Fox Knives recently revealed it would be expanding its value-oriented Black Fox line in 2017, with several new models slated to join the budget catalog. First out of the gates is the Nidhug, a tactical slipjoint folder designed by Mikkel Willumsen that brings Fox style to the masses in a sub-$50 package.
Designed for wide legality, it has a stiff back spring in place of a lock and a loop-over pocket clip to keep it inconspicuous. Though Fox is known for its beautiful fit and finish, the Nidhug will be produced in Asia and not Italy. According to the company, before travelling to its final destination each Nidhug will make a stop in Maniago for a quality inspection.
The details are attended to with a polished back spring, two-tone blade finish, and chamfered G-10 scales. The Nidhug also houses a wide 2.75” modified wharncliffe blade made of 440C steel. According to Fox’s Massimo Centazzo the unusual blade shape and modern materials give it that Willumsen feel despite its departure from the Danish designer’s usual work. It also addresses Fox customers’ growing desire for modern-style slipjoint knives. “Our customers have been asking for a legal, tactical folding knife. The Nidhug covers all of these bases.”
Centazzo acknowledges the Nidhug’s debt to another Willumsen design: the Lansky World Legal Knife. “The Nidhug is influenced by the Lansky World Legal. It is not the same knife, but the next generation of this slip joint design.” The Nidhug incorporates more conventional blade and handle shape, G-10 scales instead of nylon, and does away with the extended steel pommel. It also manages to come in an ounce lighter than the World Legal Knife, weighing 4.2 oz.
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Fox introduced the Black Fox Knives subsidiary in 2006 to address customer requests for Fox designs at entry-level prices. “With the Black Fox Knives brand, the main purpose was to offer a range of products with good quality and affordability for the users,” Centazzo says.
The Nidhug will release in black and orange, be available by March, and set you back $36.
Knife featured in image: Black Fox Knives Nidhug