Well, I have to say the AXD's are an excellent design. Especially the 5.5". I have a 5.5" bowie with carved frame. Excellent ergos, excellent grip quality with the pattern carved into the handle. Quality of fit and finish is excellent as well. This is an excellent progression of the Aftermath design. I know you will be very pleased with this knife!
Darrel does his orders in batches. If you order something from the current batch, you could get your knife in a week or so. If it's not a current batch, you are generally looking 4-6 months. Sometimes a lot less, sometimes a little longer.
I have a custom Maxx II(mechanics same as the AXD) in the 3.9 S30V speartpoint blade with Robo-Assist that I had bought from Larry B.(yes who is also posting on this thread), and it immediately became my EDC.
Anyway on Thanksgiving Day I was opening it, and it failed about half way open. I was sick to say the least. I waited til after the holiday weekend, and called Darrel on the phone, and he said send it in, and he'd fixer up. I also have 2 Apogee's that I have had since new, and told him I wanted some upgrades, and the knives reanodized if possible, and would like to send them in along with the Maxx. He send them, and he would take care of it.
Got an e-mail from him today(Thursday), and he said they were done, and shipped out yesterday.
With all the projects he has going, and he still has the time for repairs, and faster than about any knifemakers has been in returning a knife to me after repair.
He definently goes that extra mile, and wonder sometimes when he sleeps
Just had to step in here, and praise Darrel for what he did for me besides making great knives.
Just my .02 cents