Hawk Knife Designs is teaming up with Serge Pachenko for their first mid-tech collaboration, the Orbit. With a stylish Pachenko design, the Hawk Lock mechanism, and an adventurous new detent, both collaborators believe this EDC knife will stand out in the mid-tech/high-end production market.

Father and son team Grant and Gavin Hawk and Serge Pachenko divided the labor for the Orbit in an unusual manner. “I understand design. Design is easy,” Pachenko explains. “What’s not easy to understand and do are the crazy mechanisms that G&G Hawk continually add to the knife industry!” So Pachenko ran wild on the visual design of the Orbit while the Hawks worked on incorporating the latest version of their Hawk Lock mechanism into the chassis.

The Hawks patented the Hawk Lock in 2012. “Lock up is very strong and it’s safe compared to liner locks because you’re not putting your thumb in the path of the blade,” says Grant Hawk. Other locks limit the knife’s overall shape because the handle needs to accommodate the lock externally. But with all of its components internalized, the Hawk Lock opens the door for daring knife design. Gavin Hawk also points out the Hawk Lock’s synergy with flipper deployment. “It pairs really well with a flipper because unlike most locks, it doesn’t ride against the tang of the knife the whole time.”

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