I have been trying to design tactical folders for military use,
I talked to a company and they turned me down,
basically seems like they liked it, but didn't think it would
They are right, it's just another military folder.
why take the risk to make this one unless it has something very
unique and creative to it right?
so my question is what would make it unique and creative enough?
It still needs to be marketable, it needs to be conventional looking
if not they will think it's too weird.
Hey hang in there man. While Sal and Co. were building upon my Lava concept, I got turned down a lot when I submitted my "Non-Spyderco Designs" to them. Most of them simply had too much going for them at the time, and my designs just did not have anything "new enough" to call a halt to production on their current projects. Also, in my opinion, some of my stuff is kinda...unique. Okay, weird may be the better word for it, so these companies probably did not want to take the financial risk of producing something so..."unique".
Like Ed, I am a user/designer and somewhat of a builder. The only thing with my protoplastics is that they don't cut, but you can learn a lot from mock cutting. (like grappling...you don't have to ignore your partner tapping and choke him unconcious to know it works!
Also, as Mr. Schempp stated, "Does your design look like anything currently on the market?" I know...trust me I know, but it's VERY hard to come up with something that does not look like any other design. That's why I don't buy knife mags, or look at catalogs, or other knife sites...simply because I do not wanna get "influenced". AFTER I do a design, then I look around to see if anything resembles it.
DO hang in there. Fortunately I was blessed in that sal saw the potential of my design concept FOR Spyderco at the get go. However, my "non-Spyderco designs" I felt still had some merit, and I can tell you...I got shut down by at least 3-4 major companies before I landed Boker. Keep 'em coming dete, keep 'em coming!
God bless and take care