ENS/ZEN

The power of design with minimalism

Passionate About Knives, Tools and Tech stuff.

Filip De Coene is a Belgium based independent product designer creating contemporary knives with minimalist attitude, clean aesthetic and functional use. His interest in product design developed at a young age, he spent a lot of time in prototyping and exploring materials to accomplish a different style. Designing needs thoughtful thinking , redesigning it and co-ideating until the real design needs are found. With ENSIZEN he turns his ideas into timeless custom-developed designs which are easy to implement in any given environment. With several niche brands and acknowledge from the design world, ENSIZEN starts claiming its place in the knife community.

Timeless

Minimal

Different

Shark


A new fixed blade design — still prototype - what’s not to like ? The Shark as compact fixed blade for bushcrafting or part of your hunting equipment.

Sharp Design With A Touch Of Zen

The brand ensizen is crafted by combining the word ENSIS, the Latin term for blade, and ZEN, as minimalism highly inspired from the Japonese traditional design and the Zen philosophy.The arrow or ENSIS symbolizes the sharpness, the circle symbolizes ZEN as the absolute simplicity. The opening in the circle highlights the imperfection as essence in continuous improvement.

Medium

I design from instinct. What feels good. What feels right. What is needed. The Medium frame lock looks simple but as the flagship of the Ensizen folders it features technology at the inside.

The M390 – 75 mm blade is heat treated under controlled conditions , runs on ceramic bearings and incorporates a hidden lock insert. The triangle shaped flipping tap enables one hand opening and allows finger index positioning during precise work.

The mirror convex titanium handle scales and the full flat ground blade reduces the weight to 115 gram. For a frame lock titanium folder it’s really lightweight.

The challenge of turning sheets of premium steel and exclusive materials into the hand-assembled works of art. Even more the dedication to escape from the traditional and explore future oriented knife concepts. Adding functionality in the details, increasing ergonomics as much as possible with attention to a sleek and timeless appearance.The pure functional knife designs are determined by minimalism and feature remarkable outlines like a lower positioned edge for additional safety - straight bottom lines to enhance ergonomics - convex shapes to lower weight - typical handle front and curved butt.

Tuned balance of straight lines and curves.

Hybrid GM

I think there is something about luxury – it’s not something people need, but it’s what they want. The Hybrid GM is the gentlemen variation in the Hybrid collection with a sleek appearance, designed to be carried effortlessly on a daily basis. As with every Hybrid the overall geometry grows out from a low located edge to the handle, offering a oversized fingerguard.

Suminagashi VG10 - 60 mm / Titanium / closed 105 mm / weight 65 gram

Minimum 75

Designed as a do-it-all everyday folder that will meet your every cutting need with ease and style. The full-flat ground sheepsfoot blade, with its wider and robust profile, adds strength and versatility while making it look less threatening and dangerous. This is in tandem with its non-locking friction folding deployment, making it perfect for use in the outdoors or in your office. 

Suminagashi VG10 - 75 mm / Titanium / closed 125 mm / weight 100 gram

Higo

The Higo is a modern redesign on the Higonokami folder. It merges the handsome looks of a classic friction knife with modern enhancements, giving you the best of both worlds. The slim and minimal concept results in one of the lightest folder in comparison to his size.

Suminagashi VG10 - 70 mm / Titanium / closed 120 mm / weight 65 gram

Hybrid Pro

The Hybrid Pro features a ambidextrous wide blade with integrated fingerguard, which at 50mm is legal to carry where knife laws are stricter. The full titanium handles are paired with a matching custom milled titanium pocket clip, and it even incorporates a bottle opener into the design. The Hybrid Pro is an exciting and refreshing take on the traditional non-locking folder, combining ergonomics with time-tested concepts of refined minimalism.

S35VN - 50 mm / Titanium / closed 105 mm / weight 85 gram

Minimum XS

The EDC version of its larger brother, the Minimum 75. As its name implies, it’s as minimal and compact as it gets. The scandi grind sheepsfoot blade was chosen to compensate for its diminutive size, because the wider blade allows for more strength and versatility, while also being more socially acceptable and less intimidating in an urban setting.

Supergold - 40 mm / Titanium / closed 85 mm / weight 60 gram

Hybrid Extra

The Hybrid naming not only stands for a balanced mixtures of straight lines and curves , the design also finds his naming in the possibility to add different kinds of deployment and locking features. The Hybrid Extra with frame lock in addition to the Hybrid collection. It features a tumbled S35VN leaf shape blade, easily deployed one-handed with the slightly shorter extension, while a matching titanium pocket clip offers intuitive tip-up carry.

S35VN - 50 mm / Titanium / closed 105 mm / weight 80 gram

During years of designing and exploring materials I adopted a greater sense for the correlation of design and modern technology.I tackle a broad variety of knife making disciplines of creating meaningful products.

Stiel en Stijl - Leuven/Belgium - 2018Bestmadeco - USA - 2018HIB label - Belgium - 2018BelgiumArtDesign/BAD - Ghent/Belgium - 2018Artikel Nr - Ghent/Belgium - 2018Urban EDC supply - USA - 2017/2018Greenwise - Japan - 2017Hands On Design 8° Triennial - Ghent/Belgium - 2016/2017Certified Craft - Belgium - 2016Hands On Design - Belgium - 2016BKS - Gembloux/Belgium - 2015/2016DKE show - Tiel/The Netherlands - 2014/2015Gentlemen Taschenmesser - Germany - 2014MesserMagazin - Germany - 2014Hephaistos - Germany - 2013/2014Henry Van de Velde - Brussels /Belgium - 2013Schofield Watch Company - UK - 2013Toolbox - Belgium is Design - Milan/Italy - 2013Sabato - Belgium - 2013Henry Van de Velde Label - Belgium - 2012Antoine Van Loocke - Belgium - 2010

Enzku


A crossover between the Japanese Nakiri & Santoku kitchen blade, medium sized and ideal for push cutting or chopping smaller vegetables. Premium steel, assembled with a generous choice in handle materials.

Custom Variations


The featured designs are only a example of what’s possible, please follow major social network sites to see more custom variations. If you have an enquiry regarding a excisting design or would like to discuss any future project you may have in mind, please feel free to drop me a mail.

Toolbox – Milan

My debut into the design world with 2 favorite knife designs : Hybrid & Minimum. Outstanding exhibition organized by Belgium is Design. Products, process and technical excellence contribute to a portrait of the mastery of Belgian design. A production of simple and honest objects: ironic and measured, ethical and authentic, just as Henry van de Velde imagined.

Design & Quality label

Hybrid design selected for Henry Van de Velde label. The HYBRID strives to express functionality through purity. The overall geometry grows out from a low located edge to the handle, offering a oversized fingerguard which simplifies the lack of a blade lock. The design is characterized by harmonic proportions of curves and straight lines in the handle.

Schofield collaboration

Limited edition of the Hybrid friction folder in collaboration with Schofield Watch Company. UK-legal version with G10 glassfiber laminate and PM steel.

ENSIS + ZEN

Ensizen as expression of thoughtful minimalism, functional design defined by a uncomplicated and timeless appearance , a continuously innovation to social accepted blade concepts with emphasis to safety and ergonomics.
The brand ensizen is crafted by combining the word ENSIS , the Latin term for blade , and ZEN , as minimalism highly inspired from the Japonese traditional design and the Zen philosophy.