David Lespect
The other folding knife specialist to have joined the challenge brings not only a fresh perspective to the Project, but also the first and only full tang construction - a complication mastered with brio by one who has kept himself at a distance from fixed blade knives. Evidently for much too long. A blacksmith bladesmith by passion, David lets his style shine through in the blend of practicality and sophistication that makes the knife transcend its purpose, including the faux pivot on the guard - a wink to the cognoscenti.

Serial number



Full tang


C 105 with hamon and temper line





Guard & Fittings

Damascus bolsters with wood faux pivot ring


Stabilized desert ironwood

Build time

55 hours




Serial number JG-C-CA-C-DL
Exterior Calf with caïman insert
Lining Calf
Concho Sterling silver
Stud Samuel Lurquin’s damascus, milled by Nicolas Verschuere
Build time 11 hours


David Lespect

From France.

Passionate about knives since childhood, as a simple collector of modest
pieces, his world changed in 2004 when his sister gave him book on the art
of knife-making. After apprenticing with Christian Avakian in 2005, he began
making and selling knives in 2007, initially focusing on fixed-blade knives. Before long, in 2009, he tried his hand at folders, at first with straightforward
Piedmontese friction folding knives. He soon specialized in folders with a
liner- lock, a side-spring locking mechanism easily operated without having
to reposition the knife. Today, folding knives represent the majority of his
output; the few fixed knives he makes are all semi-integral or integral. David
describes his style as modern, with the use of natural materials conferring to
his pieces a timeless look.