Thoughts on my new design

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  1. Damneddesigns

    Damneddesigns Gold Member Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Gold Member

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    Apr 11, 2019
    So leaving aside manufacturing aspects i.e. Country of manufacture, steel etc. what do you think of this design? Does it appeal to you?

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    They share the same handles as my 2 production models (reviews linked below) but i've scaled it up by 10% since I felt it was a tad small

    The Basilisk



    The Yokai

     
  2. mqqn

    mqqn Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 12, 2009
    It is a nice looking knife. I like the beefy styling, the nicely proportioned clip-point and the swedge on the clip.
    Overall, it looks like a comfortable knife to use as well.

    best -

    mqqn
     
  3. StoneAndSteel

    StoneAndSteel Gold Member Gold Member

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    Feb 24, 2019
    It's a good looking design. I also LOVE M390 in a pocket knife so that's a huge plus to me. I'm unfamiliar with your company... Where are you based out of and where are your knives made?
     
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  4. fonedork

    fonedork Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jul 7, 2011
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  5. RealVendetta

    RealVendetta Gold Member Gold Member

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    Sep 30, 2019
    Im a fan of the Basilisk.
     
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  6. herisson

    herisson Apple slicing rocking chair dweller Platinum Member

    Mar 11, 2013
    I like clip point blades and this one looks nice. What I don't like in your design is : overly thick blade, sabre grind and down angled handle. I see no need for these features, except, of course, that they are in fashion and you're not interested in producing a knife which will not sell. I believe all your designs you have showed recently should sell quite well. Only problem is you cater to an already very populated segment.
     
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  7. TheEdge01

    TheEdge01

    Apr 3, 2015
    I like it!!!! It looks like it would be a good slicer and comfortable to use.
     
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  8. abcdef

    abcdef

    Oct 28, 2005
    I really like that.
     
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  9. archieblue

    archieblue Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 19, 2001
    USA. USA. USA. USA. USA. USA. USA. USA!!! It simply can’t be an omitted factor. Being solely an importer, it’s more important to some than you may realize. Different aspects pique interests for different people. The “too good to be true” imported Titanium frame lock is an extremely saturated market. There needs to be a stand out aspect other than a shape unless that particularly formed aspect has a standout function. I see some fancy machining called out on this design but I see unreal stuff coming from WE and Reate. But to me it all boils down to function. This looks like it would be a nice looking Ti frame lock with an MSRP of ~$275. In my mind that is approaching Sebenza country. If I buy a few six’ers instead of going to any breweries and refrain from eating out for two weeks I can make up that $100 easily and get a knife made in Idaho from the son of the man who invented the frame lock.
     
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  10. unwisefool

    unwisefool Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 22, 2007
    Looks similar to the ZT 220 to me.
     
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  11. Damneddesigns

    Damneddesigns Gold Member Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Gold Member

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    Apr 11, 2019
    I'm Indian (Born in Kuwait, raised in Bombay). I've been living and working in Kuwait for the past 11 years.
    My company is registered in Wyoming and products are fulfilled from California at the moment (subject to change) products are made in China for lack of a better alternative. Even bigger Chinese companies like WE and Reate won't give me the time of day, I don't know where to begin with somewhere else, especially USA.
     
  12. Damneddesigns

    Damneddesigns Gold Member Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Gold Member

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    Apr 11, 2019
    If you watch the reviews, I've received compliments (also at Blade west) about the ergonomics of the handles, the fashion element is a bonus.
     
  13. rpttrsn

    rpttrsn

    Nov 1, 2006
    Good looking knife. Hope it goes over well.
     
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  14. Damneddesigns

    Damneddesigns Gold Member Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Gold Member

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    Apr 11, 2019
    I'm going to switch to s35vn from M390 and aim for a $150 pricepoint for a Full ti framelock with Carbon fiber inserts. I'm not sure who can produce something similar for me outside of China, I just don't know where to begin looking. As i've said in another comment, even bigger Chinese companies don't give Individuals like me the time of day. It costs upwards of $15k to produce a small batch of a knife and even that isn't worth their time. If I had access to a good manufacturer in the US and I could sustain being in business, I would definitely do it but I just don't see how that's possible.
     
  15. Damneddesigns

    Damneddesigns Gold Member Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Gold Member

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    Apr 11, 2019
    For some reason each and every design of mine so far has looked like A ZT to someone lol. Can't even say I drew inspiration from them cause the 0456 is the only 1 I know (and wanted to own badly)
     
  16. madcap_magician

    madcap_magician Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Feb 27, 2005
    Try Millit, they do OEM work for designers in small batches. Main struggle would be getting your project onto their calendar.
     
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  17. Damneddesigns

    Damneddesigns Gold Member Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Gold Member

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    Apr 11, 2019
    Thanks i'll take a look at them. Time is another major problem. Chinese companies already need 2 months to prototpye and 3 months to produce, I can't even imagine how hard it would be to get going with an American maker.
     
  18. Mikarta

    Mikarta

    78
    Oct 8, 2019
    I like it, looks like a more angular shaped Kershaw Link with a clip point blade. Although using better materials, better construction, and no assist.
     
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  19. Smiling

    Smiling

    510
    Nov 21, 2019
    It kinda looks futuristic, and it's also beefy. I like it ;)
     
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  20. Insipid Moniker

    Insipid Moniker Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 28, 2011
    It looks good. Just at a glance this looks like the most practical of your designs. The blade and handle shape are both clean and simple, which I find appealing. I don't care much about ti framelock flippers at this point in time, but this seems to me like a solid entry into the market. Distinct enough to stand out, but remaining practical.
     

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