Known for working with unconventional materials, French knife maker Roland Lannier is preparing a new line of slipjoints with handles made of Solid Comic Book, a substance composed of comic book pages soaked in resin.
The first knife to come out of Lannier’s workshop getting the Solid Comic Book treatment is the Spring Heeled Jack. This sizeable slipjoint packs a 3.5” blade made of 14C28N into a knife that weighs just 2.5 oz. The Spring Heeled Jack will also come in carbon fiber and another experimental material that Lannier is keeping secret for now.
Lannier has made knives with vinyl records, guitar fretboards, Corian, bamboo, and punk-style Scottish tartan Micarta. In a world where G-10, carbon fiber and titanium are prevalent, do these playful materials make for good tools, or just good art? “There is no actual technical advantage to these materials,” Lannier acknowledges, but he insists they are hardy enough for any sort of reasonable use of his knives.
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