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Old 05-20-2012, 01:00 PM
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Hi all. I have a quick question about custom knife makers. If i have a knife design, just something i wanted to have for myself, but wanted to keep the design mine, would you make the knife and not reuse the design? I mean, could you reuse it if you wanted and i'd have no say.
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Old 05-20-2012, 06:37 PM
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QuickDraw....Sounds like you need a patent.
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Old 05-20-2012, 06:45 PM
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I don't think there are many custom makers who are going to see your design and then decide to fire up a production line. Most have enough ideas to last a life-time without copying others.
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Old 05-22-2012, 10:35 AM
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That happens all the time in the knife world.....basically its "building a custom Knife" for someone. As far as ensuring it's never reproduced, that's nearly an impossible task. Knives fall under what is call Mechanical patents....meaning that if someone changes ANY dimension/measurement on the design by as little as 1/64", it is no longer considered patent infringement.
For most of us a patent is just out of reach....generally it's a 2-3 year process, costing anywhere from a couple thousand, to twenty+ thousand dollars. Then, once a patent is granted, it is up to the patent holder to enforce the patent.
Just find a maker who is willing, send them a sketch, and see if they are willing to produce the knife for you....most makers are honorable folks, and if you ask them to, they will not reproduce it.


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Old 05-22-2012, 06:22 PM
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The other problem would be to prove that the design is unique. Many people have gone through the patent process just to find out that the product had already been patented years or decades ago; sometimes over a hundred years ago. Actually, all they have to do is to find that the design was not original whether there's a previous patent or not. You can't patent something that can be shown to have already existed. That was found out by some characters who tried to patent some herbal remedies that had been use in traditional Indian, as in southern Asia, medicine for centuries.

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There are only so many ways to design a knife and it still look like a knife.
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I've done two knives where I signed an nondisclosure as part of the contract. in both cases I cant show pictures or drawings of them. I didn't think anything about it when I did the knives. looking back both were dumb designs anyway... HA

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Old 01-05-2013, 01:21 PM
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What Ed said. You're going to be hard pressed to come up with a design that someone else already hasn't.

And those designs that most non knifemaking people come up with are....impractical, to put it politely.
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