Folding Bushcraft Knife that is usable/comfortable - by Daniel Koster

Discussion in 'Koster Knives' started by Daniel Koster, Feb 26, 2013.

Can a folding bushcraft knife compete with the fixed blade version?

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  1. superfluities

    superfluities Moderator Moderator

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    Jun 29, 2008
    Is it?

    Getting close now? Based on what?
    That was a month+ ago...when I sent full payment to get mine a few days later...per Dan's email.
    Dan?? I wait patiently but nothing.
     
  2. Fancier

    Fancier

    Jul 1, 2012
  3. sloth357

    sloth357 Platinum m0f0 Platinum Member

    Jan 5, 2011
    My name isn't on the list :/ *cry*

    Someone will sell theirs soon... it always happens... so HURRY UP AND SELL ONE :D
     
  4. Daniel Koster

    Daniel Koster www.kosterknives.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 18, 2001
    thanks for your patience, guys - this has been a project that has been long in the works for all of us. I have all the folders lined up and ready to go. Handles cut, liners fit, blades matched. Just need to start final assembly. Had a few things go on "in the meantime" such as a sewer problem that took 3 weeks to resolve as well as moving into a new shop.

    I apologize for the lack of updates - for some reason, I am not getting emails when replies are made here on BFC even though I am subscribed. I'll do better to check the forum more frequently. :thumbup:

    Dan
     
  5. Joshua_Barney

    Joshua_Barney

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  6. Fancier

    Fancier

    Jul 1, 2012
    Joshua, that is a safe assumption. :D
     
  7. austexjg

    austexjg

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    Oct 22, 2014
    You and me both.....
     
  8. Daniel Koster

    Daniel Koster www.kosterknives.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 18, 2001
    not so, guys. Everybody that's on the list has a "fair chance" when the next batch is ready to go again. I'll be ordering materials at the end of this month. ;)


    By the way...I may have a few extra folders from this first batch (hint, hint - keep an eye on your email box for the notification sometime next week or so - after I finish all these from this first batch).

    :thumbup:


    Dan
     
  9. rolandsilvajr

    rolandsilvajr

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    Mar 11, 2012
    Hi Daniel I contacted you back in Jan when that opening went up and you had confirmed I was on the list. But it doesn't seem to be updated. As like everyone else the eagerness is due to trying to get your hands on the finest bushcraft folding knife made. I sent you an email to follow up. I guess its a good thing everyone wants these. Can't wait if you could get back to me on that Thanks Roland
     
  10. Daniel Koster

    Daniel Koster www.kosterknives.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 18, 2001
    I do have you on my pre-order list, rolandilvajr. When a spot opens up on the official order list, I'll let everybody know in advance via email.

    Thanks for understanding!
    Dan
     
  11. superfluities

    superfluities Moderator Moderator

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    Jun 29, 2008
    How about an update? Paid in full promised delivery in a few days but it has been 3-4 weeks....
     
  12. Daniel Koster

    Daniel Koster www.kosterknives.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 18, 2001
    I apologize - I dropped the ball on completing them when I wanted to have them finished. I appreciate your patience, guys. I have them all laid out, locks are fitted, handles are cut. I have been busy training a new guy that is now helping with the grunt work. I'll try to be more diligent with posting updates and getting these out the door quicker. It's a new process for me so I want to make it as smooth as possible for everybody. Thanks for understanding.
    Dan
     
  13. TacBlade

    TacBlade

    Feb 9, 2008
    How's it going Dan? Just checking in!!!
     
  14. Daniel Koster

    Daniel Koster www.kosterknives.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 18, 2001
    Put final touches on the handles tomorrow. With any luck I'll be shipping some tomorrow and getting sheaths for the rest.
     
  15. TacBlade

    TacBlade

    Feb 9, 2008
    Great! Just so I know, the knives have to be sent to your sheath maker for the sheaths to be made yet? Thanks Dan!
     
  16. Daniel Koster

    Daniel Koster www.kosterknives.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 18, 2001
    That is correct. I got a little sidetracked with a project and had to stop but I jumped back on the folders Thu/Fri. I'll post pics on Monday.
     
  17. Daniel Koster

    Daniel Koster www.kosterknives.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 18, 2001
    Mostly what I've been trying to do with this first run is figure out ways to make it an efficient process for me. I've got the design nailed down. I have been making fixtures along the way to help make things more productive. Always have the long road in mind...
     
  18. Daniel Koster

    Daniel Koster www.kosterknives.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 18, 2001
    For example, this is one of the things I made this week:

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    It is a fixture for shortening all the hardware to the dimensions to fit the folder. Doing this individually with each knife was taking me about an hour per knife. Mostly because it was put together, take apart, check, cut, put together, take apart, check....repeat ad nauseum.

    I wanted to find a way to make the process faster, so I took part of a day off to figure it out using some *ahem* scrap pieces of material I had laying around. I haven't used Pink G10 in probably 6-7 years!

    I mount the whole set up with a spacer to my grinder tool rest and then just bottom-out the hardware one-by-one until all 8 pieces are finished. Now what used to take an hour takes just a couple minutes.

    Hope that makes sense.

    :thumbup:
     
  19. Daniel Koster

    Daniel Koster www.kosterknives.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 18, 2001
    The first time I cut locks, it would take me anywhere from 5 minutes to over an hour because of the same thing....cut, assemble, test, disassemble....repeat. And if I over-cut the lock, then I had to stretch the lockbar. So, I've made a few fixtures and changes to my process to make it quicker and easier and now it has become fairly consistent at around 5-10 minutes.

    All of this is R&D right now and is necessary to me being able to continue offering this folder. I priced it much lower than the time it was actually taking me at first, hoping that I would be able to find these little "nuggets" of efficiency along the way. And so far, it is paying off.
     
  20. Fancier

    Fancier

    Jul 1, 2012
    That pink G10 is truly hideous. :barf:
    Thanks for the insight into your process!
     
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