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CLOSED, PRE-ORDER: Heavy Duty Field Knives

Discussion in 'Carothers Performance Knives' started by Nathan the Machinist, Apr 13, 2018.

  1. Nathan the Machinist

    Nathan the Machinist KnifeMaker / Machinist / Evil Genius Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 13, 2007
    This pre-order is closed.

    Please post only one time to this thread.
    Please do not make multiple posts or chat. This is my order list and it needs to stay simple and uncluttered or it isn't going to work.

    This is the HDFK:















    ^ Those pictures are a little dated. The maroon linen micarta is discontinued but there is a black linen available that is not pictured if you're wanting something a little dressier than canvas micarta.

    The Heavy Duty Field Knife was designed as a collaboration with Lorien Arnold. It is a well made, extremely durable, high performance large utility knife designed for comfortable extended rough use. The steel is Delta heat treat optimized Crucible CPM 3V at HRC 60-61 with very good edge retention and edge stability. You'll be surprised how sharp this gets and how well it holds an edge. If you have never used 3V like this, it is gonna blow your mind. If you have never handled an HDFK N.A.S.K. IT IS GOING TO BLOW YOUR MIND. This is pattern is one of our better efforts.

    This steel does not need to be extremely thick to be nearly unbreakable, so this was taken down to .025" before sharpening and it was sharpened 20 degrees per side. It's a hard-use knife that cuts well.

    They're hand ground after machining utilizing tooling and a process we developed to reproduce the complex bevel geometry found on a competition cutter with three world championships on it. We're developing that capability for another project but decided to include it on this new pattern. It incorporates a very shallow S grind that is mostly flat, but convex at the shoulder and behind the edge and includes an approximate 100" hollow grind in the center of the grind.

    Some might consider this a tactical knife but the point is not reinforced and it is not shaped or balanced as a weapon. It is a hard working cutting tool that could be carried into combat, a big skinning knife and a hard use woods knife.

    This is our most developed hand grip yet. It supports multiple positions to reduce fatigue and accommodate multiple tasks including a pinch grip and choil grip at the balance point for detail work, a regular hammer grip and saber grip and also a rearward 3 1/2 finger grip that allows you some extra length that makes it a surprisingly effective chopper for its size. The full size handle has been thoroughly tested and designed to minimize hand and arm fatigue during extended use.

    Unnecessary weight is removed where possible and the tang is internally skeletonized for a neutral balance. The scales are 3D sculpted CNC machined. The blade is made of .220" 3V with a heat treat that has been optimized for edge durability in rough use. You can baton and pry with it. You might damage the edge if you set your mind to it, but the knife itself is practically unbreakable.

    A side effect of this heat treat is a higher percentage of free chromium, so although it is not stainless, it is nearly so.

    CPM 3V, Delta heat treat, tested 60-61 HRC, .220" thick at ricasso
    Total length 11.825"
    Blade length 6.5"”
    Weight 12.8 oz
    Grippy 3D machined scales in micarta and Terotuf.
    Black oxide treated 18-8 stainless steel fasteners

    The price includes a very nice Mashed Cat sheath with TecLok. This is not a small knife so if you'd prefer a dangler sheath rather than a TecLok add $15 to substitute for a dangler sheath.

    (If you're putting it on or in your pack or carrying it horizontal you might prefer the TecLok but if you're planning to carry it vertically on your belt you might prefer a dangler)

    Price is:
    $380 in black or natural micarta
    $390 in black linen micarta
    $400 in OD green Micarta on black micarta liner
    $410 in black (gray) Terotuf (ugly material that works awesome) on black micarta liner
    $450 in edge grain antique micarta on black micarta liner (color varies, see note)

    Price includes a good kydex sheath with TekLok. Change from TekLok to dangler add $15.

    Shipping is $12

    Note on the antique micarta: This is very old surplus that I bought up. I don't know who made it, though Westinghouse was the big name in the business back when this would have been made. It is quality material that machines well, polishes evenly and is more thoroughly resin impregnated and harder than material I can find available today. It is proven to be "good stuff". The material is natural color but has aged into a deep brown throughout most of the thickness from oxygen, but there are some areas that are lighter in color, so it is streaky and multi color. It's actually a really cool look IMO. I will book match the pieces as I saw it up and make sure the two sides of the knife are a good match, but you get what you get. If you want light color, multi color or solid dark you can request it and if we have it I'll try to match up people's request with available scales, but understand this color is naturally occurring and varies and you get what you get, probably mostly solid dark brown.

    Here is the order process, please read it and understand it before placing an order:

    I'm going to take full payment in advance and hold your money. While I think this is usually a bad policy, so I don't generally recommend it, I've been around a while, my shop is an incorporated business established in 2001, so I'm probably not going anywhere. I will ship your knife when it's finished. Once your order is confirmed there are no refunds, changes or cancellations. I will leave this preorder open for a while, once it has been open for a while or if it gets too big I'll close it. We'll start cutting chips on this project in about two months. They'll start to finish up in about six months. Depending on where you are on the order you might not see your knife until Christmas or later. If that kind of time frame doesn't work for you it's possible that a pre-order may not be a good fit for you. They will ship as they're finished in the order that they are ordered in. As I'm building them, half the knives made will go to this pre-order, the other half will be sold in regular sales. This means you will see knives being sold while you're waiting for your knife.

    When you place your order it will sit on the order thread for a day or more before we process it. In that time frame you can change your order. So, if you wake up and decide you want one instead of two, or you want micarta instead of TeroTuf you can edit your post. Once Jo contacts you (you need email or PM "turned on" or send contact info to her) and you finalize your order it is finalized. Please don't add changes after-the-fact because it is this sort of thing that has made lists unmanageable in the past and is the reason I don't normally keep lists.

    Jo will contact you to determine your payment preference. Options are check, cash, MO and paypal. You will also need to confirm where you want it shipped. This will be done by Jo the Machinist private message or email.

    I will leave this list open for a few days or until it gets too big.
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2018
  2. Nathan the Machinist

    Nathan the Machinist KnifeMaker / Machinist / Evil Genius Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 13, 2007
    Today's sale went over 26 in about 10 seconds, I don't actually know the 20 second number because it was on page two, but due to a forum software glitch that can't keep track of rapid incoming posts very well we had 26 people in the first 20 slots in ten seconds. This tells me there is enough demand to revisit this pattern again. If the terms and time frame for a pre-order work for you, this will be an opportunity for you to order in advance. This pre-order will be open for a few days or until it gets too big.

    Thank you everyone for your support and your interest in our work, it means the world to us that these patterns are so well received and our work is going into the hands of so many people who appreciate our efforts.
    Last edited: Apr 13, 2018
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  3. AmericanAsApple3.14

    AmericanAsApple3.14 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 10, 2014
    First, wahooo! First time for first!

    1 black micarta
    1 antique mircarta

    One with dangler sheath, one tekloc

    Thank you!

    8/9 Shipped
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  4. nandok

    nandok Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 26, 2012
    Make that one in antique Micarta, preferably streaky freaky, and an extra set of black linen, unbuffed if possible.

    8/9 Shipped
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  5. PolRoger

    PolRoger Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 4, 2007
    One in edge grain antique micarta on black micarta liner.

    8/9 Shipped
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  6. Iamjosh03

    Iamjosh03 Basic Member Basic Member

    Aug 15, 2017
    Two in antique micarta, one with with dangler please. Prefer one dark and one multi.

    8/9 Shipped
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  7. Phill50

    Phill50 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 6, 2018
    One Please

    $450 in edge grain antique micarta on black micarta liner
    Mashed Cat sheath with TecLok

    8/9 Shipped
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  8. Grenock

    Grenock Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 7, 2016
    I'll take a couple few, though I don't know what combinations yet.
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  9. - SpyderMan -

    - SpyderMan -

    Mar 28, 2015
    I’m in for one.

    - Dark Antique (if not, then multicoloured) on black micarta liner with TeKLock

    Thank you.

    8/9 waiting for scales
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  10. Siddhant

    Siddhant Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 25, 2018
    1 with edge grain antique micarta (light color or multi color preferred) on black micarta liner


    Thank you

    8/10 shipping
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  11. wireman12

    wireman12 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 19, 2017
    2 please
    1 edge grain antique micarta on black micarta liner.
    1 OD green Micarta on black micarta liner w/ dangler.
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2018
  12. Lawyer Dog

    Lawyer Dog Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 10, 2018
    One please. In the edge grain antique micarta on black micarta liner micarta, with a dangler. Preference for streaked/multicolored, or, if that’s not around, dark for the scales. Thank you!
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  13. TommyGun56

    TommyGun56 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 29, 2014
    Edited: 2 HDFK Please
    1 in edge grain antique micarta with Black liners
    Very light color please with Black streaks! lighter in color, so it is streaky and multi color.
    1 in Black Linen
    1 TekLok and 1 Dangler Sheath Please!

    Thanks Nathan and NinJO:thumbsup:
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2018
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  14. Elgatodeacero

    Elgatodeacero Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 5, 2014
    Two please.

    One tan Micarta reg sheath

    One green Micarta dangler sheath.

  15. Uspsaguy


    Sep 14, 2017
    In for 1. Dangler, OD green micarta.
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2018
  16. ftumch29

    ftumch29 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 6, 2003
    1 in black linen micarta please :)
  17. Jondllas311

    Jondllas311 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2014
    1 in antique micarta please.
  18. Burke

    Burke Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 25, 1999
    One in antique micarta with a dangler please!
  19. MacheteMan007


    Mar 31, 2018
    Green Linen Micarta, with liner. Do have any other liner options besides Black ? Dangler sheath. E-mail me please, [email protected]
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2018
  20. MStew23


    Mar 15, 2018
    1 in black canvas micarta, dangler please. Please email me at mstew1386 at gmail dot com

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