Brad Southard Custom Mini Ollie Folding Knife 2.875" 52100 Hand Rubbed Satin Blade, Bronze Titanium Handles, Westinghouse Micarta Pivot Inlays
SKTCMOLLIE: Custom Mini Ollie Folding Knife
Southard Knives and Tools
The Mini Ollie is a precise, elegant everyday carry tool from Brad Southard and one of his more straightforward knives. It features no extra bells or whistles, just a drop point blade, and an ergonomically curved handle, what's not to like? For this specific Mini Ollie build, Brad wanted to keep it a bit old school choosing to go with 52100 carbon steel and Westinghouse Micarta for the pivot inlays. Among other things, Brad has developed a name for himself having the most elaborate pivots on the market and this knife does not disappoint. The contrast of the pivot, the subtle bronze of the handle, the bright hand rubbed satin of the blade, and the beautiful blue anodizing are the work of a true master. We love this knife and are sure you will too, handmade in Tuscon, AZ by one of the best in the business.
From the Maker
When it comes to my custom knives I like to keep all the work done in my own shop, by my hands. That's part of the fun of a handmade, custom knife. So I don't like to use computer-controlled numerical equipment. Because of this, my knives have that handmade quality, feel, and fit and finish. I do my best to make every knife as perfectly as I possibly can on the day it's made. My skills change and grow constantly as I strive to improve my craft.
That's not to say that I won't employ new technologies. As I learn new skills, collect new tools and equipment (come on! what man doesn’t love new tools) new techniques will be utilized. I’ll update my shop and process accordingly at that point. There are some amazing machines and manufacturing techniques out there in this big wide world. As I can, I will do my best to learn and master those.
When I design a knife I set out to do a couple of things. First and foremost, a knife is a cutting tool designed to separate materials. Thus, that's the first thing I consider when I start designing. Once I have a nice blade shape, I add a handle. Handles are a finicky part of knife design. It's of the utmost importance to how the knife fits and feels in your hand, as well as in your pocket. Because of this, I spend a lot of time on the ergonomics of the handle, in both the open and closed positions.
The really tough part is making it all look good. I'm a firm believer that form should always follow function. However, there are times when occasionally function is… unpleasing to the eye. Through art and engineering, I craft a tool that has evolved into a piece of functional artwork that can withstand the rigors of everyday use.
- Blade Length: 2.875"
- Cutting Edge: 3.0"
- Closed Length: 4.0"
- Overall Length: 6.875"
- Blade Material: 52100 Carbon Steel
- Blade Thickness: 0.102"
- Blade Style: Drop Point
- Blade Grind: Flat
- Blade Finish: Hand Rubbed Satin
- Handle Material: Bronze Anodized Titanium
- Handle Thickness: 0.39"
- Liner Material: Blue Anodized Titanium
- Locking Mechanism: Inset Liner Lock
- Pivot Assembly: Bearings
- Pocket Clip: Bronze Titanium (Tip-Up, Right Carry)
- Weight: 2.6 oz.
- Designer: Brad Southard
- Westinghouse Micarta Pivot Inlays
- Titanium Backspacer
- Handmade in the USA