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SPD Field Kitchen Knife Set

Prometheus Design Werx’s Fine Cutlery Combo for Camping & Overlanding


This holiday season, Prometheus Design Werx releases their Field Kitchen Knife Set under their Special Projects Division (SPD) label. This fine Field Kitchen Knife Set is ideally suited for group camping to the discriminating, well-equipped overlander.


Featuring two knives; a 6” chef and a 4” paring, both of which perfectly nest in the folding box carry case-cutting board combo. The handles and carry case-cutting board are made with reclaimed American maple hardwood, felt lined and have retaining magnets. The knives are made with Carpenter CTS BD1N steel and at a 61RC. Many know that a well-prepared meal tastes best when savored outdoors and the FKKS will be help you achieve that end.

The SPD FKKS is hand made in small production runs and part of their made in the USA, CORE-Line.

The Design and R&D Team at PDW states:

“Some of us have been life-long backpackers and around 2006 really began to embrace vehicle based camping, also popularly known as overlanding. The advancements and smart design found in outdoor products notably improve with each passing season, but there is a distinct aspect about overlanding over backpacking, which has a particular appeal and that, is honestly, an ability to bring along more creature comforts. In particular, a wider variety of food, methods to prepare, offer a broader menu, and yes, we like that a lot. In addition to quality, usefulness, and durability, being organized in any backcountry outing is key. We saw an opportunity to improve on a product gap in the camp kitchen with our FKKS. We wanted useful, finely made kitchen knives with design considerations suited for backcountry vehicle based travel. Two knife sizes seemed to cover just about everything one could think of in most practical instances, and also an improved self-contained multi-functional case. While we all know how to improvise with existing products, we wanted to design and offer a finely made cutlery set for the field kitchen that met all of our design and usage criteria, and was just ready to go out of the box. Our FKKS is a finished backcountry product commensurate with an overlander’s dialed-in 4×4 and the rest of the curated equipment that goes along with it. Live Free Eat Well.”

The SPD FKKS will be available for purchase Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 via their website, prometheusdesignwerx.com.


21 Responses to “SPD Field Kitchen Knife Set”

  1. Ed says:

    I’m hungry now!

  2. H.C. says:

    Price on these? Love them.

  3. PPGMD says:

    I like the idea, but I think I would rather have a bread knife, as you can do a vast majority of the tasks you need with a paring knife with a chefs knife. But you can’t be bread knife tasks without a bread knife.

  4. SGT Rock says:

    Prometheus Design Werx = Stuff for bros by bros who wish they had served in the military.

    • Bobby Denard says:

      I’m not even sure it’s that.

      Stuff for “Silicon Valley hipsters that feel disconnected with nature but have a lot of disposable income and like to buy stuff to fill the void” by hipsters.

      $59 tote bag for buying groceries? $149 Shemagh? $45 water bottle? Is anyone outside a 50 mile radius of San Francisco buying those items?

      I’m aware of the TAD origins and all that. But I don’t see how PDW stuff has anything to do with soldiers anymore.

      (I know SSD doesn’t like it when we talk high prices. I’m not debating if it costs $49 for a watch cap to be made in the US. Maybe it’s a fair price. I’m simply wondering who is buying this stuff.)

      • SSD says:

        Did you check out their $29 hammock?

        • Bobby Denard says:

          I must have missed while looking at their $27 (plus shipping) coffee mug.

          • SSD says:

            It’s not for you. That’s okay.

            PDW offers products which founder Patrick Ma wants. Despite your protestations to the contrary, enough other people want those things as well, that he can not only keep introducing new products, but feed his family as well.

            The American Dream in action.

            • Bobby Denard says:

              I’ve never protested Patrick Ma earning a living.

              I do wonder what it’s doing in Soldier Systems Daily. If SSD wants to expand outside of its stated mission of covering the tactical industry, go right ahead. I’d never tell you what to do. But I will say there’s nothing tactical about PDW.

      • Alpha2 says:

        I live in Silicon Valley area and have seen their tote bags a few times at local grocery stores / farmers market…two of the guys with them had the hipster neck beard and drove Tesla’s. Whether intentional or not I think that the techie hipsters with the insane amounts of disposable income are the majority of their customers. Just my observation.

        • Airborne_Fister says:

          I drive a Tesla. And I have a beard. But I also fish and hunt. I wear shirts that are from veteran companies and I put a full 6 point buck in the front Frunk (front trunk) of my Tesla model x. Boy did Tesla not like that when I showed up at the super charging station.

      • BayAreaBlaster says:

        “TAD origins”? TAD was never something like a retired troop stitching together gear in Fayetteville.

        It was always a project by knife geeks who were also into toys (seriously, toy dolls) and technicool gear, for knife geeks into toys and technicool gear. It turns out some of their output wasn’t half-bad, but let’s not forget their real origins: http://www.notcot.com/archives/2008/08/rocketworld-tad.php

        And am I the only one that remembers the titanium chopsticks with the neck holster? JFK.

        I’ve got nothing against Ma in his new endeavors — or the other guys in the old ones. Small business is great, and the TAD crew was always friendly when I’d go by the old West Oakland store to look at super pricey custom knives. But this stuff is far more likely to be seen in a tech company cube or a well-appointed Burning Man camp than on a serviceman…

      • 112aus says:

        I can never quite understand why so many people here complain about the gear buying habits of other people on a gear/industry website. Don’t like it, don’t buy it, someone else will.

        I buy their stuff and I’m in Australia, which is well outside the bay area radius.

        As far as the disconnected tech industry hipster line, I’m not that either, I work in this industry and I use my gear.

        I travel internationally often and take PDW stuff with me regularly. Their clothing is of excellent quality and offers great function without presenting like you have just rolled up to SHOT Show 2011. Not all of us like to get around with the Multicam pack/khaki pants/black polo shirt combo. Pricing is also comparable to other similar manufacturers.

        I think their gear has a more outdoor related slant and I think it is refreshing to see that tactical/outdoor hybrid.

        Before someone throws out the ‘must be on the PDW payroll/fanboi’ comment, don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t jump at everything they do.

        • Bobby Denard says:

          My issue is this has nothing to do with soldiers or the military.

          If hipsters (or you) want to pay for this stuff, knock themselves and yourself out. As SSD said, PDW stuff is not for me.

          And it goes without saying that Soldier Systems Daily can run the website as they see fit. If they want to expand and cover non-soldier systems., that’s on them.

      • danny says:

        this is the mentality..

        If you dont need it, dont buy it. If you think the price is high, dont buy it.

        and btw, Kyle Defoor use and highly recommend PDW product all the time. I would like to see how he fits into the “bro who have not served” category..

    • Loopy says:

      You just described 80% of the customers in the “tactical outdoor” market and 98% of people at GoRuck events.

  5. SamHill says:

    Regardless of the price or quality I’m not carrying a damn cutting board and two extra knives on a hike. I’d cut that sausage with my folder and the bread would get sliced too, or I’d tear off pieces. It is very pretty and all, but I’m not carrying it.

    I will echo what SSD said, that PDW sells out most of the stuff they make, so regardless if we like it or not, it is selling and there are markets for everything, the tactical market is a perfect example, milled titanium AR pistol grips and bling laden AR-15 take down pins…

    I did order one of their wool watch caps. Whatever price it was was fair enough for me to get to try a nice quality wool one, after so many years wearing an issued one that was as rough as a scouring pad. The PDW one is way softer, for what it’s worth.

    • Maskirovka says:

      If you read the description and their web site, they are heavily oriented towards “overland” adventuring, meaning wheeled vehicle travel and vehicle based camping. This product is intended to be part of a vehicle or trailer cook kit.

      I am eyeing their watch caps as well, and feeling like I might go for one of their wool camp shirts.

      • Samhill says:

        @ Maskirovka Oh, I didn’t know that overland meant vehicles.
        I guess there would be room for that in the jeep or RV or whatever. I don’t have a jeep or RV.

        The wool watch cap is nice. Very soft and light.

    • Blaine B. says:

      I’ve been wearing their Watch Caps for a couple of years now. Recently switched to Filson due to being unable to replace my lost PDW one (out of stock) and I actually like the Filson better.