Philippe Jourget Partners with CKF for the First Time

French custom maker Philippe Jourget and Custom Knife Factory are rolling out their first collaboration, the FIF23. The new knife takes its name from the Jourget custom on which it is closely modeled.

CKF’s FIF23 closely mirrors Jourget’s original. Users get a super clean, angular handle with correspondingly angular 3D-machining carried through the scales and bolster. The 3.93-inch drop point blade is sterile and relatively straight, and while CKF’s usual ball bearing pivot is in play the opening mechanism itself is, as it was on the custom, a front flipper rather than a tab. The FIF23 has an overall length of 9.06 inches when open and weighs a demonic 6.66 oz.

The FIF23 comes fully decked out with CKF’s usual no-holds-barred finishing and materials. The underlying frame and lock are fashioned from titanium. Two-thirds length carbon fiber scales class up a portion of the handle, which is then capped a big zirconium bolster sporting an eye-catching gold anodized pivot screw. A further zirconium accent comes in the form of a backspacer, and the pocket clip is made from sculpted titanium. Böhler-Uddeholm M390 is the blade steel of choice here.

CKF push for collaborations with designers from around the world has been on their to-do list for a while, but they’ve really put the pedal to the metal lately. February alone brought a trio of new knives, followed closely by the release of the TuffKnives collaboration.

The CKF FIF23 is available now. CKF is also taking preorders for marbled carbon fiber scales for those who prefer that look. The scales are expected to be ready for shipping in July.

Knife in Featured Image: Custom Knife Factory/Philippe Jourget FIF23

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