KRUDO Knives was founded in 2006. The first folder concept actually started in 1997 with an idea of a Karambit folder after reading a historical transition of farming tools into weapons.
It took a while to go from an idea, to making a prototype, to producing some folders and fix blades and finally the possibility of mass production.
After the creation of SNAG Knives and Controllers (pain management tools) I decided to produce different knife designs.
These design prototypes are tested within my classes and in the field by specialized groups.
SNAG (the flagship of the company) made its debut at the 2010 Atlanta Blade Show.
Please take a few more minutes and read below on how SNAG came to be.
A Brief History of
The latter part of 1993, while studying Okinawan Karate under Soke James R. Horne I was fortunate enough to be introduced to a martial arts by the name of Kali. That led to another Filipino art called ARNIS which derives its name from the Spanish "arnis de mano" literally meaning "harnessing of the hand".
A key element to the art is the incorporation of various weapons that not only enhance the fighting style but add practical application to the ability to fuse both into one movement.
While reading a historical article ( in 1997) on a specific farming/fishing tool used in Indonesia, a tool called Karambit. I started to imagine beyond the utility of the item and concentrate on the shapes and how they could be developed into a more compact object such as a folding knife or striking instrument.
After a period of trial and errors making templates out of everyday items like cardboard, plastic and wood I presented the idea to a few trusted souls and did a little brainstorming to see if I could get this off of the ground. As fate would have it, I was told that the look and shape of my 1st design was extremely aggressive and would not be well received. So, I put this 1st design on the back burner for a while ( 3.5 years to be exact ).
After 3+ years I decided to build the knife... unfortunately during that time another designer came up with almost the same design.
Now that was upsetting.
At the same moment I had an epiphany. Back to the garage and some wood carving.
After a bit of trial, errors and lots of sanding, I had a primitive example of what is now in production and is aptly named SNAG.
The first design of many to come from KRUDO Knives.