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Want a Custom Pocket Knife? Get This One Instead

Alliance Designs worked with designer Brian Efros to make the new Ice Lite pocket knife affordable without sacrificing quality.


Discerning pocket knife enthusiasts know that the most distinctive blades are custom-made. The jump from premium to custom is a big one though — it often requires signing on to a waitlist that lasts months (or years) and shelling out hundreds to thousands of dollars. Imagine dulling the prize of that effort with a common task like opening a cardboard box. Now imagine leaving it to gather dust on a shelf; neither option is favorable. A company called Alliance Designs has a creative solution to the problem though: it works with makers to produce custom designs at mass scale, and its latest release is a new folding knife called the Ice Lite.

Brian Efros, an up-and-coming knife maker, created the Ice Lite. Efros’s history growing up in the Midwest and living in Colorado leads him to seek out tough, high-end materials. You’d expect his designs to be tool-oriented and tactical, but they’re clean, refined and well-suited to contemporary everyday carry trends.

Efros and Alliance made the production Ice Lite with premium RWL-34 steel in a shape that’s best described as a straight back (characterized by a straight spine and an edge that curves up to meet it at the tip). That shape gives the Ice Lite a gradual, full belly ideal for slicing and a fine point for precision jobs. The 2.9-inch blade deploys with dual thumb studs, which makes it ambidextrous, and uses a frame lock integrated into its titanium handles for security. All of these details make for a high-quality and unique pocket knife that you won’t be too afraid to use.

Buy Now: $350

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