CLOSED, PRE-ORDER, Keffeler-18 Sword (The K18)

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  1. Nathan the Machinist

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

    Feb 13, 2007
    This pre-order is now 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.

    Please read and understand the sword and the ordering process before ordering.

    I estimate it will take about six months for this pre-order to start to ship and possibly longer. I'm only committing to ship before next summer. If you need something faster this might not be for you.

    This will not be a standard pattern.


    After the TV show Knife Or Death we were talking about what would be an ideal piece to take on that show. A small sword with some length (but not too much length) with a stout primary edge that could go through some of the harder targets and a thin sharp spine that could reliably sail through softer targets. A race knife, not some heavy built chunk, with racing geometry and high edge retention. A neutral balance to be used with one hand but designed to accommodate two handed grips for power cuts. Evil Genius and world acclaimed sword maker and competitive cutting champion Dr. Dan Keffeler came up with this.

    These are some pictures of what it doesn't look like:

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    ^ That is a prototype. The production version will be different.

    Here is a screen shot of the design as it currently stands

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    It's actually pretty big. Other knives folks are familiar with for scale:

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    ^ Dan is still doing some development tweaks so it may change a little more. The purpose of this pre-order is to cement the orders needed to justify a run before I ask Dan to finalize development.


    Specs:
    18" Blade
    2 1/2" blade width
    28.6" total length
    Delta 3V
    ~.200" thickness
    ~ 2lbs, 14 oz.
    CG 1" in front of the guard
    green Terotuf, titanium fasteners
    no sheath
    as machined (on our new Mori) ground only as necessary and tumbled
    Front edge probably 22 DPS, rear probably 18 DPS and very thin.

    These are Utility Field Grade, milled and tumbled with visible tool and grind marks. You're buying a real and fully functional high performance sword built to cut stuff, not a shiny wall hanger, please don't buy this if you're looking for some flawless art piece. We're keeping the cost of this project within the means of regular folks, a perfectly flawless finish on these isn't practical at this price point. You guys are familiar with our standards, these will be made to our normal utility field grade standard which is generally regarded to be pretty good.

    Price is $1,175. Shipping is $20, so total shipped domestically for a utility field grade Keffeler-18 Sword (no scabbard) is $1195


    Here is the order process:

    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 sword when it's finished. Once your order is confirmed there are no refunds, changes or cancellations other than accommodations for change of address.

    We're probably going to order a custom run of 3V for this which will take some time and this is a very large piece so output will be slow, I don't expect them to start to finish up for about six months. They will ship as they're finished in the order that they are ordered in this thread. As I'm building them, most of them will go to this pre-order but a few will be sold in regular sales. This means you will see swords being sold while you're waiting for yours.



    If you're ordering a sword in this pre-order: post in this thread first and then send an email to Jo at jocarothers (at) gmail (dot) com with this subject line: "K18 preorder" and include your post# in that subject line.

    Please include the following information in your email:

    1: Your post number on this pre-order thread.

    2: Bladeforums name. (for example "Jo the Machinist")

    3: Real Name.

    4: PayPal email address so we can send a paypal invoice (or ask about other payment options)

    5: Shipping address.

    Once we receive this information, if everything is there, Jo will send you a PayPal invoice. If information is missing or you have additional questions, Jo will reply to your email. When your email is read and processed we will send you a reply letting you know we've received your information.

    Jo, Bo, Mark, Dan and I appreciate all of your continued interest in our work and your support.

    Thanks for looking.
     
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  2. zmbhntr

    zmbhntr ̿' ̿'\̵͇̿̿\з=(•̪●)=ε/̵͇̿̿/'̿''̿ ̿

    Jul 28, 2014
    In please

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    paid

    SHIPPED
     
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  3. Siddhant

    Siddhant Gold Member Gold Member

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  4. TommyGun56

    TommyGun56 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 29, 2014
    2

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    2/2 shipped
     
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  5. wireman12

    wireman12

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    Jan 19, 2017
    2 please. Email sent. Thanks CPK!!!

    6/24 invoiced and paid

    2/3 shipping
     
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  6. WValtakis

    WValtakis Hand Engraving, Ti anodizing, and mods Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 29, 2004
    Whoohoo! In for one...I'll take mine in green please ;)

    ~Chip

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  7. Casinostocks

    Casinostocks Factotum Gold Member

    Mar 20, 2016
    Dibs for two please!

    Thank you and have a great weekend :)

    ETA: Jo, I will pay for both and will sort it out myself with our mutual buddy ;)

    6/25: invoiced & paid.
     
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  8. azwelke

    azwelke azwelke.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Nov 12, 2007
    In for 1. Thanks again for doing these:)
    Email sent.
    Thank You,
    Al

    6/26 invoiced and paid

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  9. Hundred Acre Wood

    Hundred Acre Wood

    182
    Mar 19, 2017
    In for two please, with sheaths for both if/when they're available. Thank you!

    6/26 invoiced and paid

    3/2 shipped
     
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  10. on_the_edge

    on_the_edge Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 31, 2006
    Just sent you my info in an email, Jo. Thank you!

    6/24 invoiced and paid

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  11. fkctrjt121

    fkctrjt121 KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    802
    Sep 29, 2017
    In please. Thank you.
    And now it's 2 yay
    6/24 invoiced, paid
    7/1 invoiced again
     
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  12. Grenock

    Grenock Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 7, 2016
    Thanks CPK crew, will send an email for one or two.

    6/26 invoiced

    3/9 shipped
     
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  13. pbubsy

    pbubsy Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 27, 2006
    In for one!

    6/26 invoiced

    Paid

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  14. mb>

    mb> Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 24, 2014
    1 please. And woot! And...holy crap!!

    You guys rock. :thumbsup:

    6/24 invoiced and paid

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  15. NUTRAMAC

    NUTRAMAC Platinum Member Platinum Member

    May 8, 2014
    In

    6/26 emailed

    6/28 invoiced
     
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  16. lancelot

    lancelot

    202
    Nov 12, 2005
    One please, thanks for doing this!!

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  17. bluemax_1

    bluemax_1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 17, 2014
    2x K18's please. Thanks!

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  18. jus_gus

    jus_gus Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 30, 2011
    In for one! Wooohooo! :thumbsup::)

    6/24 invoiced and paid
     
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  19. xxwarderxx

    xxwarderxx Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 27, 2015
    in please

    6/26 invoiced

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  20. Uspsaguy

    Uspsaguy Gold Member Gold Member

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    Sep 14, 2017
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  21. evltcat

    evltcat Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 7, 2011
    I'll take one please Nathan.

    ETA: Email sent to Jo.

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  22. Byron Bowling

    Byron Bowling

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    Nov 23, 2017
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  23. Pumpkin 40

    Pumpkin 40 Platinum Member Platinum Member

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    May 13, 1999
    2

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  24. Andre Basset

    Andre Basset knifemaker - field engineer Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    211
    Aug 31, 2012
    In for 1

    6/26 invoiced and paid
     
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  25. Sled

    Sled Gold Member Gold Member

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    Apr 22, 2008
    In for one. Email was sent when I posted.

    sending MO

    Paid
     
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