Length x width: 498 x 52 cm.
Skin volume options: LV, HV.
Cockpit rims: UK sizes S, M, L (75, 85, 95 x 48cm)
Weight on average: 10kg
The Butterknife is our first modern take on a traditional skin kayak. For this, we’ve developed a range of new materials and manufacturing techniques over the past 10 years, with intensive testing in the past two years.
Our designer’s brief was a lightweight hull, that tracks well without skeg or rudder, with good initial and secondary stability, one that grows with your technical progress.
A fun, boat with smooth manoeuvring and speed for local paddling, not a tourer nor a surfer.
It’s signature lines reference our heritage in sealskin kayaks, from our early Greenland years. The inward curves forward and aft, a timber frame technique, gives you quieter paddling rather than highest possible speed. Another important detail, is the “one edge only” press against the skin. This for airing out the old skins and their timbers, and fine tunes the hull’s shape and function. We’ve kept it in all our hulls.
An average, the 500cm Butterknife weighs about 10 kg, depending on options.
Two 60cm Tzips™ fore and aft, no hatches.
¾ decklines and a pair of bungees fore and aft.
Graphite enhanced swimmer’s grab point fore and aft.
In the cockpit, you’ll sit on a 2mm natural cork pad, no seat, for the lowest centre of gravity.
No seat, no back-rest, no skeg, no rudder, no handles nor toggles.
As the skin’s volume is not set to a fixed shape, we don’t issue litre volume. You can allow the skin to press inwards for extreme edges – or buff it up, for more volume or increased freeboard. The kayak will float if flooded – but won’t support your weight. Add buoyancy with dry bags, if preferred – or use a sea sock.
Hull skin (below deck): Low (<70kg), Medium (65-85kg), High volume (80-110kg).
Deck skin: LV (very low arch forward of cockpit rim) and HV (50mm curve forward of cockpit rim).
Our boatskin – Ballistic Skin 8000N™
Ballistic Skin 8000N™ is an exceptionally strong (tensile strength 8000N in 0/90°), waterproof skin, infused with a near Super Hydrophobic silicon matrix for reduced hull friction. This means you use less energy in your stroke. Treat your boat like a carbon/aramid hull, and it will give you a lifetime of use. Field repairs to the skin are easy.
Let us know, if you expect rough treatment, we have a few more options for you.
We’ve re-engineered the old timber frame to match the extreme strength of our boatskin, borrowing techniques from surfboard makers – and now build only from high end composite materials. The deck frame is your chassis, with a supporting lower edge, or chine line, bow and stern feathers and high density kayak foam as “bulkheads” and vertical frames.
Our fibre reinforcements were developed in a collaboration with Ballistic Skin™, for highest strength/stiffness balance at the lowest possible weight. You’ll find the same fibers in the aerospace and racing car industry.
We vacuum infuse all our frames with a plant-based, low-VOC resin, qualified by Sustainable Surf, California, for the lowest possible carbon footprint – and keeps our workshop solvent free!
If you want custom changes to you kayak, you can unfortunately not return it to us. Standard kayaks in standard sizes can, if it does not live up to your expectations, be returned unused within 14 days after you have it in hand.