MSK-1 Production Update - Batch #2 of Knives
about 2 years ago
– Tue, Jul 25, 2017 at 05:13:20 PM
It's time for another update...
THE GOOD NEWS!!!
We HAVE shipped HUNDREDS and HUNDREDS of MSK-1s and Mini Survival Knife Systems. Nearly 70% of ALL orders placed before May 15th, 2017 have been fulfilled as I write this.
Over 90% of Kickstarter orders and about 90% of Pre-Orders placed PRIOR to September 2016 HAVE Shipped.
Almost every day I get another testimony or two of someone telling me their MSK-1 story and how it was was worth the wait.
But I know some of you are still waiting....
STILL WAITING FOR YOUR MSK-1? READ THIS...
FIRST - If you ordered your MSK-1 before May 15th, 2017 the OCTOBER DELIVERY Date on the WEBSITE is NOT for You. It is ONLY for Pre-Orders Placed after May 15th, 2017 and Orders placed today.
Next... As most of you know. Our first production run of MSK-1s was a bit of a train wreck.
The quality of the knives was fantastic!!! But MANY of our manufacturers did TERRIBLE job and broke promise after promise on completion and delivery dates - to Jeff and I and ULTIMATELY You.
Through this process, due to the domino effect - we lost 6 to 8 months... which is what caused so many of you to have to wait so long for your MSK-1.
I saw BIG problems developing (that were beyond my control) around November 2016.
At that time I started developing a back-up plan.
Demand for MSK-1 knife systems was NOT decreasing... and our manufacturers (at the time) were not anywhere close to keeping up.
The BOTTOM LINE - They had lost my trust!
To say I was not happy, is a gross understatement.
I have always prided myself on integrity and keeping my promises... and because of several of our manufacturers - I was NOT able to keep my promises to you. This not only made me mad, but deeply sad.
Unfortunately, we were committed to these manufacturers to finish out the production of our first RUN of MSK-1 knives.
But my mind was made up.
Most of these manufactures had to be fired... What they did to me (and us) was totally unacceptable.
So my plan was to eliminate the multiple manufacturer model and bring ALL of our knife manufacturing under one roof.
So in late 2016 I started looking for... and found a great company to work with - Utica Cutlery.
At SHOT Show in January, Jeff and I started discussing the MSK-1 project with them, getting quotes and working out the details.
You see... Utica Cutlery is a company with a stellar reputation and is a legacy knife company (just 3.5 hours from my home) that has been around for nearly a century, with a rock solid reputation for producing quality cutting tools under budget and on schedule.
I knew starting this process over was going to take some time... because, we were essentially starting from scratch - new company, new tooling needed to be manufactured, new processes for Utica to learn (since MSK-1 is a very complicated knife to make).
Once Jeff and I were satisfied that we had a winning strategy and a team of folks on our side at Utica Cutlery... we moved forward.
Utica guaranteed that our second run of MSK-1 and Mini knives would be complete between the Middle to end of August 2017.
But we were REALLY behind, so I pushed them, asking if they could try and make up time lost by our previous manufacturers and deliver by the end of July 2017.
THEY AGREED to DO THEIR BEST and Try to Make Up Lost Time...
When I met with representatives of the company at BLADE Show in early June... the sense was that they would be able to get our second run of knives done for us to ship by the end of July.
But in July two things happened.
1 - Utica had a difficult time laser marking the knives. This cost a week or so of "make up" time.
2 - The second issue was that the company who was manufacturing the tooling for Utica had an unexpected 2 week company-wide shut down in early July. And by, by went our margin and the ability to make up time.
HERE'S THE BOTTOM LINE
We are not going to be able to ship all Pre-Orders placed prior to May 15th, 2017 by the end of July.
Our NEW Target for Shipping the above Pre-Orders is by the End of August, 2017. Basically AS SOON AS we get the finished knives from Utica.
So I want to say this clearly... If you ordered before May 15th, 2017 and are not willing to wait for your MSK-1 another 3 or 4 weeks. Please let me know and I will gladly refund your money.
This has been my commitment to you since I realized we would not make our first ship date... and this continues until you have your knife.
SO, Moving Forward - HERE IS WHAT I KNOW...
I should have MSK-1 Mini Neck Knives by the second week of August (if not before).
I should have a sample of the MSK-1 Survival Knife (the big one) here for inspection on (this) Friday July 28th or this Saturday July 29th (Utica is overnighting the first sample to me).
Once I approve this, the full production run of the big knives begins.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO YOU?
This means that I'll be able to ship the balance Pre-Orders that contain the Mini Neck Knives (only) starting around August 15th.
AND I will be shipping MSK-1s (per-ordered before May 15th) - before the end of August.
HOW DO YOU KNOW THIS IS TRUE?
Well we've had a bunch of issues and had to change many dates. But I am hoping, at this point we have flushed the system clean and we now are down to a reliable company I can trust moving forward.
So, the bottom line is that I TRUST UTICA CUTLERY to come through.
ONE LAST THING... for those WHO ORDERED a COMBAT SHEATH SYSTEM with your MSK-1...
IF YOU ORDERED the Combat Sheath with Your MSK-1 - Kevin at Tie Tactical (our manufacturer of those)... has had a difficult time keeping up with demand.
Tie Tactical is a small custom sheath shop in Texas and (although they originally approached me to design and make the MSK-1 Combat Sheaths) - I know now, they had NO IDEA what they were getting themselves into.
So, some of our Kickstarter Folks (about 50 of you) are still waiting for their MSK-1s with Combat Sheath. I will have 25 to ship by the end of this week....with the balance rolling in weekly with a goal of shipping them by the Middle of August.
IF the delay on the Combat Sheaths extends beyond the Middle of August... I will ship your MSK-1s WITHOUT the Combat Sheath and ship your Combat Sheath system when it arrives.
This way you can start using your MSK-1 sooner than later.
For our Pre-Order backers who have ordered the combat sheath system with MSK-1 (prior to May 15th, 2017...
IF your Combat Sheath System is not ready by the time we are ready to ship your MSK-1 knife ... I will ship your MSK-1 - and then ship your combat sheath when it is in stock.
I rejoice in the fact that YOU - our faithful and patient backers and Pre-Order customers - have endured so many obstacles with me (over the past year).
I thank the hundreds of you who have sent notes of encouragement and support through one of the toughest times of my life - converting the MSK-1 concept to reality.
But WE have survived and have almost crossed the finish line.
I can say with certainty... that if you have not received your MSK-1 yet. You are in for a treat.
You are going to LOVE this knife.
Warmest Regards and Many Blessings,
Oops... New MSK-1 Online User Guide is "LIVE"
over 2 years ago
– Tue, Jun 20, 2017 at 10:40:42 AM
I forgot to tell you about the NEW Online MSK-1 User Guide in my last update..
Holy Cats, there's a LOT of stuff there including setup - maintenance - sharpening your MSK-1 - and TONs more.
It's nearly a virtual MSK-1 playground... LOL
I designed this Resource / Guide it to have every resource / training I wished other knife and gear makers would post on their products.
We took a LOT of time to put this online resource together for you so that you can have the MOST AWESOME MSK-1 Experience Possible.
Check It Out HERE: http://ultimatesurvivaltips.com/msk1-guide/
OH - I almost forgot - I JUST Opened Up 5 More Seats for our ULTIMATE SURVIVAL CHALLENGE Training (July 10th - 14th in PA): http://ultimatesurvivaltips.com/ultimate-survival-challenge-level-1/
So if you want to test out your MSK-1 (in a real world training scenario) AND learn everything you and your family needs to MUSH better prepare and weather any crisis, disaster or emergency... CHECK IT OUT!
MSK-1 Supporters TAKE $100 off (per seat)... HERE'S the discount code: 2017-100
Here's a LINK to the Training: http://ultimatesurvivaltips.com/ultimate-survival-challenge-level-1/
Enjoy the MSK-1 User / Resource Guide
FRESH MSK-1 Knife UPDATE - Yea! Kickstarter and PRE-Orders Shipping...
over 2 years ago
– Tue, Jun 20, 2017 at 09:28:45 AM
I'm getting a LOT of requests for a FRESH update - so here goes...
Through many continued challenges with coordinating the delivery of sheaths and knives, we are still (pretty much) on schedule with our last two updates.
Most Kickstarter Pledges are Shipped and /or Delivered - YEA!!! ... With the exception of some International and USA Knife Systems - that include nylon sheaths, kit pouches and the kydex combat sheaths (these all should be restocked by the end of this week).
But we are on track to ship all of the Kickstarter Pledges that are left to ship - by the end of June.
Some Pre-Orders HAVE Started to Ship - Another YEA! Our goal is to ship ALL Pre-Orders (PLACE BEFORE MAY 15th, 2017) before the end of July.
The only variable I have is that our second Mini and MSK-1 knife order is promised by the first week of July (and of course I need these knives to ship many of your Pre-Orders).
These knives are coming from an awesome manufacturer that Jeff and I have been vetting and working with for the last 8 months (to replace our previous manufacturers who could not keep a deadline to save their life - and caused us all a TON of frustration and months and months and month of waiting).
BUT... I have a LOT of faith in our new manufacturing partner to deliver on time... so you can get your MSK-1 Survival Knife System ASAP.
I'm loving all the photos and testimonials from you guys as you get and use your MSK-1 Systems. Please do send links to videos too...
Excited about your MSK-1 system or do you have an MSK-1 story to tell? Send your MSK-1 experience words, photos and video to: firstname.lastname@example.org
That's it for now,
TEMPORARILY SOLD OUT! - IMPORTANT MSK-1 Knife Update...
over 2 years ago
– Thu, Jun 01, 2017 at 01:52:18 PM
I want to let you know that we just sold out of the second order of MSK-1 (the BIG) knives that are CURRENTLY shipping and are in the final stages of being manufactured.
So... if you are a Kickstarter Backer or have placed a Pre-Order before May 13th, 2017 - You are ALL GOOD!
Your MSK-1 is in production NOW... and our GOAL is to have all Kickstarter Pledges and Pre-Orders fulfilled before July 31st, 2017.
For Anyone Ordering from May 13th, 2017 on...
I will be placing our third order soon to begin production of more MSK-1s (the BIG knives).
So, to be conservative, we will likely NOT be shipping NEW MSK-1 (Big Knife) orders placed from May 13th, 2017 on - until October 2017. I'll know more once I place the next order.
But the Pre-Order site now says we are shipping Pre-Orders in October.
LET ME CLEARLY STATE that this does NOT affect YOU if you pre-ordered before May 13th, 2017.
One last thing... this date ONLY affects MSK-1 Survival Knives (the Big Ones).
We still have MKS-1 Mini Neck Knives in Stock AND All the Other Sheaths and Add-Ons will be in stock with some EXTRA quantities available for sale. (So you can continue to add to and upgrade your MSK-1 System.)
But even if we sell out of any NON-Knife items, our turn-around time for restocking MOST of these items is only about 30 days, opposed to approximately 90 days for knives.
Okay, that's it for now...
I just didn't want anyone to panic when they go to the Pre-Order Website and see that the Ship Date is moved back to October 2017.
This date is for NEW Orders placed from May 13th, 2017 on...
Finally, know that we are working hard to get all of your MSK-1 Knifes Systems out ASAP!
You're gonna love this knife.
MEGA MSK-1 Update + VIDEO - Behind the Scenes (Building MSK-1s)
over 2 years 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!