MAJOR Update! MSK-1s Shipping… PHOTOS Attached
almost 3 years ago
– Tue, Mar 28, 2017 at 11:33:15 PM
Sorry for NOT posting an update these past 2-3 weeks…
I was committed to NOT posting another update until I could tell you we are starting to ship... BUT, we ARE now ready to start shipping and will continue until all pledges and pre-orders are fulfilled.
Join me at 7:00PM EST TONIGHT (March 28th, 2017) on Facebook “LIVE” for a video update on the knives, to see them in person and to get all the latest NEWS!
Here’s a Link:
If you have to miss the Facebook “LIVE” broadcast - I’ll post the recorded video on our Facebook page for you to view any time.
If you HATE facebook… stand by, I’ll post a longer update in a few days - but my focus is now assembling, packing and shipping your knives.
One LAST thing before I go…
If your shipping address has changed since your pledge or pre-order please use this link and update your address now. Just enter our email to access your account information: https://the-ultimate-all-purpose-knife-that-could-save-you.backerkit.com/
NOTE: We’ll also send you a final notice to update your shipping address a few days before we ship. That's when you will know that your knife is shipping / coming soon...
FYI - 137 of you should have already received this notifications - Hint, Hint :)
Okay, thanks for your patience, trust and support (and see the photos - below - of the first FINISHED assembled MSK-1 knives)
109 MSK-1 Knives - FOUND… WHAT?!
almost 3 years ago
– Fri, Mar 03, 2017 at 09:13:54 PM
“Making something that didn’t exist before - is the work of vision, passion, patience, persistence, sometimes stupidity, and always, unstoppable will…”
~David: Co-Designer MSK-1 Knife - Founder, Ultimate Survival Tips
109 MSK-1 Knives - FOUND… WHAT?!
Well, I’ll be jiggered! So I just got a phone call that 109 MKS-1 knives were lost, but now are found!
Here’s the Story (You totally can’t make this stuff up :)
Weeks ago, the solid (doable) goal I was given for delivery of the first MSK-1 knives (the big ones) was either the last week of February or (at the latest) the first week of March. Everything was FINALLY aligning! Whew…
So, the last week of February rolled in… No knives.
Calls and emails go out from me.
This week. More calls and emails go out.
Silence. So quiet, I hear nothing but crickets.
Frenzy of calls, and emails. Nothing… until minutes ago.
“Ping” - Message comes in to my MacBook Pro…
“David, the first 109 MSK-1s were lost in shipping - but have been found!”
Immediate phone call follows.
The voice on the other side of the call is surprisingly calm and explains…
“So, the first 109 MSK-1 knives were powder-coated [one of the final steps in production] and supposedly shipped from the company who does the coating, to the company who does the laser marking. But they never arrived.
We all scrambled trying to figure out what the heck happened to the knives… and didn’t want to worry you with a call… But then the search extended into almost two weeks.
Anyway, to make a long story short, the knives have been found, and somehow ended up at the wrong place where they have been sitting for nearly two weeks.
They are now at the laser marking company… and next week we will start to sharpen them and ship to you. You should see them start rolling in around March 13th or 14th, ready to ship.”
In retrospect… it’s probably better I didn’t know until this was fixed. Yep, much better :)
Now… “They” tell me, that, “this is what happens,” in the first production run when you make something that didn’t exist before.
Even though it’s not my first designing rodeo, this has been a much “wilder ride” than any I’ve ever been on.
Am I Crazy?
MSK-1 is a VERY ambitious project!!! I knew this from the start… I just didn’t know how ambitious it really was… Now I do.
Nearly 40 part numbers make up the MSK-1 Survival Knife System and most of these NEVER existed before…
- 2 Knives
- 5 Sheaths
- 2 Ferro Rod Holders
- 4 Handle Colors (Made of 2 Different Materials)
- 16 Item Micro Survival Kit
Custom-Made Sheath Pouch
- 3 Different Ferro Rods
- Titan Survivor Cord - Paracord with a Survival Items Built-in
- 4 Colors of Survival Vault - Waterproof Gear Holders
- And More…
And the cool thing is that most of this stuff is MADE Proudly, right here in the United States of America!
“David, What were you thinking?”
I have had people from some of the largest gear brands in the world tell me, “David, what were you thinking… and how in the world did you pull this off? It’s pretty amazing!”
Simply put, I wanted to design the knife “system” that I had dreamed about for years… and I figured I had one shot to get this right…
But I have learned…
- Dreaming of something that didn’t exist before, is easy.
- Converting the dream into a design is enlightening.
- Fashioning the design into a prototype and testing is exhausting.
- Forging the prototype into reality is a work of persistence, patience, crazy unstoppable will AND heavy doses of encouragement from friends!
So, thank YOU, friend!
YOU are part of something great here.
Without YOU… the dream of MSK-1 would not be THIS close to reality.
Your patience, trust and encouragement… have been LIFE to me.
Your MSK-1 is Coming Soon…
You Will Know Your MSK-1 is Coming - WHEN…
At some point in the weeks to follow, you will receive an email from us (via BackerKit) for you to confirm your SHIPPING ADDRESS. If your address has changed since your pledge or pre-order you NEED to fix it… Especially if you want your knife :)
Then, once we ship your MSK-1 System - You will receive an email notification, tracking info, etc.
MSK-1s will roll out of here (as I have said before) - FIRST to our Kickstarter Backers - THEN to those of you who have Pre-Ordered. We will ship (as best as we can) in the order that pledges and pre-orders were made.
That’s it for now…
You’re Gonna LOVE this Knife!
MSK-1 Knife Update - We're ALMOST There!
almost 3 years ago
– Mon, Feb 13, 2017 at 10:57:30 PM
MSK-1 production is going well… just not as fast as you OR I want. Hurdles, massive coordination, juggling and many contortions... However, everyone is busting their tails to get us the first 100 knives (and sheaths) - so we can start shipping soon.
I'm Crazy Picky (if you haven't already noticed)...
So, I received first "samples" of the MSK-1 Mini Sheaths last week!!! Although they were very good - there were 3 small things that “bugged” me about it. So I slept on it.
When I woke up, I knew I had to do something. I knew that NOT approving the sheath “samples" was going to cost an additional week of production - AND the additional cost to re-do the tooling.
But I couldn’t live with “almost right”...
We’ve come too far to start making exceptions in quality or design of ANY component in the MSK-1 Knife System.
So, of course - I had the MSK-1 Mini sheath manufacture re-work the tooling to get it exactly right.
I also made some “last minute” tweaks to the big black MSK-1 Kydex sheath. However these didn't cost any time, since the tooling was not finished yet. Whew!!!
Wow - What a Knife!
All that to say, I am now EXCEEDINGLY happy with the knife AND the sheaths. I LOVE the MSK-1 Mini Neck knives ~WOW!
In fact, I have 200 finished “Minis” here - just waiting for sheaths.
Testing the FIRST "Final" MSK-1...
Also, the “first sample” - MSK-1 (big knife) around 3 weeks ago. So, I have been testing it - and - just got back from a VERY cold winter training in the mountains (video coming soon to YouTube) where I used this knife.
And wow! It's WAY better than the “final” prototype you guys saw in the Kickstarter videos. Definite improvements to it’s fine cutting ability and balance.
We are still hoping to ship out first knives by the end of next week (Week of the 20th). But everything is going to have to go perfect over the next week (you know, planets align and all of that)… so, I am hopeful - but realistic.
But in all honestly, first shipments may be delayed until the last week of February / first week of March. Followed by weekly shipments (as knives and sheath arrive here) until all Kickstarter and Pre-Orders are fulfilled.
But the bottom line is, we are SO very close. Delivery begins soon… and you’re going to LOVE this knife!
If YOU Haven't Seen the Facebook "Live" Video Update that Carin and I did on January 31st. - Check This Out...