Calico Forge Knife Co.’s primary mission is to design, develop, test and produce the very best combat effective military fighting knives. Within the scope of our primary mission, the logistical needs of the combat operator in regards to edge weapons is our critical focus. Calico Forge continues this pursuit through design innovation, integrating mission critical features, collaborating real world operator experience and exhaustive range testing.
Calico Forge Knife Co.’s Objective is to provide a combat fighting/field service knife that is effective in assisting the modern war fighter in environments that require an edged weapon in every imaginable and known situation. By meeting this objective, additional product/equipment needs are achieved through a joint effort with various military combat occupations.
Corp Principle & Philosophy
A knife is a very simple tool that is primitive in nature but is usually required in complicated scenarios where survival is at stake. Because of this common fact, I have dedicated my efforts to making a knife that will give the skilled individual the tactical advantage necessary to survive and meet the assigned objective. In order to achieve this, the very best materials, design methods, professional consultation and “Real World” scenario testing is implemented.
Andy Franco created Calico Forge in 2003 and CF-Tactical & Design in 2012. He has 10 years experience in knife making and in the commercial production industry. Prior to his carrier in the private sector: Andy Franco enlisted in the U.S. Army, went from basic training, graduated from Airborne School, Ranger Indoctrination Program (RIP) and assigned to 2nd Bn, 75th Ranger Regiment in a Breach and RSOV team. JBLM (Joint Base Fort Lewis/McCord).
“It is not enough for me to make good gear or equipment but to be part of an effort that our modern war fighters engage in on behalf of us and our freedom. This is what motivates my work and is my primary focus. If I cannot depend my own life on what I make, it will not leave my shop or ever go down range.”