This UL Titanium knife was made by Javan Dempsey of The Stateless Society. I had previously seen the quality of work on his quilts so when he offered these up for pre-sale, I jumped on the opportunity to grab one. Now, I don't know the details, but the knife never made it to a production level so as far as I know there are only a handful out there.
The following is Javan's description of the product from his initial posting:
This is self sharpening, chisel ground, industrially carbide impregnated' titanium utility knife, which requires little or no maintenance, excels at cutting tasks, and weighs roughly 8grams.
OAL is 5", 0.5" wide, 0.063 thick.
The production pieces will be waterjet out of 0.063 6al4v, and weigh a little less. The edge bevels will be hand ground by me, and the carbide spark deposited also by me, using a very expensive industrial spark depositor made by Electro Arc corp. While some of you may be familiar with hobby carbidizer units, and their poor performance, rest assured that the results from the industrial machines are nothing similar. This unit will deposit a single pass layer of tungsten or titanium carbide of 25micron, where as the small units are at best around 2micro. On the max setting, this machine sparks like a mig welder.
This blade as mentioned, is self sharpening, due to the single side deposition of carbide, and the chisel grind, which implements the so called "beaver tooth" effect. The softer titanium wears down at a higher rate than the thin layer of ultra hard carbide, which exposes the carbide layer, creating a micro serated edge. In fact, the sharpness will increase after use from the initial grind.
These blades are microserrated and work extremely well for cutting tasks, slicing, cutting rope, bags, sticks, clothes, food, etc, however are not a substitute for a steel blade where impact use is required. These blades are not suitable for batoning or axe type chopping.
By the time it got to me, Javan had developed a sheath for the blade that weighs about 7 grams. It looks and functions perfectly but is something that I leave at home as the additional weight is not worth it. I simply keep the blade in my first aid kit without any issue. The blade itself is not sharp to the touch, but it can be used for anything from carving a marshmallow stick to cutting moleskin. At home, I actually use it to cut shipping boxes up and shipping labels to size. Works perfectly. It came with a very nice wrap on the handle for comfort and I see this becoming a regular piece of gear in my kit.
Description: A self sharpening, chisel ground, industrially carbide impregnated titanium utility knife.
Knife - 0.28 oz (8 grams)
Sheath - 0.25 oz (7 grams)
Notes: Since I did not make this, it would not be possible for me to make you one or bring this product to market.