DDR custom Ti auto ordered

Discussion in 'Darrel Ralph (DDR) Custom Knives & DRT Tactical' started by Abutler, Apr 28, 2013.

  1. Abutler


    Apr 28, 2013

    New to this forum, but not new to knives.

    Over the past few weeks, Darrel and I have exchanged email and phone calls.
    I've had a number of very good knives, but wanted something unique.
    Just ordered a custom from DDR.

    Ti ETAC scales, deep blue anodized, mirror polished hardware
    DLC radian recurve blade in XHP or S35VN steel
    Celtic cross pivot, tip-up carry, auto opening

    Price was a bit higher than expected, but I'm hopeful that build and function will match.

    Let me know your experience with Darrel and his knives.
    I'll post again once the ordered knife is received.

  2. TriviaMonster


    Jan 2, 2012
    Over the past several months there has been some doubt about HTM producing the knives they are capable of. QC was bad but has improved and the knives are meeting expectations again.

    A DDR Custom is not an HTM knife. It will be flawless. His customs are among the finest in the industry. I would put his customs up against any Strider or Emerson custom any day, or any other tactical style knives.
  3. Abutler


    Apr 28, 2013
    Thanks for the reassurance.
    Makes the anticipation build...
  4. crimsonfalcon07


    Dec 27, 2010
    Can't wait to see it. Post up pics when it's completed. Darrel's the only guy I'm planning on getting a custom folder from.
  5. TriviaMonster


    Jan 2, 2012
    I'm pretty jealous. That's about what I would want minus the Radian blade. I would rather have the new style Torpedo with the swedge. Also, XHP at a good hardness is a fantastic steel.
  6. Abutler


    Apr 28, 2013
    Thought long and hard about the blade style.
    Tough choice between Bowie, torpedo, and radian.
    Finally went with the radian because of its uniqueness.
    Never owned a knife with this blade style, and figured it was worth a try.
    If its more form than function, it can be changed.

    XHP or S35VN was specified as the steel at DR's discretion.
    He said that they are very similar in properties for blades.

    Based upon phone conversations with DR, his previous work, and online feedback about his customs, it seems reasonable to trust his guidance and advice.
  7. Abutler


    Apr 28, 2013
    Lacey told me it was #3 on the build list today.
    Anticipation is building.
    Can't wait!
  8. neuron

    neuron Moderator Moderator

    Apr 18, 2010
    Cool! Really looking forward to seeing the knife when it's done!
  9. Abutler


    Apr 28, 2013
    Darrel's finished and provided the attached photo.
    Went with a satin finish blade instead of the DLC.
    It shipped out and should arrive on Monday.
    View attachment 436574
  10. TheBleedingEdge


    Apr 14, 2010
    Awww yeeeeeeeaaaa. That thing looks slick!

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