Deejo Knives Are The New Gentlemen’s Cool
If you are over the age of 30, you will probably have a memory of your Grandfather or Father emptying his pockets after coming home from a days work and amongst the change and keys there was a pocket knife in the mix. I am lucky enough to have a few of my Grandfather’s two blade pocket folders. They are hands down my favorite knives I own.
Recently I decided that I should take a look around and find a “gentlemen’s knife” that fits in with my life style. Needless to say, there are too many choices. Since I already own my Grandfather’s pocket knives, I knew I didn’t want nor need to replace them. I was on the hunt to find something that reflects a more modern design and add a touch of class. Well, as classy as a guy who still never turns down a Chicharrón can be.
I first started doing the easy search: Two blade pocket knives and landed squarely on the Buck Knives 375 Deuce. It’s a classic design. But that is also it’s biggest downfall to me. It’s a classic. While still functional as all get out, it would be lost in the mix and there is nothing to make it worth writing about.
I also came across the Case Cutlery Jade Whittler, but again it’s a classic design. Don’t get me wrong, classics are called that for a reason. They hold up to traditional standards, excel at key activities and bring home a sense of nostalgia that we need. At some point in every young person’s life, they realize just how romantic the westward expansion of the United States must have been, minus all the death and let’s face it some serious genocide. But sitting on a front porch and whittling confronted by big sky country dawns and sunsets strikes a chord in our hearts. There will always be a draw to the more rural influences in our lives.
Knowing that my search was going to return mostly these same style results, I did actual research and talked to other human meat-space occupiers. I reached out to a group of folks with whom I have a decade or more experience in participating in the interests and generally trying to out-do one another. Namely, my buddies. Scott, I’m still waiting on your information by the way, but you were late to your own wedding, so I get it…
I laid out the idea in three simple steps.
- It has to be a modern design.
- It has to have a wood handle.
- It has to be under $100.
My “focus group” (yes, I laugh at calling them that too) actually consists of a wide variety of backgrounds, job titles and economic and geographical situations. I enlisted a computer scientist, an officer, a mechanic, a music producer, a CPA and a restaurant manager. That is a pretty strong cross section of American culture. Although, again Scott, I’m not going to give away your position and we all know why, but man a little participation ain’t going to hurt.
Let me begin by saying, NO ONE READS THE RULES (with the same internal monologue as myself). So I had to go back and ask most of them to start over. I had to refine the criteria to let them know I was thinking more about a modern interpretation of the classics. Only one came close to meeting the requirements I set out, so he gets the big bottle of Woodford this Christmas.
Most of the original choices came back with tactical knives which is my fault because I said “modern design”. We cover tactical enough. I get it that modern thinking automatically links everything with tactical, but that is why I specifically chose to find myself a new knife. I have tactical. I have exotic. I have classic. I’m looking for new, elegant, without breaking the bank.
So with a little email butt-kickery, I got everyone on the same page, with plenty of bitching included for free. It was a bit like trying to wrangle sheep in a field, without a dog, sitting in a kayak.
But then it happened. The email subject line was simply “This. Douche. It cuts cheese well.” I knew something magical was about to happen.
One of my cohorts is in a position to travel quite a bit. I am supremely jealous of this fact. He knows this.
But he sent me a link to a company called Deejo. I had never heard of Deejo before. I knew nothing about them, but when I loaded their site, it struck me with the force of a dozen ex-girlfriends all getting together and comparing notes. Powerful criticism for not knowing anything about individual wants or needs. And Deejo makes some very pretty things. So, right up there, with the shallow field of personal reflection I have lived during my early years of life.
Enough of me explaining the ‘Douche’ in the email subject.
Go there. Go right now to http://my.deejo.fr. I’m not joking. Well, back it up. Click play on the video below by Clutch and then go. Do it now.
Deejo is featuring their Tattoo line right now and you can customize a knife, scratch that, a work of art to fit your lifestyle.
It meets all the requirements. Wood handle, check. Modern design, check. Under $100, chickity-check. More importantly than all of that is look at the thing! It is beautiful. The minimalist design, while bringing nature into the picture is simply gorgeous.
They offer three different sizes, however you have to do the Google conversion thing as an American. Seriously, I will never get centimeters. Ugh. Ugh, ugly American I guess.
The 15g is roughly 5.5 inches in overall length. The 27g is roughly 7 inches in overall length and the 37g is 8.6 inches in overall length. Depending on how you would like to carry, the choices offer a lot of room for opportunity.
I use my daily carry for everything from cutting open boxes to slicing food, to gutting fish. All depends on the daily activity. I also live in a very harsh environment where it comes to exposed metals. This is going to be the eventual downfall of the Deejo.
The blade and frame material is 420HC steel. While good enough with care in most locales inside the United States, I happen to live in between the Atlantic Ocean and The Gulf of Mexico on a very thin parcel of land. It is going to require a lot of additional attention to keep it rust free and sharp. I kind of live for this stuff, so my knife will fair well, however, if you don’t keep on top of it, you’ll end up with a rusted door wedge in a short amount of time. Consider yourself warned.
Let’s revisit my original statement. I wanted a Gentlemen’s Knife that reflects my own lifestyle with certain provisions. Classy, to a degree, and a modern take on the pocket knife.
I went through the design process on Deejo’s website, which is actually insanely simple. I picked what feels like a mid-life crisis classic for me. Juniper wood slingle with a Mermaid ‘Sea of Love’ blade tattoo, simply because of where I live. I was able to customize a little further with ‘ER1C ☠ R3L04D 0N3′ on the frame. Which come on, is awesome. Seriously, go play with the Deejo designer. If you don’t care about all that, you can find the Deejo on Amazon for a very respectable price of around $38. I ended up paying about twice that for mine with the customizations.
My creation was built and shipped in two days. I received it on the third. Seriously. From France to my island in three days. I’m going to include every picture I took in the gallery below. Some will look like dupes, but let’s face it, awesome needs more photos.
This is not going to be the knife for everyone. It is weird. It has an odd shape. It won’t fit some of your hands correctly.
That being said, it is perfectly balanced. I mean perfectly balanced to the 50/50 side of perfect. It is light. It is nimble like a centipede. Ha.
I soaked in it Lucas oil and had to sharpen it as soon as I received it, but now I know it has a solid month of protection before I need to give it a good cleaning.
The 420HC could and should be improved upon, no doubt. But for a mass produced, NOT FROM CHINA, knife, this mother is a perfect solution for a daily use, no nonsense, with some sense of style, pocket knife. Yes, I am a fan and I am going to buy the rest of the sizes to include in my collection.
For $65 customized to your door in three days, this should be a serious contender for your consideration. Did I mention that they actually went out and found the ASCII font of the skull in my name without question? They went that far to make me happy. So drop a few bucks and get this. I want to see a Deejo revolution in the US. Yes, the owe us big time, but we can still help out the country because we are Americans and that is what we do.
Put this thing in your suit pants. You will thank me. And you will be able to cut the cheese.