Thursday, October 27, 2011

Strange Days have Found Me

Well, just when you think things can't get weirder ... they do.

I was back in the shop today, turned on the CNC mill and immediately received an error message indicating a major problem.

I thought it might be the power supply which was just repaired a week or so ago. I got the guys who fixed it on the phone and they talked me through a few tests which quickly showed the problem not to be with the power supply. I then got the Haas technician on the phone and it looks like there may be a problem in one of the axis motors (bad) or vector drives (not good).

In any case, the Haas tech will have to come out asap next week and find out what's broken, order the part and either come back and install it or else I'll install it if it's something I can handle.

I just sunk €1200 in the machine and now I'm sure to be out another chunk of change and the machine will be down until end of next week.

On the way back a stone flew up on the expressway and broke the windshield on my car.

When it rains it pours.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

News not fit to Print

Well, the cnc mill is back up and running but something went wonky with Telekom while they were switching my service over to an IP telephone system and faster DSL ... now I have NO phone service, NO internet and NO Television.

I have surf stick for temp net access. So if you send me an email now, it make a take a day or 2 to answer.

Also I have a cold and fell like crap.

Did I mention te cnc mill is working again?? I want to close on a positive note...

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Ghost Dog Folder for sale from stock!

Finished this monster Ghost Dog yesterday. The blade is hand ground from 4.3mm stonewashed Becut stainless with a slight false edge. The grips are machined from 3mm 6Al4V titanium and stonewashed to match the blade. The grip overlays are Grade 2 titanium fire anodized mostly blue. The 8mm custom hardened pivot is press fit into the frame and secured with stainless collars and M5 screws, all heat colored.

This is one heavy folder and is too big for pocket carry. That's why it doesn't have a clip. The spacer is made from olive Micarta and uses my one sided lanyard hole. The stop pin is custom made, heat treated and press fit.  
overall length open: 255mm
blade length: 110mm
knife closed: 145mm
weight: 312 grams


Thursday, October 6, 2011

New Model: Meet the Mini Thorn Tactical

This is the first new design I've brought out in quite a while. And as the name suggests, it isn't totally new. The original Mini Thorn design is almost 10 years old and remains the most popular hand ground fixed blade I've produced.

The Mini Thorn Tactical is an updated, highly usable knife building on my experience with the original. The knife shown is one of three design prototypes hand ground from 4mm CPM S30V stainless steel. It is -SOLD- and features a matt grey stonewshed finish and removeable rubber grip grommet. The knife is 150mm long, 30mm high and the sharpened section of the blade measures 60mm.

I will be bringing out a semi-production (machine flat ground) version in time for the Holidays crafted from Sandvik 14C28N stainless steel.

The Mini Thorn Tactical is designed for users who like to customize their knives by adding distinctive Paracord wrapping or individual grip scales.

I plan on offering various grip scales for the production knives as an option as well as a Kydex sheath.

Hopefully my CNC mill will be back in operation next week and I can MAKE SOME CHIPS!