I am so happy to have finished the first functional prototype made out of heat-treated M390. It feels even better in my hands than the 3D printed versions.
Over the next week or two, I plan on putting this prototype through a bunch of testing. This will involve carrying it regularly, using for normal tasks, torture testing, as well as a little food prep (a special request). In parallel to the testing, I need to figure out what I am going to make the sheath look like. I have started to work on some 3D printed ideas and may even use a high-end 3D print for production. Also, I will be investigating Kydex more as I continue to play with different designs. Either way I go, it is not going to be your normal fixed blade sheath.
Enjoy all the pictures and I will be posting smaller updates on Instagram with a final post on my design blog when the design is finalized. Once I am completely happy with the design, and not a minute sooner, I will open up pre-orders for the first production run. I want to make sure the knife is perfect before releasing it. Let me know what you think in the comments section or shoot me an email (GondekEDC@gmail.com).