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Mad Dog Knives VIM Closing shop

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by BarryB, Feb 24, 2015.

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  1. BarryB

    BarryB

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    Mar 24, 2009
    Posted on Facebook, VIM Mad Dog has announced that effective immediatley, Mad Dog Knives will no longer be produced. Press release to follow.
    I have known and been a friend of Kevin for some time, and am saddened to learn of this new development. For those that don't like him or his knives, that is certainly your right.

    My best wishes to him for his future. I am sure this was not an easy to make decision.
     
  2. Colinz

    Colinz

    Feb 16, 2001
    Feeling lucky that I own one of his knives. Feeling sorry I never managed to prioritise funds to buy a few other knives from him. A panther and maybe an ATAK would have been nice to own.

    /C
     
  3. evolution80

    evolution80

    845
    May 11, 2013
    always wanted an ATAK

    what happened?
     
  4. PURPLEDC

    PURPLEDC

    Apr 4, 2007
    The following was just posted to their facebook account a few hours ago.

    Unfortunately, and a full "Release" will be out soon, the owner of VIM has had her life, and livelyhood threatened on several occasions by Mad Dog's previous owner/manager, who lost the business assets that were used by Mad Dog, in a legal seizure due to her horrific mismanagement and non-payment of the business location lease for several years. Teryl McClung, the owner and financial manager of MD Labs, which operated Mad Dog Knives, unfortunately lacks true business sense or understanding of finances, income taxes or consequences of non-payment Therefore, Teryl McClung continuously blames VIM for her losses and has continued a relentless series of threats against VIM's owner, which in turn also threatens her family. Teryl McClung has filed hundreds of pages of documents, in court, that are full of false and delusional accusations and gross distortions of the truth. She has filed these against VIM and has involved U.S. attorneys in her web of lies and pursuit to do great harm to Robin Smith in an unstable and stalking behavior. This further concerns VIM regarding Teryl McClung's mental stability and level of delusions, which have come in threats via several sources. Despite VIM's brilliant improvements in the customer relations and proper financial management and marketing of Mad Dog Knives, closing the business is for the health and safety of the owner and her family. Kevin McClung is a masterful knife maker and genius in the art of materials science, however he did not manage the finances or business of Mad Dog Knives when with MD Labs, nor does he with VIM. VIM highly respects Kevin "Mad Dog" McClung's work ethic, loyalty and superior talent, and hopes one day he can bring his work back to the worldwide market. At this time, there are no plans for VIM to resume Mad Dog Knives due to the life threatening legal and personal pursuits by Mad Dog's previous manager and owner of MD Labs. We can expect Teryl McClung to make several public announcements at some point stating her extensive fantasies about how she lost her business and husband. Those of you who have actually met or know Teryl McClung will have no issue in realizing the extent of her delusions as she goes public. I would appreciate your public support about this person, as I am seeking protection.
     
  5. BarryB

    BarryB

    2
    Mar 24, 2009
    There are some Mad Dog's listed on ebay. I am sure they prices will sure go up, more than they already have.
     
  6. Bill Siegle

    Bill Siegle KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 3, 2000
    Sad to see any knife shop close up but dang! Mad Dog knives has been plagued by drama almost since the first time I'd heard of them way back in the old Fighting Knives magazine. Kinda surprised it lasted as long as this to tell the truth.
     
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  7. sams

    sams

    Apr 21, 2001
    I remember there were sparks flying around 1973 with his attempt to supply the ATAK to the TEAMS.
     
  8. GCG199

    GCG199

    Apr 26, 2001
    I had no idea that he went that far back with the SEAL Teams knife.

    I thought that it was from the early 1990s at the most...
     
  9. bob7

    bob7

    260
    Jan 8, 2003
    Hopefully this setback doesn't spell the end of a true child prodigy, a dark genius.

    :)
     
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  10. hank_rearden

    hank_rearden

    Jun 7, 2002
    i used to troll tactical forums under several nicks until mad dog canked me. he was a funny guy, with funny delusions about his person and his art. but his design philosophy was very sound. i can't imagine that teryl would come to this end. i never knew how VIM came into the picture.
     
  11. GIRLYmann

    GIRLYmann

    Nov 7, 2005
    Ahhh, tactical forums.
    Always an interesting alternative site to browse about.
    Famous or infamous, maddog knives is stuff the stuff of legends.
    And yeah, any mass manufactured facsimile would make an interesting proposition.
    http://staysharpgear.com/press-release.html
     
  12. typicalpest

    typicalpest

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    Dec 23, 2013
    Yep a darn shame,,,,making bad choices and weaving fantastic fabrications of super secretive exploits does have a way of coming back to bite you in the
    rumpus. so does not paying your taxes, uncle sam doesnt like that
     
  13. Lost Cosmonaut

    Lost Cosmonaut

    936
    Mar 10, 2011
  14. hank_rearden

    hank_rearden

    Jun 7, 2002
    :d :d :d
     
  15. Buffalohump

    Buffalohump

    Sep 7, 2006
    [​IMG] :(
     
  16. The Virus

    The Virus

    12
    May 7, 2012
    Perhaps he was re Activated by the CIA or NASA or JPL or NSA.........
     
  17. John_0917

    John_0917 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 15, 2014
    Well, I guess Dark Ops has one less competitor...and Mick Strider too...(sorry couldn't resist, the Stolen Valor warrants a pile on).
     
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  18. The Viper 110

    The Viper 110

    17
    Apr 16, 2015
    Interesting info about Mr. McClung. From what I know of him, he was and is indeed delusional. The guy would tell so many bald face lies that some of his groupies ate up.. In a newspaper article that he co wrote, he claimed to be a black belt in a martial art. Complete BS. Then he labels himself as a materials scientist ? Yet a call to his previous employer made him appear as warehouse guy. Mad Dog, MD LABS, Teryl McClung, Kevin McClung, ALL THE SAME ! He would blame his wife's comments when he was the one telling his wife what to write in the various forums including this one. He and she had dozens of user names and e mail addresses that he would use. I cant imagine an 01 steel knife with a hard chrome plating and an epoxy handle would gain so much attention. To me, good riddance, the industry does not need a napoleon figure. The you tube video of him arriving at his shop in his Dodge truck barely able to see over the steering wheel was a good laugh.
     
  19. brownshoe

    brownshoe I support this site with my MIND

    Sep 6, 2002
    Sounds like a true con man, but his knives were used and abused by many. They held up. I have only seen MadDog used knives and they were all used hard and except for surface damage, they were in good shape.
     
  20. Kohai999

    Kohai999 Second Degree Cutter

    Jul 15, 2003
    Bill and The Viper's comments sum it up for me.

    I had a hard enough time with the Cult of Phill Hartsfield....picked up a Kwaiken and used it...good knife....not badly priced, but nothing earthshattering either, and it cost about 1/3rd of the Mad Dog knives.

    Difficult to imagine being anything but underwhelmed.

    Best Regards,

    STeven Garsson
     
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