As we navigate the knife industry, new trends continuously shape and reshape the market. In 2024, the knife industry is expected to be influenced by a variety of factors. The rise of everyday carry (EDC) knives, the popularity of unique designs and exotic materials, and the increasing influence of smaller manufacturers are all trends to watch. These trends reflect a shift in consumer preferences towards practicality, aesthetics, and uniqueness.
One such trend that has gained substantial traction is
Knives as Fidget Toys
Knives, often featuring complex mechanisms and smooth operations, not only fulfill their primary function but also offer a pleasing tactile experience. The emergence of fidget knives and one-hand operable knives has been particularly significant. These designs, while ensuring safety and functionality, provide a tactile and visual appeal. In essence, the smoother and faster a folding knife can open and close, the better.
The iMamba® folding knife by Arno Bernard is one of our popular types of knives that will satisfy a 'knife fiddler' with its rounded opening tab on the top of the blade that enables one-handed opening.
While serious knife collectors may not like the term fidget/fiddle knives, there is no denying how a well-made knife with a smooth operation, taps something deep inside and lends itself to hours of satisfaction and appreciation of the opening and closing of the knife.
Despite the rise of fidgety knives, traditional folders maintain their relevance in the market. However, Everyday Carry (EDC) knives are becoming increasingly popular, primarily due to their versatility and convenience. The knife market has expanded into broader sectors, attracting individuals who would typically only carry a knife for camping, fishing, hiking, and similar activities. These people have come to appreciate the convenience and usefulness of owning and using an everyday carry (EDC) knife.
For a knife that is reminiscent of the simpler days take a look at our Rinkhals that has a slip joint mechanism that features an innovative “safety “when it is approximately halfway open which causes the blade to be under very little tension so it is easy to move your fingers out of the way before tension builds again and assists you in closing (or opening) the knife.
Fancy Designs and Materials
Knives with fancy blade designs and/or made from exotic materials are causing a stir and becoming increasingly popular. Add this to the EDC that is now a constant companion or the fiddle knife and you have a knife that draws serious attention.
In our knife designs, we enjoy incorporating exotic materials like Desert Ironwood, Snakeskin, Elforyn, Burlap Canvas, Titanium, and Kangaroo Leather. For the blades, a mirror finish grabs attention as does our Rinkhals Damasteel Rose with Solid Titanium.
The Rise of EDC Knives
In the current climate where a growing number of states are choosing to relax their previously stringent laws pertaining to knife ownership and carry, there has been a noticeable surge in the popularity of EDC, pocket knives, and fiddle/fidget knives. These types of knives, with their straightforward utility and the added bonus of the fun 'fiddle factor', are seeing their appeal significantly boosted.
The Influence of Smaller Makers
As industry leaders maintain their pricing structures, smaller manufacturers are becoming more competitive, offering interesting designs and unique materials to attract customers.
These smaller manufacturers are not only providing a wider range of options for consumers but are also pushing the boundaries of innovation. They are experimenting with new materials, designs, and mechanisms, often leading to the creation of unique, high-quality knives that stand out in the market. This increased competition is beneficial for the industry as a whole, as it encourages constant improvement and innovation.
The thriving knife industry is constantly adapting to market trends and consumer preferences. The rise of knives as fidget toys showcase the industry's ability to innovate and deliver products that meet evolving needs and wants. As we move into 2024, we anticipate continued growth in this trend, driven by economic factors, political influences, design trends, and the rise of smaller manufacturers.
The Arno Bernard iMamba® and Rinkhals folding knives are genuine masterpieces, merging top-notch materials, exceptional craftsmanship, and meticulous attention to detail. These knives are not merely tools; they are works of art, reflecting the passion and dedication of the Bernard brothers. It's evident that these knives more than merit the "Best Knife" designation.