Probably time for some of my input.
When Guy Rafaeli came to me with the concept and design for a knife he wanted to see made available to Israeli military, I decided that it was too similar to the "Warrior" concept to have it's own name. I felt that it was part of an evolving concept and should be part of that evolution. I also felt that it would be some nice information to be able to provide my customers with some history and "story" on the concept.
Mike Echanis was gone, Al Mar was gone, I'd never heard of Randy Wanner so Bob Taylor became my connection. Mike Janich agreed to help me with my project. Since Mike and I are "Truth-seekers", I decided spend the time and funds to visit Bob and get what information I could first hand. Bob (and Chris) was not only the best resource possible, they were exceptionally helpful in the history and details of the "Warrior / Hobbit" evolution. They were there for all of it!
While we were with Bob and Chris, Bob telephoned Randy, explained what we were doing and invited him to participate. He said that he was not interested in the knife, the project, me or anything we were doing. I could see Bob was disappointed. Chris on the other hand knew Randy and was not surprized. (wise woman). If Randy did not have enough respect for me to even speak with me, I will return the same lack of respect
With all due respect, I have a hard time chewing someone else's cabbage. Randy had an opportunity to be involved. He chose not to. That was his choice. Frankly I am not interested in anything Randy has to say unless he wants to say it to me. Mike wote a very nice history. We gave credit where is was needed. We made corrections that you had asked for on behalf of the Echanis family, even though they did not come directly from the Echanis family to me. We did so only because we understood and respected their health issues. Otherwise, I am not interested in anything the Echanis family has to say unless they wish to say it to me. ( I invested $100K in a CATRA edge tester because I like to gather my own information before I repeat it).
What I learned was that Randy Wanner and Mike Echanis may have been part of the spark that created the ergonomic concept of the arc, ergos and general form of the "Warrior" design, but they did not make it happen. Bob Taylor was / is the fire that is the Modern Warrior.
Bob started this thread at my request to discuss the modern Warrior, what we're doing with the design, where we're going and why. For that, Bob Taylor is the best resource and we're fortunate to have him available. Should he wish to add history, that's his call. After all, it's all first hand.
You are certainly invited and welcome to participate in the discussion about the "Modern Warrior / Hobbit", including the "Pygmy", But neither Mike Echanis or Randy Wanner are part of that discussion and I would prefer they remain so.
Your kind understanding and cooperation is appreciated.
The Pygmy should be shipping soon.
The Modern "Warrior" is a design created for the Warriors of our world. Military, Law Enforcement, Militia. Some may choose to collect them and not use them. We are working with Bob to create additional versions, and if the response to the Pygmy is good, you will see them in production.
Thanx much and sorry for the rant.