From time to time, we delve into the world of Every Day Carry (or EDC), the last time being a great little bag from Nutsac. Â Well, today we’re back with another very fun entry into that category, and one that actually manages to being some watches (or watch parts, in a sense) to the table – the semi-custom knife from Deejo.
I call the Deejo semi-custom as, when you create the knife (with an interactive, 3D builder on their page), you get some choices to make:
- How big do you want it? Â They list things in terms of weights (15g, 27g, 37g) which translates to 7cm, 9cm, or 11cm (when closed)
- What finish do you want? Â Mirror-finish, plain steel, or a dark titanium
- What sort of inset do you want on the handle? Â There are 5 wood choices, 8 colorful (I presume plastic) insets, or you can opt to have it “naked”
- Do you want it “tattooed”? A variety of designs can be etched into the blade
- Do you want any text on the handle? Â You get to choose the words and the font
For purposes of the review, I didn’t want the giant knife (already have one of those for camping) and the smaller one you can’t get the blade tatted up, so it was the medium one for me. Â For the handle inset, I went with juniper, which is in a raw/unfinished state. Â This means it smells quite lovely, and one presumes will pick up a patina over time from being handled.
The real fun part of the Deejo configuration process – for me – was going through the tattoos. The first time I went through, there was an art deco one I was leaning towards. Â That was, until I discovered this watch parts one. Â You can see it’s a movement shot (not sure which one) sort of split in half and put side-by-side. Â This of course is totally unnecessary on a knife, but it makes for a fun carry, particularly how much of the blade is exposed even when folded.
For the etching, this is more than just a simple silk-screen job. Â This seems like it’s laser etched, and it has some depth to it, which means your Deejo should keep it’s pattern for a good long while, even through sharpening. Â Speaking of – the knife is not anywhere near dull when you get it in (the pointy bits are, well, pointy). Â However, a quick set of passes on your kitchen knife honing steel will get things much, much nicer. Â I also hit my on a sharpening stone a bit (nothing fancy) but it sharpened up even more. Â Quite well enough for opening packages and cutting strings, that sort of thing. Â I could not get details on the specific type of steel they use (just that it’s stainless), so there’s not much I can say about durability or edge longevity (at least, that specs would indicate).
In terms of carry, I’ve never quite been a fan of pocket clips (except on my larger camping knife) for day-to-day carry. Â I’ve preferred to carry a smaller knife and tuck it away in my pocket. Â Well, that’s changed with the Deejo. Â Given how thin it is, it tucks into a pocket easily, and the clip keeps it right at the ready, instead of banging around with the keys. Â So, a-plus there. Â If you’re the sort to remove clips (which I normally am) beware, because it looks like the fasteners are at a length that require the clip there to be able to get snug.
With pricing ranging fromÂ $29 toÂ $89,the Deejo is an affordable, and customizable fun, way to get a new knife into your regular carry. Â Oh, and for the impatient out there – these knives come quick. Â Configure it, pay for it, and a few days later it’s showing up, just in time for you to use. Â Perhaps not for a venture into the backwoods, but for having a blade for day-to-day situations (opening packages, cutting off tags, etc) this one gets the job done for me. Â And yes, I do envision this Deejo sticking by my side for a good long time to come. Â my.deejo.fr
Brand & Model:Â Deejo semi-custom knife
Price:Â Â $29 toÂ $89 (as configured, ours ran $69.90)
Whoâ€™s it for? You want a knife for regular, every day life, and want it to look a bit different from what you’ve seen out there
Would I carry it?Â Indeed I would!
What Iâ€™d change: There were rumors of a “lefty” version (reverse assembly, basically) but that was a limited run on the smaller size knife, and no tattoos. Â Being able to choose the reverse build in any config would be sharp!
The best thing about it: Â Aside from the build itself, it’s got to be all the blade tattoo options