Our Story

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LynchNW's story began like many other small businesses do - an idea, and not much else. My first nice knife - a Spyderco PM2 - led down the rabbit trail of wanting to ‘make it my own’ by modifying it in some way.  The family budget was too tight to spend much money on anything extravagant, so I decided a simple titanium clip was what my knife couldn’t live without. But even those were more than I could justify spending - at that time, $40 (what they cost from a maker called STR) was out of my reach. That hard realization led me to wonder - could I possibly figure out how to get a titanium clip made?  If I could find someone to make them for me so I could try to sell them, I could use that money to fund my ‘knife habit’. I came up with a design, and sent out the drawing to 60 machine shops, some local, most not.  I got back 59 ‘No Quotes’.

But a Washington-state based shop threw me a bone, and graciously agreed to produce the initial run - 100 clips, if I remember correctly. I used up our family savings to pay for them, and posted the clips on BladeForums to see if anyone might possibly be interested. To my amazement (and everlasting gratitude to the good people on that site, some of whom are still customers), the clips sold. When I came back to the machine shop for the second batch, they let me know that the manufacturing process was much more difficult than they had anticipated, and so the cost of the next run would need to jump up significantly. Since I didn’t have the additional funds to make that happen, it left me with a single option - try to figure out how to make them myself.

After heaps of trial and error and more trial and more error, learning and failing and scrapping and trying again, hunched over a workbench in the dirt-floor basement of our old farmhouse, the process slowly evolved. Following what seemed like an eternity of making bad parts, I had the first small batch of good ones. I suppose at this point I had what could be loosely called a ‘business’ - making, finishing, and shipping titanium clips from my rural home.  Like everyone else with a side hustle, I was working a full time job and spending my evenings and weekends making and shipping and trying to figure it out.  Time passed - 3 or 4 years I guess - and it finally got to the point that I was having a hard time carving out enough hours to get parts out the door.   After a lot of prayer and sleepless nights, I took the terrifying step of quitting my ‘Real Job’ - our family’s sole source of income - and moving into a small 300 square foot space for rent in my hometown of Rockford, Washington. To say the building was rundown would not be doing it justice - the wood floor had holes in it that you could fall through, there wasn’t any insulation or heat, and the bathroom had no walls. But it was a ‘real shop’!

I worked there a couple years, and during that time added the first of the LynchNW crew.  That was scary, let me tell you.  I wasn’t sure I could support my own family, let alone anyone else.  Thomas, then Kaden, then Taden, then Daisy.  Adding talented, competent people to offset my shortcomings made all the difference in that first stretch.  But that 300 square foot space filled up quick!

A couple years later, we moved into a larger, 3,000 sq ft space in Spokane Valley, Washington, which is our current location. The floor is concrete, the heat works, and the bathroom has walls and a locking door. We picked up a new 4-axis CNC mill and a water jet, along with other tools and equipment.  We manufacture our components with ‘continuous improvement’ in mind - the idea being to build the best parts we can while always searching for a better way to make them. At last count, we’ve made and sold somewhere nearing 200,000 ti clips, along with other parts and gear. We succeed sometimes and fail sometimes (hopefully more of the former than the latter), but the goal is always this:  to make things people want to use. The machines and the space and all the processes we’ve developed are important, but the key is the crew. I can’t take credit for much, but I do take pride that I was aware enough to realize that having people around who are better and smarter and more talented than me is essential to making what we do work. We couldn’t do what we do without the team - Thomas, Kaden, Taden, Daisy, Riley, Justin, Moriah, Max, Anakin, Andrew, Kyle, Rick, Ethan, and Josiah. Thanks to everyone who has supported what we do.  

Please come visit if you’re ever in Eastern Washington.

The LynchNW Philosophy

I’m sincerely grateful when someone spends their hard-earned cash on something we make. It is no small thing, and I appreciate each and every purchase.

All products are designed, sourced, and made in America. The reason for this is two-fold. Philosophically, we are grateful and proud to live in the USA. Practically, it's important to us to be able to oversee and control every aspect of what goes out the door, and we can best do that by having each and every part made here in the Pacific Northwest.

Many of the parts we make and sell are designed to be replacement parts for brands such as Spyderco, Benchmade, ProTech, Chris Reeve, Emerson, and Zero Tolerance, among others. Calling them 'replacement parts' instead of 'upgraded parts' is intentional. These companies make excellent products, and the parts of their knives that our parts replace are no exception. OEM Spyderco clips, as an example, are uniformly excellent, both in fit & finish and design. Because of that, I do not consider LynchNW parts to be upgrades. They are, simply put, alternatives; it is our goal to make them to the standard of quality of the parts they replace. Our objective is to strive to make something that honors the part it replaces, should a user be interested in something different for their knife. Our focus is to design each part with minute attention to detail, make each one to the highest quality possible, provide the maximum level of customer support we are able, and sell the parts for the best price we can.

Each part is QC'd multiple times before leaving the shop, and we take pride in sending out the best product we are capable of making. However, these are handmade parts, so each one will not be 100% identical to the one before it, and since we’re human beings, we make mistakes. Should you as the user find the fit & finish, performance, or design to be lacking, please reach out so we can make it right, whether that is a replacement or a full refund.

All parts are Guaranteed for Life. They are designed to be used, and things that are used are susceptible to wear and damage. Should a part fail, or should you be unhappy with it for any reason, please contact us and we will replace it, or refund you in full.

If you have any feedback or questions, a specific request, or an idea for a new part, please reach out here. We do our best to answer emails by the next day; emails received on weekends may not receive a reply until the following Monday.

Thank you again,


The LynchNW Team

Our goal is to consistently exceed the quality and customer service expectations of our valued customers. Employing great people goes along with making quality products in the USA. We are dedicated to providing rewarding and enjoyable careers to our talented and high performance team at LynchNW.
Founder/Designer Casey Lynch I like to design things and build stuff. I'm deeply grateful for the opportunity to do this for a living, and sincerely thankful that my Creator has allowed me to do it with people smarter and better than me. Director of Sales & Operations Thomas I've worked for many great companies, but LynchNW is very special. I appreciate the opportunity to provide for my family by working alongside a very talented Team, including the “Man” himself, who all serve each other and our customers with delight. Every day brings new chances to contribute towards improvements, growth, and the creative process that continues to deliver great products to our wonderful customers. It is truly a pleasure to be a part of LynchNW and our Team that God has blessed with unique abilities. Production Manager/Machinist Kaden I am a Machinist, Musician and Marksman… or at least I try. Thankful to be making Lynch stuff eveyday! I❤️LNW Production/Research & Development Taden My Mind Is Like My Web Browser. 19 Tabs Are Open, 3 Are Frozen And I Have No Idea Where The Music Is Coming From. The Best Is Yet To Come. Customer Service/Fulfillment Daisy As an aspiring archaeologist, I am a lover of all things sharp and shiny. I have been working at LNW since the 2020 and am very grateful to be able to continue working here! "Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created." Revelation 4:11 Customer Service/Fulfillment Lead Riley I am a reader, writer, and artist. I'm the shortest in the shop, basically run off of coffee, and happy to be working here at Lynch Northwest! Production/Quality Control/Research & Development Justin Every day carry gear is far more than a hobby, it is my passion and inspiration. Assembly/Quality Control Abigail As the saying goes... God, Guns, and Glory. ;) For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. II Timothy 1:17 Production/Research & Development Max I enjoy music, guitars, knives, and shiny things. Production Anakin I am shop flow worker. I help out anywhere I am needed to keep product flowing smoothly. Am an aspiring welder and avid gamer. Production/Laser Lead Andrew Warming up? THE SUN IS WARMING UP?! Production Kyle Full time tumbler person, part time crazy person. I play guitar, build guitars, fix guitars and break guitars. I like vinyl records and........ oh, I own a tuxedo. Manufacturing Engineer/Project Manager Rick "You must unlearn what you have learned." - Yoda Dealer Fulfillment/Shipping Ethan An avid reader, big brother, and fulfiller of dealer orders. Assembly/Quality Control Josiah I am a hiker, biker, and the doer of all things that pertain to comedy and jest. “Suck it up buttercup…” Shipping Jack I like to ride bikes, play music and tell stories, but I'm always up for something new. Who knows what'll be next? "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts then your thoughts." Operations Assistant Mark Happy to be part of what's going on at LynchNW. I help wherever needed with web, tech and operations projects. Just trying to be faithful and live for an Audience of One. "Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might." Ecc 9:10