At our re­cent fam­ily re­union, I was sit­ting with a cousin look­ing out at the lake when he asked me if I had ever heard of Scor­pion 6 Knives. When I men­tioned that I hadn’t, he told me I had to check out Shane Mag­nussen. He had served with Shane in Afghanistan and kept in touch with him after they re­turned home. Know­ing that I am al­ways on the look­out for ex­tra­or­di­nary tal­ent, he fig­ured his friend would be right up my al­ley. He was not mis­taken.

01 What’s in a name?

In the U.S. Army, units and in­di­vid­ual teams are given call signs to dis­guise their iden­ti­ties over en­emy ra­dios. The num­ber fol­low­ing the call sign sig­ni­fies the role within the unit. The num­ber 6 is the com­mand el­e­ment. In 20032004, an elite Army In­fantry unit, call sign “Scor­pion,” roamed the moun­tains of Afghanistan look­ing to make friends with the lo­cals. This is where Scor­pion 6 orig­i­nated (Scor­pi­onsixknives.com).

02 The Chal­lenges

Shane has found that his great­est chal­lenge un­for­tu­nately is find­ing com­pa­nies that will pro­vide sup­port­ing el­e­ments to help in his op­er­a­tions here in the United States. From steel to mar­ket­ing ma­te­ri­als, he has found that over­seas op­er­a­tions have greater in­ter­est and faster turn­around. He also finds that man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pa­nies that can help him with things such as wa­ter­jet are not in­ter­ested in work­ing with lo­cal com­pa­nies, opt­ing for large con­tracts over steady lo­cal busi­ness. How­ever, with these chal­lenges he prides him­self in main­tain­ing 100%-Amer­i­can-made sta­tus.

03 In­spired

Con­sid­er­ing him­self a sculptor and artist be­fore knife­maker, Shane draws in­spi­ra­tion from his time in an elite light in­fantry unit in Afghanistan, dur­ing his time in the U.S. Army. Although, he con­sid­ers his fam­ily to be the most im­por­tant source of in­spi­ra­tion, along with the sup­port of his cus­tomers.

04 Time to Get Cre­ative

Shane finds that he is at his most cre­ative around 2200 hours (10 p.m.), when he is wind­ing down for sleep, at which time he will sketch out his idea to be fol­lowed up in the morn­ing. He also en­joys work­ing with peo­ple who come to him with spe­cific is­sues with their cur­rent EDC, and has had the op­por­tu­nity to do this re­cently with Phoenix SWAT, as well as a few front­line op­er­a­tors over­seas.

05 Pick­ing Fa­vorites

Al­ways want­ing to ex­pand him­self, Shane re­ally en­joys mak­ing fold­ers, be­cause he says that they are more com­plex and it is chal­leng­ing to make them func­tion prop­erly. But, he does also make fixed blade knives and strives for de­signs un­like any­thing any­one else is cre­at­ing.

06 Or­der­ing

Shane has an av­er­age wait­ing pe­riod of 8-10 months out of his Gil­bert, Ari­zona shop, but oc­ca­sion­ally has a “flash” sale on so­cial me­dia. Although he prefers to do his own de­signs, he is al­ways open to help­ing cre­ate so­lu­tions for the men and women serv­ing our na­tion on the front lines. KI

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