Meet Jake Hoback
ABOUT JAKE HOBACK
Jake Hoback had a variety of jobs and experiences before turning to full-time knife making and becoming a prominent figure in the industry. He studied and worked as a fish and wildlife scientific technician, was a machinist at a turbine engine company, and fabricated rock-crawling 4x4s. Jake’s interest in knives began at the age of 5, and that interest was transformed into a knife addiction when he watched Rambo for the very first time!
“My fascination with fabrication and inventing always inspired me to build new tools.”
Jake started creating knives in 1990 in his back yard, pounding them out on a huge chunk of steel with a framing hammer and fence post nails. By 2003, Jake had sold his very first knife, and in 2009 started making knives full-time from his workshop in Northern Idaho. Jake has learned many techniques and skills from other knife makers throughout the years, but his initial work was completely self-taught.
“Always needing a good quality knife and not being able to find one locally drove me to make my own.”
The engineering that goes into the knives he creates distinguishes him from other knife makers. His knives are made to be rugged and reliable.
“We never just add a feature because it looks cool. We always make things with a purpose. Made for hard work, my knives are built to be tools, not just trophies.”
Jake’s knives are known for many innovative features, including the Hoback Roller Detent (HRD), internal lightening pockets, hardened stainless lock inserts, hardened bearing races, and smooth blade movement with no blade play. Jakes specializes in folding and fixed blade knives; but he especially enjoys the thought, design, and engineering that goes into folders.
TOOLS MADE FOR HARD WORK
Outfit yourself with one of the World’s finest Knives. Folders, fixed blades, and axes designed for EDC (everyday carry), tactical use, and the great outdoors. With features like the proprietary Hoback Roller Detent (HRD), internal lightening pockets, hardened stainless lock inserts, hardened bearing races, and smooth blade movement with no blade play.
Rugged, reliable, and precision-engineered, Jake Hoback Knives are Tools, not just Trophies! Jake Hoback started making knives in 1990 in his back yard, pounding them out on a huge chunk of steel with a framing hammer and fence post nails.
Guided by an unwavering faith, and committed to innovation in design and workmanship, the Idaho-based company has grown into an industry-leading provider of quality knives and accessories.
Jake Hoback’s knives are crafted of the finest, most durable materials available -- built to be tools, not just trophies!
Jake’s knives are proudly carried and collected by the military, law enforcement, men and women who love the outdoors, and knife enthusiasts around the world.