Jesper Voxnaes, aka Vox, began knifemaking in 1989. When I interviewed him, he told an interesting story of how he and his friends would hang out in a knifemaking shop and challenge each other to make a knife in 24 hours. The loser would have to buy a case of brew. From there his knifemaking skills grew, or erupted, and through the popularity of his fine grind lines and large handle swells, and his uncharacteristically large hollow pins, Vox became notoriously famous.

Vox Knives’ craftsmanship is second to none. There are plenty of makers who sometimes rush through blades, leaving epoxy or gaps visible. To say Vox’s are some of the finest-crafted knives I’ve reviewed would be an understatement. Each side on the Micarta scales and the grinds are perfect. There is absolutely nothing to nitpick. The blades were seamless.
Jesper humbly states that he would never sacrifice functionality for a “cool look.” His knives definitely look cool, but their functionality and jaw-dropping durability helped craft a reputation for their ability in battle skirmishes all around the world.

Jesper’s PryMate design has seen time in Afghanistan, Iraq, the North Pole and Kenya. Americans currently buy 90 percent of his blades, with many going to U.S. Marines and other people on the front lines. The popularity is ever increasing as our soldiers want something they can trust their life with. Jesper tells of a time he e-mailed a soldier who was in a hot zone, informing him that his knife was ready. The soldier’s brother emailed Jesper saying that the soldier was killed in action three weeks beforehand. As a sign of respect, Jesper buried that knife in his garden.

Read more in the November 2013 issue of Tactical Knives

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