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NotPink: pocket cutlery for women

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  • After looking around for a knife to buy my girlfriend i came to the realization that women's knives are almost exclusively hot pink. Annoyed by this trend i got to work designing a knife for women that followed a few rules; it must be slender, light, non threatening, delicate but not dinky, and above all it must be practical.
  • First worked on a solidworks file to make sure everything would fit together perfectly, look correct, and this would allow for quick prototyping.
  • A set of laser cut acrylic prototypes that i passed around to various women in the Chicago loop so that i could find what worked and what did not.
  • I would have waterjet cut the parts, unfortunately the waterjet guy i was using was not very reliable. So using some laser cut templates i cut out the blade and spring by hand.
  • The cleaned up springs and blades.
  • Bevels ground
  • After heat treatment
  • Cleaned up blades after heat treatment.
  • Drilling into a jig i made for the handle scales.
  • Drilled rough finish handle scales.
  • Inside of the assembled blade
  • Close to finished knives.
  • Centered blades
  • After i finished the blades, i made a display case for my BFA show at SAIC.
  • Three blades in the final display case.