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Black is the Cerakote
Black is the Cerakote version.
I added $5 for Cerakote - but nowhere in the survey is this possible to select. Do you need to add this manually?
Where I can choose the Cerakote option in the survey?
Yes, $3 for US shipping.
Just noticed I was charged $42 on my CC for the $39 early bird, was there a shipping charge added, I honestly can't remember and I don't see anything about shipping charges on the campaign page...
We've just added a Mini-TACK in titanium to the campaign. The new Mini-TACK titanium is a neck carry version of tack, which is about 50% smaller and 1/8" thick. It will come with a custom molded Kydex neck sheath which can be worn with the included stainless steel ball chain, or you can attach it to your keys, backpack, gear, etc. If you like our TRAK runner's knife, this is a two finger version, but larger. I've added them for a KS price only of $59. You can add this to your existing pledge. Regular price will be $75-$80 on these in the future.
Excellent flavio thank you. I will reachout to you in email. Any chance on a royal treatment to the mini trac?
I would be happy to address your concerns about the Prototype TACK knife here, But so not to confuse things we can discuss the TRAK knife on the other campaign page. I will look into adding an additional lanyard hole on the opposite end so if a customer wants to wrap the handle with say para-cord they would be able to do so. As for the Burr you mentioned I Have a feeling that what you are seeing is the tungsten carbide welded to the edge. It may be a burger and if it is I would be happy to take care of it for you. Manny knife makers use titanium as a blade material and to make up for the softer material they weld the tungsten carbide to the edge to bring up edge hardness similar to that of a stainless steel knife. The reason I chose titanium is because the knife will live in a high moisture /high humidity area such as your wallet. I find the best way to sharpen a titanium blade is using a flat ceramic stone. Those mini carbide sharpener’s that you draw the knife through tend to just eat up the titanium. If you would like a recommendation just contact me via email and I’ll be happy to discuss it in greater detail with you. I’ve been carrying around and testing a prototype TACK knife For over five years and it has remained my favorite go to knife.
If you have any further questions or feedback please feel free to contact me directly at : firstname.lastname@example.org
bare with me but I feel after some really indepth real world feed back you could offer a deeper reply then I will consider it.
What will you consider? please feel free to defend your design it is your baby If you feel I am off the mark let me know why I am very interested in your rational. I hope you are not offended I am a firm believer in the forum that kickstarter offers backers and creators. I hope you are aswell.
Yes, the Mini TACK will be available in Natural, Blue, Bronze, Purple, Flame Anodized, and also optional Black. You will be able to choose them via the backer survey at the end of the campaign.
No worries, it will not update, but if you ordered a Mini-TACK you will get one guaranteed.
No worries, I will have a few extra, but if you order one...you will get one!
Thank you for the feedback and I will take it all into consideration.
Added for the Mini Tack. Any special finishes for us?
Hi there, when i updated my pledge, it didn't add to the number of people who added to the list for the mini tack.
Hi there, I've added the extra for the mini tack.
I hope that I'm one of the 100..lol..
Ok i have one of your original trac knives out of ti and a special steel one finger from your previous campaign Ihave some coments I wish to share. The one finger knife does not have enough meat to it and is dificult to deploy stealthaly without cutting your self. It needs to be hard and fast pull deployed. It also not having any gerth on the handle side of the bladedoes not operate well in cut tests under punch pressure it thends to get levered back and forth i would suggest a small handle be micro welded onto this design. On the positive it is ridiculously sharp and it has after a year of hard use and edc never once needed a sharpening. Now for the trac The card shaped design as this is a much larger blade it holds a bit better but i find myself wishing the holes where a bit more centered in the card. Unfortunatly the blade came with a heavy bur on the flat side and i have found it dificult to sharpen to my liking. I have always known that most knife makers avoid ti for blades because it is a brittle crystaline structure and tends to chip when sharpened. This has been my experiance with my trac. Hope it helps you to loom at your design and improve upon it. I love the design. Finaly I hope you consider making a zytel version of all these designs. And i really hope you consider making a small custom run of the trac mini made from that super steel you made my one finger blade from it is absolutly incredible steel the perfect track mini in my mind would be your royal proces with that steel and a carbid treatment with a. Few holes in the handle side so I can make my own wood grip.
Thanks for the support!
Great thanks. I just love the design of TACK. Keep coming back to see the photos. Thanks!
You will be sent a survey at the end which will ask you for all the details. No need to worry about that now.
I have just back the standard titanium version $45. I notice that the tungsten edge is a free option. How do I indicate I want to opt this?
Will try to get a sample of the black Cerakote for you. The weather here at the moment is in the single digits and not optimal for painting, but this coming week is warming up so will try to get a couple of samples posted.
Show a photo of a black TACK with Cerakote coating
Yes, when I say micro in reference to the edge, what I mean is that it's not obvious serrations like you would find a normal knife, but much more subtle. The edge on TACK is called a chisel ground edge and the tungsten carbide only goes on the back side (so you're able to sharpen it).
thanks for your answer and Happy Holidays to you as well.
I'm used to looking at things in a scanning electron microscope, so "micro scale"might have a different meaning for me than it does for you ; )
Two further questions:
1) Is the bevel of the edge symmetrical ? On the photographs of the TACK lying flat, it looks one-sided, but the 'Naval Bronze' example is shown from the other side and has a bevel there as well.
2) Do I assume correctly that you apply the tungsten carbide only to one side of the edge (whatever its geometry may be) ?
Happy Holidays to you. Just to answer your questions below:
1) I'll try to get a picture posted of the Tungsten Carbide Edge shortly.
2) The tungsten carbide does give the edge a "toothy" texture, but more on a micro scale. Not serrated by the traditional definition. The idea is to micro weld a stronger material (tungsten carbide) to the softer titanium edge. What this results in is a stronger edge by increasing the hardness. A benefit is that as the softer titanium wears away, more of the carbide is exposed so essentially self-sharpening the edge.
3) Yes, TACK would most definitely still be able to be used as a scraper.
4) The Cerakote can be applied to the Tungsten Edge. I'll have to do some testing to find out if it should be applied before or after the Cerakote finish. I'm leaning towards before application of the Cerakote because if done in post, it would not adhere properly. I would also have to remove about an 1/8" of Cerakote along edge so it could be applied if done after.
I hope that answers all of your questions, but if not, please feel free to ask.
Hi TRAK Team,
titanium + tungsten carbide (WC) + Cerakote would/will be a cool material combination.
I have a couple of questions about that:
Could you post a picture of how the WC edge looks and/or some information on the grain size (how serrated will the edge be) and coverage of the WC on the edge ?
Would the TACK still be usable as a scraper with the WC edge ?
Can the Cerakote be applied to the WC-edged TACK, or would that be an either-or decision ?
...and it's OK to not answer before next year... everyone is entitled to some downtime to recover from the holidays : )
Best Wishes, Jens
Two new colors just added: Flame Anodized and Satin Black. See campaign for details.
Yes, the Royale wil have a lanyard hole as well. Pictured was just a prototype, but final version will have one. Thank you for asking!
Tanks, I have updated my pledge.
Also I have noticed there seems to be no lanyard-hole in the TACK Royale. Is that because a beta-version is shown or is that definite design (why?). I hope there will be one in the Royale as well because I think a lanyard would improve grip and control of the TACK.
No worries, we’ve allocated some extra of each in anticipation of that happening. Feel free to order one and you will be guaranteed one. Thankyou!
Hi, I've pledged for $136 ($39 Early bird standard + $12 shipping Netherlands + $85 Wallet). I was thinking on making a complete(r) set with the Tack Royale. But I was wondering: Both the Tack Royale and the Wallet are supposed to be limited available. How are you keeping track on the availability of these when they are added to other pledges?
That’s a little bit of a challenge because the carbon fiber interferes with the electrical current and does not allow us to get an even electro anodize. We can try it however you might only get bronze with some purple mixed in due to the fact that we cannot control it 100% .
One more question. For the limited addition carbon fiber Tack. Do you still give the option to have the non carbon fiber side to be anodized?
Thank you for the quick reply and the explanation. I’ll be updating my pledge to add that option along with the anodization.
Sure, the tungsten carbide edge is a layer of tungsten carbide that is welded along the cutting edge of the titanium. The carbide layer is much harder than the titanium so in essence it increases the edge hardness, but also adds a layer of micro serrations to the edge. It will give you a more aggressive cutting edge. At the same time, as you use the knife and the titanium wears away, more carbide is exposed. This is sort of like the knife self sharpening itself. I hope that answers your question, but if not please feel free to ask more questions.
Hi. Could you explain the tungsten carbide edge a little bit please. Is it a thin layer into if the titanium or is it the whole edge that’s joined to the Ti in some way?
Yes, that is correct.
Just to confirm, if I want to add the wallet and I pledged at the $39 level I just add $85 to my existing pledge?
Yes, the carbon fiber is on the show side and titanium on the backside. If we sandwiched the titanium with carbon fiber on both sides, it would be too thick, but also not cut very well. I hope that answers your question.
They should be about the same thickness.
@creator- is the carbon on the “show side” only?
Sorry just a follow up...Guess what I’m asking is if the carbon version will be thinner than the titanium?
Just a follow-up, the goal is to get the TACK Royale to a thickness of around 2 credit cards. Some material is removed when we flat grind these. The measurements below are of the stock material before any work.
So carbon fiber version is around 33% thinner?
Just add the difference in price to your overall pledge. So $90-$39 = $51 in additional pledge required. Yes, the beer spill was quite traumatizing, but I licked it up as fast as I could... :)
The prototypes we have at the moment have a .060" titanium blade with a .040" carbon fiber laminate. We may play around with some different thickness', but feel this is a good ratio.
Thank you for asking!