2012 HTM Forum Gunhammer: *Commitment/Sign-up* thread

Discussion in 'Darrel Ralph (DDR) Custom Knives & DRT Tactical' started by neuron, Jul 11, 2012.

  1. neuron

    neuron Moderator Moderator

    Apr 18, 2010
    Hark recently got something resembling word from Darrel that he can do the limited edition HTM Gunhammer we've been discussing on the forum over the last month and a half or so. Given the number of people who have expressed interest in the threads and voted in the polls, things are looking good in terms of being able to get above the 25-piece minimum needed to make this happen. Despite that, I'm guessing that one reason Darrel was somewhat circumspect in his reply to Hark is that we don't have firm commitments from people; given the investment of time, materials, and so forth that'll be involved in this project, it wouldn't be fair to ask Darrel to proceed on this without having firm commitments and, with them, a known number of knives to produce.

    So, to keep the process moving along, here is the long-awaited a commitment/sign-up thread. If you plan on purchasing the forum-designed HTM Gunhammer, simply post a reply to that effect. If you plan to buy purchase multiple pieces (e.g., one to carry/use and one as a backup), please state that as well. Just as a reminder, the specs of the knife are as follows:

    Model: HTM Gunhammer
    Blade length: 3.5"
    Blade shape: Bowie -or- Torpedo (your choice)
    Blade steel: CPM-S90V (60-62 HRC)
    Blade finish: Stonewashed
    Opening mechanism: Manual w/ Maxx Glide bearing pivot -or- Spring assisted (your choice)
    Handles: Aluminum, ETAC textured, Dark Green (Pantone 3435 [Evergreen]) anodized
    Lock: Titanium liner lock
    Blade markings: Something along the lines of Scurvy092's suggestions here and here

    Price: $360

    Remember that your word is your bond, so please only commit if you're sure that, barring some unforeseeable calamity, you're going to be able to purchase one of these. Individuals who say they'll buy a knife but then back out later out create numerous problems for knife manufacturers and make it less likely that they'll be willing to take on projects like this in the future. Note also that, depending on availability of materials (primarily the S90V for the blade), production timeframe, and various other factors, there may be some sort of partial/down payment required; we'll leave that up to Darrel once he knows the approximate size of the run, but rest assured that if there is some sort of up-front payment required, it'll be fair. The ETA of the knives will likely depend quite a bit on the number of commitments we get -- it's easier to carve out the production time for 25-50 knives than 150-200 -- but expect a wait of 2-3 months at a minimum, with the upper bound probably being in the 6-month range.

    I'll be keeping a numbered list of commitments in the first reply below. The numbers will also correspond to serial numbers, as a small incentive to people who sign up early. If you have a serial number preference other than the lowest number available, state it in your sign-up post. These are serial numbers, so no requesting numbers that are very unlikely to be made (e.g., 666): in fact, to keep things simple and as another incentive to get in early, numbers after 1-25 will just be allotted sequentially. Note also that, as Hark mentions, the size of the run will be however many you guys commit to buying; 25 knives is just the minimum number needed for this to happen, not the maximum:

    Lastly, I'm exercising my prerogative as Keeper of the List to give their pick of serial numbers to three guys whose frequent and excellent contributions to the design discussion were invaluable in making this knife happen: Scurvy092, TriviaMonster, and crimsonfalcon07. I've given Scurvy and TM the first two slots, while since crimsonfalcon07 expressed an interest in serial number 7, I've put him there on the list. If any of you want a different slot, let me know. (I'm in for one of these knives as well, but I can just take whatever the last number ends up being.)
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2012
  2. neuron

    neuron Moderator Moderator

    Apr 18, 2010
    Commitment/serial number list:
    Harkamus' note: "Paid" means the member didn't specify if they paid in full or just the deposit. "Deposit paid" means that the member specified deposit was paid." "Paid in full" means the member specified that they paid in full. I left out people that said they would pay a few days later from their original reply in this thread, so there may actually be a few more members that have paid.

    1. Scurvy092 - deposit paid
    2. TriviaMonster - paid
    3. garoth - deposit paid
    4. Ray Allen - deposit paid
    5. mqqn - deposit paid
    6. cuttysark1000 - deposit paid
    7. crimsonfalcon07 - paid in full
    8. PrimitiveEnergy - paid in full
    9. Molly-Coddle - deposit paid
    10. Contained - deposit paid
    11. Striderco - deposit paid
    12. knifeAweek (also #23) - deposit paid
    13. Ramiel - deposit paid
    14. EdgedSteelAddict
    15. SChief454 - paid in full
    16. dustyzz - deposit paid
    17. adamrockcrawler - paid in full
    18. SurpriseGoat
    19. woodysone - paid in full
    20. RevDevil - paid
    21. fyrpowr (also #34) - paid
    22. bigjuice - paid
    23. knifeAweek (also #12) - deposit paid
    24. capid1 - paid
    25. y0ukn0wwh0 - deposit paid

    26. jwolf90 - paid
    27. rnsams - deposit paid
    28. Gunsnknives (also #29) - deposit paid
    29. Gunsnknives (also #28) - deposit paid
    30. gga357 - paid
    31. neuron - paid in full
    32. mctrinket - paid
    33. acourvil - deposit paid
    34. fyrpowr (also #21) - paid
    35. mr2blue - paid
    36. mndart
    37. wroughndt - paid
    38. kennedyusmc
    39. Mr. Sogetsu - deposit paid
    40. canagandirus - deposit paid
    41. simpla_fi - deposit paid
    42. talldaddy
    44. mjrobinson - paid in full
    45. Moleng1 - deposit paid
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2012
  3. garoth


    Aug 12, 2010
    I'm in for one.
    Torpedo blade and Maxx Glide
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2012
  4. Ray Allen

    Ray Allen

    Nov 11, 2006
    I am in for the next one in line. Thanks.
    When do you need to know blade shape and opening style?

    ****Final Update****
    Maxx Glide - Bowie please.
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2012
  5. harkamus


    Apr 23, 2007
    Lemme know if you want this stickied.
  6. neuron

    neuron Moderator Moderator

    Apr 18, 2010
    Thanks, guys. I've put you down for numbers 3 and 4.

    Very good question regarding when you'll need to pick the blade shape and opening style for your knife. Since Darrel/HTM will need to know how many of each configuration to make before they start, the latest you'll need to decide is when activity dies down on this thread, we close the list, and it's time for the order(s) to officially go in to HTM. At that time, each person will need to have made their blade shape/opening mechanism choice and also provide contact info to HTM.

    How exactly we do that will depend on what's best for Darrel et al. Lisa of HTM handles the administrative and billing stuff for the company, and obviously going through her would be the way to do it if there was some sort of down payment required. If there isn't any down payment or other financial stuff to take care of up front, then it may streamline things and cut down on Lisa's workload if Hark or I collect people's basic contact info and blade/opening choices, tally up the number of knives to be made in each configuration, and then send all of the info along to Lisa, who would then contact each person about payment and shipping when the knives were finished.

    Given how crowded the stickies are on this forum, I think it might stand out more among the regular threads. ;) (I say that only partly in jest: whenever I open the HTM page, my eyes immediately go to the spot below the stickies where regular threads with new posts would be, not to the stickies.)
    Last edited: Jul 11, 2012
  7. fyrpowr


    Feb 23, 2009
    I'm in for one . . . #21 if possible. Thanks.

    ETA: Opening mechanism: Manual w/ Maxx Glide bearing pivot // Blade shape: Torpedo
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2012
  8. NM08SRT8


    Dec 11, 2011
    Put me down for #18 please. Thank you!

    Bowie Blade with Maxx Glide
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2012
  9. JDunn709


    Jan 7, 2009
    Gonna be a cool knife
    Last edited: Aug 18, 2012
  10. neuron

    neuron Moderator Moderator

    Apr 18, 2010
    Got it! I've put each of you down for your requested numbers.
  11. NM08SRT8


    Dec 11, 2011
    Thank you! :)
  12. crimsonfalcon07


    Dec 27, 2010
    Oh, thanks Neuron. I'm in for one of these. Serial number 7, as you've already put me down for :)

    -edit- Also, in the interests of saving time and effort for all involved, I would like Maxx Glide Manual, and the Torpedo blade. I think I prefer that very very slightly to the bowie blade.
  13. Ramiel


    Aug 5, 2011
    Im in for lucky #13 please :) Torpedo blade and manual opener with Maxx Glide pivot.
    Thanks to everyone that made this happen, especially Darrel.
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2012
  14. capid1


    Jan 11, 2011
    Please put me down for #24 Maxx glide and Bowie blade. Thanks!
  15. Ray Allen

    Ray Allen

    Nov 11, 2006
    Hello neuron,
    As keeper of the Master List, I wonder if others might share this question that I have to offer up. That is, for historical purposes, it would be interesting to me at least, to know how the breakdown of style requests turns out. How many Bowie assisted vs Torpedo etc are actually made. It would help document the rarity of each sub-batch within a small batch run. If only 25 are made overall for example, and say the requests were split pretty evenly, you might end up with one of only 6 or 7 of of that style ever made for this run. Good to know!
  16. NM08SRT8


    Dec 11, 2011
    Like a X of X out of XX thing :)
  17. mqqn

    mqqn Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 12, 2009
    I am in for one - thanks!

    Maxx Glide / Bowie


    Last edited: Jul 11, 2012
  18. Molly-Coddle


    May 18, 2007
    I'm in for 1!

    Blade shape: Torpedo
    Opening mechanism: Manual w/ Maxx Glide bearing pivot

    Last edited: Jul 11, 2012
  19. neuron

    neuron Moderator Moderator

    Apr 18, 2010
    Thanks, all. Just added all of you to the list (in your requested serial number slots where applicable).

    Sure, I'd be glad to post the breakdown of configurations once the order goes in to HTM. I agree it'll be interesting to see the splits.
  20. harkamus


    Apr 23, 2007
    Not bad. Not even a day old thread and already about half way to the 25 order minimum.

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