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Sheaths for the Bushcraft knife that I make. Handmade by Diomedes Industries.
Here it is on Bladeforums.com
If for any reason your knife fails, I will repair it for free – just cover return shipping.
If you just want it resharpened, it is free…just cover s/h.
If the failure is due to heat-treat, I will replace the knife free of charge at no cost to you (free s/h). I would, of course, appreciate being able to see the knife in person before making the replacement. I don’t always have replacements available…but I do my best to stock a few extra blanks/steel should this occur. I have made over 3000 knives and have only had a couple fail due to heat-treat. Peter’s Heat-Treat does amazing work and is extremely reliable.
If the failure is due to handle materials, I will put a new handle on it for free and ship it back for free. And will touch up the blade while it’s in the shop.
All new orders placed after Nov. 1, 2013 will require a $75 Materials Deposit that is non-refundable.
This will not be a problem for 99% of my customers. But will help keep things running smoother in the shop.
If you do not want to commit to a deposit, no problem…I am still sending quite a few knives around the USA to various dealers that will be available for immediate purchase.
This is a necessary step in helping my business and my passion for knifemaking stay alive.
Thanks for understanding.
Check it out and let me know what you think of Mr Grumpy Pants drawn in Family Guy style:
I have hundreds of Great Customers out there. Many lurk in the shadows on this forum and never post a thing – but they do email/call me. So, I figured I would take a moment and highlight some patterns I’ve seen….and post on their behalf.
Great Customers Are…
- …patient. I love when I get an email or see a post that goes like this: “Hey, I just submitted an order. I know you are an artist/craftsman and require space/time. Just drop me a line when it gets close to being completed!” This is a Great Customer.
- …specific. The more details I get in an email or phone call, the more likely a response will be forthcoming.
- …polite. Great Customers understand that politeness works wonders on bull-headed people like me. I practically bend-over-backwards to accommodate the wishes of those customers that are gentle and kind.
- …understanding. Knifemaking is an ART….meaning, it requires individual attention to details, working with my hands and is subject to errors, setbacks and hardships. Great Customers understand that there is a man behind the work.
- …trusting. It’s the knifemaker’s reputation on the line. I do what works best for me. I work my hardest and best to get as many knives as possible out there.
- …well-informed. They’ve read the FAQ and have visited my website. They’ve visited my forum as well as my facebook page. They understand my process and my version of knifemaking.
Great Customers Don’t…
- …email asking for updates. They understand my process and that I update as soon as I make progress. Making my order lists public is a great service I provide to help keep customers informed and “satisfy the itch”. It’s not a tool to be used to leverage me against myself. A great majority of knifemakers keep their lists private for this very reason. I hope I never have to go that route.
- …insist on paying in full upfront. A Great Customer understands that I am a “nice guy” and have a hard time “saying no”….and that insisting on paying upfront puts me between a rock and a hard place; that I am then “under the gun” until that obligation is met…and it’s hard for me to do my best under those conditions.
- …rattle the lion’s cage. The emails that I get from Great Customers offer support and encouragement. Sometimes, they just drop a line to say Hi. I talk to hundreds of people every month. How would you like to be remembered? As a PITA, or a Friend?
- …make unreasonable demands. Who goes to McDonald’s and throws a fit because they don’t offer sushi? Great Customers don’t.
- …pressure me or stress me out. When I am under stress, mistakes happen. When I am struggling to get an order out the door because of an ultimatum(threat), mistakes happen. Who orders a knife thinking “Hey, I don’t want your best work…just your fastest work?” Not my Great Customers.
I reserve the right to update this list as I come in contact with more patterns of excellent customer behavior.
I’ve built a few folding knife prototypes along the way….from wood dummies…to aluminum trainers…to mild-steel mockups…and now this is the real-deal.
I’ve always wanted to make a folding bushcraft knife. Not just a folder with a scandi grind. Not just a folder with a carbon-steel blade. But an honest-to-goodness folding version of my own Bushcraft knife.
Here’s a pic of my Bushcraft knife to illustrate the point.
And here are some W.I.P. pics of the first working prototype of the new Bushcraft Folder.
Here are the parts disassembled.
And here it is put together somewhat – I still need to cut the screws down.
And a good look at the contouring in the handle – which is nearly identical in cross section, width, etc. as the regular Bushcraft knife shown above. Again, forgive the long screws that haven’t been shortened yet.
As you can see there is still some work to be done. I need to fit up the blade and lock, heat-treat it, grind it, finish the materials out, etc. But I’m finally at a point where there is enough to look at that you can get a good idea of what’s going on and a sense of what “isn’t” here as much as what “is”.
10 reasons this folder is different than your everyday tactical folding knife:
1 – 0.125″ thick 3V steel, true scandi grind (flat) set at 13 degrees, hardened to 59 HRc, tumbled finish on flats for durability
2 – frame-lock type construction under a full size handle. Typically you have either a thinner liner-lock with scales, or a thicker frame-lock. This has both a thicker frame-lock as well as scales.
3 – full length, full width, “upside-down egg” cross-section handle.
4 – squared off spine with thumbgrooves for striking a firesteel
5 – no thumbstud to get in the way of woodworking cuts. Anyone who has used a folder for woodcarving, making traps, kindling-sticks, etc. knows what a pain a thumbstud can be. Instead, there is an oval in the blade (not milled yet).
6 – hidden pivot pin to keep things clean physically and visually. And to keep comfort. No bolster either. Keep it simple and straightforward.
7 – maximum blade/handle ratio. No compromise. Blade tip goes all the way to the back of the handle.
8 – no pocket clip. A clip is the most uncomfortable part of a handle on a folding knife. It only takes about 10 minutes of serious use before your hand starts to get torn-up and many of my survival friends are taking the clips off of their folders anyway. I’m not against a clip on a tactical folder. Just not on an “actually-will-be-used-for-bushcrafting-and-survival” folding knife. I will have leather pouches made to hold the folder with an optional firesteel loop along side it.
9 – Comfort and usability were the #1 goals. Not looks. Not money in my pocket. Not for “building my reputation” or prestige. I just wanted a knife I could actually take bushcrafting and not have to compromise comfort and usability. All the same quality materials as my fixed blades….it just folds up for convenience. It doesn’t matter to me if I sell 10 or 1,000 of these. It’s the right thing to do, and this is the right way to do it.
10 – no exotic materials. I imagine at some future point I may consider dressing up one of these for fun. But for now I have no desire to add damascus, mokume, mammoth tooth, and so on. Those materials are highly impractical out in the field where you may regularly encounter poor weather conditions, changes in humidity, impact from use, etc. These will lock up rock-solid, have impervious materials and be ready for constant (not occasional) use.
There are plenty of great tactical folders out there. I have purchased and collected many myself – both custom and production knives. I really don’t have anything negative to say about anyone else’s work. I just feel there is a “gap” in the market for a usable, comfortable folding bushcraft knife and I intend to fill it.
Thanks for reading!
More pics as I make progress.
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Let me know what you think or just wish me good luck!
ShortNess “In-Hand” pics.
Here are the MUCK and BushMaster blade blanks before the blades are ground out. As soon as the primary grinds are done and the handle holes drilled and chamfered, they’ll be headed out for heat-treat.
Pic showing the thumbgrooves:
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Don’t anybody trip and fall in THE PIT!
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I’m working on gluing up 2 sets of knives right now while others are in heat-treat, etc.
In each tray is 10 knives (mostly )
The orange dots are “priority” and “Paid-In-Full”. Usually I would glue up all the knives at once. But since there was a request by a number of customers that they get theirs before the New Year, I started those first – with permission, of course, from the others on the waiting list.
Here are the progress pics:
Bushcraft handles cut, drilled and fronts prefinished. Just need to do the counterbore for the corby bolts and they’re ready to glue up!
ShortNess handles cut and drilled – ready to do fronts.
Like I said, usually I do them all at once, but this time made an exception for the Holidays. Also, you’ll note that I haven’t finished marking the labels for the ShortNess orders. Just did the handles quick to get them going. There are 6 different steel/grind combinations for the blades here and it makes me double-triple-check everything to make sure I have it all exactly right. I have my list nearby and I’m constantly checking it.
If you’re interested in being added to the list – shoot me an email or fill out this form: www.kosterknives.com/orders
If you’re on the list already – congrats!!!
Thanks for reading!
All knives sold. Thanks!
Getting blades ready for heat-treat. Check ‘em out!
Have a look at these beauties!
Link to Monster Nessie page: