Hoo Knives announced this week that they’re stopping all plans for their production knives, effective immediately. The news comes just over a year after the UK-based shop opened its doors with the specific intention of catering to the UK knife market.
Hoo Knives was started by Carl Pearson, a knife enthusiast himself who hoped the channel the proud, but ever-dwindling UK knife making lineage with his own production outfit. He got the idea for Hoo Knives after followers on social media responded positively to an idle drawing he made of his dream UK EDC knife. That design eventually became the foundation for the V1, the first and only Hoo Knives release. The V1’s non-locking, 2.9-inch blade made it legal to carry in both the UK and Germany, while the high-end materials (titanium and M390 steel), as well as the flipper deployment, aimed to please knife enthusiasts no matter where they lived.
Pearson planned follow up the V1 with the V2, which was a different approach to the same fundamental genre. It was a bit burlier looking than the hyperclean V1, and instead of a flipper it utilized an adjustable thumb stud set in an oval cutout. In addition to its own in-house designs, Hoo Knives also stocked a small selection of production knives from Civivi.
“We fully intend to remain open in a smaller capacity to be available for customers to cover any warranties that come with our V1s, however, due to the financial pressure the business has come under, it’s no longer possible at the time being to proceed with future designs at this moment,” Pearson wrote in a post on the Hoo Knives Instagram account. “It’s my hope that this could change in the future and I very much wish this will be the case, but for now, everything needs to be put on hold.” You can read the full post here.
In the meantime, you can still purchase one of the remaining V1s, as well as the aforementioned Civivi stuff. If you’ve ever been interested in the knife, now’s the time to act – although hopefully we can see the triumphant return of Hoo Knives someday in the not too distant future. “When I first started Hoo Knives, it was with the goal of bringing high-class but simple designs to the UK market for EDC use,” Pearson reflected in the post. “With the multiple runs we have done of the V1 I am proud to say we have somewhat achieved this.”
Knife in Featured Image: Hoo Knives V1