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IN STOCK Now - Order Your MSK-1 Kit (Below): It's the Ultimate All-Purpose Knife that Could Save Your Life - Quantities Limited!

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IN STOCK Now - Order Your MSK-1 Kit (Below): It's the Ultimate All-Purpose Knife that Could Save Your Life - Quantities Limited!
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529 backers pledged $197,693.00 on Kickstarter

MSK-1: An Awesome Survival Knife System, that Chops Like a Boss, Cuts Like a Fine Carving Tool, is Full of Surprises and Made in the USA

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Latest Updates from Our Project:

MSK-1s SHIPPING NOW! 100% Kickstarter Shipped
2 months ago – Wed, Mar 07, 2018 at 11:17:18 AM

Hi Friend, 

This WILL be my shortest update ever. 

Before I get to the update... 

Here are links to TWO Short Videos Showing the MSK-1 in ALL of it's glory - Splitting, Batoning and Chopping wood. Have you ever split full sized logs with a knife? If NOT Here's How to do it... 

Now to the Update... 

Here's the Bullet List: 

  • Long Awaited - MSK-1s are here - and they are BEAUTIFUL! 
  • Last week We started shipping MSK-1s to those who have been waiting the longest (and new testimonials are pouring in)! 
  • This means 100% of all Kickstarter Backers have been shipped - Hooray!
  • Approximately 80% of all Pre-Orders are Shipped - Hooray! Hooray! 
  • More MSK-1s ARE shipping (every day) for the next two weeks.
  • This means, every remaining pre-order will be shipped before April 1st.
  • You WILL be sent a Tracking Number as soon as your MSK-1 Ships.
  • PLEASE don't email me as ask when specifically I am shipping your knife. I actually can't tell you. Just know it is coming soon. Here's the reason... I'm just one dude and I can't answer emails and focus my energy on getting your MSK-1s out - at the same time. And you want your knife. And with your help here, I WILL get it to you ASAP. 
  • YES! I am personally inspecting, setting up and packing every MSK-1 (with a little help from my son Ben) so we can ensure everything is just right for YOU.

MSK-1s FOR SALE and Shipment - WITHOUT the Wait - Coming Soon!

Once all Backordered MSK-1s Ship - I will (for the first time EVER) have a limited number MSK-1 kits in stock. These will be available for shipping around April 1st. 

Once these sell out my next batch will in stock in May. 

The Future of Our Combat Sheaths and Combat Combo Kits

I have had some questions about whether I am selling the Combat Sheaths and Combat MSK-1 Combo Kits anymore (since I took them off of the website).  

The answer is, "YES!" I took these kits "down" temporarily because my manufacturer has NOT been able to keep up... and his promised delivery dates have not been kept. This has driven me CRAZY!  

This makes me look bad (I'm tired of looking bad for no fault of my own) and makes you frustrated. So once we catch up on these - I will make these sheaths and combo kits available for sale. 

We are making progress - but it will be a couple more weeks until these are available again.  

WATCH THIS VIDEO - MSK-1 is Featured 

I recently took my MSK-1 (the one I've been using since late 2016) on winter camping trip. My friend Mark and I both use MSK-1s and Mini Neck Knives - both are shown and used in this video. Great usage tips INSIDE - You're going to LOVE this! 

Okay you all... Thats it. 

Have a fantastic day!

~David

Here's A Few NOTES from MSK-1 OWNERS… 

Don't Forget to Send Me YOUR MSK-1 Adventure Stories!!! 

“Hi David, Now that I have held the knife in my hand, I know I made a good decision in purchasing the MSK-1. Outstanding piece of gear! To you and your team, “Well Done!!” - F.S. Texas, USA

“David, I’m filled with joy now… the look and feel, it’s so much better than what I expected. It’s a big knife, but well balanced. This is my last day of work before I take the knife with me for 3 weeks in the desert wilderness… I will send you pictures (when I get back)… I’m really happy to deal with a person as nice as you. I wish you all the best.” - H.D. Saudi Arabia

“I GOT IT!! Thank you David! I almost tackled the Postal carrier, Then though twice… (she probably would have kicked my butt). I trepidatiously unboxed the unit. Now I have an MSK-1! My friends and family will no longer laugh at my "Flying Dutchman" of a knife. David, its GREAT! Congratulations! - E.B. PA, USA

“David, Its arrived! Took a little while for the customs guys to be happy to release, but we got it home… Firstly, you have done an outstanding job with this.....so well thought out and made… really proud of the outcome…” - A.S. Australia

“David, I received my MSK1 this past Friday. First, this thing is huge. It's a lot bigger and heavier than I expected, but I like it… and the sheath system is amazingly versatile… So, you truly do have a survival knife SYSTEM, for use by anyone with minimal additional hardware needed.” -D.W. Virginia, USA

“David, You did an amazing job - by far this is my favorite [Kickstarter] project - I need to order more!!!!!!!! I have been in the manufacturing business for over 25 years - and I help in the design of our products - I can definitely see the complexities in your project and the detail - more than outstanding - absolutely brilliant from the knife to the accessories - top quality - you delivered as promised! Thank you for taking your time and getting the details and quality right - it definitely shows. Did I say "I need to order more?” - J.N. Texas, USA

“David, Just got mine this morning. You and your team did terrific job on this knife and it's components/accessories. Well done and keep up the good work.” - N.M. Greece

“Hi David, I received the knife and it is amazing. I have a physical disability in my hand and need a knife with some weight to it and yours fits the bill. I searched and went through a LOT of knives to find the best and perfect one. Congratulations, you hit the mark. I love how the blade has weight to it with places to grip it for perfect control, and holes in it are great for lashing it to a pole to make a spear. I also like the handle that is made with a [micarta] material for a decent grip. Finally I love how you went the extra step in the sheath where I can adjust it to fit it at any angle and you added an elastic loop to the firesteel to keep it in the sheath… I am thoroughly impressed. Thank you.” - S.W. Illinois, USA

“David, Thanks for everything, the knife arrived yesterday and I couldn't be more pleased with my purchase… I may have even talked a buddy into getting one of his own. I'm very happy with the knife!” - M.B. Washington, USA

“David, You are my hero! This is amazing! I will be ordering a tactical sheath as soon as I can as well! Your support is unreal! - C.R. BC, Canada

“Dear Dave, Thank you for your project. [MSK-1] is an interesting concept and a welcomed addition to my life. MSK-1 is great chopping tool, also it's well balanced handcrafting tool - even for small jobs. As you know I am Japanese and the MSK-1 is sized prefect to fitted my hand. You should know that I got another knife made by Mr. (Jeff) Freeman the other day, because of good quality of the MSK-1. Both I now own, and am so happy to use them everyday. Best regards, H.Y.” - H.Y. Japan

“Dear David, If I had known (when I meet you) at BladeShow that this is what the MSK-1 would actually be… I would of hugged you. I’m so happy to own the [MSK-1 and Mini Knife] set… it’s just amazing. Love it. It was well worth waiting for. What a great job you have done. Thanks again.” - M.S. Israel

“Hi David, Got my MSK-1… and it is amazing, I love it, I’m sure it will last me a lifetime... the last knife I’ll ever need. Thanks again.” - G.W. United Kingdom

“Got my blade! The wait was worth it! Thank You so much!” - G.H. Hawaii, USA

“Hello David, I received my MSK-1 kit. From the packaging to the gear inside the boxes, I can see the quality of this project everywhere. Grasping the knife in my hand, I can feel the tears, sweat and effort you put into this over the past year. David, I appreciate you and admire your courage to kick off such a huge project. I know you have been under a lot of pressure, but I want you to know that it was well worth the year I waited for it. MSK-1 is a really kick-ass item that makes me feel of confident when holding it in my hand.” - M.S. Hong Kong

“Hi David, Got my knife! Thank you for designing such an incredible piece of hardware! And I'm so happy! Your goal of leaving a legacy in metal was successful.” -J.Y. New York, USA

Hey David, I just received my MSK-1. My only regret is NOT ordering another. I am very happy. I'd like to purchase another knife." - F.M. Nevada, USA

"A few months back, I was casually looking for a more substantial knife to have on hand for the outdoors - and to be honest, I wasn’t specifically looking for a “survival” knife. I was looking for something that was robust and functional enough to perform a number of duties.

So I searched YouTube, and I found the MSK-1. While I’ve had a few knives over the years that were short lived disappointments, I did some research and decided to order the MSK-1. As in most things in life, the concept of buyer’s remorse is probably more common than most would admit, but I have to say that this knife is beyond exceptional, it's off the charts perfect, and was well worth waiting for!

From clearing and preparing our campsite on a recent adventure in Vermont, the MSK-1 proved to be so much more than just a knife, operating also as an ax, a shovel, a hammer, and a cooking tool... this knife is ideal for any heavy duty task as well as more delicate duties such as carving and food preparation.

The quality could not be better, and in fact, this thing is so overbuilt it will certainly outlive me.

I have never written to a company before, or provided any feedback or testimonial, but this product was such a pleasant surprise - I had to contact you!

My thanks go to you David, and your team for making such a great product." - - J.H. New York, USA

"I received my MSK-1 Ultimate Survival Knife Kit + Extra Sheath and MSK-1 Mini Neck Knife Kit [on September 25th]. The excellence of the packaging and the way things shipped alone was top notch and added to the excitement.

I was blown away by the quality of this survival system. My father has been teaching two-week desert survival on the USA / Mexico border for SWAT and Border Security for over 20 years, and he agrees - MSK-1 is a complete survival system in a compact, superior knife platform.

As I began to use my MSK-1, I realized that this knife system was so capable that it seemed to inspire a massive amount of confidence and positive thinking in me - even raising my mental state.

I have also found that the knife and sheath are easy to clean and maintain [after hard use]. And your instructions for maintaining the MSK-1 are reasonable and quick. I am indeed grateful for your time and effort in the creation and persistent pursuit of quality that you forced us to accept.

Thank you for not giving into the usual corporate traits of sacrificing quality for profit. And a huge "Thank You" for not cutting corners when you experienced delays due to outside manufacturing problems.

You held your head high and took the brunt of our (mine and all customers) frustrations at the lack of instant gratification! But the delays were worth it!

Thank you for responding to each and every email that I sent. You put my modern day lack of patience at ease. I have never experienced such a high level of customer service for an item that I didn't even have yet!!

Your personal intervention in the shipping process was unparalleled. The Skittles just topped everything off. Thank you!

I now have to go through the headache of updating my living will to figure out which of my children gets this MSK-1 package when I pass on to bigger and better pastures. :) I am grateful for this problem.

Thank you again for all the effort on my account alone. Best regards," - A.M. Nevada, USA

"Hey David,

I just want to thank you again for my MSK-1! I've had it for a couple of months now and absolutely love it! The quality and craftsmanship of this knife is truly a step beyond anything else I've come across!

I've been working up in Northern British Columbia (as an aircraft maintenance engineer in remote areas) and along the Alaskan border, deep in grizzly bear country in the summer and in subzero temperatures in the winter. My MSK-1 and I have been inseparable since I've received it!

I spend a lot of time in little exploration camps on the tops of mountains in a tent. And usually in these areas the weather isn't all that great, so if you can't see you can't fly, so we land wherever we can. So it's not uncommon for us to spend the night out on a VERY remote mountain top in the middle of nowhere.

So I carry a little bit of my own gear, (the necessities due to weight restrictions) just in case. I definitely feel like I have what I need with the MSK-1 and if anything were to happen I'd be in pretty good shape having this for a survival tool!

As the holiday season has approached I took it up 3500' to mount Shorty near Stewart BC to harvest my Christmas tree for the season as I am spending it with the helicopters I work with and a lone pilot.

I finally managed to start a fire using the bow drill system thanks to your video tips and the MSK-1 bow drill spindle feature!

I'm not going to lie, it felt good and has been on my list of skills to accomplish for quite some time now!

Thanks again David for coming up with this awesome knife and having the best customer service out there! I'm a happy camper! And this knife is just simply ridiculous in the best possible way! I'm excited to see what comes next.

I definitely want to come on one of your [Ultimate Survival Challenge] survival courses so I hope to see you in the future!

You're Bro from BC, Canada - Caleb"

NEW Kickstarter (Coming Soon) + MSK-1 Update - LAST ONE?
3 months ago – Wed, Feb 14, 2018 at 02:10:30 PM

Hey Friend,

Short and Sweet Update Today...

Two Things. An update on shipping - for those still waiting for their MSK-1 kits - and YOUR "SECRET" PREVIEW of My Next Innovation - Coming Soon to Kickstarter (I promise you won't have to wait a year for this one ; ) - PHOTO BELOW -

FIRST the UPDATE...

I just got word from our manufacturing team that 70% of our MSK-1s will be done February 23rd. And the remaining 30% will be following shortly behind.

My plan is to drive to my manufacturer (if needed) either on the 23rd or the 26th to get the blades - depending on how the final steps go.

My goal is to have all remaining MSK-1s shipped by March 16th. That's the goal anyway.  Just remember, Murphy's Law is always in play and I WILL get your your MSK-1 kit as soon as I can. I promise!

So if you are a praying person... please pray for my sanity to hold (this has been a rough season) and for a bit of a breakthrough in production so these puppies DO arrive here in the quoted timeframe.  I want this to be my LAST MSK-1 Shipping Update! 

Thank you for your patience! You are going to LOVE this knife!

TEASER ALERT - NEW Kickstarter Coming Soon!

A LOT of you guys have been asking what NEW gear I've been working on.

Well, I have about 5 or 6 new knives / kits / guides or "systems" in the works - all unique innovations with many features, advantages and benefits that have never been offered before.

So... coming sometime in April or May to Kickstarter - a very unique Micro EDC Wilderness / Survival Tool Kit (weighting less than an ounce) that I have been working on for a while now. 

The prototypes came in this week and BLEW MY MIND! I can't tell you how stoked I am to get this out to you guys!

Here's a Photo of Just 1 of 17 Items in this New- MADE in the USA - EDC Survival Kit.

Just 1 of 17 Tools in this UltraLight Micro Wilderness Kit
Just 1 of 17 Tools in this UltraLight Micro Wilderness Kit

Keep a lookout for more updates on this kit!

Okay y'all... That's it.

~David

PS: Checkout the MSK-1 Online User Guide and Video Tutorials: http://ultimatesurvivaltips.com/msk1-guide/

Grab Your FREE Introductory Survival e-Mag (right now) and get, survival tips, gear reviews, hacks and training - Click this link: http://www.ultimatesurvivaltips.com/survival-e-mag-subscribe/

Here's A Few NOTES FROM MSK-1 OWNERS… 

“Hi David, Now that I have held the knife in my hand, I know I made a good decision in purchasing the MSK-1. Outstanding piece of gear! To you and your team, “Well Done!!” - F.S. Texas, USA

“David, I’m filled with joy now… the look and feel, it’s so much better than what I expected. It’s a big knife, but well balanced. This is my last day of work before I take the knife with me for 3 weeks in the desert wilderness… I will send you pictures (when I get back)… I’m really happy to deal with a person as nice as you. I wish you all the best.” - H.D. Saudi Arabia

“I GOT IT!! Thank you David! I almost tackled the Postal carrier, Then though twice… (she probably would have kicked my butt). I trepidatiously unboxed the unit. Now I have an MSK-1! My friends and family will no longer laugh at my "Flying Dutchman" of a knife. David, its GREAT! Congratulations! - E.B. PA, USA

“David, Its arrived! Took a little while for the customs guys to be happy to release, but we got it home… Firstly, you have done an outstanding job with this.....so well thought out and made… really proud of the outcome…” - A.S. Australia

“David, I received my MSK1 this past Friday. First, this thing is huge. It's a lot bigger and heavier than I expected, but I like it… and the sheath system is amazingly versatile… So, you truly do have a survival knife SYSTEM, for use by anyone with minimal additional hardware needed.” -D.W. Virginia, USA

“David, You did an amazing job - by far this is my favorite [Kickstarter] project - I need to order more!!!!!!!! I have been in the manufacturing business for over 25 years - and I help in the design of our products - I can definitely see the complexities in your project and the detail - more than outstanding - absolutely brilliant from the knife to the accessories - top quality - you delivered as promised! Thank you for taking your time and getting the details and quality right - it definitely shows. Did I say "I need to order more?” - J.N. Texas, USA

“David, Just got mine this morning. You and your team did terrific job on this knife and it's components/accessories. Well done and keep up the good work.” - N.M. Greece

“Hi David, I received the knife and it is amazing. I have a physical disability in my hand and need a knife with some weight to it and yours fits the bill. I searched and went through a LOT of knives to find the best and perfect one. Congratulations, you hit the mark. I love how the blade has weight to it with places to grip it for perfect control, and holes in it are great for lashing it to a pole to make a spear. I also like the handle that is made with a [micarta] material for a decent grip. Finally I love how you went the extra step in the sheath where I can adjust it to fit it at any angle and you added an elastic loop to the firesteel to keep it in the sheath… I am thoroughly impressed. Thank you.” - S.W. Illinois, USA

“David, Thanks for everything, the knife arrived yesterday and I couldn't be more pleased with my purchase… I may have even talked a buddy into getting one of his own. I'm very happy with the knife!” - M.B. Washington, USA

“David, You are my hero! This is amazing! I will be ordering a tactical sheath as soon as I can as well! Your support is unreal! - C.R. BC, Canada

“Dear Dave, Thank you for your project. [MSK-1] is an interesting concept and a welcomed addition to my life. MSK-1 is great chopping tool, also it's well balanced handcrafting tool - even for small jobs. As you know I am Japanese and the MSK-1 is sized prefect to fitted my hand. You should know that I got another knife made by Mr. (Jeff) Freeman the other day, because of good quality of the MSK-1. Both I now own, and am so happy to use them everyday. Best regards, H.Y.” - H.Y. Japan

“Dear David, If I had known (when I meet you) at BladeShow that this is what the MSK-1 would actually be… I would of hugged you. I’m so happy to own the [MSK-1 and Mini Knife] set… it’s just amazing. Love it. It was well worth waiting for. What a great job you have done. Thanks again.” - M.S. Israel

“Hi David, Got my MSK-1… and it is amazing, I love it, I’m sure it will last me a lifetime... the last knife I’ll ever need. Thanks again.” - G.W. United Kingdom

“Got my blade! The wait was worth it! Thank You so much!” - G.H. Hawaii, USA

“Hello David, I received my MSK-1 kit. From the packaging to the gear inside the boxes, I can see the quality of this project everywhere. Grasping the knife in my hand, I can feel the tears, sweat and effort you put into this over the past year. David, I appreciate you and admire your courage to kick off such a huge project. I know you have been under a lot of pressure, but I want you to know that it was well worth the year I waited for it. MSK-1 is a really kick-ass item that makes me feel of confident when holding it in my hand.” - M.S. Hong Kong

“Hi David, Got my knife! Thank you for designing such an incredible piece of hardware! And I'm so happy! Your goal of leaving a legacy in metal was successful.” -J.Y. New York, USA

Hey David, I just received my MSK-1. My only regret is NOT ordering another. I am very happy. I'd like to purchase another knife." - F.M. Nevada, USA

"A few months back, I was casually looking for a more substantial knife to have on hand for the outdoors - and to be honest, I wasn’t specifically looking for a “survival” knife. I was looking for something that was robust and functional enough to perform a number of duties.

So I searched YouTube, and I found the MSK-1. While I’ve had a few knives over the years that were short lived disappointments, I did some research and decided to order the MSK-1. As in most things in life, the concept of buyer’s remorse is probably more common than most would admit, but I have to say that this knife is beyond exceptional, it's off the charts perfect, and was well worth waiting for!

From clearing and preparing our campsite on a recent adventure in Vermont, the MSK-1 proved to be so much more than just a knife, operating also as an ax, a shovel, a hammer, and a cooking tool... this knife is ideal for any heavy duty task as well as more delicate duties such as carving and food preparation.

The quality could not be better, and in fact, this thing is so overbuilt it will certainly outlive me.

I have never written to a company before, or provided any feedback or testimonial, but this product was such a pleasant surprise - I had to contact you!

My thanks go to you David, and your team for making such a great product." - - J.H. New York, USA

"I received my MSK-1 Ultimate Survival Knife Kit + Extra Sheath and MSK-1 Mini Neck Knife Kit [on September 25th]. The excellence of the packaging and the way things shipped alone was top notch and added to the excitement.

I was blown away by the quality of this survival system. My father has been teaching two-week desert survival on the USA / Mexico border for SWAT and Border Security for over 20 years, and he agrees - MSK-1 is a complete survival system in a compact, superior knife platform.

As I began to use my MSK-1, I realized that this knife system was so capable that it seemed to inspire a massive amount of confidence and positive thinking in me - even raising my mental state.

I have also found that the knife and sheath are easy to clean and maintain [after hard use]. And your instructions for maintaining the MSK-1 are reasonable and quick. I am indeed grateful for your time and effort in the creation and persistent pursuit of quality that you forced us to accept.

Thank you for not giving into the usual corporate traits of sacrificing quality for profit. And a huge "Thank You" for not cutting corners when you experienced delays due to outside manufacturing problems.

You held your head high and took the brunt of our (mine and all customers) frustrations at the lack of instant gratification! But the delays were worth it!

Thank you for responding to each and every email that I sent. You put my modern day lack of patience at ease. I have never experienced such a high level of customer service for an item that I didn't even have yet!!

Your personal intervention in the shipping process was unparalleled. The Skittles just topped everything off. Thank you!

I now have to go through the headache of updating my living will to figure out which of my children gets this MSK-1 package when I pass on to bigger and better pastures. :) I am grateful for this problem.

Thank you again for all the effort on my account alone. Best regards," - A.M. Nevada, USA

"Hey David,

I just want to thank you again for my MSK-1! I've had it for a couple of months now and absolutely love it! The quality and craftsmanship of this knife is truly a step beyond anything else I've come across!

I've been working up in Northern British Columbia (as an aircraft maintenance engineer in remote areas) and along the Alaskan border, deep in grizzly bear country in the summer and in subzero temperatures in the winter. My MSK-1 and I have been inseparable since I've received it!

I spend a lot of time in little exploration camps on the tops of mountains in a tent. And usually in these areas the weather isn't all that great, so if you can't see you can't fly, so we land wherever we can. So it's not uncommon for us to spend the night out on a VERY remote mountain top in the middle of nowhere.

So I carry a little bit of my own gear, (the necessities due to weight restrictions) just in case. I definitely feel like I have what I need with the MSK-1 and if anything were to happen I'd be in pretty good shape having this for a survival tool!

As the holiday season has approached I took it up 3500' to mount Shorty near Stewart BC to harvest my Christmas tree for the season as I am spending it with the helicopters I work with and a lone pilot.

I finally managed to start a fire using the bow drill system thanks to your video tips and the MSK-1 bow drill spindle feature!

I'm not going to lie, it felt good and has been on my list of skills to accomplish for quite some time now!

Thanks again David for coming up with this awesome knife and having the best customer service out there! I'm a happy camper! And this knife is just simply ridiculous in the best possible way! I'm excited to see what comes next.

I definitely want to come on one of your [Ultimate Survival Challenge] survival courses so I hope to see you in the future!

You're Bro from BC, Canada - Caleb"

Caleb's MSK-1 Knife Story + FINAL MSK-1 Update?
4 months ago – Wed, Jan 17, 2018 at 01:42:39 PM

MSK-1s are being used around the world...

Front Lines, Remote Wilderness Areas, Jungles, Deserts and Backyards - are just a few of the places MSK-1s can be found...

Hey Guys,

Thanks again for all the awesome stories and photos from your MSK-1 adventures, Like Caleb.

Caleb is an adventurous soul (with a VERY risky job)

Yep, I'm slightly jealous. Caleb lives and works in the most remote Northern mountain regions of British Columbia - Canada (Photos and Full Story Below).

It's encouraging to me to see the MSK-1 become such a useful, indispensable (and nearly indestructible) part of EDC, tactical, camping, hunting, bushcraft and emergency kits around the globe. Keep the stories coming.

Email Me Your Story... I'd love to hear what you and your MSK-1 are up to.

On Social Media (Twitter, Instagram etc.) use hashtag #mymsk1story - so I can find and re-post your adventures. Cool!

Still Waiting for Your (Sweet) MSK-1 Kit?

If you are still waiting to experience your MSK-1... and live into your own MSK-1 adventures... Your time of waiting will soon be over.

As January 15th, 2018 (the last date I gave you for MSK-1s to arrive at our offices (AKA my basement)) has past...

I want to give you my best shot at (what I HOPE is) my last MSK-1 Backorder Update... Here Goes...

Caleb R. in Northern BC (in the heart of Grizzly Country) with his MSK-1
Caleb R. in Northern BC (in the heart of Grizzly Country) with his MSK-1

Here’s a Brief Update:

I am still waiting for our next batch of MSK-1s (AKA your knife blade) to arrive here - so we can set up, and ship your kit out to you.

Unfortunately I have no control over the speed (or lack there of) of our manufacturing team (I'm sure this has become obvious to you guys at this point). Yes, I feel like a broken record.

Here's the Deal...

So, when our manufacturing team runs into issues / holiday shut downs / or anything that slows production (which seems to happen regularly), their ULTIMATE directive (from me) is,

I need MSK-1 knives ASAP, but at the end of the day, perfection is of utmost importance. I want perfect MSK-1s. We can't have ANYTHING but perfect MSK-1s.”

Especially after they ruined over 30 knives in our last batch...

So, my fantastic (as far as craftsmanship and quality), but (so far) always late manufacturers, gave me this update (a few days ago) on January 11th, 2018:

“MSK-1s are now on our CNC grinding machine and will be there for the next 4-5 days, then tumbling, surface coating / treatments, laser marking, sharpening, inspection then shipping to David.”

When I add up all of these processes, I come up with about 3-4 more weeks until I have your MSK-1 HERE. Which honestly sucks! There, I said it...

My "happy baby" nature is to be positive... but I need to let you guys know that NO ONE is more frustrated that you have had to wait so long - and now a bit longer - than me. 

I'm the one who answers every email. I'm the one who hears your excitement, anticipation (and at times), frustration.

I get it... and I once again - I apologize!

I have worked super hard, and done EVERYTHING that I can do - to get all the parts, pieces and blades here ASAP - to get your knives out to you...

So you can enjoy your MSK-1 as much as I (and hundreds of others - like Caleb) do.

All I need are MSK-1 blades...

I have neck knives, sheaths, handles, survival kits, nuts, bolts, boxes, Skittles (you heard me right) - and every other item is here - ready to ship. I just need MSK-1 blades.

So... Once I get your MSK-1/s in here, it will be "ALL HANDS ON DECK" for a week or two for us to clean, inspect, assemble, set up kits, package and ship all back-orders.

This puts us sometime before March for shipping your MSK-1.

I actually hate giving a date at this point... so can I just say...

"You are going to get your MSK-1 kit ASAP!!!"

Just know that I'm not holding anything back from you... 

I don't have a single MSK-1 here to ship. You guys have begged me out of even the few that I was holding back for my grand kids. But I gladly gave them up... Because you are my TOP priority.

We have already shipped hundreds and hundreds of MSK-1s, Mini Neck knives, kit components and add-ons...

And We WILL Ship Your MSK-1 Kit Too!!! As Soon As Humanly Possible!

I PROMISE!

Thank you for your continued patience! Thank You for your notes or encouragement and support. Thank You for your suggestions and THANK YOU for believing in me and for supporting this CRAZY (way too big) Dream Project of Mine.

You WON'T be disappointed. You are going to LOVE this knife!

Now, Here's the Rest of Caleb's Story...

No Walmart? Caleb used his MSK-1 to harvest his Christmas tree. Well Done!!!
No Walmart? Caleb used his MSK-1 to harvest his Christmas tree. Well Done!!!

"Hey David,

I just want to thank you again for my MSK-1! I've had it for a couple of months now and absolutely love it! The quality and craftsmanship of this knife is truly a step beyond anything else I've come across!

I've been working up in Northern British Columbia (as an aircraft maintenance engineer in remote areas) and along the Alaskan border, deep in grizzly bear country in the summer and in subzero temperatures in the winter. My MSK-1 and I have been inseparable since I've received it!

I spend a lot of time in little exploration camps on the tops of mountains in a tent. And usually in these areas the weather isn't all that great, so if you can't see you can't fly, so we land wherever we can. So it's not uncommon for us to spend the night out on a VERY remote mountain top in the middle of nowhere.

So I carry a little bit of my own gear, (the necessities due to weight restrictions) just in case. I definitely feel like I have what I need with the MSK-1 and if anything were to happen I'd be in pretty good shape having this for a survival tool!

As the holiday season has approached I took it up 3500' to mount Shorty near Stewart BC to harvest my Christmas tree for the season as I am spending it with the helicopters I work with and a lone pilot.

I finally managed to start a fire using the bow drill system thanks to your video tips [see video below] and the MSK-1 bow drill spindle feature!

I'm not going to lie, it felt good and has been on my list of skills to accomplish for quite some time now!

Thanks again David for coming up with this awesome knife and having the best customer service out there! I'm a happy camper! And this knife is just simply ridiculous in the best possible way! I'm excited to see what comes next...

View from Caleb's world. Notice the helicopter propeller - Nice!
View from Caleb's world. Notice the helicopter propeller - Nice!

...I definitely want to come on one of your [Ultimate Survival Challenge] survival courses so I hope to see you in the future!

You're Bro from BC, Canada - Caleb"

Here's A Few (More) NOTES FROM MSK-1 OWNERS…

“Hi David, Now that I have held the knife in my hand, I know I made a good decision in purchasing the MSK-1. Outstanding piece of gear! To you and your team, “Well Done!!” - F.S. Texas, USA

“David, I’m filled with joy now… the look and feel, it’s so much better than what I expected. It’s a big knife, but well balanced. This is my last day of work before I take the knife with me for 3 weeks in the desert wilderness… I will send you pictures (when I get back)… I’m really happy to deal with a person as nice as you. I wish you all the best.” - H.D. Saudi Arabia

“I GOT IT!! Thank you David! I almost tackled the Postal carrier, Then though twice… (she probably would have kicked my butt). I trepidatiously unboxed the unit. Now I have an MSK-1! My friends and family will no longer laugh at my "Flying Dutchman" of a knife. David, its GREAT! Congratulations! - E.B. PA, USA

“David, Its arrived! Took a little while for the customs guys to be happy to release, but we got it home… Firstly, you have done an outstanding job with this.....so well thought out and made… really proud of the outcome…” - A.S. Australia

“David, I received my MSK1 this past Friday. First, this thing is huge. It's a lot bigger and heavier than I expected, but I like it… and the sheath system is amazingly versatile… So, you truly do have a survival knife SYSTEM, for use by anyone with minimal additional hardware needed.” -D.W. Virginia, USA

“David, You did an amazing job - by far this is my favorite [Kickstarter] project - I need to order more!!!!!!!! I have been in the manufacturing business for over 25 years - and I help in the design of our products - I can definitely see the complexities in your project and the detail - more than outstanding - absolutely brilliant from the knife to the accessories - top quality - you delivered as promised! Thank you for taking your time and getting the details and quality right - it definitely shows. Did I say "I need to order more?” - J.N. Texas, USA

“David, Just got mine this morning. You and your team did terrific job on this knife and it's components/accessories. Well done and keep up the good work.” - N.M. Greece

“Hi David, I received the knife and it is amazing. I have a physical disability in my hand and need a knife with some weight to it and yours fits the bill. I searched and went through a LOT of knives to find the best and perfect one. Congratulations, you hit the mark. I love how the blade has weight to it with places to grip it for perfect control, and holes in it are great for lashing it to a pole to make a spear. I also like the handle that is made with a [micarta] material for a decent grip. Finally I love how you went the extra step in the sheath where I can adjust it to fit it at any angle and you added an elastic loop to the firesteel to keep it in the sheath… I am thoroughly impressed. Thank you.” - S.W. Illinois, USA

“David, Thanks for everything, the knife arrived yesterday and I couldn't be more pleased with my purchase… I may have even talked a buddy into getting one of his own. I'm very happy with the knife!” - M.B. Washington, USA

“David, You are my hero! This is amazing! I will be ordering a tactical sheath as soon as I can as well! Your support is unreal! - C.R. BC, Canada

“Dear Dave, Thank you for your project. [MSK-1] is an interesting concept and a welcomed addition to my life. MSK-1 is great chopping tool, also it's well balanced handcrafting tool - even for small jobs. As you know I am Japanese and the MSK-1 is sized prefect to fitted my hand. You should know that I got another knife made by Mr. (Jeff) Freeman the other day, because of good quality of the MSK-1. Both I now own, and am so happy to use them everyday. Best regards, H.Y.” - H.Y. Japan

“Dear David, If I had known (when I meet you) at BladeShow that this is what the MSK-1 would actually be… I would of hugged you. I’m so happy to own the [MSK-1 and Mini Knife] set… it’s just amazing. Love it. It was well worth waiting for. What a great job you have done. Thanks again.” - M.S. Israel

“Hi David, Got my MSK-1… and it is amazing, I love it, I’m sure it will last me a lifetime... the last knife I’ll ever need. Thanks again.” - G.W. United Kingdom

“Got my blade! The wait was worth it! Thank You so much!” - G.H. Hawaii, USA

“Hello David, I received my MSK-1 kit. From the packaging to the gear inside the boxes, I can see the quality of this project everywhere. Grasping the knife in my hand, I can feel the tears, sweat and effort you put into this over the past year. David, I appreciate you and admire your courage to kick off such a huge project. I know you have been under a lot of pressure, but I want you to know that it was well worth the year I waited for it. MSK-1 is a really kick-ass item that makes me feel of confident when holding it in my hand.” - M.S. Hong Kong

“Hi David, Got my knife! Thank you for designing such an incredible piece of hardware! And I'm so happy! Your goal of leaving a legacy in metal was successful.” -J.Y. New York, USA

Hey David, I just received my MSK-1. My only regret is NOT ordering another. I am very happy. I'd like to purchase another knife." - F.M. Nevada, USA

"A few months back, I was casually looking for a more substantial knife to have on hand for the outdoors - and to be honest, I wasn’t specifically looking for a “survival” knife. I was looking for something that was robust and functional enough to perform a number of duties.

So I searched YouTube, and I found the MSK-1. While I’ve had a few knives over the years that were short lived disappointments, I did some research and decided to order the MSK-1. As in most things in life, the concept of buyer’s remorse is probably more common than most would admit, but I have to say that this knife is beyond exceptional, it's off the charts perfect, and was well worth waiting for!

From clearing and preparing our campsite on a recent adventure in Vermont, the MSK-1 proved to be so much more than just a knife, operating also as an ax, a shovel, a hammer, and a cooking tool... this knife is ideal for any heavy duty task as well as more delicate duties such as carving and food preparation.

The quality could not be better, and in fact, this thing is so overbuilt it will certainly outlive me.

I have never written to a company before, or provided any feedback or testimonial, but this product was such a pleasant surprise - I had to contact you!

My thanks go to you David, and your team for making such a great product." - - J.H. New York, USA

"I received my MSK-1 Ultimate Survival Knife Kit + Extra Sheath and MSK-1 Mini Neck Knife Kit [on September 25th]. The excellence of the packaging and the way things shipped alone was top notch and added to the excitement.

I was blown away by the quality of this survival system. My father has been teaching two-week desert survival on the USA / Mexico border for SWAT and Border Security for over 20 years, and he agrees - MSK-1 is a complete survival system in a compact, superior knife platform.

As I began to use my MSK-1, I realized that this knife system was so capable that it seemed to inspire a massive amount of confidence and positive thinking in me - even raising my mental state.

I have also found that the knife and sheath are easy to clean and maintain [after hard use]. And your instructions for maintaining the MSK-1 are reasonable and quick. I am indeed grateful for your time and effort in the creation and persistent pursuit of quality that you forced us to accept.

Thank you for not giving into the usual corporate traits of sacrificing quality for profit. And a huge "Thank You" for not cutting corners when you experienced delays due to outside manufacturing problems.

You held your head high and took the brunt of our (mine and all customers) frustrations at the lack of instant gratification! But the delays were worth it!

Thank you for responding to each and every email that I sent. You put my modern day lack of patience at ease. I have never experienced such a high level of customer service for an item that I didn't even have yet!!

Your personal intervention in the shipping process was unparalleled. The Skittles just topped everything off. Thank you!

I now have to go through the headache of updating my living will to figure out which of my children gets this MSK-1 package when I pass on to bigger and better pastures. :) I am grateful for this problem.

Thank you again for all the effort on my account alone. Best regards," - A.M. Nevada, USA

"Hey David,

I just want to thank you again for my MSK-1! I've had it for a couple of months now and absolutely love it! The quality and craftsmanship of this knife is truly a step beyond anything else I've come across!

I've been working up in Northern British Columbia (as an aircraft maintenance engineer in remote areas) and along the Alaskan border, deep in grizzly bear country in the summer and in subzero temperatures in the winter. My MSK-1 and I have been inseparable since I've received it!

I spend a lot of time in little exploration camps on the tops of mountains in a tent. And usually in these areas the weather isn't all that great, so if you can't see you can't fly, so we land wherever we can. So it's not uncommon for us to spend the night out on a VERY remote mountain top in the middle of nowhere.

So I carry a little bit of my own gear, (the necessities due to weight restrictions) just in case. I definitely feel like I have what I need with the MSK-1 and if anything were to happen I'd be in pretty good shape having this for a survival tool!

As the holiday season has approached I took it up 3500' to mount Shorty near Stewart BC to harvest my Christmas tree for the season as I am spending it with the helicopters I work with and a lone pilot.

I finally managed to start a fire using the bow drill system thanks to your video tips and the MSK-1 bow drill spindle feature!

I'm not going to lie, it felt good and has been on my list of skills to accomplish for quite some time now!

Thanks again David for coming up with this awesome knife and having the best customer service out there! I'm a happy camper! And this knife is just simply ridiculous in the best possible way! I'm excited to see what comes next.

I definitely want to come on one of your [Ultimate Survival Challenge] survival courses so I hope to see you in the future!

You're Bro from BC, Canada - Caleb"

Okay y'all... That's it.

~David

PS: Checkout the MSK-1 Online User Guide and Tools 

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New MSK-1 Survival Gear + December UPDATE
5 months ago – Thu, Dec 14, 2017 at 10:00:45 PM

Hey Friend,

First I want to thank you all for your overwhelming support, patience and for sharing your cool MSK-1 adventures. Keep them coming!

Now to for some FUN news... then to delivery updates (if you are still waiting for your MSK-1)...

Although we are currently short on MSK-1s we have most of the other kit components in stock @ ultimatesurvivaltips.com/msk1-gear/
Although we are currently short on MSK-1s we have most of the other kit components in stock @ ultimatesurvivaltips.com/msk1-gear/

 

Waiting for your MSK-1? GET PUMPED and Check Out the Online MSK-1 User / Resource Guide: http://ultimatesurvivaltips.com/msk1-guide/

NEW Ultimate Survival Tips Gear coming in 2018... WHAT!!?

I have gotten a lot of questions about whether we are going to come out with any new MSK-1 or Ultimate Survival Tips knives or gear in the future.

The short answer is, "yes."

Here's the scoops...

MSK-1 GEAR

MSK-1  Neck Knife Sheath System - Paul Scheiter @ Hedgehog Leatherworks and I have been working on an sweet MSK-1 Mini Neck Knife sheath system. We are planning on having two versions available for sale sometime around February or March 2018.

MSK-1 Knife - Leather Sheath System - I am also working on what I believe may be the most versatile leather sheath system ever designed and it's - for the MSK-1 knife. If you are wondering, this is not with Paul. Paul and I started working on this, but got to a point where, what I wanted, was outside of the "sweet spot" niche' of Hedgehog's fantastic style and brand. So Paul and I are focusing on the neck knife sheath and may revisit the larger sheath in the future. For now and I am working with another great production designer on the big sheath and I'm stoked.

Handle Survival Kit - Version #2 - I'm working on a V2 of the MSK-1 handle survival kit. It will include one or two more components that will make it a totally stand-alone kit that you can just throw in a survival tin, wallet, pocket, glove box, or pouch and be ready with a sweet, low profile, light weight, last ditch kit that could save your life. This is pretty exciting.

Combat MSK-1: We've started development of a Combat / SERE version of the MSK-1. This is another cool project for Jeff and I. Prototypes will be field tested in real world situations and revised in 2018 with the hope of having a solid SERE MSK-1 by early 2019.

OTHER GEAR

Ultimate Camp Knife - I have conceptualized (what I think) is a very unique (maybe even the Ultimate) camping / utility / outdoor knife. There's a lot I CAN'T tell you about this one... just know that it will retain many of the superpowers of the MSK-1 but in a smaller package. And it looks REALLY cool. I can't stop looking at my sketches. The goal is to launch this knife system in late 2018 or sometime by mid 2019.

Ultimate Survival Card - In early to mid 2018, I'll be releasing a credit-card sized survival card that is unlike any that you have seen before (i.e. the popular "ReadyMan Card"). Again, I can't say much here... it's super top secret stuff... but the 3D printed prototypes are SWEET and pre-production prototypes will start rolling in for testing in January 2018.

Ultimate Survival Guide - For nearly 5 years I have been stewing on an idea for a VERY unique (never been done before) survival guide that will blow your mind. After the New Year I'll be full steam ahead into finishing it with content help and editing from my friend Craig Caudill - Author of, Extreme Wilderness Survival. I'm looking at releasing this "full-of-surprises" guide in the second or third quarter of 2018.

So... Why is this the first time I'm telling You about this NEW stuff?

I've been working on a lot of these items for quite some time, but I felt that I needed to "herd the MSK-1 cats" and get them "penned in" - MEANING... I wanted to get our MSK-1 customers taken care of first - and have all of our back orders shipped - before releasing anything new... and we're almost there.

Here's an update...

MSK-1 Delivery Update...

I just got word from our manufacturing team that they are progressing well but very "carefully" with our next batch of MSK-1s. Which will be ready soon, but not yet.

The last batch got rushed through a bit and we ended up losing about 15% of our knives (which hurt a LOT) during production.

This caused some of you (who have been waiting since this time last year) to have to wait a bit longer. Thank you for your patience. You won't regret it.

So the important thing here is getting these knives done perfectly with VERY little waste. And this is the first time our manufacturing team is producing the whole knife from scratch. So we WANT them to take their time and get every knife perfect.

The silver lining is that I've received countless stories from MSK-1 owners who have said, "David, the MSK-1 was worth the wait."

If you are waiting still, I have confidence you will feel the same.

Although we are currently short on MSK-1s we have most of the other kit components in stock @ ultimatesurvivaltips.com/msk1-gear/
Although we are currently short on MSK-1s we have most of the other kit components in stock @ ultimatesurvivaltips.com/msk1-gear/

 

So When Will YOU Get Your MSK-1 (If You're Still Waiting)...

The "carefulness" of our production team has put us more on track with our later shipping date... which will be closer to January 15th, 2018.

My hopeful expectation is to rally the troops HERE at Ultimate Survival Tips Central, between January 15th and February 1st and get these hundreds of MSK-1 knives and kits put together and shipped by February 7th, 2018. This is where we are at. And this is the plan. Unfortunately SHOT Show is the last full week of January (and myself and another key member of our team will be @ SHOT Show).

After this next shipment we should be all caught up and be shipping MSK-1s within days of being ordered - I HOPE!

At the same time as this current batch (that is in production), I have our next batch of MSK-1s in the pipeline behind it. As well as another batch of MSK-1 Mini Neck Knives.

By the time we hit Mid-February or March... we should then be able to ship MSK-1 Kits, within 3-5 days of receiving an order. I can't wait for that folks!!! I might even do a happy dance on Ultimate Survival Tips Facebook LIVE on a Friday :) 

Once we're all caught up, I will then start releasing some MSK-1 kits for Top Magazines and YouTubers who want to review it.

Up until now I have NOT released any MSK-1s for review, because I was not going to keep ONE MSK-1 from any of you who have been waiting so patiently - AND - I did NOT want to generate more demand.

YOU are my #1 Priority! And getting you your MSK-1 kit trumps everything else.

This is why there are no reviews on YouTube yet from any larger channels - JUST In case you were wondering...

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Have a Blessed and Very Merry Christmas!

See ya in 2018!

~David

Here's A Few NOTES FROM MSK-1 OWNERS…

“Hi David, Now that I have held the knife in my hand, I know I made a good decision in purchasing the MSK-1. Outstanding piece of gear! To you and your team, “Well Done!!” - F.S. Texas, USA

“David, I’m filled with joy now… the look and feel, it’s so much better than what I expected. It’s a big knife, but well balanced. This is my last day of work before I take the knife with me for 3 weeks in the desert wilderness… I will send you pictures (when I get back)… I’m really happy to deal with a person as nice as you. I wish you all the best.” - H.D. Saudi Arabia

“I GOT IT!! Thank you David! I almost tackled the Postal carrier, Then though twice… (she probably would have kicked my butt). I trepidatiously unboxed the unit. Now I have an MSK-1! My friends and family will no longer laugh at my "Flying Dutchman" of a knife. David, its GREAT! Congratulations! - E.B. PA, USA

“David, Its arrived! Took a little while for the customs guys to be happy to release, but we got it home… Firstly, you have done an outstanding job with this.....so well thought out and made… really proud of the outcome…” - A.S. Australia

“David, I received my MSK1 this past Friday. First, this thing is huge. It's a lot bigger and heavier than I expected, but I like it… and the sheath system is amazingly versatile… So, you truly do have a survival knife SYSTEM, for use by anyone with minimal additional hardware needed.” -D.W. Virginia, USA

“David, You did an amazing job - by far this is my favorite [Kickstarter] project - I need to order more!!!!!!!! I have been in the manufacturing business for over 25 years - and I help in the design of our products - I can definitely see the complexities in your project and the detail - more than outstanding - absolutely brilliant from the knife to the accessories - top quality - you delivered as promised! Thank you for taking your time and getting the details and quality right - it definitely shows. Did I say "I need to order more?” - J.N. Texas, USA

“David, Just got mine this morning. You and your team did terrific job on this knife and it's components/accessories. Well done and keep up the good work.” - N.M. Greece

“Hi David, I received the knife and it is amazing. I have a physical disability in my hand and need a knife with some weight to it and yours fits the bill. I searched and went through a LOT of knives to find the best and perfect one. Congratulations, you hit the mark. I love how the blade has weight to it with places to grip it for perfect control, and holes in it are great for lashing it to a pole to make a spear. I also like the handle that is made with a [micarta] material for a decent grip. Finally I love how you went the extra step in the sheath where I can adjust it to fit it at any angle and you added an elastic loop to the firesteel to keep it in the sheath… I am thoroughly impressed. Thank you.” - S.W. Illinois, USA

“David, Thanks for everything, the knife arrived yesterday and I couldn't be more pleased with my purchase… I may have even talked a buddy into getting one of his own. I'm very happy with the knife!” - M.B. Washington, USA

“David, You are my hero! This is amazing! I will be ordering a tactical sheath as soon as I can as well! Your support is unreal! - C.R. BC, Canada

“Dear Dave, Thank you for your project. [MSK-1] is an interesting concept and a welcomed addition to my life. MSK-1 is great chopping tool, also it's well balanced handcrafting tool - even for small jobs. As you know I am Japanese and the MSK-1 is sized prefect to fitted my hand. You should know that I got another knife made by Mr. (Jeff) Freeman the other day, because of good quality of the MSK-1. Both I now own, and am so happy to use them everyday. Best regards, H.Y.” - H.Y. Japan

“Dear David, If I had known (when I meet you) at BladeShow that this is what the MSK-1 would actually be… I would of hugged you. I’m so happy to own the [MSK-1 and Mini Knife] set… it’s just amazing. Love it. It was well worth waiting for. What a great job you have done. Thanks again.” - M.S. Israel

“Hi David, Got my MSK-1… and it is amazing, I love it, I’m sure it will last me a lifetime... the last knife I’ll ever need. Thanks again.” - G.W. United Kingdom

“Got my blade! The wait was worth it! Thank You so much!” - G.H. Hawaii, USA

“Hello David, I received my MSK-1 kit. From the packaging to the gear inside the boxes, I can see the quality of this project everywhere. Grasping the knife in my hand, I can feel the tears, sweat and effort you put into this over the past year. David, I appreciate you and admire your courage to kick off such a huge project. I know you have been under a lot of pressure, but I want you to know that it was well worth the year I waited for it. MSK-1 is a really kick-ass item that makes me feel of confident when holding it in my hand.” - M.S. Hong Kong

“Hi David, Got my knife! Thank you for designing such an incredible piece of hardware! And I'm so happy! Your goal of leaving a legacy in metal was successful.” -J.Y. New York, USA

Hey David, I just received my MSK-1. My only regret is NOT ordering another. I am very happy. I'd like to purchase another knife." - F.M. Nevada, USA _____

"A few months back, I was casually looking for a more substantial knife to have on hand for the outdoors - and to be honest, I wasn’t specifically looking for a “survival” knife. I was looking for something that was robust and functional enough to perform a number of duties.

So I searched YouTube, and I found the MSK-1. While I’ve had a few knives over the years that were short lived disappointments, I did some research and decided to order the MSK-1. As in most things in life, the concept of buyer’s remorse is probably more common than most would admit, but I have to say that this knife is beyond exceptional, it's off the charts perfect, and was well worth waiting for!

From clearing and preparing our campsite on a recent adventure in Vermont, the MSK-1 proved to be so much more than just a knife, operating also as an ax, a shovel, a hammer, and a cooking tool... this knife is ideal for any heavy duty task as well as more delicate duties such as carving and food preparation.

The quality could not be better, and in fact, this thing is so overbuilt it will certainly outlive me.

I have never written to a company before, or provided any feedback or testimonial, but this product was such a pleasant surprise - I had to contact you!

My thanks go to you David, and your team for making such a great product." - - J.H. New York, USA ______

"I received my MSK-1 Ultimate Survival Knife Kit + Extra Sheath and MSK-1 Mini Neck Knife Kit [on September 25th]. The excellence of the packaging and the way things shipped alone was top notch and added to the excitement.

I was blown away by the quality of this survival system. My father has been teaching two-week desert survival on the USA / Mexico border for SWAT and Border Security for over 20 years, and he agrees - MSK-1 is a complete survival system in a compact, superior knife platform.

As I began to use my MSK-1, I realized that this knife system was so capable that it seemed to inspire a massive amount of confidence and positive thinking in me - even raising my mental state.

I have also found that the knife and sheath are easy to clean and maintain [after hard use]. And your instructions for maintaining the MSK-1 are reasonable and quick. I am indeed grateful for your time and effort in the creation and persistent pursuit of quality that you forced us to accept.

Thank you for not giving into the usual corporate traits of sacrificing quality for profit. And a huge "Thank You" for not cutting corners when you experienced delays due to outside manufacturing problems.

You held your head high and took the brunt of our (mine and all customers) frustrations at the lack of instant gratification! But the delays were worth it!

Thank you for responding to each and every email that I sent. You put my modern day lack of patience at ease. I have never experienced such a high level of customer service for an item that I didn't even have yet!!

Your personal intervention in the shipping process was unparalleled. The Skittles just topped everything off. Thank you!

I now have to go through the headache of updating my living will to figure out which of my children gets this MSK-1 package when I pass on to bigger and better pastures. :) I am grateful for this problem.

Thank you again for all the effort on my account alone. Best regards," - A.M. Nevada, USA

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Okay y'all... That's it.

"My MSK-1 Knife is (Off the Charts) Perfect" - October UPDATE
7 months ago – Fri, Oct 13, 2017 at 12:01:14 AM

Hey Friend,

It's Been a Crazy Ride... 

Getting (what I think is) one of the finest Multi-Scenario-Knives ever made - through production to my obsessive compulsively high standards - and "out the door" to you has been challenging in about every way I can imagine. 

But what makes the last 4 years of development and production headaches worth it, is hearing from YOU - our TOTALLY stoked MSK-1 owners... 

SO... Before we get into delivery updates...

Here's 2.1 (Recent) Jolly-Good MSK-1 Owner Stories I Want to Share with You... 

"Hey David, I just received my MSK-1. My only regret is NOT ordering another. I am very happy. I'd like to purchase another knife." - F.M. Nevada, USA

_____

"A few months back, I was casually looking for a more substantial knife to have on hand for the outdoors - and to be honest, I wasn’t specifically looking for a “survival” knife. I was looking for something that was robust and functional enough to perform a number of duties. 

So I searched YouTube, and I found the MSK-1.  While I’ve had a few knives over the years that were short lived disappointments, I did some research and decided to order the MSK-1.  As in most things in life, the concept of buyer’s remorse is probably more common than most would admit, but I have to say that this knife is beyond exceptional, it's off the charts perfect, and was well worth waiting for!   

From clearing and preparing our campsite on a recent adventure in Vermont, the MSK-1 proved to be so much more than just a knife, operating also as an ax, a shovel, a hammer, and a cooking tool... this knife is ideal for any heavy duty task as well as more delicate duties such as carving and food preparation. 

The quality could not be better, and in fact, this thing is so overbuilt it will certainly outlive me. 

I have never written to a company before, or provided any feedback or testimonial, but this product was such a pleasant surprise - I had to contact you!

My thanks go to you David, and your team for making such a great product." -

- J.H. New York, USA

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"I received my MSK-1 Ultimate Survival Knife Kit + Extra Sheath and MSK-1 Mini Neck Knife Kit [on September 25th]. The excellence of the packaging and the way things shipped alone was top notch and added to the excitement.

I was blown away by the quality of this survival system. My father has been teaching two-week desert survival on the USA / Mexico border for SWAT and Border Security for over 20 years, and he agrees - MSK-1 is a complete survival system in a compact, superior knife platform.

As I began to use my MSK-1, I realized that this knife system was so capable that it seemed to inspire a massive amount of confidence and positive thinking in me - even raising my mental state.

I have also found that the knife and sheath are easy to clean and maintain [after hard use]. And your instructions for maintaining the MSK-1 are reasonable and quick.

I am indeed grateful for your time and effort in the creation and persistent pursuit of quality that you forced us to accept.

Thank you for not giving into the usual corporate traits of sacrificing quality for profit. And a huge "Thank You" for not cutting corners when you experienced delays due to outside manufacturing problems.

You held your head high and took the brunt of our (mine and all customers) frustrations at the lack of instant gratification! But the delays were worth it! 

Thank you for responding to each and every email that I sent. You put my modern day lack of patience at ease. I have never experienced such a high level of customer service for an item that I didn't even have yet!!

Your personal intervention in the shipping process was unparalleled. The Skittles just topped everything off. Thank you!

I now have to go through the headache of updating my living will to figure out which of my children gets this MSK-1 package when I pass on to bigger and better pastures. :) I am grateful for this problem. 

Thank you again for all the effort on my account alone.  Best regards,"  

- A.M. Nevada, USA

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MSK-1 Update... 

100% of Kickstarter Backer MSK-1 Pledges HAVE Been FulFilled!!! Yee Haa!!!

AND 85% of MSK-1 (Batch #2) Knife Beauty Has Arrived in Small Quantities Over the Last 3 Weeks!- these knives are for folks who ordered BEFORE May 15th, 2017.

Our NEW manufacturing team (was super late - due to production issues on their first run of MSK-1s) but they have NAILED it! No pictures or words can express how fantastic these knives came out. But here's a photo anyway... 

First Batch of Second Production Run MSK-1s Just Arrived...
First Batch of Second Production Run MSK-1s Just Arrived...

STILL WAITING for Your MSK-1 Kit? 

So.... if you are still waiting for you MSK-1 (and Pre-Ordered BEFORE May 15th, 2017) here's your update... 

Many of you (who Pre-Ordered BEFORE May 15th, 2017) have gotten your MSK-1 Kits already. 

All of you have gotten a notice about 3+ weeks ago to check your shipping address. And some of you have just gotten an email with tracking numbers.

If you have gotten any of the above... hold on for another two weeks... your MSK-1 is NOT lost it's on the way... 

SO, for most of you (who ordered BEFORE May 15th, 2017), your MSK-1 system will be shipping by the end of October.

But a few of you may have to wait a bit longer... Here's why...

7% of the knives in this batch failed our quality control check and had to be sent back to be recoated... and 8% of this batch were totally ruined in setup and production (something I just learned about last week).

Even with 8% being ruined (which was my buffer) we should JUST have enough knives to take care everyone who ordered prior to May, 15th, 2017. 

I'm glad our team caught the sub-standard knives in production - but this means that a few of you will experience up to an additional 2-3 week delay - but should receive your MSK-1 kits before mid-November... although I am now "guns shy" of giving ANY dates until I have product in hand. 

And Before You Ask, "David, do you know who's MSK-1 system will be delayed?"

I have no way of knowing who's MSK-1 system will be delayed (the reason is complicated and - yes - boring) - so please don't bombard me with emails asking : ) 

Just know we are doing our very best to keep MSK-1 Kits flowing as efficiently and speedily as we can. THANK YOU for Your Patience!

Next… IF you Pre-Ordered AFTER May 15th, 2017 - READ THIS… 

At some point a few months ago we had to move the ship date of your knife batch of MSK-1s back to November (see the September update)… Unfortunately this is now pushed back further.

Here’s why…

Since the last update… the knives that were supposed to be done by mid-June, 2017 (those ordered before May 15th, 2017 - in the above update) … had been delayed do to quality control and manufacturing hiccups.

This all caused a 6 -8 week delay and has pushed the manufacturing start date of YOUR batch (Pre-Orders placed AFTER May 15th, 2017) back an additional 6 - 8 weeks.

This happened for some (in my opinion) stupid - as well as some - very legit yet complicated (and eternally boring) reasons… All beyond my control and in spite of my ABSOLUTE BEST and MOST PERSISTENT efforts to prevent further delays from happening.

As I mentioned in the September update - this next batch would not be able to be started until the previous batch was about done.

And since the previous batch was delayed... your batch was delayed.

Just know that the knives I am receiving and shipping right now (for folks who ordered prior to May 15th, 2017) are PERFECT in every way… AS YOURS WILL BE ALSO.  

These knives are are beyond my expectations… but this has come at a cost in time.

But we ARE making progress. Check this out…

1) It took 300+ days for our first run of knives to be done properly (to MY expectations). 

2) It took 160 days for our second run of knives to be done to perfection (MY expectations). 

3) And it should take 90 - 120 days for our third run to be done.

Yes, I share the above, to mostly comfort myself with the fact that our crappy manufacturing turn-around-times are actually improving and I am hoping that this will somehow encourage you too…

So, we are moving in the right direction - just SO MUCH SLOWER than I ever expected… 

Manufacturing in the USA Seems to Have It's Own Pace - SLOW... 

Here is the formula I came up with: Take original promised days until delivery and double them - then multiply by 1.786…

YEP, that’s pretty much it.

So WHEN Will YOU Get Your MSK-1 Kit (if you ordered AFTER May 15th)?

All this to say… anyone who ordered after May 15th, 2017 (if my calculations hold - crossing my fingers and praying a LOT) should have their MSK-1 kits shipped sometime between December 15th, 2017 (best case) and January 15th, 2018 (worst case).

Now, I know you all just heard December 15th and NOT January 15th. Just please expect January 15th and HOPE FOR December 15th or even earlier.

I apologized for the disappointment - to you who have been waiting, and waiting and waiting...

I know you wanted your knife for your hunting trip, summer adventure... your once in a life time trip to the Australian Bush, Amazon Jungle, Africa, China, India, Siberia OR  just to have and hold.. and cut, chop and carve cool stuff in the backyard - cause it’s a great knife. 

I get it and am VERY sorry! I can't imagine my life without an MSK-1 and MSK-1 Mini... and soon you won't either. 

If it was up to me - we would NEVER be late - but I have learned that I can't fix everything - no matter how hard I try…

But I CAN reassure YOU with the two comments that I get the most from our hundreds of MSK-1 owners…

Here they are: 

#1 - “David, I LOVE this knife…it’s beyond my expectations…” 

#2 - “David, the MSK-1 was totally worth the wait...”

However, if waiting longer is NOT acceptable to you…

I understand, and (as mentioned MANY times before) will gladly give you a 100% refund. Just email me at msk1@ultimatesurvivaltips.com

Happy MSK-1 Owner? 

Please send photos and your story... we'd love to hear your MSK-1 exploits and share them with others....

Thanks y'all,

~David

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A Few More NOTES FROM MSK-1 OWNERs…

“Hi David, Now that I have held the knife in my hand, I know I made a good decision in purchasing the MSK-1. Outstanding piece of gear! To you and your team, “Well Done!!” - F.S. Texas, USA

“David, I’m filled with joy now… the look and feel, it’s so much better than what I expected. It’s a big knife, but well balanced. This is my last day of work before I take the knife with me for 3 weeks in the desert wilderness… I will send you pictures (when I get back)… I’m really happy to deal with a person as nice as you. I wish you all the best.” -H.D. Saudi Arabia

“I GOT IT!! Thank you David! I almost tackled the Postal carrier, Then though twice… (she probably would have kicked my butt). I trepidatiously unboxed the unit. Now I have an MSK-1! My friends and family will no longer laugh at my "Flying Dutchman" of a knife. David, its GREAT! Congratulations! - E.B. PA, USA

“David, Its arrived! Took a little while for the customs guys to be happy to release, but we got it home… Firstly, you have done an outstanding job with this.....so well thought out and made… really proud of the outcome…” - A.S. Australia

“David, I received my MSK1 this past Friday. First, this thing is huge. It's a lot bigger and heavier than I expected, but I like it… and the sheath system is amazingly versatile… So, you truly do have a survival knife SYSTEM, for use by anyone with minimal additional hardware needed.” -D.W. Virginia, USA

“David, You did an amazing job - by far this is my favorite [Kickstarter] project - I need to order more!!!!!!!! I have been in the manufacturing business for over 25 years - and I help in the design of our products - I can definitely see the complexities in your project and the detail - more than outstanding - absolutely brilliant from the knife to the accessories - top quality - you delivered as promised! Thank you for taking your time and getting the details and quality right - it definitely shows. Did I say "I need to order more?” - J.N. Texas, USA

“David, Just got mine this morning. You and your team did terrific job on this knife and it's components/accessories. Well done and keep up the good work.” - N.M. Greece

“Hi David, I received the knife and it is amazing. I have a physical disability in my hand and need a knife with some weight to it and yours fits the bill. I searched and went through a LOT of knives to find the best and perfect one. Congratulations, you hit the mark. I love how the blade has weight to it with places to grip it for perfect control, and holes in it are great for lashing it to a pole to make a spear. I also like the handle that is made with a [micarta] material for a decent grip. Finally I love how you went the extra step in the sheath where I can adjust it to fit it at any angle and you added an elastic loop to the firesteel to keep it in the sheath… I am thoroughly impressed. Thank you.” - S.W. Illinois, USA

“David, Thanks for everything, the knife arrived yesterday and I couldn't be more pleased with my purchase… I may have even talked a buddy into getting one of his own. I'm very happy with the knife!” - M.B. Washington, USA

“David, You are my hero! This is amazing! I will be ordering a tactical sheath as soon as I can as well! Your support is unreal! - C.R. BC, Canada

“Dear Dave, Thank you for your project. [MSK-1] is an interesting concept and a welcomed addition to my life. MSK-1 is great chopping tool, also it's well balanced handcrafting tool - even for small jobs. As you know I am Japanese and the MSK-1 is sized prefect to fitted my hand. You should know that I got another knife made by Mr. (Jeff) Freeman the other day, because of good quality of the MSK-1. Both I now own, and am so happy to use them everyday. Best regards, H.Y.” - H.Y. Japan

“Dear David, If I had known (when I meet you) at BladeShow that this is what the MSK-1 would actually be… I would of hugged you. I’m so happy to own the [MSK-1 and Mini Knife] set… it’s just amazing. Love it. It was well worth waiting for. What a great job you have done. Thanks again.” - M.S. Israel

“Hi David, Got my MSK-1… and it is amazing, I love it, I’m sure it will last me a lifetime... the last knife I’ll ever need. Thanks again.” - G.W. United Kingdom

“Got my blade! The wait was worth it! Thank You so much!” - G.H. Hawaii, USA

“Hello David, I received my MSK-1 kit. From the packaging to the gear inside the boxes, I can see the quality of this project everywhere. Grasping the knife in my hand, I can feel the tears, sweat and effort you put into this over the past year. David, I appreciate you and admire your courage to kick off such a huge project. I know you have been under a lot of pressure, but I want you to know that it was well worth the year I waited for it. MSK-1 is a really kick-ass item that makes me feel of confident when holding it in my hand.” - M.S. Hong Kong

“Hi David, Got my knife! Thank you for designing such an incredible piece of hardware! And I'm so happy! Your goal of leaving a legacy in metal was successful.” -J.Y. New York, USA