CKF and TuffKnives Turn Out Premium Flipper Collab

The Switch is the latest in Custom Knife Factory‘s ongoing collaboration knife project. This mid-size, high-end flipper comes from the combined efforts of CKF and Geoff Blauvelt of TuffKnives.

Across its growing stable of collaborations, CKF has kept a few things relatively constant: a mid-to-large-sized profile, luxurious materials in addition to high performance blade steel, and limited production numbers.

These elements are all present and accounted for on the Switch, starting with the 3.46 inch drop point blade, done in a relatively slim and sharklike profile. M390, the steel of choice for many of CKF’s knives, makes another appearance here and is accentuated by a satin finish. The grind, with a secondary bevel that widens as it moves near the tip, mimics a technique that Blauvelt employs on his customs. As the Switch is a pure flipper, the blade opens with a half moon-shaped tab that has been knurled along its curvature for traction.

CKF hit the titanium frame with a unique antique gold anodization job, and both scales have been given inserts of their ‘chaotic’ carbon fiber. The diamond-shaped sculpted clip is attached with hidden hardware, giving it a spacey, free-floating look (although it is non-reversible). A zirconium backspacer provides the final flourish, sporting a gear tooth-style knurling as well. The whole knife benefits from its premium construction in a practical way, with a weight that stays under 4 oz. despite being a rather large and robust knife.

The next batch of Switches is expected to arrive shortly, but as with all of the previous CKF collaborations the Switch is a limited production item and won’t be around forever.

Knife in Featured image: CKF/TuffKnives Switch