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Postby HalpernTi » Sun Dec 29, 2013 9:14 am

We are working on making production Swick handles.

Just deciding on quantities and colors? Blue? Black? Orange? Carbon?

Are there as many Swicks as Mule Team folks?

Color thoughts? We'll probably start with 2-3 colors.

Flat or 3D?


Small scales below the hole?

Full scales?


Help us out with answers/suggestions to any of the above.
We are close to getting them programmed and running.

The Swick scales will join the Mule Team scales on our new web page going LIVE the week of January 20th (after the SHOT Show). Check out http://www.halperntitanium.com.

Thanks for working with us for the last few years. It's been a fun project, but sometimes we can't respond as fast as we wish.
Happy New Year
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Postby RadioactiveSpyder » Sun Dec 29, 2013 9:56 am

Hi Marianne, my first thought is carbon fiber flat scales, plus a few G10 options in the colors you recommended (black, blue, orange). The idea of having 3D contoured ones is interesting too! Some folks have put up pics of their own scales, maybe they can repost some here for ideas for you. I will try to find the ones I thought looked good and post the links. Thanks, Paul
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Postby sal » Sun Dec 29, 2013 10:32 am

Hi Marianne,

Swicks are not nearly as many. We make a run of about 500 pcs every year or so. Not as popular as Mule Teams. I would keep them light and I would suggest not making so much variety. SheathPro made a handle for me in a custom wood. I'll try to get a pic posted tomorrow.

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Postby RadioactiveSpyder » Sun Dec 29, 2013 10:34 am

Marianne, if you guys can do the Rosewood Dymondwood as an option, that may be a nice cost-conscious option for us wood handle lovers... Can't wait to see your pic Sal! :)
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Postby BadFish » Sun Dec 29, 2013 10:49 am

As sal said I'd keep it pretty light on quantities. Is like to see flat g10 in just two colors orange and black. The Swick is a self defense knife so low key black would be ideal. I also suggest orange for people using the knife for other purposes. I know ill like orange for high visability when I'm in the woods or in my kayak. I'd like full scales that wrap around the finger hole a bit. My 2 cents.
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Postby Liquid Cobra » Sun Dec 29, 2013 11:44 am

I agree, flat g10 in black would be my preference and probably a good place to start. As low profile as possible.
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Postby TomAiello » Sun Dec 29, 2013 11:59 am

I'd love to see a small (below the hole) scale in orange g-10. But I'd take black or blue, too. I'd prefer they be as small and flat as possible while still giving good grip.

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Postby HalpernTi » Sun Dec 29, 2013 1:04 pm

Thanks guys- you are helping with our decision. So far black and orange look like definites. We'll start flat. The rosewood would be great in a 3D machined version but that's a lot if programming.
Preference seems to be larger rather than smaller?


Third color or material-
Carbon
Blue
Camo new marine desert brown
Camo green digi cam
A little more feedback and we are closer to getting them machined.
Thanks again
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Postby Liquid Cobra » Sun Dec 29, 2013 1:26 pm

Hmm...seeing as I wear my Swick as a neck knife and already find it a bit heavy after prolonged carry, the carbon fiber seems like a good idea.

What's the price point on these scales?
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Postby TomAiello » Sun Dec 29, 2013 1:30 pm

For a third color, I'd go with blue. I've got your blue scales on my k390 mule, and I really like them.

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Postby HalpernTi » Sun Dec 29, 2013 2:06 pm

We aren't all set yet. Probably 24.00 for G10 and 55.00 if we go with carbon.
Sound okay?

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Postby xceptnl » Sun Dec 29, 2013 2:21 pm

Liquid Cobra wrote:...As low profile as possible.
This is the most important part, IMO. I am sure some like a more full width, but I think thin will lend itself to more carry and in the end use. Thanks for the information Marianne
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Postby xceptnl » Sun Dec 29, 2013 2:22 pm

HalpernTi wrote:We aren't all set yet. Probably 24.00 for G10 and 55.00 if we go with carbon.
Sound okay?
Sounds reasonable and I would be interested in the "Camo new marine desert brown"
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Postby Liquid Cobra » Sun Dec 29, 2013 2:45 pm

That price point sounds great to me, thanks. And like Xceptnl said, thinner the better :)
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Postby TomAiello » Sun Dec 29, 2013 3:29 pm

Thinner is definitely better. The Swick is very flat and that makes it much nicer/easier to carry. You wouldn't want to ruin that with overly thick scales.

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Postby jabba359 » Sun Dec 29, 2013 3:38 pm

HalpernTi wrote:Small scales below the hole?

Full scales?
Keep in mind that most of the Swick sheaths being made cover the front 1/4 to 1/2 of the hole, so if you made full scales then most of the sheaths wouldn't fit it.
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Postby Mike157 » Sun Dec 29, 2013 5:20 pm

I can be happy with the flat, black scales, but surely would not complain if the carbon fiber scales were available. If the 3d scales could be somewhat low profile, I would definitely be interested. In other words, yes to anything you want to try. Mike

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Postby Chris_H » Sun Dec 29, 2013 5:24 pm

Marianne,

As for the length/shape of the scales -- full scales or to small scales below the hole -- perhaps Spyderco's SPOT w/black micarta model can give you some additional consideration for your design...

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Postby dgebler » Sun Dec 29, 2013 6:32 pm

I would love CF.

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Postby billy blade » Sun Dec 29, 2013 7:57 pm

I want to thank Halpern Ti for their support of the Mule project and there willingness to provide scales for the Swick. They are great folks to deal with. I believe that black G10 and carbon fiber would be a great starting point. A 3D contoured version would also be nice if the overall thickness was kept to a minimum. It was designed as a neck knife after all.


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