Finch Knife Co. has kicked off a fall/winter knife blitz, with a suite of new folders set to arrive over the coming months. These knives will bolster Finch’s core product line and open the door for other types of knife releases in the future.
Founded in 2019, Finch is a new brand, but one that has already established a visual identity for itself. “Our design style definitely takes on a vintage feel,” says Spencer Marquardt, company co-owner. “We love traditional folders and wanted to bring out a line of flippers that used those folders as the guide.” Finch designs nod to the knives of yore but are built with current gen materials. Finch embraces the term “modern traditional” for its products, but Marquardt points out that one of the new releases, the Devil’s Finger, is less modern traditional than just modern. “We are not limiting ourselves to classics, but also design more contemporary sport knives…like Devil’s Finger.”
The Devil’s Finger is an EDC flipper with a 3.1-inch spear point blade with a needle-like tip. It has a deep carry pocket clip, 154CM steel, Micarta scales and a liner lock mechanism. It released in September; in October we saw the release of the Cherry Bomb, which has a similar blade shape (albeit only 2.6 inches long), but returned to more obviously historical stylings like a large bolster and either bone or resin scales over its stainless steel frame lock.
This month we’ll see Harvester come out, which comes from an entirely different branch of the traditional knife family tree. “Harvester was inspired by my father in law and brother in law,” Marquardt explains. “They are farmers in south Florida and both carry Sodbusters.” But the Harvester is no Sodbuster; instead, it has an exaggerated, 2.85 sheepsfoot blade, openable with either a flipper or a nail mark. The blade shape is different, but it does aim to be a hardworking daily carry, just like its traditional inspiration. “Our hope is that this knife becomes a fancy slicer that will get used,” Marquardt adds.
Rounding out the 2021 releases will be the Drifter, which rambles into town in December. As the name implies, this is a straightforward EDC companion, with a 2.8-inch California clip point blade and a simple handle clad in either blue linen Micarta or dressy snakewood scales.
Finch’s blistering pace of knife releases is a calculated move that will lay the groundwork for the company’s future. “Our flipper line is the foundation for our brand,” Marquardt tells us. All four new models are currently scheduled for a single production batch each, although Marquardt says any or all of them may get a second run in the early part of next year – and that’s on top of big plans for new models in 2022. “As a small brand our goal is to release 5-6 new knife designs a year and occasionally re-release an existing/old design,” says Marquardt. “We are currently developing a line of 6 slip joints that we will introduce late 2022.”
Knife in Featured Image: Finch Knife Co. Cherry Bomb