When the champagne eventually does stop flowing, please share any details you can about the journey and also your designer''s mark.
As promised to our brother, Sully, here is a brief overview regarding my collaborative journey with Sal and Eric. For the sake of brevity, I will spare you of all the nitty-gritty details of the journey. (I imagine that few people would likely enjoy reading a story that rivals the length of Tolstoy's War and Peace
) On a side note, the following story should not be viewed as the best or only way to submit a knife design to Spyderco--every knife's story is a little different. Finally, I have included a little background information about my designer's mark.
I originally came up with the concept for the Rhino design about two years ago. I've always been a fan of trailing point bladed designs (like the Chinook and Lil' Temperance "Rhino Horn"), so I wanted to design a "little-big-knife" folder that featured a trailing-point (or "rhino horn") style blade that would be useful as a small skinning knife and also for every-day carry. It was an exciting time because I actually had a chance to show Sal and Eric the original sketch for the Rhino while visiting the 2014 Blade Show. Sal and Eric were very kind to set aside some time to review the sketch and offer some helpful feedback. At that time, I couldn't have imagined that the Rhino would be eventually considered for a collaboration with Spyderco.
Shortly after returning home from the Blade Show, I went to work on making the Rhino. I selected CPM-S35VN stainless steel for my blade material, titanium for my liner material, and dark green canvas Micarta for my handle scale material. After completing the knife, I sent a letter and a few pictures of the knife to Sal and Eric and asked for their honest feedback of the design. Much to my amazement, Sal not only responded and kindly complemented the design, but also asked if he could take the knife with him to show at a few upcoming knife shows. (Talk about feeling humbled). In June 2015, I received word from Spyderco that they had decided to pursue the Rhino for a collaboration. Words could not describe my excitement! Following this exciting news, there is not much more one can do except to wait as the knife makes it way through the design and manufacturing process. Spyderco has been very kind in keeping me updated along the way with the status of the Rhino. It has been an amazing journey indeed. Once again, I am forever indebted to Sal and Eric for blessing me with this incredible opportunity. I couldn't be happier with the Spyderco version of the Rhino and am quite pleased to see some interest in the design from the good folks here on the Forum.
As for my designer's mark, I chose to use a stylized hummingbird for my logo because like the hummingbird itself, I would like to say that my knife designs are mighty for their size.
All the best,