Jake Hoback Kwaiback MK4 UHEP Flipper Knife 3.75" Stonewashed CTS-XHP Blade, Blue Bedform Milled Titanium Handles - KnifeCenter Exclusive

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JHKKMK4UHEPKCEBL: KnifeCenter Exclusive Kwaiback MK4 Ultra High-End Production Flipper, Blue Bedform

Jake Hoback Custom Knives

When it comes to knives as an art form, Jake Hoback is one of our favorite custom makers here at KnifeCenter, and the Kwaiback is his signature design. Pulling out all the stops, this UHEP KnifeCenter Exclusive features a custom Bedform milled finish and the same amazing feel as his custom versions at a great price! 

Jake was adamant that the UHEP (Ultra High-End Production) Kwaiback Mk4 flipper would rival his customs for fit, finish, materials, and quality. His machine shop matched and assembled the knives exactly as he would in his own shop because he was there with them every step of the way to show them how he expected it to be done. As a final touch, each knife is finished and tuned by Jake himself.

The Kwaiback was designed to look great and be easy to carry and use. The titanium frame is beefy but designed for your pocket, specifically angled make it easier to get your hands in while the knife is clipped in place and the blade nestles completely into the frame when closed, with the only protrusion being the flipper tab.

Featured on this KnifeCenter Exclusive is Jake's Bedform milled finish, which is subtle, but adds some extra flair and a little more grip. The frame also features milled pockets on the underside to remove some weight, and a replaceable lockbar insert for consistent lockup over the life of the Kwaiback.

The pivot of the knife features Jake's signature Hoback Roller Detent, ensuring smooth and lightning fast action. This design puts a rolling ball into the detent which drastically reduces the friction while the blade is moving for better action. The blade itself is trailing tanto point in CTS-XHP that is sandblasted, then stonewashed for an extra dose of style. The final touch? A matching finish pocket clip with Jake's signature axe cutout.

Bedform Finish

A Bedform is the result of bed material being moved by fluid flow. The perfect examples are the ripples and dunes on the bed of a river. Bedforms are often preserved in the fossil record, and these striking features are what inspired the Bedform finish on these KnifeCenter Exclusive Kwaiback Mk4 knives.

The finish is a culmination of several years of Jake's effort to create an elegant, hard-working finish for his knives. He has found the Bedform finish to add a great deal of grip while working with the knife, while not causing hotspots in the hand. The UHEP Kwaiback is made with hard work in mind, so the Bedform finish is perfect for it and is only available from the KnifeCenter.


  • Pivot thrust bearings
  • HRD (Hoback Roller Detent)
  • Hardened stainless steel lock insert with over travel prevention
  • Engineered internal lightening pockets
  • Standard sizes on all screws for ease of replacement
  • Cold formed bearing races (work hardened to increase bearing and knife life)
  • KnifeCenter exclusive Bedform milling pattern


  • Blade Length: 3.75" 
  • Cutting Edge: 3.875"
  • Blade Steel: CTS-XHP Stainless Steel, Stonewashed
  • Thickness: 0.1875" 
  • Closed Length: 5.375"
  • Overall Length: 9.125"
  • Handle Material: Blue Anodized Bedform Milled Titanium
  • Weight: 5.5 oz.
  • Includes a Hoback Custom Wood Box
  • Made in the USA
Titanium Handles
Titanium Handles A nonferrous metal, it's prized for its high strength to weight ratio and is often used on higher end knives.
Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
Frame Lock
Frame Lock Developed by Chris Reeve, it functions like a liner lock but the lock is comprised of one of the handle scales. It's an extremely strong and easy to manipulate lock.
Semi-Custom Semi-Custom or Mid-Tech knives are knives produced by a process in which the designer has more direct--but not complete--involvement; parts of these knives may still have been made by others.
Made in USA
Made in USA This product is USA born and raised.
Jake Hoback Kwaiback MK4 UHEP Flipper Knife 3.75" Stonewashed CTS-XHP Blade, Blue Bedform Milled Titanium Handles - KnifeCenter Exclusiverated 5.000 stars out of 5 (2 reviews)
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Jake Hoback Kwaiback MK4 UHEP Flipper Knife 3.75" Stonewashed CTS-XHP Blade, Blue Bedform Milled Titanium Handles - KnifeCenter Exclusive
rated 5 stars out of 5
San Antonio, TX
Feb 01, 2020
Pros: Pocket Clip, Blade Material, Handle Feel, Weight, Ease of Opening, Overall Quality
Cons: None
Off the Charts
Everything about this knife is well thought out and deliberate. After carrying several days in a row, I have come to appreciate this knife more and more. The rolling detent is adjustable to suit your liking w/o taking the knife apart, and all wrenches for disassembly are included. The bedform finish does not add much texture, however is enough to give often cold titanium a warmer feel. The pocket clip is slightly offset so that it does not contact the lockbar. The internal milling reduces weight - and the year of manufacture - along with the blade steel type are engraved on the interior of the show side handle. To top it off, you get CTS-XHP for no additional cost.
Jake Hoback Kwaiback MK4 UHEP Flipper Knife 3.75" Stonewashed CTS-XHP Blade, Blue Bedform Milled Titanium Handles - KnifeCenter Exclusive
rated 5 stars out of 5
Los Angeles, CA
May 12, 2018
Pros: Lock Type, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material
Cons: None
An underrated treasure
What a fantastic knife. Midtechs can often be hit or misses, but the construction, workmanship is just superb. I'm a big fan of the color blue so it was only fitting that I buy this one, and being that I was eyeing Hoback's stuff for awhile, it was the perfect match.The blue is actually more of a cornflower blue, and not as "hot" as shown in the pics. Much more subtle, which I do like very much. It's definitely better in real life than in pictures in my humble opinion. The bedform exclusive finishing is awesome. Adds a new but subtle dimension to the scales, which by the way are anodized very nicely as well without being too shiny. The blade work was also done very well, as it but I think it can be a "tad bit" sharper compared to let's say my CRK Sebenza 21 but I'm just nitpicking. The pocket clip tension is perfect, not too tight but not too loose. I tried it on my unwashed raw selvedge denim and the knife slides in nicely. I sense It will work just as well on softer washed type of pants as well. Overall, this is one beefy folder that is just made for work. Well done Knifecenter and Jake. Very very satisfied with the purchase.


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