    That opinion is based on years of having been in the purchasing seat for both personal wants and professional buying in the Plant,Grounds Maintenance and Construction industries. Luckily there are more and more people out there who can fulfill those criteria and still push the envelope.
    The guy must be gifted to stand out enough to have a company like Wenger allowing him to play so any criticism he gets now from people who use their stuff can only be good.
     
  12. phill

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    Shocked he didnt do the obvious of designing a modular SAK where you can "build" your own SAK from a meccano set of pieces to construct your own layout, which you can adapt as many times as you want basically by unscrewing the "pins".

    So for day to day EDC use you can have your basic blade and combo bottle/can opener and a pen layer like a Bantam+, maybe a scissors layer too. Then in the evening you are going to a dinner party and so can add a corkscrew and because it will be dark throw in an LED light, maybe even some kind of spork tool. Then at the weekend you are going camping so you can add in a wood saw.

    You could probably use all the same parts as the current knives, you just need a new scale type and some kind of rig for setting it up with the the backspacers. A few new tools could be made for more specialist functions.

    But then i suppose the point of his project is to create concepts rather than a usable form of SAK.
     
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    I dont have the abilities to do it (the idea of dismantling a SAK terrifies me!) but Ive ALWAYS wanted one of the blades to be a KEY.

    Maybe a front door key or padlock key (to your EDC Storage cabinet, of course!!)
     
  14. yam350

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    That is a cool idea, they could hold you captive for life.
    You buy a basic 84mm, 91mm or what have you handle and liners, then subscribe and each month they send you another bit so that eventually you can mod your knife at will from a basic one layer SAK to a 23 layer Mega-SAK with different length pins and a never ending list of new tools and blades to fit into your `Flexi-SAKĀ“ it would be like the old Franklin Mint for SAK freaks .
     
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    I'd buy the bent one, and I like the idea of the removable blade a lot also. Not sure it'd get much use but it'd be a great addition to my small collection.
     
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    I like all of them except for the saw/knife thing. I especially liked all of the fixed SAK tools, that got me thinking about how awesome it would be if Wenger or Victorinox released a bunch of their tools individually as fixed versions for people to assemble/integrate into their own keyrings. How cool would that be?
     
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    Lot's of good dialog on this one, thanks for that! I agree that some of the ideas could be refined more. This is the problem with being a student. Sometimes these kinds of projects only last a month :shocked: and there is little time to get past the concept stage. If I were asked to put a label on the progress, I would say this is at the concept phase, not the prototype stage and that is why some of the ideas aren't market ready.

    Oh, and IMHO the "bent" example is awesome. It allows for those who have weak ( or nonexistant ) fingernails to still open the knife without significant change in the design language that is synonymous with SAK products as we know them. If I were to pick on one, it would be the example with the watch knob on it. That just looks stuck on there.

    Great comments everyone!
     
  18. fatkid

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    I think he may have gotten to this point if he had developed the idea further. He had the a-la-cart idea with the separate pieces on the paracord. I could easily see that idea evolve to what you are talking about. Either way, the fit and finish are on a pro level.
     
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    Hm, I do like the saw / blade combo. The design is not ready for use imho, but it sort of opens the door to a new type of tool. Not sure why, but I feel that could lead to something.

    The bent handle is great for increased cutting power - I would prefer it curved rather than bent abruptly though.

    Cheers,

    Matt
     
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    Fascinating concepts. These are almost playful - conceptual, but could jar us loose from our traditional concepts. The "play in the woods tool" interests me particularly because of the diverse tool edge possibilities. I would like to see the covers slide rather than fold out. It will be fun to see what he comes up with next.