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The "Ask Nathan a question" thread

Discussion in 'Carothers Performance Knives' started by JustinFournier, Aug 30, 2016.

  1. M_Scout

    M_Scout Gold Member Gold Member

    163
    Mar 29, 2011
    If the AEBL fighters turn out to be popular is there any consideration for HDFKs in AEBL. I’d love to have one that would be more salt water resistant
     
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  2. Murman

    Murman KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Nov 11, 2015
    What is the max length and width of a knife blade you can produce
     
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  3. Nathan the Machinist

    Nathan the Machinist KnifeMaker / Machinist / Evil Genius Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 13, 2007
    Probably not. There are no additional HDFK in the production schedule. We may make some Field Knives in AEBL at some point. And the DEK1 too.
     
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  4. Nathan the Machinist

    Nathan the Machinist KnifeMaker / Machinist / Evil Genius Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 13, 2007
    In theory probably about three feet total length with a blade grind width of perhaps 3". But using the fixturing and setup techniques we use the 18" total length, 12" blade length of the Behemoth is pushing the limits and the nearly 2" grind height on the comp choppers was challenging. The KOD piece will require a different manufacturing approach than we normally use.
     
  5. woodysone

    woodysone Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 21, 2005
    Is the DEK-1 on this years production schedule, mid-summer?
     
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  6. Nathan the Machinist

    Nathan the Machinist KnifeMaker / Machinist / Evil Genius Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 13, 2007
    It's the next model. Development will start here this Spring with prototypes this summer. Real production may start as soon as this fall.
     
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  7. bluemax_1

    bluemax_1 Gold Member Gold Member

    618
    Jan 17, 2014
    Sweet! As much as I like the FK 1 & 2 and the UF, the DEK sounds like it has the potential to be my Goldilocks pattern for a fixed blade.
     
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  8. Lorien

    Lorien Moderator Moderator

    Dec 5, 2005
    I'm wrapping up the third iteration of the DEK1 handle, and it's finally feeling about right :) Third time's a charm!
     
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  9. xxwarderxx

    xxwarderxx Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 27, 2015
    I love the fact that you mentioned the KOD piece here, as it is definitely on my mind. It’s good to know it’s on yours too.
     
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  10. d2eux

    d2eux

    269
    Oct 10, 2010
    Hi Nathan, I sent a question over to edit before finding out about this Q&A thread. I was curious if you accept commissions to work on existing production blades and folders, such as making custom titanium liners or adding detent holes to assisted opening knives. Thank you!
     
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  11. Nathan the Machinist

    Nathan the Machinist KnifeMaker / Machinist / Evil Genius Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 13, 2007
    I'm sorry we don't do custom work of that nature at this time.
     
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  12. PharetH

    PharetH Gold Member Gold Member

    272
    Aug 2, 2016
    I would suggest checking out REK (Razor Edge Knives). Josh does great work and can likely handle everything you are looking for.
    Website: https://www.razoredgeknives.com/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/razoredgeknives/?hl=en
     
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  13. d2eux

    d2eux

    269
    Oct 10, 2010
    Understood, thanks. A more general question, if you dont mind me asking- what does the process look like for becoming a high level machinist? Is there an apprenticeship period, or a mix of courses and practical application?
     
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  14. d2eux

    d2eux

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    Oct 10, 2010
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  15. Nathan the Machinist

    Nathan the Machinist KnifeMaker / Machinist / Evil Genius Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 13, 2007
    There are a lot of different paths a person could take. Simple question with a complex answer beyond the scope of this thread.
     
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  16. xxwarderxx

    xxwarderxx Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 27, 2015
    If I recall correctly, you used to make blade replacements for folders?

    What knives did you do this for and was this done as a way to upgrade the knife or refurbish it?

    Would you ever consider this again as a prequel to the folder? A D3V blade replacement for a popular folder would be extremely enticing (or AEBL, D2, 4V, etc etc etc that you see fit).
     
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  17. woodysone

    woodysone Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 21, 2005
    Hey Nathan, I have a bunch of shipping boxes with AIM industries on them. What does AIM stand for?
     
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  18. xxwarderxx

    xxwarderxx Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 27, 2015
    Advanced Idea Mechanics
     
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  19. woodysone

    woodysone Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 21, 2005
    Thanks.
     
  20. betzner

    betzner CenCal Coast Platinum Member

    Jan 23, 2007
    And I thought it meant Alles ist Messer.
     
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