Justin Lundquist Turns Feist Folder into Custom Fixed Blade

Justin Lundquist is giving fans of the Feist something new to fiend for with the Feist Fixed Blade. These custom pieces present the well-known design in an entirely new light, and may be the first of several different fixed blades from Lundquist.

Lundquist tells us that he has always wanted to make a fixed blade version of his famous front flipper. “I have thought about it for years, I just haven’t gotten to it until now.” Sometimes folders don’t translate well into fixies, but Lundquist says the Feist’s fundamentals were a perfect blueprint. “I think the size of the original Feist will work well as a fixed blade that can be carried in the front pocket,” Lundquist continues. “I kept the same blade to handle ratio as the folder. This means the handle is a tad longer than the blade. This keeps the knife compact while still allowing a full four finger grip.”

With the outline established, the next step was to figure out the ergonomic particulars. “I did a few versions in CAD to try to decide how I wanted to approach the handles,” explains Lundquist. He was torn between doing flush scales, or letterboxed ones. Eventually Lundquist found himself favoring the letterbox look. “The shadowboxed version has many more steps in the hand building process but has awesome visual details that are maybe a tad more aggressive looking.” Thus the majority of what he makes will feature that look although there is still experimenting to do. “I still plan to play with a few variations I have not tried yet,” Lundquist adverts. “At the moment I haven’t contoured the scales on the flush version which I still plan on trying, as well as possibly some bolsters on the more classic looking flush version.”

We asked Lundquist if he has plans to ‘fixed bladeify’ any other of his folding knife designs. “I will likely do the Feist XL as a fixed blade at some point. However, I am currently focusing on the original size for the time being,” he told us. The Feist folder comes in a reverse tanto blade configuration and Lundquist wants to bring that out in a fixed blade format next. “I will probably get to the Feist Reverse Tanto in the OG size before I scale up to the Feist XL.”

Currently the Feist Fixed Blade is planned only as a custom piece. Any Feist Fixed Blades that Lundquist makes between now and June will be available only at Blade Show, but after that he will be making and selling them directly through his site, on a first come first served basis. “If people are interested in snagging one the best way will be to sign up for my mailing list on my website for drop notifications.”

Knife in Featured Image: Justin Lundquist Feist Fixed Blade

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