Over the years, I’ve used, tested, and reviewed hundreds of knives… but I've never found an all-in-one knife that could do everything I need for camping, backpacking, survival, tactical training, and general utility use wherever I go.
So in 2014, I decided to develop a solution… I started sketching, integrating elements from blades I loved, along with innovations that had never been seen before in one knife.
Let me introduce you to… MSK-1: Multi-Scenario Knife.
The MSK-1 is much more than an innovative knife that’s big enough for any job, small enough for any kit, and tough enough for any situation. It’s a complete survival system that you’ll be able to use for your lifetime and then pass on to the next generation.
When the original MSK-1 sketches were created in early 2014, we made the decision NOT to compromise on materials or cut any corners. To me this meant the knife HAD to be designed and manufactured in the USA and made from the finest materials. I remember saying…
“Dude, we’re gonna do this right or we’re not going to do it at all.”
Now, I realize... at the end of the day… my relentless commitment to excellence means this knife is not going to fit every budget… I wish it did…
But for those who support this project, the MSK-1 may be the single best outdoor gear investment you ever make.
Here are just a few of the epic features, advantages, and benefits included with every MSK-1.
HANDLE SURVIVAL KIT INCLUDES:
1.5" Mini Fire Steel Rod: Quick emergency fire starting
2 Waterproof FAT (First Aid Tinder) Packs: For starting fires, bandaid, disinfecting wounds
3 Ranger Bands: Secure gear and extend the burn time of your tinder for fire starting
20' of 50 lb. Line: Fishing, snares, mending gear or emergency wound stitching
1 Magnetized Sewing Needle: Navigation, or patching gear
3 Hooks and Sinkers: Fishing
2 Two Safety Pins: Emergency gear repair
1 Liter Fire Resistant Food Grade Bag: Collect and purify water
I never understood why so many companies design a great knife only to wrap it in a terrible sheath, with limited upgrade and carry options.
So we went back to the drawing board and spent over a year, rethinking what a survival knife sheath should be.
The result is the Switchback ACS - Adaptable Carry System.
GET TWO AMAZING SHEATHS IN ONE... Nylon AND Kydex.
Our Switchback ACS - Adaptable Carry System is the first sheath package that switches from a feature-rich black, ballistic Nylon sheath, to a low profile, black Kydex tactical sheath by removing a single bolt.
CARRY MSK-1 ANY WAY YOU WANT
Drop Leg, Belt, Pack or MOLLE Carry - YOU Choose!
Easily convert the Switchback ACS Sheath System to transport your MSK-1 in either the standard (left or right handed) belt or drop leg carry positions.
Both the Nylon AND Kydex Sheath builds come standard WITH ALL the hardware you need to attach your MSK-1 to a pack or MOLLE compatible gear.
TRANSFORM YOUR SHEATH INTO A MAD SURVIVAL KIT
Take Along the Gear that's MOST Important to YOU!
Both Nylon AND Kydex sheaths have a generous array of grommet holes that are designed to fit optional add-on tools like the MSK-1 fire steel holder and MSK-Mini Companion knife.
MOLLE webbing on the front of the nylon sheath accepts add-on MSK-1 Kit Pouches (currently in development), so you can customize your sheath and carry the gear that’s most important to you.
Full tang, fixed blade, fine edge
Blade material: D2 high carbon, semi-stainless, tool steel
Blade thickness: 0.25 inches (0.64 centimeters)
Handle material: Canvas micarta
Blade length: 4.6 inches (11.7 centimeter)
Overall length: 11.3 inches (28.6 centimeter)
Weight: 15.8 ounces (478 grams)
Handle survival kit
Switchback ACS 2-in-1 sheath system: Ballistic Nylon and Kydex
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MEGA MSK-1 Update + VIDEO - Behind the Scenes (Building MSK-1s)
16 days ago
– Mon, May 08, 2017 at 08:52:05 PM
First, WHERE Have I (David) Been?
Well, it’s been well over two weeks since I (David) had eye surgery, which has followed with a VERY, VERY slow recovery.
Why am I telling you this?
Well, it boils down to me not being able to see to use a computer, answer emails or respond to messages.
I expected to be fully functional within 3 - 5 days (after my surgery), but was not prepared for the nearly three weeks of essentially not being able to see much. So I apologize to you guys for not keeping up with responding to emails and not posting a update in a while.
Plus... I like to have something worth saying, when I post an update... and I think today I do. Here goes...
So while I have been sight impaired - our team of MSK-1, Ninja, Knife-Building Elves have been working hard behind the scenes to assemble knives and prep out many of your orders.
Check out this behind the scenes video...
So far we’ve got over 200 knives out to Kickstarter Backers with a mother load of nearly 300 more ALMOST ready to ship.
We've been getting a bunch of great feedback from happy campers who have gotten their knives. If you’ve received your knife, we’d love to here what you think. Please send comment to us via email to: MSK1@UltimateSurvivalTips.com
SO What’s Shipping Next?
Shipping next are MSK-1 Knife System Packages with the ACS Nylon Sheath and Nylon Kit pouches to Kickstarter Backers.
These nylon sheaths were supposed to arrive at the end of April - but (as with just about everything else) the manufacturer had some problems. No one ever said this would be easy.
The good news is that these sheaths ARE shipping from the Pacific Northwestern USA to my location in Pennsylvania tomorrow (Tuesday May 9th)… So I should have them by the end of the week (next Monday at the latest).
This means we should be able to start shipping a boatload more of Kickstarter orders by early next week.
After this, we will begin shipping Kickstarter Orders that included the Bad A _ _ tan Combat / Tactical Sheaths. After this we’ll begin to ship Pre-Ordered MSK-1 Knife Systems.
If all goes as planned - I am hoping to have every pre-order fulfilled before the end of July. Obviously many before then.
Just know that I can’t really give anyone specific dates since knives are flowing in here at irregular rates and in varying quantities.
But I promise to you that whatever we have in stock to ship (as far as knives) they are going out as fast as humanly possible to you!
Old Manufacturers Fired - New Ones Hired...
You should also know that in December we pretty much sold out of my original order of MSK-1s and Mini knives. So I needed to place a second order in late 2016 to handle the influx of Pre-Orders...
Due to the SUPER crappy job several of our original knife manufacturers did keeping deadlines (which is why we are approaching a year since our Kickstarter launched), Jeff and I fired most of them and have been working with a new manufacturer in upstate New York just 4 hours from where I live.
Moving forward, this company has been around for nearly 100 years, makes fantastic knives and has a TON of capacity.
They are beginning to finish out my second order of MSK-1s and Minis which is plenty to cover all of your orders.
This company is excited to partner with us so it’s nice to know that future MSK-1 production will be consolidated under one roof and done from beginning to end by one company who is committed to keeping their promised delivery dates. Imagine that...
Heck, I can even do a day trip and drive up there and check on things. MUCH better than production being focused in the Pacific Northwest between 5 or 6 different manufacturers.
When will you know your MSK-1 is coming?
As I have mentioned before, you will know we are shipping to you soon, once you receive an email from us to check / confirm your mailing address. Once we ship, you WILL receive a shipping confirmation.
Oh… and sorry to you all who received this email like 3 weeks ago… I jumped the gun and sent out the email before I received the nylon sheaths (that I am still waiting for). I should know better by now - but I was over zealous and optimistic that something was actually going to arrive to me on time :)
TWO Last Notes…
FIRST... if you have not yet signed up for the MSK-1 Updates Newsletter... you can do this right now. This will ensure that when I post updates, they will come directly to your inbox. Here's the link: http://ultimatesurvivaltips.com/msk-1-updates/
If for any reason your email address used for Kickstarter or Your Pre-Order has changed since your order - we NEED to know about this or you will not get any of the above mentioned emails.
Once again, thank you for your support, encouragement and most remarkably, your patience.
It’s been a long process - over twice as long as I expected... But the MSK-1 knives and the entire MSK-1 system IS fantastic and has exceeded my expectations in every way.
You’re going to love this knife!
MAJOR Update! MSK-1s Shipping… PHOTOS Attached
about 2 months ago
– Tue, Mar 28, 2017 at 11:33:15 PM
Sorry for NOT posting an update these past 2-3 weeks…
I was committed to NOT posting another update until I could tell you we are starting to ship... BUT, we ARE now ready to start shipping and will continue until all pledges and pre-orders are fulfilled.
Well, I’ll be jiggered! So I just got a phone call that 109 MKS-1 knives were lost, but now are found!
Here’s the Story (You totally can’t make this stuff up :)
Weeks ago, the solid (doable) goal I was given for delivery of the first MSK-1 knives (the big ones) was either the last week of February or (at the latest) the first week of March. Everything was FINALLY aligning! Whew…
So, the last week of February rolled in… No knives.
Calls and emails go out from me.
This week. More calls and emails go out.
Silence. So quiet, I hear nothing but crickets.
Frenzy of calls, and emails. Nothing… until minutes ago.
“Ping” - Message comes in to my MacBook Pro…
“David, the first 109 MSK-1s were lost in shipping - but have been found!”
Immediate phone call follows.
The voice on the other side of the call is surprisingly calm and explains…
“So, the first 109 MSK-1 knives were powder-coated [one of the final steps in production] and supposedly shipped from the company who does the coating, to the company who does the laser marking. But they never arrived.
We all scrambled trying to figure out what the heck happened to the knives… and didn’t want to worry you with a call… But then the search extended into almost two weeks.
Anyway, to make a long story short, the knives have been found, and somehow ended up at the wrong place where they have been sitting for nearly two weeks.
They are now at the laser marking company… and next week we will start to sharpen them and ship to you. You should see them start rolling in around March 13th or 14th, ready to ship.”
In retrospect… it’s probably better I didn’t know until this was fixed. Yep, much better :)
Now… “They” tell me, that, “this is what happens,” in the first production run when you make something that didn’t exist before.
Even though it’s not my first designing rodeo, this has been a much “wilder ride” than any I’ve ever been on.
Am I Crazy?
MSK-1 is a VERY ambitious project!!! I knew this from the start… I just didn’t know how ambitious it really was… Now I do.
Nearly 40 part numbers make up the MSK-1 Survival Knife System and most of these NEVER existed before…
Titan Survivor Cord - Paracord with a Survival Items Built-in
4 Colors of Survival Vault - Waterproof Gear Holders
And the cool thing is that most of this stuff is MADE Proudly, right here in the United States of America!
“David, What were you thinking?”
I have had people from some of the largest gear brands in the world tell me, “David, what were you thinking… and how in the world did you pull this off? It’s pretty amazing!”
Simply put, I wanted to design the knife “system” that I had dreamed about for years… and I figured I had one shot to get this right…
But I have learned…
Dreaming of something that didn’t exist before, is easy.
Converting the dream into a design is enlightening.
Fashioning the design into a prototype and testing is exhausting.
Forging the prototype into reality is a work of persistence, patience, crazy unstoppable will AND heavy doses of encouragement from friends!
So, thank YOU, friend!
YOU are part of something great here.
Without YOU… the dream of MSK-1 would not be THIS close to reality.
Your patience, trust and encouragement… have been LIFE to me.
Your MSK-1 is Coming Soon…
You Will Know Your MSK-1 is Coming - WHEN…
At some point in the weeks to follow, you will receive an email from us (via BackerKit) for you to confirm your SHIPPING ADDRESS. If your address has changed since your pledge or pre-order you NEED to fix it… Especially if you want your knife :)
Then, once we ship your MSK-1 System - You will receive an email notification, tracking info, etc.
MSK-1s will roll out of here (as I have said before) - FIRST to our Kickstarter Backers - THEN to those of you who have Pre-Ordered. We will ship (as best as we can) in the order that pledges and pre-orders were made.
That’s it for now…
You’re Gonna LOVE this Knife!
MSK-1 Knife Update - We're ALMOST There!
3 months ago
– Mon, Feb 13, 2017 at 10:57:30 PM
MSK-1 production is going well… just not as fast as you OR I want. Hurdles, massive coordination, juggling and many contortions... However, everyone is busting their tails to get us the first 100 knives (and sheaths) - so we can start shipping soon.
I'm Crazy Picky (if you haven't already noticed)...
So, I received first "samples" of the MSK-1 Mini Sheaths last week!!! Although they were very good - there were 3 small things that “bugged” me about it. So I slept on it.
When I woke up, I knew I had to do something. I knew that NOT approving the sheath “samples" was going to cost an additional week of production - AND the additional cost to re-do the tooling.
But I couldn’t live with “almost right”...
We’ve come too far to start making exceptions in quality or design of ANY component in the MSK-1 Knife System.
So, of course - I had the MSK-1 Mini sheath manufacture re-work the tooling to get it exactly right.
I also made some “last minute” tweaks to the big black MSK-1 Kydex sheath. However these didn't cost any time, since the tooling was not finished yet. Whew!!!
Wow - What a Knife!
All that to say, I am now EXCEEDINGLY happy with the knife AND the sheaths. I LOVE the MSK-1 Mini Neck knives ~WOW!
In fact, I have 200 finished “Minis” here - just waiting for sheaths.
Testing the FIRST "Final" MSK-1...
Also, the “first sample” - MSK-1 (big knife) around 3 weeks ago. So, I have been testing it - and - just got back from a VERY cold winter training in the mountains (video coming soon to YouTube) where I used this knife.
And wow! It's WAY better than the “final” prototype you guys saw in the Kickstarter videos. Definite improvements to it’s fine cutting ability and balance.
We are still hoping to ship out first knives by the end of next week (Week of the 20th). But everything is going to have to go perfect over the next week (you know, planets align and all of that)… so, I am hopeful - but realistic.
But in all honestly, first shipments may be delayed until the last week of February / first week of March. Followed by weekly shipments (as knives and sheath arrive here) until all Kickstarter and Pre-Orders are fulfilled.
But the bottom line is, we are SO very close. Delivery begins soon… and you’re going to LOVE this knife!
If YOU Haven't Seen the Facebook "Live" Video Update that Carin and I did on January 31st. - Check This Out...
MSK-1 VIDEO Update - Facebook Live Link BELOW...
4 months ago
– Tue, Jan 31, 2017 at 11:41:05 PM
I Just did a Facebook "LIVE" Update on the MSK-1 Project - Here's the teaser...
SOME KNIVES have Arrive!!! Woo Hoo...
Here's a link so you can go watch the update and get the latest scoops (you can watch this update even if you don't have a Facebook account):