Most knife companies start from a passionate maker in their garage making some knives. As time goes on they get a belt grinder, a heat treat oven, a bunch of hand tools, and they expand their knowledge and experience to make better and better quality products.
Tactile Knife Company has a massive leg up from most new knife companies because we already have a team of talented craftspeople, a large shop for amazing new equipment, and more turning capacity than basically any other knife company, period, thanks to our years of experience making quality machined pens (see Tactile Turn).
Many of the biggest knife companies make most of what they sell, but quite a few outsource it to the cheapest options around the world. Almost none actually make their own screws and pivots. Our intention is to make everything we possibly can in our shop, only buying raw materials and ceramic ball bearings from two outside companies because they have equipment that just doesn’t make sense at our scale.