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Survival Hunting knife with a full-tang fixed blade, replaceable gut hook, G10 handle, Kydex sheath, 9cr18 steel, EverSpark tech, more
Survival Hunting knife with a full-tang fixed blade, replaceable gut hook, G10 handle, Kydex sheath, 9cr18 steel, EverSpark tech, more
276 backers pledged $31,624 to help bring this project to life.

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Meeting with supplier ...first delay and handle options

Posted by outdoor element (Creator)
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We had a great meeting with our supplier at the Shot Show in Vegas last week. They were very transparent and brought up things to work through, including manufacturing hurdles, design tweak suggestions, and overall schedule. 

We will get straight to it.  After several samples they concluded that the 9CR18 material has a larger span for hardness than what we anticipated. The HRC scale ranged from 58-62 across our first set and latest set of samples. 

We presented you with hardness in the 60's and felt that we need to do our best to deliver what we stated. The supplier is trying their best to deliver a consistent product and is working diligently to refine the heat treatment process accordingly. After some serious discussion, we have decided to change materials to D2. D2 will give us a consistent HRC 61 (+/-1). 

The good news is: this is a better and well known steel in the knife industry. And the other good news is, we will not be charging any up fee for this change. We just want to deliver a quality product. 

The bad news: Our supplier is currently stocked out of D2 and has placed an order. The order will likely cause around a 30 day delay. 

We felt it was worth the delay. We hope you feel the same way.  

The image below with the "dimples" near the finger guard are the result of Rockwell Hardness testing. 

In the campaign, we also discussed the possibility of offering the G10 handle in a different color-way...namely a bright camo option. We have had several backers reach out and express that they would like to have this option available. We listened to you and brought this idea of hand-dipping some hydrographics with our supplier. They are willing to do a small or large run as needed.

Below is a pic of the Phoenix Talon with the standard black G10 handle:

Below is the Prym1 "Fire Storm" hydrographics:

Below is an image of how we think the scales should turn out! We think it looks awesome! 

Click on the this link to be redirected to BackerKit and select the $5.00/Talon add-on for this hand-dipped camo option. 

We also ask you to leave a comment on this update so we can get some quick feedback and get the ball rolling.

Thanks again for your support and patience as we continue this journey together! 

Mike and Joe 

Final Samples and Meeting with Supplier

Posted by outdoor element (Creator)
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Hey KS Community! We have come so far; thanks for taking this journey with us! I know many of you are wondering about our status, so we just wanted to post a quick update. We received final samples from our supplier and they look amazing! Of course we lit some fires and cut a few things 😁.

We are currently at the SHOT Show (in Vegas) this week. It is awesome! We are meeting with our manufacturer and combing out every detail. The samples look great. We are excited and are on track.

On a side note, we did have another professional knife manufacturer at the show tell us it was one of the coolest things they have seen at the show...we figured if we are already here then it might be a good idea to get some expert opinion. Below are some pics and video. We hope you will be happy with what you see.

Phoenix Talon on Fire ...Fire starting test. 

Here are a couple more pictures. We will post again after our meetings.

As always, thanks so very much for all your support. Keep sharing us on social media and helping spread the word. Every effort counts.

All the best,

Mike & Joe

And the survey says...

Posted by outdoor element (Creator)
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Well, it is that time in our campaign progress. It is Survey time.

We just sent out the surveys this morning and we have had some early feedback. We apologize for any confusion we have caused. 

Rest assured that if you pledged for a full Phoenix, you will receive the extra gut hook, the connection hardware and the screwdriver bit even though they are not listed. They are just part of the set. The TinderQuiks and Wombat Whistle/Vial are listed separately since there are color choices you need to make and they are also offered as add-on items.

You would think we would have all this figured out by now, but we just didn't anticipate the confusion we ended up causing.

Now, let's move along to some good news. We were very excited to learn that fixed-blade full-tang knives are not subject to the additional tariffs that have been implemented due to the little feud between President Trump and President Xi. We were sweating things for a little bit, but are moving ahead full steam.

We have started the mold making process and we are pushing the factory as hard as we can while ensuring we are doing things right. We have some ideas on retail packaging that we are working on. As we flesh that out a little more we will seek your input. Next update...

For now, please go ahead and take your surveys so we know what you want. We have some great add-ons for you. If you see anything else that you might want that we carry, let us know and we may be able to include them in the add-ons.

Please continue to help us post on social media.

Thanks for all your support. You are the best and are an invaluable asset to our development process.

Thanks,

Joe & Mike

Less than 1 day remaining!

Posted by outdoor element (Creator)
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OK guys and gals, let's make one last push here at the end. We have less than one day remaining in the campaign and need everyone's help to spread the word.

We are authorizing the start of the tooling! Machines are fired up and we are getting ready to cut production tooling! We're beyond excited to finally get this thing off the ground. Thank you so much for hanging in there with us.

We will be using BackerKit on the back end to collect any preference info and to confirm shipping addresses. More info on that to follow...

All the best

- Mike and Joe

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Stretch Goals Revealed!

Posted by outdoor element (Creator)
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Hey Kickstarter Backers! 

You're the best...you provide entrepreneurs an opportunity to chase down their dreams! We can't thank you enough.
You also provided critical feedback to enhance product and services. Many of you have given leads for distribution, shared ideal color options, and shared thoughts on grain structure & hardness for different blade material. 

We listened and got to work. 

In that vein we would like to introduce two stretch goals! 

$35K - New Color Option for Handle 

$50K - New Blade Material Option

Help us get to $35K and we will open up a new handle/scale color. 
These will be hand dipped with Prim 1 Fire Storm Camo hydrographic film
(Yes, we fell in love with this name)
There will be a $5 up fee for this option

We were asked for another option for brighter color scales...we wanted to celebrate the spirit of the campaign and landed on this Prym 1 Pattern. 


The second Stretch Goal is new Blade material of VG-10!
At $50K we will  release this option. We are still working with the manufacturer to nail down the price. 

We need your feedback! Please leave a comment below if you plan of taking advantage of either of these stretch goals (so we can plan accordingly) 

Thanks for your support!
Please continue to share this campaign so we can make these goals happen! 

In other news, Doug was able to fill his Elk tag this week ...and the Talon and Feather were able to get some more field testing. Doug was happy :)

We also found a good article about quality hunting knives and we were excited to see that we were included in the conversation. Check out the article: Best Skinning Knives for Deer and Elk. 

Explore With Confidence, 
Mike and Joe 

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