Support BladeForums! Paid memberships don't see ads! 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. Specs: 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.