Mr. Mattis is correct. Murphy's Law is the number one culprit in new knife delivery delays. Advertising a knife before it is available is common however the promotional efferct of pre-advertising is the last reason knives are not delivered on time. Believe me, running and paying for ads when the knife is not available to deliver does not make the company any money.
From a manufacturer's standpoint I would like to have a new knife ready to ship the day the first ad hits the streets however this is rarely the case.
In making a high tech production folder you have a variety of individual mass produced parts made out of a different materials which are produced by various subcontractors. Processes include, molding, stamping, casting, grinding, heat treatment, polishing, forging, screw production, etching etc. For each of the knife's parts a tool must be made to create these parts. Tooling lead times tend to run from 4-6 months. This does not include the engineering/design time to produce the tool or the part. Few if any manufacturers make tooling in house or have the capability to do all production processes. Making a production knife is similar to making pieces of a puzzle in five or six different locations. When it comes time to put the puzzle together and one of the pieces does not fit (a common occurance) you start over by making a new tool or modify the existing tool, hence another 4-6 month delivery delay. After the tooling has been completed and the knife is assembled for the first time, production goes very slow until the assembly/finishing craftsmen get familiar with making that knife.
Finally a new product is just that, one new item. Everyone making quality knives is busy in this industry and therefore you can't drop everything you are doing just to make one new model. Production of a new model must be scheduled into the production schedule for all existing models the company produces.
Waiting for a new knife you have been reading the ads for six months can be frustrating. As a manufacturer, if I could shorten this lead time I would be the first to do so but it's not that easy. I trust this explanation will give some insight into this topic.
Outdoor Edge Cutlery Corp.
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