Ken Onion - "Though I have been a devout knife collector since childhood, collecting mostly
and anything else I could find, I was unaware of the
industry until 1989 when I saw an issue of Knives Illustrated at a local drug store. From there I found a local
named Stan Fujisaka and begged him to teach me. I made my first knife in November 1991 and have continued the craft since. While recovering from back surgery in 1996, I decided to try to design a folder that was easier to manipulate than what was available, and not a
. The result was the first assisted opening knife I called "Speed Safe
" After finding some information on the whole patent process and consultation from an attorney, I got my first patent, creating a whole new
category of knives
between manual and auto."
Ken Onion designs knives for Kershaw Knives,
Zero Tolerance Knives,
CRKT Knives and more.