Custom Mountaineers and Tradesman Knives: Books Open

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  1. ARPILOT

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    awesome ! anxious to see it
     
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    I got mine but sent it back for a handle remod that I asked for and didnt happen. To be clear Cody and the gang we quick to reply and work to fix the problem. When I get the replacement I'll post pics
     
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    I ordered a tradesman so nothing to show yet.... but I am surprised by the lack of pics.... i know that a lot of the people that ordered aren't on here but surely more than 3
     
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    I think there are quite a few arill waiting for theirs to ship. I'm still waiting on mine.
     
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    Okay.....I got mine today but it came right before I left for the gym and by the time I got back I didn’t have enough light to take pretty pictures. I few things I’ve noticed and I’ll have to decide how how I feel about them.

    I’m comparing this blade to my 9/64 mountaineer.

    On my measurements the custom convex is .118 thick which is awesome I don’t care that it’s actually thinner than 1/8. The scandi mountaineer is .138 thick. So we’re looking at a difference of .02 inches.

    Weight: My custom mountaineer feels much lighter although it’s only a 38 gram difference.

    Handle: Odd findings for me here. The custom handle feels and looks much thinner than my scandi mountaineer. So took out the calipers to measure. I’m surprised to find out that the handle on scandi mountaineer is only .073 inches thicker. Which so me feels like a world of difference.

    So far I think I would like to see the handles a bit thicker just a bit. I haven’t decided which one I like more or which one functions better for me.

    Edit: I compared and measured the handles in to a 1/8 huntsman with a 4/5 handle. The thickness is pretty close it’s just the rear contour that’s thinner. I’m looking forward to some extensive testing.
     
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    Here it is!!! I'm loving the handle combo.

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    Wow! 3 at a time? No wonder why I couldn't get one. lol
     
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    CONVEX goodness
     
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    Haha
     
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    I'm loving my convex mountaineer right now. My first impression was wow this handle seems way thinner than I'm used to but it actually feels fine after using it over the weekend. I'm looking forward to seeing more photos of everyone's custom orders.
     
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    I measured the handles on both my new Mountaineers. They are significantly thinner than the Mountaineer I already had and just do not feel the same. The new knives are beautiful, but i don't like how they fit my hand. I am puzzled as to why they are different.
     
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    I like the thicker, fuller handle myself.
     
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    I do too but when I measured compared to other 1/8 AS blades the handle size was pretty close. I think I’ve gotten used to the slightly slimmer size already.
     
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    In the initial presentation of the current Mountaineer offer, it was stated, that they would use a fixed handle thickness. All handles would be the same thickness.

    Previously it was an option to choose thicker or thinner handles.
     
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    Yes they did however there is variation in the 4/5 handle thickness and I think that's what threw me off. I was used to a slightly different 4/5 contour vs the 4/5 contour on this round of customs.
     
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    Yes, Compared to my 4/5 Classic, My New Mountaineer would be about a 3.5/5. Still feels good in the hand but there is a difference for sure.
     
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    Any tradesman ship yet?
     
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    Not that I’ve heard of. Mine was supposed to be the first one built however that might not be the case. I’ve made a few last minute changes that might change where I land in the queue.
     
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    Isn't the Classic thicker because the stock is thicker? 5/32 as opposed to 1/8?

    My Mountaineer was scheduled to arrive today, but zero updates from USPS...I'm just hoping it's not lost...my experience is that's what typically happens if you don't get tracking updates for a while...
     
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    Email out today giving an update and explanation of slowdowns. I appreciated their openness with the process. It stinks that they will have to move twice in a month. It also stinks that I won't have my shiny new knife for my upcoming 5 day camping trip this weekend, but I understand.
     
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    Good things come to all those who wait. ;)
     
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    I may be wrong but thicker stock thinner liners. My Classic has thin liners opposed to the thicker looking ones I've seen on the Mountaineers.
     
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    Yes I saw that today hopefully they will be backup to speed soon.
     
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    I bought a Mountaineer that they showed in stock last Thursday. Could you forward the email to me?
     
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    Here's my pair of custom convex mountaineer's. The sheaths are by Patriot Leather Co. here in Washington. Very happy with both knives and sheaths.

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    Coping and pasting I think only people who ordered a Tradesman got the email.

    Rant: Reasons for Unexpected Delays

    Normally I wouldn’t bother our customers with the details about why things have been delayed at the knife shop, but if anyone is curious, I'm happy to share with you what’s going on:

    1. In April we got a CNC machine in-house and decided to use it to mill out the profiles of the Mountaineers and Tradesman orders instead of using waterjet like we normally do. Well, we did get the machine working great, but it took three months when our machinists had estimated two weeks. This is obviously the main contributing factor to our delays. Naturally if we had known of the delays ahead of time, we would have just had them waterjet cut.

      Once we had all of the blade being milled and the knives being made, things were going very smooth, with better quality and faster output than we ever had before.


    2. Then, with a pretty short notice, we were told that our lease was up for the building we were in on September 1st. Ok, no problem - we found a really cool new building that was going to be ready by September 1st. A few weeks after deciding on it, they determined that it would be best to put in a new concrete floor. Which is great, but it pushed our move-in date to October 1st. So we explained this to our existing landlord, who originally gave us some wiggle-room so that we could keep producing until our new move-in date. Then, about a week before September 1st, they found a new tenant unexpectedly fast, and we suddenly had to be out by the 1st again. So we ended up having to put virtually all of our equipment in storage for the entire month of September. We managed to take a handful of grinders and other things to Leif’s schoolhouse (where we used to work) in order to keep production rolling, and it has been going quite well actually. This is where we all still are until October 1st, when we get to move into the new building. Having to move twice instead of once is a pain when you have over 30,000 pounds of equipment, but sometimes things just work out that way.

    It’s safe to say I’m glad that we stated that the wait could take substantially longer than originally estimated. Based on how patient our customers have been, I think that everyone has been very understanding. We really appreciate your patience, and you will get your custom knife made shortly.



    The good news is that the new shop is over five times larger than our existing one and it will allow us to grow and smooth the process out even more so.
     
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    First convex tradesman posted on instagram #5204
     
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    Looking at those Kydex holsters on Instagram is killing me. I'm really considering changing my Explorer sheath to Kydex now.
     
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    Any tradesman shipping notifications yet
     
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    Nope, not here.
     
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    Anyone else still waiting? Maybe this week? Maybe?
     
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    Tyler told me at the end of last week they had all of the convex tradesman rough ground. They're hoping to have most of the convex out the door this week.
     
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    I am hoping I can get my Tradesman before custom orders close on the huntsman so that I can make a more informed decision. fingers crossed.
     
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    I gotta say the Adventure Sworn is working hard in these orders. I got a message from Cody at 9:16pm last night with a question about my order. I’m always impressed with their level of customer service. I just want to let everyone know they’re working long hours to get these orders done.
     
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    You have your Tradesman yet Kyle? I know they said they were hoping to have them all shipped out by now and that was a week or two ago. I wonder if they ran into another delay of some kind. If I don't have it by Thanksgiving, what will carve the turkey?
     
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    @wenochs hopefully they are too busy working on my Explorer, Huntsman, and Scout. :10: j/k
     
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    Actually tyler_durivage_ on Instagram who works for AS posted a video last week of surface grinding explorers.
     
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    The knife was finished around Friday 11/9 however yesterday I contacted them because I didn’t see a shipping notification. Turns out there was a very minor QC issue that they wanted to run by me which was some very minor scratches on the one flat. I told them I still wanted the knife. Currently it should ship Friday so I should have it Sunday or Monday.
     
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    Thank you sir, always a wealth of AS insider knowledge. I just tell myself that my knife is taking so long because they had to search out the finest set of buckeye burl and the brightest moonglow liners. Whatever it takes right?
     
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    No the brightest set of moonglow liners are MINE..... I am just trying to keep a good attitude.... 31 weeks and counting.
     
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    Man, I guess it has been that long. They have probably spent this whole time trying to decide if you get the brightest moonglow or I get the brightest moonglow. Ultimately we have brought this upon ourselves.
     
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    The wait has been longer than expected. However no one expected a wait this long even Cody but even if AS did say it's gonna be 40 weeks to get a custom I'd still wait. Hell the scout pre-orders are up to just over 7 months. I ordered a custom from another maker, I won't mention his name here but when I placed my order the wait time was advertised as 4 months. 1 Year and 4 months later and I had my custom in my hand. So if it takes AS 40 weeks to finish the customs with a shop move I say that's pretty good.

    We all want our knives trust me I had a few trips I wish I could've brought it on and even emailed them asking about the progress and if it was done I'd stop by the shop to pick it up.
     
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    I get it and like I said, I am trying to keep a good attitude about all of it. They had many complications including sourcing materials, equipment issues, and an unexpected move. All of that adds time and I am sure frustration.

    All I know is that they stopped posting Tradesman on Instagram two weeks ago. The last post about anything convex was on October 31. Two weeks ago they were hoping to have them all out the door that week. Since that time they have finished a huntsman custom order, started a scout custom order, starting surface grinding the explorer custom orders and have made no communication about the tradesman, made no posts, and to my knowledge not finished any. I am sure there is a lot going on behind the scenes and A WHOLE LOT that I don't know so I am trying to be gracious and keep a good attitude.
     
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    Patience. All good things come to those who wait. lol
     
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    Yea, I feel ya. My assumption that is somewhat founded on data is that most of the remaining Tradesmans are convex grinds. Since Cody is the only one currently doing the convex grinds (I think I read that somewhere) that puts the remaining Tradesmans on a slower schedule and leaves some of the other makers with extra bandwidth to work on all the Explorers, Scouts, Huntsmans, etc... It is at least the "give them the benefit of the doubt" story I tell myself, which I think they have earned.
     
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    Kinda figured that was the slow down. Seems things were moving along until the convex knives came up. I'm sure there are a bunch of huntsmans that'll be convexed, mine included, so hopefully it gets going.
     
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    How did you get such a straight spine?? I'm jealous! Mine was ground out too far and looks kinda wavy.
     
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    No idea. All my knives have been perfect. I’d contact them and let them know about the issue.
     
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