Hi all , I am going to try to give you a little history on the Maddox. Hope I am not to long winded. My background and why I am interested in knives goes back 40 yrs most of which has been in Boy Scouting. Then for the last 15 yrs I have been apprenticing, lately mostly drinking coffee and donuts in a very good friends shop who is a knife maker. Scouts taught me to like knives, Herb taught me how to make them, with an emphasis on making knives sharp and that would cut, seems like a simple plan but you would be amazed at how many knives out there wont cut. Spyderco and I go back a few years. They equiped our scout troop twice on boundary waters trips , with new and old models to field test and report how the scouts liked them. I wrote an article publised in Knives Illustrated, "Spyders on the water", back in 1997 (I think), the scouts got to keep their knives and Spyderco got some good imput, great for both.
About 4 years ago a close friend of ours broke her arm and asking how she was doing in church one Sunday, she said terrible, she had lost a few pounds because she couldnt cut her meat with one hand,,,,,,,, wham,,, God slapped an idea in my head and I said I think that I can help.
After a few hours in my shop an idea was born. The new way of cutting was in my hand. Granted the first one sure was ugly, but it could cut easily with one hand in a straight down motion , with no chopping or rocking motion needed. I gave it to her and a few weeks later I was greeted with a big hug from another lady that had broken her arm and she said "thank you thank you " I was confused but after my friend was done with her injury she shared the new knife with lady #2 and her life was made much easier.
Two years past and I made a few of these and gave them to friends of people that I heard about that could use one.... then I called Spyderco and said I have an idea that they Have to see,,,,,,, Jan 2001 I jumped a jet to Colorado from Illinois and at 8:30 am was looking at the Rocky Mts.
I was supposed to meet with head of R&D Peter Johnes, and did but Sals curiosity was such that I was blessed with his presence also
Two solid hours later of talking and cutting an exitment was born on a new venture. One that initially would be to help folks with limited cutting ability, but secondly would produce a knife that everyone will love to have and use because it can out cut almose anything out there....
From the first mtg with Spyderco till now took 2 years. But it needed to. Several tests were done, prototypes were sent to different people with special physical needs for relentless field testing.
We went through several prototypes and made lots of minor changes. Spyderco was great in this. They listened! Then they made changes that were needed. The outcome is the new Maddox model, I didnt really need my name on it but they actually insisted.
The end result is a great new knife. One that yes looks different but when you get one and use it you will say that it cuts easier and more conveniently than anything that you have been used to. And yes I sent Spyderco a drawing of a folding Maddox model. Maybe someday---
Hope I havent bored anyone. I actually condensed this quite a bit . I could write several pages just on my meeting with Spyderco. I cant go on without thanking Olive Draper, she was head project leader on this and has been wonderful to work with. So for now hope you enjoyed the knife story here, I wish you all the best. Joe