D Rocket Designs?

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D Rocket Designs?

Postby TomAiello » Wed Aug 08, 2018 7:47 pm

Anyone know anything about these knives?

I found them on a major on line retailer, and I see that they have a short-ish blade (and their 916 area code makes me think that's to stay legal at home).

Has anyone handled one? Any feedback on fit and finish?

I definitely find m390 in an OTF pretty intriguing, and I admit that as a Calirefugee I want to support anyone trying to make a go of it in the hostile environment of my original homeland.

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Re: D Rocket Designs?

Postby The Deacon » Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:01 am

Hadn't heard of them until your post. Have to say that the overall design and slightly sub 3" DE blade intrigue me.
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Re: D Rocket Designs?

Postby VashHash » Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:35 am

I saw the HQ of blades advertise them in an email and with Louisiana being switch blade legal I'm in the market. Of course it being a new company I like to wait and see what kind of track record they have for reliability.

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Re: D Rocket Designs?

Postby Johnnie1801 » Thu Aug 09, 2018 11:28 am

Looks like it's by custom knife maker Darriel Caston

http://www.drocketdesign.com/pages/about/
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Re: D Rocket Designs?

Postby Mushroom » Thu Aug 09, 2018 1:36 pm

Yeah, its Darriel Caston's brand. He's been making and selling under the name D Rocket Designs for at least a year now.
I have no experience with his knives, other than the Spyderco Squarehead. I'm a big fan of his work and would absolutely love to get my hands on one of his knives, I've heard good things. Would also love to see Spyderco work more with Darriel Caston on future collaborations.

In one of his social media posts he mentioned receiving feedback from knife maker Howard Viele about his OTF "Zulu" model. He said - "Hi Darriel got the Zulu. I am blown away. The workmanship is absolutely at the highest level."

His AbOhlone flipper and Zulu OTF are definitely on my radar!
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Re: D Rocket Designs?

Postby SpyderScout » Fri Aug 10, 2018 3:05 am

Anybody know where they are made?
Recently stumbled over a similar knife to that 'long dogtag flipper' on ebay during the usual knife search.
It was from China and was cheap (didnt buy it).

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Re: D Rocket Designs?

Postby curlyhairedboy » Mon Aug 13, 2018 11:01 am

I've tracked down a squarehead. It's quite an interesting design.
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Re: D Rocket Designs?

Postby ShaneInDenver » Mon Aug 13, 2018 4:13 pm

That Zulu with the leather sheath is just too cool!

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bl_WwVaHchA/

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Re: D Rocket Designs?

Postby TomAiello » Thu Sep 06, 2018 3:29 pm

I ordered a Zulu.

I'm going to look into that leather sheath too.

I'll commit to EDC for a few weeks once I get it, to see what I think. :)

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Re: D Rocket Designs?

Postby curlyhairedboy » Mon Sep 10, 2018 6:01 am

I'd like to see more Spyderco collabs in the future. His stuff has a look unlike most others.
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Re: D Rocket Designs?

Postby TomAiello » Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:29 am

So far I'm very impressed with this little auto.

It's small enough to be almost non-threatening, so I wouldn't consider it "tactical", and the action is strong and smooth.

The ergonomics are obviously not like a folder--it's a typical boxy OTF. It does have a nice texture (and grip enhancing "dimples") that give it a much firmer grip than I'd expected, but it's mostly a smooth, sleek feel, not a big grippy handle.

The double edged blade is obviously not as good a slicer as single edged, because the grind has to be thicker (since it has only half the distance).

So far it's really fun, and feels super high quality. It won't become and EDC (smallish blade and the ergonomics don't suit most of my daily tasks), but I'm really enjoying it.


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