As some of you know, DDR/HTM has moved from Ohio to a new shop in Texas. The new shop is 2.5 times the size of the old one, and Darrel is putting that space to good use by filling it with new equipment, including additional CNC machines, another media tumbler (for blade finishes), a new surface grinder, and various other stuff. This new equipment will allow HTM to expand their lineup of knives -- something we're already starting to see with the recent Greg Lightfoot and Kirby Lambert HTM models -- and to increase production numbers on existing models.
This increased capacity -- particularly those additional CNC machines -- also means that HTM could add some non-knife gear and gadgets to their lineup. Darrel would like your input on what sorts of things, if any, you'd like to see.
Some general possibilities are:
- Aluminum/titanium "tactical" pens
- Titanium tubes
- Aftermarket pocket clips, lanyard beads, and other "knife bling"
- Other gadgets/tools (please specify/describe -- original designs/suggestions are welcome)
At least for me, pens would be at the top of the list. I do a lot of pen-and-paper writing each day (I'm in grad school) and love cool/useful gadgets, so tactical pens are something that's been on my radar for quite a while. But I haven't pulled the trigger on a "tactical" pen because I have yet to come across anything that offers a combination of aesthetics and, especially, function/ergonomics that would make me use it in place of my regular pens on a daily basis.
So let's hear it, guys: What sorts of gear/gadgets would you like to see from HTM?