What Mer said...... I, too, talked with Richard and he assured me that the knives will be PERFECT or they won't leave his hands. He's got a lady "chained" to a leather sticher making the horizontal leather sheaths. Maybe next week...............
The way I understood it was that this is a custom run of 100 4" Monarchs, and that's it for now. They will do other runs and the 3" is a possibility or maybe another run of 4 inchers. Depending on the price, I'll be the first in line for an all-damascus Monarch
Spoke to Richard today, and @ 25 will ship the week of August 13, 2001, and the next group of 25 to follow soon afterwards. The remaining 50 will ship within a couple of weeks of the first 25-50.
All leather sheaths are complete. They are anxious to get them to the customer, and want to hear the feedback. Most all the first 100 are sold.
A 3" is being discussed. They are contemplating what to name the 3" model.
New blades styles for the 4" are being discussed.
Additionally, a 5" blade double edge may materialize in early 2002.
These guys are on the ball and making some fine knives. They are listening, and following through with the wants and needs of the customer.
In the Grand Scheme of things, a couple hundred knives is not going to hurt BM, but, if the people behind the Monarch begin to really put the nose to the grindstone, so to speak...uhhmm...BM better start re-thinking their position on alot of things, like Customs, Five Inch Blades and Steel Handled Versions of the 42, 43 and 47.
SWAT? If they put out a Steel or Titanium-handled Tiger...watch out too.
Microtech? MT has the capability, if they so desire, of making several thousand, high quality Balisongs. That's going to hurt.
But what might loom on the horizon, does not bode well for BM.
And all of that is said with the caveat that BM can be competitive. It is up to them. But, even as rabid as we all are for their Balisongs, you can only have so many of three basic models.
Personally, I hope they all succeed and prosper, it makes it all that much more better for us.