There’s no formula for starting a knife company, no board game path with a definite start and end. If there were though, WESN Goods picked up a “Move Ahead Five Spaces” card when it launched the Microblade back in 2017. While most brands might’ve started with a mid-sized, non-specialized knife built with a drop-point blade somewhere around three inches in length, WESN went small — the Microblade is 3.75 inches unfolded, and its blade measures out to just 1.5 inches. For that, it earned over $200,000 on Kickstarter. Now WESN is back with a new knife called the Allman that’s currently available on Kickstarter.
The Allman draws from the same well as the Microblade; WESN used premium materials like S35VN steel and titanium or G10 handle scales in a construction that’s both attractive and simple. It uses a similarly shaped drop-point blade, but this one is 2.8 inches long, a Goldilocks size that’s both long enough and not too long for everyday tasks.
The Allman has a flipper tab for quick deployment and a liner lock for in-use security. It also includes a lanyard hole and a pocket clip for various methods of carrying. Along with the premium build, these features answer WESN’s primary question in evolving into a company with more than one product offering: what do people need in a full-sized pocket knife? The Allman’s answer, it would seem, is utility and simplicity. We tend to agree.