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

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

  1. mqqn

    mqqn Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 12, 2009
    I received my #5 just a few minutes ago.

    The action is very smooth (max glide), and the knife has no blemishes. It locks up solid and the blade is nicely centered.

    The knife feels very good in hand, it is a little smaller than I had imagined, but still large enough to fill the hand.

    Mine is not super sharp, but it would cut cardboard etc. I did a few passes on a diamond stone and it is a little better, but it will take some work, but that is not a problem for me.

    The etch is almost not able to be seen with the naked eye, you have to hold the blade just so to see the reflection of the etch.

    It is a decent knife, and a unique one.

    I am happy with the knife; it was a little spendy but I knew how much it was when I paid the deposit.

    Ultimately, I received the knife and I don't feel like it was taken or anything.

    Now I hope the knife holds up, as that will be the test of a $380 knife, how well it stands up to use.

    I hope everyone get's what they wanted out of the project.

    Thanks Lacey for the quick ship once you folks had the blades in Forney!

    best

    mqqn
     
  2. gga357

    gga357 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 3, 2007
    Just curious if any of the new blades have the steel marking? S90v. Or S90.

    I am very disappointed.
     
  3. Scurvy092

    Scurvy092

    Jan 31, 2012
    mqqn told me that his does not have the S90 stamp either.
     
  4. LX_Emergency

    LX_Emergency KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jun 28, 2007
    That is pretty close to how I feel about the thing.

    At first I was sad that I didn't have the cash to participate. Now I'm kind of glad I didn't.
     
  5. mqqn

    mqqn Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 12, 2009
    That is correct, no S90v indication on the blade.

    best

    mqqn
     
  6. neuron

    neuron Moderator Moderator

    Apr 18, 2010
    Thanks for posting up the detailed, honest feedback, fellas. I consider Darrel a friend and help out as a moderator here, but first and foremost I'm a knife nut the same as the rest of you. And speaking as a knife guy, I totally agree that the problems posted up aren't acceptable, especially the blade finish and marking issues. I'll be giving Darrel a call on Monday to discuss at length the issues with the knives and the process (primarily the delays, esp. with the Bowie blades, which show substantial signs of having been rushed).

    Critical comments and feedback about the knives, service/delays, and so forth are perfectly fine -- I want this forum to be a fair and open place for discussion. But personal attacks on Darrel that grossly and unfairly impugn his ethics and intentions aren't acceptable. There's a massive difference between not delivering a product that meets the expectations of timeliness and quality that one had (which is what everyone else is describing) and willful, malicious dishonesty and deception (which is what you're describing -- incorrectly -- throughout your post).

    If you're upset about something and want to give voice to that displeasure in a respectful, thoughtful -- but still forceful -- manner, that's perfectly fine. That's what any good discussion forum are for -- to allow you to share your views and experiences on a topic/product/whatever, be they positive, negative, or mixed. But do so without resorting to baseless accusations and ad hominem attacks.
     
  7. Scurvy092

    Scurvy092

    Jan 31, 2012
    Thanks for the post Nueron. I'm looking forward to hear the results of your talk with Darrell.

    #1 should be there Monday to get reworked.
     
  8. mctrinket

    mctrinket

    617
    Feb 26, 2012
    Hi Neuron,

    First off: I do not blame you for this. I see you as as much a lamb to the slaughter as the rest of us.

    Secondly: these are not baseless, not are they ad hominem. I have emails from my dealing with Mr. Ralph's company I can post if you wish and they validate my observations of himself and the company he runs. I have refrained from doing so because I did not want to make matters worse. Truthfully, I just want to move on from this entire negative experience.

    How would you describe an individual and company that has behaved in such a fashion as Mr. Ralph and HTM? Take almost $15k from a bunch of trusting people, barely communicate with them on the project for an entire year, then deliver a substandard product and tell them "Tough @#$%! No refunds!" for those who would like to be made whole again from this negative experience?

    It's hard to be respectful towards Mr. Ralph when his treatment of his trusting (or exploited, if you prefer, and I do) customers is anything but!
     
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2013
  9. mjrobinson

    mjrobinson

    39
    Aug 5, 2012
    I'll try to post some pictures later comparing the torpedo blade forum knife I picked up and the Bowie blade forum knife (#44) I got in the mail. First off I have to say I'm very happy with the torpedo blade. Second I have to say I was extremely happy with how quick Lacey was to respond to any email questions I sent her. As far as the Bowie blade knife goes, I really just have two issues. The first is that the blade isn't that sharp. It will cut cardboard, but isn't nearly as sharp as the torpedo blade. I feel like with the price of these knives, they should be sharp. My second issue is that the blade isn't stamped either "s90v" or "s90". Missing that stamp is pretty disappointing to me. Honestly the light stamping doesn't really bother me. Generally I prefer quality over timeliness, and this is one case where I would have waited an extra week or two to get the blade material marked on the the knife and have the blade properly sharpened. All that being said, if I could get those two issues corrected, I'd be very happy. I love the maxx glide system. I like the color of green on the handles. I'm happy with the size of the knife. I really like the blade steel...
     
  10. Scurvy092

    Scurvy092

    Jan 31, 2012
    I think we have yet to hear of a Bowie blade that came sharp with the S90 stamp.

    I am interested to hear your thoughts on the quality of the stonewash and the clarity of the blade marking on your torpedo vs your bowie.
     
  11. mjrobinson

    mjrobinson

    39
    Aug 5, 2012
    The clarity of the blade markings are the same. I prefer the stonewashing on the torpedo blade, but I'm not unhappy the stonewashing of the Bowie blade. That being said, they're not identical. Hopefully I'll get a chance to post pictured today...if not it will be Sunday or Monday. Like I said if I could get the sharpness and blade steel marking issue fixed I'd be happy. I could sharpen it myself, but I don't feel I should have to sharpen a new and unused knife at this price point.
     
  12. Scurvy092

    Scurvy092

    Jan 31, 2012
    Send it back, that's what I did.
     
  13. RevDevil

    RevDevil

    Nov 9, 2009
    Anyone going to Rockwell their blade?
     
  14. Scurvy092

    Scurvy092

    Jan 31, 2012
    I would if I had access to a machine.
     
  15. mctrinket

    mctrinket

    617
    Feb 26, 2012
    Update: finally heard back from the credit card company on my dispute with this company and I'm happy to report I was able to recoup all my losses.

    I will not trouble you all in this thread again. Needless to say I am done with Darrel Ralph and HTM forever.

    Be well all!
     
  16. neuron

    neuron Moderator Moderator

    Apr 18, 2010
    Appreciate the clarification. What I was mainly taking issue with was the characterization of this as a "scam", etc. in your original post, which for the reasons I mentioned I think went too far. I'm glad to hear you got things sorted out with your credit card company, and your opinions are always welcome here, even if they are negative ones.
     
  17. mqqn

    mqqn Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 12, 2009
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    Trying to capture the DDR logo and the stonewash - it is smooth, but has a more coarse looking texture to the finish.

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    A new class of crappy cell phone media, video!!
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    I had hoped it would turn out better, but at least you can see the flipping action.

    best

    mqqn
     
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2013
  18. mr2blue

    mr2blue

    Feb 27, 2008
    My Torpedo looks much the same and to me that is a less than professional finish of a $360 mid tech knife. Compared to my JYD II which was and still is better looking in terms of finish than the HTM it is hard to be satisfied. Coupled with the fact that there was no refund option even after the original terms were shattered. It is hard to find a way to like and live with this deal.
     
  19. Scurvy092

    Scurvy092

    Jan 31, 2012
    How did the phone call go Neuron?
     
  20. wroughndt

    wroughndt Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 31, 2011
    My Gunhammer showed up in the mail today. I want to be very clear before I describe the condition of the knife that I was not happy with the many turns this project took. From being very late, to selling the same knife in a different color at a huge discount long before we received ours, to the complete lack of communication (completely deserting his own forum) and so on. I had convinced myself that I was going to sell the knife immediately upon delivery because I was so fed up with the whole deal.... Until I got it.

    The bad first: the edge is a joke. Big burr on one side, a micro bevel on one half the other side, not sharpened to the tip, uneven/ two seperate grinds towards the hanlde end and last but not least, very dull. It will shave hair with the last 3/8" but thats mosly do to the burr. I have seen some poor sharpening jobs in my day but this takes the cake. That sucks because my Rough riders came shaving sharp from the factory for less than $15. It also sucks because not everyone that bought one of these will be able to easily set a bevel on S90V.

    Now that I have that out of the way, I might just keep it. Its really nice! Mine does have "S90" on the blade. The markings are light but I dont mind a bit. The handle is very comfy and the green looks great. Lockup is early and rock solid, no play in any direction. The blade stops have not chipped the anodizing yet, in fact, it seems to be conacting both sides evenly accross the whole surface. This tells me that they did a great job on fitting this one. It is BY FAR the smoothest deploying knife that I have ever held. Just touch the flipper and it flys open. I really like this knife.

    To sum it up, I feel that we were all treated poorly through this project and that HTM (Darrel Ralph) has displayed poor ethics. I will never deal with them again. The knife that they sent me though(other than the edge), is very nice. I am impressed with the overall build and will probably keep it.
     

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