We were the first company to experiment with a black coating. The knife shown was one of the early coated knives. I don't remember how many ATS Military models were made and the factory manager at the time was not that great about keeping records.
We planned on introducing the Military with a powdered metal. After visiting Crucible, we decided on CPM 440V. It was the first time a powdered steel was used on a production knife. We were concerned the reaction to a powdered metal in the knife might stop some from buying...
I haven't heard anything yet. I'll look into it.
Looks like they've got a fix. Will make one more proto and if all goes well, production should resume in about 3 weeks after these the latest proto checks out.
You can't send it back. You modified it. What would you expect whomever you send it back to do? Throw it away? Sell it to another customer after you modified it? Sorry Dav(id), you own it. You fix it.
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The edge is the knife. Everything else is packaging. A living using edge will change. It dulls, it chips, and you resharpen it. As mentioned a Sharpmaker will take good care of it. I also always recommend a 10X - 12X magnifying loupe to watch the edge close...