Are you looking for some way to get that youngster in your life into knives? We’ve got the thing for you.
Behold “The Adventures of Jack Knyff.”
Yes, Medford Knife and Tool has launched a brand new comic series following the tales of Jack Knyff.
The idea behind the new comic is pretty interesting. Greg Medford doesn’t just want to sell knives anymore (he still does, of course) but he wants to reach a broader audience, not just an insulated community of knife nuts.
“The whole goal is I feel like the knife industry is for naught if we can’t get kids into cutlery and into knives,” he said in a recent YouTube video. “The whole thing is about trying to get kids to engage a little and I’m hoping dads and knife customers will read it and maybe give one to a kid in their life to read.”
Medford said he is foregoing the majority of knife trade shows to save money to use on the comic, such as hiring professional illustrators to bring the story to life.
Here he is talking more about the comic:
The story of Jack Knyff picks up when he’s around age 12 after his parents were killed and the story follows him throughout his life, going back and forth through different time periods. He is given a knife by his father (a Medford Praetorian, according to Knife News) and uses it to save the day in lieu of superpowers.
As an avid reader of comics or — as I like to call them to make me feel better about myself — graphic novels, the idea is very intriguing. I’d definitely give it to my son when he gets a little older but there are also many other comics I can give him to toughen him up, including Garth Ennis’ “Preacher” or Garth Ennis’ “The Boys” or pretty much any other Garth Ennis creation.
Outside of knife fans, I’m not sure there’s much of a market for something like this. Medford is better known for its several hundred dollar knives. However, the comic will be thrown into every Medford knife purchase, but you can also pick up the first issue called “Beginnings” now at the Medford site. The next issue is being worked on.
While the story is rooted mostly in reality, rather than leaning on radioactive spiders or the Lord of Dreams, I imagine there will be a lot of action and hijinks.
I wonder if a knife comic that follows a character doing mundane tasks around the house like cutting twine and opening packages with his simple Buck 110 could have worked? Maybe I’ll get to work myself.