Well, everyone thanks for the overall high level of interest and praise for the design. I had about a week with the production prototype before the Amsterdam meet and she was running really smoothly, then. I didn't take it apart (that was before the warranty change
), but it's definitely on ball bearings. I'm not 100% certain, but since it has stainless liners, there would be no need for the washers used on Ti framed bearing knives, which means it may be destined for production sooner rather than later because a redesign was not needed.
I didn't get too much input on materials, but was actually very pleased with the high-end/blue collar treatment it received - will be beautiful but affordable. That said and as D requested, cranking it up to my own personal 11... I think I probably would
end up pitching M4 as the steel, as I really enjoy working a patina on the traditional folders I buy. Sacrifice a tad of edge retention for toughness in the treatment, and it should make a fine working blade. As for the handle, maybe something that shows its scars a bit, too; like white/natural linen micarta. I'd also give the handle a nice, deeply rounded contour to every one of its edges, then bead blast it for a little extra traction. This may also help improve its collectibility, as a pristine version would, hopefully, be pretty rare. I know I couldn't stop myself from slathering mustard on the thing and using it.
But seriously, please give this version a spin first... if it doesn't sell, that sprint is definitely never going to happen.