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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. not2sharp

    not2sharp Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 1999
    About 15 years ago the Bladeforums suffered it's worse all out bar room brawl. There were dozens of threads over a period of weeks and a lot of frustration and anger, and it was all about Mad Dog Knives. It started over Kevin McClung's dissatisfaction with a knife review and ended with people interviewing his workers and submitting his knives to x-rays and disassembly. IIRC, it ended with Kevin being shown to be in error, as well as, his noisy departure from these forums.

    I was also surprised to see that they were still around.

    n2s
     
  2. JohnnyMayhem

    JohnnyMayhem

    Aug 6, 2006
    One of the most infamous articles in the short life of bladeforums magazine. That was a hell of a fight.
     
  3. Quiet

    Quiet "That guy" Platinum Member

    Oct 11, 2013
    Anybody got links to those threads? I was never able to comprehend how people would pay that much for "Mad Dog"'s knives. But then, some folks will pay quite a lot in their special forces fetishistic quest to touch greatness, amirite?
     
  4. Screwdriver

    Screwdriver

    Feb 27, 2010
    Get an Emerson CQC-7 black combo edge without wave. Same knife carried by the SEAL that killed Osama Bin Ladin. The actual knife sold for $30kish. Dirt cheap compared to the Mad Dog stuff.
     
  5. Ebbtide

    Ebbtide

    Aug 20, 1999
    Try the bladeforums optimized google search

    https://cse.google.com/cse/home?cx=011197018607028182644:qfobr3dlcra

    Try keywords like mad dog, a blade, notched blades, tusk...
     
  6. The Viper 110

    The Viper 110

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    Apr 16, 2015
    take a look at this http://www.tacticalforums.com/ubb/Forum1/HTML/000518.html.. McClung was really getting raked over the coals by a poster named John Wain and Dave Hanson. Then mysteriously a groopie shows up to come to McClungs defense. ( I think it was a McClung also.) Quite a history that has not been finished yet. The Mad Dog knives selling on ebay from time to time are often McClung's own at ridiculous inflated prices. FOR 01 ??
     
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  7. Daniel L

    Daniel L

    Nov 2, 1998
    Wow - that's some drama, new and old!! I remember when the original furore broke out...

    Anyone that can build a following around a knife brand is a genius in my book. I wish he'd gone more into production rather than staying high end customs. Always wanted a Shrike... guesss it will never be :)
     
  8. John_0917

    John_0917

    Apr 15, 2014
    To be fair, that knife was sold at an auction that benefitted a veterans' charity, certainly a worthy cause.
     
  9. The Viper 110

    The Viper 110

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    Apr 16, 2015
    Yeah, all this talk about the ATAK got me re interested in getting an MPK-S again. Dont know much about its reputation other than the write ups from Mission but it looks like a nice knife
     
  10. Cougar Allen

    Cougar Allen Buccaneer (ret.)

    Oct 9, 1998
  11. BladeScout

    BladeScout Basic Member Basic Member

    May 16, 2010

    Ive been looking at the MPK12-TI lately, as I have the MPS-TI and a few other MISSION knives. For my purpose, they Work great; kayaking, hunting, camping etc etc.
     
  12. Ebbtide

    Ebbtide

    Aug 20, 1999
    Too funny!
     
  13. Velitrius

    Velitrius Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2000
    Yeah, Ebbtide... I thought the same thing when I saw the title of this thread. Gosh, that was 15-ish years ago !!

    I remember reading one of those flame threads way back when. I got into BFC Chat one night, and that was the big subject of the evening. I hadn't read anything about it yet, so Tim Herman tosses me a link to the thread. I just remember rolling my chair back away from the monitor after getting a page and a half deep and shaking my head with a subdued "Wow!"

    I hadn't realized they were still in the game, really.
     
  14. The Viper 110

    The Viper 110

    17
    Apr 16, 2015
    I think most people would be quite surprised if they did an actual Rockwell C scale test on a Mad Dog knife. I know for a fact that the rockwell tester he had in his shop spent most of its life under plastic and duct tape.. As mentioned in another thread, people that over paid for these are not likely to put them through any tests. "Notched tang or not"
    Differential heat treat ? NO WAY
     
  15. Cougar Allen

    Cougar Allen Buccaneer (ret.)

    Oct 9, 1998
    Have we met you before under another name?
     
  16. The Viper 110

    The Viper 110

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    Apr 16, 2015
    Nope, I did read similar comments by other posters though. I've actually been at the Mad Dog shop and have seen the actual operation. IMO a very crooked delusional little guy
     
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  17. The Viper 110

    The Viper 110

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    Apr 16, 2015
    Looking back at some of the old thread posts, I'd like to know whatever happened to a poster handle Jaxurman, and allen blade. They had similar experiences with McClung
     
  18. Cougar Allen

    Cougar Allen Buccaneer (ret.)

    Oct 9, 1998
    Jaxurman aka Jack Alvarez was banned years ago for lying to us and cheating Bladeforums rather than pay for a dealer membership. He went to jail for a while (for other reasons), but he was out again the last I heard; you might be able to find him if you look.

    Allan Blade aka Scott Fowler was banned even longer ago for cheating his customers. He is in hiding from all the people he owes knives and money and hasn't been heard from for a few years; I have no idea where he is now or what name he is using these days.
     
  19. The Viper 110

    The Viper 110

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    Apr 16, 2015
    WOW. sounds like a sorry group. I noticed that we shared similar dislikes of McClung's business practices and LYING to anyone that would listen. Too bad so many have fallen from grace.
     
  20. Revolverrodger

    Revolverrodger

    Jul 23, 2007
    7 posts... suspicious
     
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