MSK-1 Knives Are Now Available @

Created by David @ Ultimate Survival Tips

MSK-1 Knives Are Now Available @

Latest Updates from Our Project:

MSK-1 Knife Build - Progress Report...
over 3 years ago – Thu, Oct 06, 2016 at 10:30:21 PM

Knife Production is Going Well...

Pretty much everything (including packaging) is here - in stock - waiting for knives and sheaths (See packaging photos below)... 

Here's the knife packaging. Rough, tough and minimalistic, like the MSK-1
Here's the knife packaging. Rough, tough and minimalistic, like the MSK-1

Sheaths would be here except for the fact that Jeff and I made some small dimensional changes to the last Mini Neck Knife and the MSK-1 Knife Protoype Run... that further improved the usability of the blades. 

So the sheath manufactures are waiting for the first blades to be complete so that they can accurately form the sheaths. 

Again, all of this to do whatever it takes to get you the absolute best blade possible. Fortunately this was planned months ago and isn't holding up production. 

But we are done with changes, and I am SUPER expectantly awaiting knives... as I know you are. You're gonna love this knife!!! 

Knives Update...

ALL (yep, I said "all") MSK-1 Mini Neck Knives are being machined this week and go to heat treat next week. 

100% of the Mini Neck Knives are Machined and Ready for Heat Treat
100% of the Mini Neck Knives are Machined and Ready for Heat Treat

40% of the MSK-1s (the big knife) are being machined and ALL the rest are enroute to surface grinding. Progress is better than I expected. 

Lots more steps... but we are making good progress. 

Stay tuned for more updates... 

- David

MSK-1 Tested in the Amazon Jungle
almost 4 years ago – Fri, Sep 30, 2016 at 11:12:26 PM

I'm just back (literally I'm sitting at the airport in New York City waiting for my flight home) from 14 days of jungle training / expedition / adventure in the Amazon Jungle - Colombia. I used the MSK-1 extensively and nearly exclusively and it performed great!!! MSK-1 again proved to make my machete unnecessary and did most of my medium and fine carving work with also. Stand by for more updates...

MSK-1 Production Begins...YES! Knife Blanks are Cut...
almost 4 years ago – Sat, Sep 10, 2016 at 08:38:50 PM

Exciting News... MSK-1 Production Has Begun!!!

Here are some photos... 

D2 Steel Ready to Be Cut by Water Jet
D2 Steel Ready to Be Cut by Water Jet


CAD Monitor Displaying Layout of MSK-1s on D2 Slab
CAD Monitor Displaying Layout of MSK-1s on D2 Slab


THE First MSK-1 Being Water Jet Cut!
THE First MSK-1 Being Water Jet Cut!


First Batch of MSK-1 Cut and Ready to Ship to Oregon for Next Steps...
First Batch of MSK-1 Cut and Ready to Ship to Oregon for Next Steps...

So... we are moving forward! I will keep you updated as I get news from manufacturing. 

Have a great day!


Manufacturing Begins / MSK-1 Made Better / Delivery Change and More...
almost 4 years ago – Sun, Aug 21, 2016 at 09:49:55 PM

Hey Friend, 

I realize now that the MSK-1 Knife Project was insane! There I said it...

My vision to bring 2 knives, an adaptable 2-in-1 sheath and a complete survival system - from concept to reality - has taken nearly 3 years. Holy cow!

When I started this, I didn't know that I would end up with 49 individual item part numbers from 11 different companies... to make up what are now the MSK-1 bundles and add-on gear. 

What was I thinking? 

I joke with friends that, for my next Kickstarter, I will be offering special survival hats. One size fits all. In 3 colors: red, green and blue :) 

BUT seriously, I am excited to announce that we are almost there... or at least we are getting there. AND, I'm still alive to tell about it! 

So, in this update... I have LOTs of good news to report and a potential snag that MAY effect our delivery dates. More on that in a minute.

But first... 

News and Updates

As of this week, I have ordered EVERYTHING to fulfill the MSK-1 project. Yea!

Knives, sheaths, paracord, handle survival kits, firesteel, tee shirts, sunglasses - everything! 

It's a crazy process that took me about 3 weeks (alone) to gather all the data to get to the point of knowing how much of everything I should order.

Here's an Example of Why this Process took 3 Weeks... 

What if, (for instance), you found out that 100 MKS-1 Mini Neck Knives fit on a large (and very expensive) sheet of knife steel?

AND... what if, you found out you needed to make 303 Mini Neck knives (3 more that fit on 3 slabs of steel).

Would YOU purchase an additional sheet of steel and end up with 97 more knives (that you don't need right now)? 

This is only one example of the crazy things it can take to actually order what is needed to move a project as complicated as the MSK-1 forward.  But we did it! 

Update to Our Delivery Timeline

Now, add this to the complexity of setting up the survey (in June and into July - so that you could confirm/  modify or add onto your rewards), and the "herding cats" that collecting pledges and getting surveys filled out is...


I have realized that the 30-45 day, "Murphy's Law" buffer that I built into this project timeline is about gone. 

For this I am sorry.  

As "stuff" happened along the way,  I have had to make the hard decision to push this project forward (at all costs) or take the time to ensure that things were done right. 

I chose the latter.  

NEW Delivery Timeline Coming Soon

So, over the next few weeks I will be gathering information from our manufacturers (as they begin building knives and sheaths) to come up with a revised timeline. 

I will get this to you as soon as I am confident that I have all the details needed to share with you a realistic timeline revision. One that I am certain we can meet. 

Now, Without Getting Your Hopes Up... 

Can I tell you that MY great desire is to still ship (and deliver) MSK-1s and MINIs before Christmas? 

If I can't deliver in time for Christmas, and you have pledged for an MSK1 (or MINI) to give as a gift (LET ME KNOW) and I will personally send you a super cool card that announces your gift.  And don't worry, I won't include an autographed photo of me in a Santa Hat with an MSK-1 :) 

Okay... so stand by for more timeline updates in coming weeks. 

Whew! I'm super glad to be past these phases and onto manufacturing (and soon fulfillment)!

GEAR is Arriving Almost Daily NOW!

Most exciting this week was the manufacture and delivery of our CUSTOM firesteel designed in partnership with Andy @ Solo Scientific in NY. 

You're going to love this fire-steel. It sheds more blaze-starting sparks than any other fire-steel I've seen. 

A Better MSK-1 and Mini Neck Knife - WHAT?

Recently, I made a bit of a last minute decision to upgrade the blade dynamics of BOTH the MSK-1 and the Mini Neck Knife along with a few features of the ACS Sheath System. 

These change improve performance and usability of the knives and sheaths significantly and make the MSK-1, Mini and sheath system even better than what you saw in the Kickstarter video. You're gonna love the MSK-1!

Need to Talk? 

Please, if you have any questions, comments or concerns involving the MSK-1 project, the potential timeline shift (mentioned in this post) or anything else, feel free to contact me directly using this email address: I'll do my best to reply in a timely fashion. 

Okay. That's it for now...

Let's keep moving forward... and thank your for your encouragement, partnership and support. 

Talk soon, 


MSK-1 Production Update - It Begins...
almost 4 years ago – Mon, Aug 01, 2016 at 09:09:42 PM


Well, today is my FIRST Day back in the office since the beginning of July - WOW (it's amazing what you can do from anywhere in the world these days)!!! So... with 99% of our surveys answered and most Pre-Order funds secured - it's time to begin the MSK-1 production process! SWEET! 

So, this week...

I'll be working with our manufacturers (ALL based in the USA) to get MSK-1 production rolling - Stand by for Continuing Updates.

Lastly - 8 People Have Still NOT Filled Out Their Survey. Naughty, naughty... 

So, Here's a List of these 8 folks (Kickstarter First Name and Last Name Initial (if given))... If you are on this list please CHECK YOUR EMAIL for the survey link for BackerKit NOW and complete your survey (This is ESSENTIAL and Needed!):

  • Darryl W.
  • Henry V.
  • James F.
  • John (
  • Mohammed
  • Rudy G.
  • Suzette M.
  • Yoohey

Talk Soon,