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The Carbon Fiber Kwaiback is the culmination of 4 years of R&D that adds up to the most improved and refined knife in Jake Hoback's current lineup. Their motto is "form follows function," and their mission was to shave 1/3rd of the weight off a standard Kwaiback while maintaining the bomb-proof ruggedness that Hoback Knives has always been known for.


Like the samurai swords of lore, they have put many countless hours into perfecting the Kwaiback into a knife that is as flawless as they can possibly make it. Hoback Knives pulled out all the stops with this knife!  They cut no corners, nor looked for any easier ways to do it. This knife was built with hard work, for hard work. Fully-engineered internal lightening pockets, hardened stainless steel lock insert, HRD (Hoback Roller Detent), hardened stainless pivot, and stainless pivot bearings. These are just a few of the things you get with a Hoback Knife. The rest you'll just have to see for yourself!


This is what we know from Wiki about the "kwaiken" blade (and by the way, if you haven’t already figured it out, Kwaiken + Hoback = Kwaiback!): 


The kaiken "was once carried by men and women of the samurai class in Japan. It was useful for self-defense in indoor spaces where the long blade katana and intermediate sword wakizashi were inconvenient. Women carried them in their kimono either in a pocket-like space (futokoro) or in the sleeve pouch (tamoto) for self-defense. When a samurai woman married, she was expected to carry a kaiken with her when she moved in with her husband."  "…the kaiken is now called kwaiken (pocket knife). The modern term has no reference in historical records; also called a futokoro-gatana.







Blade: .1875 Thick, CPM-Cru-Wear Steel, Brown/Black Cerakote Finish


Frame: .1875 Thick Carbon Fiber And Titanium, Fullers, Brown/Black Cerakote Finish


Overall Length: 9”

Blade Length: 3.75”
Closed Length: 5.3”
Weight: 4.6 oz
Carry Option: Tip Up Right/Left-Handed


Other Features:


  1. Pivot Thrust Bearings
  2. HRD (Hoback Roller Detent)
  3. Hardened Stainless Steel Lock Insert With Overtravel Prevention
  4. Engineered Internal Lightening Pockets
  5. Standard Sizes On All Screws For Ease Of Replacement
  6. Cold Formed Bearing Races (Work-Hardened To Increase Bearing And Knife Life)