Jesse Jarosz Deploys New Flare Flipper Knife

Jesse Jarosz is bringing out the Flare, his first flipper design in years. The new knife departs from Jarosz’s previous work in many ways and is poised to become a permanent addition to his catalog.

Sporting a streamlined profile and a narrow 3.375-inch AEB-L blade, the Flare is a far cry from the hard-use tools that are Jarosz’s stock and trade. “It’s not the super heavy-duty stuff I normally do. I wanted to make something lighter for EDC,” he tells us.

With a reliance on kinetics and fidget factor, flippers suffer more from the dirt and grime of hard cutting. The EDC chores the Flare aims to handle made it a perfect platform for a flipper. Moving away from big cutting jobs also opened the door to the thin, pocket-friendly style Jarosz first played with on the Apple Jack slipjoint. However, he still made sure the Flare’s frame lock mechanism was sturdy and reliable. He also opted for washers over a high-maintenance ball-bearing pivot. “I’m trying to keep things as simple as possible without losing that cool factor of a flipper,” Jarosz explains.

Jarosz Knives Flare

Jarosz’s last flipper was the Pulsar, released several years ago. Jarosz liked the knife but thought he could do better. So at the start of 2017, he began revising the design. As the project developed Jarosz says it became clear he had an entirely separate knife on his hands. “After tweaking and working on things for a while I came up with a whole new model.”

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The Flare will join Jarosz’s lineup permanently, available both through occasional lotteries and his Sale Sundays. The first Flare [pictured above] sports an all-titanium build but Jarosz confirms that other material options will soon follow. “I plan on doing G-10, carbon fiber, and whatever else I can think of.” He’s keen to have Flares available to purchase for the holidays and plans to start work on the first batch within the month.

A production Flare from Jarsoz and collaboration partner KA-BAR would be the first flipper knife in the company’s lineup. No plans exist at this point, but Jarosz isn’t opposed to the idea. “It’s possible. We’ll just have to see what the guys at KA-BAR say.”

The Flare will be available on an ongoing basis. Jarosz expects prices for the knife to sit between $500-$600 dollars depending on the handle material.

Knife featured in image: Jarosz Knives Flare