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