SITREP - A Collaboration with David Mary, reservations

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  1. bikerector

    bikerector KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Nov 16, 2016
    Exciting news, earlier this week the blade blanks shipped from Jarod Todd Heat Treating and are on their way to David Mary as we speak to get finished up. Because USPS is fairly unreliable on the timeframes of delivery I can't guarantee when these will be completed but a very conservative estimation would be that we'll start finishing up the 1st batch by the end of September, so a little over a month from now.

    Description: The SITREP (Scalpel In Times Requiring Extra Preparedness) is our answer to a utility fighting knife. The SITREP is going to slice well while also being durable and reliable so you don't have to feel bad about beating it through wood, doors, bone, wire, and most things we abuse our knives with. We chose a finer tip than most survival knives will have because we believe piercing and slicing at the tip is more important in a utility situation and if you have to use this for protection against human or animal, we want it to create a wound easily. However, we did give the knife a bend more towards utility that fighting but the balance and weight of the knife is going to feel quite great in hand.

    We chose AEB-L because we believe the ease of maintenance of stainless combined with the amazing toughness that AEB-L has was a great steel choice for something you can take with you anywhere or leave stored in a go-back or vehicle for long durations without the worry of corrosion. These will be provided with bolatron or kydex sheaths for a reliable and versatile package.

    The handle is designed to be secure and ergonomic. It will be a little thinner than what we're used to because the handle is tall so it indexes really well, taking a cue from the Becker BK62, so there is little worry about the knife rotating in hand while pushing it through your work. The tang will be exposed to smashing and hammering needs. This adds additional utility to the knife while bringing the weight back towards the handle to give the blad tip more agility for quick and accurate movements.

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    Rough Specs:
    Steel: AEB-L hardened to 60-61
    Blade thickness: 5/32" at spine
    Blade Length: 7"
    Handle Length: 5"
    OAL: 14"

    Price for will vary slightly by handle configuration
    So quick explanation, handle combos on the left is the main handle material and the amount of that material we're using. In the pins/tubes column we will use a few different pin combos with a given handle material in several situations to give a different aesthetic appeal in a subtle way.

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    We have 1 "premium" knife using camo suretech. This stuff is g10 mixed with rubber so it should add a lot of grip and shock absorption. We are testing this out and want to consider using it on further models, especially some of David's premium machetes and choppers if it works out well. It's a little pricier so we didn't get a ton of it, we have enough to make 2 knives with it but being it's new to us we only decided to make 1 for now.

    Sorry for the delay getting this up, I got sidetracked working on the machine shop discussions with my brothers to see if we can get a family business going that could also help out Good Knife Co. in a huge way.
     
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  2. bikerector

    bikerector KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Nov 16, 2016
    Thread is open, thank you for the patience.
     
  3. David Mary

    David Mary KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jul 23, 2015
    The blanks arrived yesterday. Here is one in hand:

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    I have since rough ground them to a high blended convex, with radiused tip swedges.

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  4. David Mary

    David Mary KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jul 23, 2015
    Here's one taken to a coarse satin finish. When these are done, the satin finish will be similar to the above, but will be taken through from coarse, to medium, to fine. Also, note the one below is not yet sharpened (just mentioning it because you will probably notice light reflecting on the edge just behind the tip).



    Note the full stock thickness all the way out to the tip, which tapers very abruptly, keeping good strength the whole length of the knife. The edge at the tip will be a bit more robust in thickness and obtuse for strength, while sill being narrow in profile and featuring a radiused swedge to aid in penetration with a minimal loss of material. The primary bevel is also ground very thin from the heel to the belly to allow high performance cutting and slicing. This knife is a calculated balance of strength and slicing geared towards performance and toughness in all the right places. I am super excited about this project, and hope to have the first one completed next week. Chad has kindly gifted me one of these blanks for myself, so that will be the first one I finish, and am donating it back to the project by shipping it out for review at a YouTube channel yet to be announced (but which I have already selected). It will be one of the black paper micarta and camo G10 handled versions.

    Many have contacted us to express interest in this project, but nothing is official on the books as of yet. To place an order and reserve your knife and handle selections, please post in this thread with yout handle of choice from Chad's list above, or contact Chad aka @bikerector directly via forum messaging or at GoodKnifeCo at gmail dot com.

    Thank you!
     
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  5. bikerector

    bikerector KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Nov 16, 2016
    On top of the handle selection, we have 4 blade blanks with a little extra material left on for some customization for y'all. Handles are going onto the knives this week for the standard design and then we'll do some different blade shapes.

    If you want something almost like The SITREP but a slight variation, let us know. Want a different tip? More or less belly? Nessmuk looking curves on the blade? Let us know and we can get that worked out for you. There shouldn't an extra charge unless the design is really intricate but we'll discuss that with you in advance to committing to something.
     
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  6. David Mary

    David Mary KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jul 23, 2015
    Who wouldn't want a .162" thick, 7" blade tanto in AEB-L at RC 60-61? ;) Just as an example of the possibilities. There were five of those, but I am buying one, hence Chad's reference to only four, and the one I buy I'll probably make into a 7" seax/reverse tanto, something like this.

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    As you can see, there is a lot room for customization on this big slab of AEB-L. Again, these are not set in stone yet, but only examples of what is possible, and I highly urge you to get in touch with Chad to claim one of these before someone else does. You'll be hard pressed to find another opportunity to have such a high level of customization in a custom knife in this steel at this price:

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  7. David Mary

    David Mary KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jul 23, 2015
    The first series of Sitreps in AEB-L at RC 61 is nearly done. These are black paper micarta and camo G10. Awaiting stencils so I can put the mark on, and a little bit of finishing up left to do. Get in touch with Chad, aka @bikerector if you want one of these. These ones will be ready to ship this week (pending the arrival of the stencils, which were shipped to me last week). One of the four with carbon fiber pins is already spoken for, but the rest are available including the one with stainless pins.

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  8. Bigfattyt

    Bigfattyt Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 23, 2007
    I will say, I love the two knives I have in AEBL! Great steel.
     
  9. bikerector

    bikerector KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Nov 16, 2016
    After making a few of the thicker handled versions, we are going to offer a few more like that. So we'll have two thickness, 0.66" for the thinner handle and 0.91" for the thicker handle. The thin handles will be good for large hands and smaller because of the tall handle and the thick handles will be good for large hands and larger for our big-handed brethren.
     
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  10. David Mary

    David Mary KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jul 23, 2015
    Good stuff
     
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  11. Sixgun007

    Sixgun007

    20
    Mar 1, 2017
    I like the profile, just not sure on handle shape and geometry. I like a palm swell to fill my hand but I think the taller spine might accomplish the same feel. Only way to be sure is to get it in hand, right? So I'll take one in the original blade profile, handled in black canvas Micarta with brass pins and tube.
     
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  12. Boombats

    Boombats

    184
    Mar 21, 2010
    Idon'tneedanotherknifeIdon'tneedanotherknifeIdon'tneedanotherknifeIdon'tneedanotherknifeIdon'tneedanotherknifeIdon'tneedanotherknife...
     
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  13. 1066vik

    1066vik Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 28, 2009
    It's not about need...
     
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