Frequently Asked Questions
The price is a direct reflection of the cost to produce. Margins are very tight to bring this build at this price point.
This is a high-quality assembly made from premium materials, 100% precision machined, with best-available finishes and hand-fitted in the United States by a proven, world-class builder.
This kind of high-quality short production defines a market segment that is well understood by knife enthusiasts and duty professionals. There are many brands dedicated exclusively to producing "working knives" in this price range and beyond.
This product level exists for those that demand premium quality and the value it brings.Last updated:
We have coordinated with Millit on this very point before the launch.
Part of the reason for teaming with Millit is their production "bandwidth". The estimated delivery timeframe presumes numbers much larger than the stated campaign goal would accommodate. (The goal is simply a bare minimum to continue the project.)
Millit is capable and willing to produce a large number of these knives if needed. Of course, at some point that will affect timeframes, but not for early backers because Millit delivers knives in small "batches" of approximately 100 knives, and not all at once. So knives will begin delivery as soon as each "batch" is completed. Because of this, early backers are not particularly affected by the final number, as it relates to timeframe.
The delivery estimate is that knives are expect to begin delivery in October and continue until all knives are delivered.
Quality is not negotiable. There will be no rushing knives because of higher numbers.
Knives deliver in order as each batch of approximately 100 is complete, so early backers receive knives first and are not greatly affected by the total number of knives ultimately completed.
Delivery continues in this fashion, as batches are completed, until all knives are delivered regardless of final number produced.Last updated:
The product is warranted against defects in craftsmanship. We will have spares to service the population of knives created.Last updated:
Unfortunately, not on this build. It is something that has been on the radar from the beginning as well as a "trainer" version.
Of course the knife operates equally well ambidextrously, but the position of the clip is fixed and, as positioned, is optimized for right-hand draw in our opinion.Last updated:
7075 T-6 aluminum is the correct material for the handle/base portion of this assembly.
This is determined by its physical properties alone.
7075 is roughly as strong as mild steel, yet much lighter than both steel and titanium.
Treated with Type 3 hard anodize, it provides a genuine, reliable bearing surface, unlike titanium which is a terrible bearing surface and would require the inclusion of additional bushings.
In short, 7075 T-6 with Type 3 hard anodize is the correct material/process for precisely the same reasons it is the correct material for other very demanding technical applications such as AR/M4 receivers.
CPM 3V offers some of the highest strength at high hardness conditions available. Much higher than many popular boutique stainless alloys. Because of this, some associate it with larger, chopping blades. These same strength/hardness characteristics, however, make it an excellent choice for a small fine-edge blade with very pronounced point, such as a karambit, which can be expected to encounter high working loads in use.
The balance of the knife (“arm” components, locking member, etc). Is 17-4 PH machined in the H900 condition (hard). This is a premium stainless alloy regarded for it’s strength and wear resistance.
17-4 and CPM 3V parts feature Tungsten DLC coating by Ion Bond in Oregon. This is a best-available finish that offers hardness, lubricity and superior corrosion resistance.Last updated:
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