Support BladeForums! Paid memberships don't see ads! [UPDATE 11/17/2017 2145] I am locking this thread and starting a new one. [UPDATE 10/31/2017 2327] Kevin took the knives to Reed today to get the sheaths done. I don't know how long it will take, but I hope to talk to him tomorrow. I should know more by the weekend, but it looks like everything is wrapping up nicely. I am so ready for it to be over and all of you have your knives. This has been a horrible time. [UPDATE 10/16/2017 1242] Per Kevin this morning, they are halfway done sharpening the knives and almost done with fasteners. Will be working on handles and liners in the morning. I have a picture but am updating on my phone, will have to post it tonight. [UPDATE 9/9/2017 2223] The knives left for heat treat yesterday. We are in for a 2-6 week wait. Kevin said he received some 3V blades back last week and they were gone for 4 weeks. So, who knows. Here is a shot that should hold us over a bit. This is after a final pre heat treat tumble. Beautiful! [UPDATE 8/26/2017 1044] Now, look at this! Kevin says the run should be headed to heat treating next week. I hate to jinx it, but this sure seems like how it should have worked all along. I'm hoping that it continues to go this way. I'm impressed with how they look so far! [UPDATE 8/12/2017 0952]OK, here's the picture. You can see how they are slimming down and are starting to look like the Companion we all know and love. An updated timeline looks like about another week on this operation as the small cutters used to shape the inside and outside of the handles are taking a bit longer than previously anticipated. Then the knives will be tumbled and the tabs milled off. We're about two weeks to heat treat. Heat treating will take anywhere from 3-6 weeks depending on how the heat treater's schedule runs. [UPDATE 8/11/2017 1457] I have a new picture of these I just received from Kevin and I think you guys are going to love it. I'm at work right now, but I'll get it put up this evening. I'm going to answer the questions asked in this thread as well when I'm on a computer rather than a phone. [UPDATE 7/27/2017 1015] Got woke up by this picture this morning. Bevels are done being milled and moving to outside shaping. Outside shaping will bring the point to, well, a point. Can't mill the bevels with the shape already pointy or the point won't be sharp. The train really has left the depot! Kevin, if you're reading this, thank you for the pictures. Everyone really appreciates them. [UPDATE 7/25/2017 1801] I have a very good update for everyone. The train has left the depot, gentlemen! This is the first American made Companion off the mills. Obviously the milling isn't finished, but the bevels are there. The rest are being milled right now. Progress!