Tyke – EDC Knife Update 1
This update is long overdue for sure!
Just as a reminder… you’re seeing this page now because you pre-ordered the Tyke EDC knife.
A few things today for you:
#1 – Machining
We sold something like 113 Tykes …which totally caught me by surprise because I was thinking maybe 30 would sell (and secretly hoping we could do 50). Turned out to be a lot more than that …which is great!
It did end up changing the plan though…
I was going to make the Tyke myself because of the lower numbers …but, because it’s over 100 to be made, my machinist will be doing them (which is good because he will definitely do them faster).
He’s about to start working on them (we were waiting for the steel to arrive).
Which brings me to…
#2 – Blade Steel
The blade steel we are going to use will be …*drumroll* …RWL34.
If you recall, we were trying to decide between CPMS35VN and RWL34. I believe they are somewhat similar in terms of performance – so we were kind of on-the-fence about it.
However, we ended up going for RWL34 because of a supply issue with the S35VN. There was not enough S35VN from my supplier to produce 100+ knives. They had a decent amount of RWL34 (so I bought pretty much all of it :-P) …and so it made the decision on which steel to use fairly easy.
On a side note:
I had TONS of comments and emails asking me to use all sorts of other steels. I briefly considered offering a different steel – but it would almost certainly make the project late. I am confident in our producing the knife with RWL34 …and so I’m sticking to that!
#3 – Progress
I will confess:
The production of these knives is slow out the gate. However, from experience, once we start production – things will move along more swiftly (and with more photos too).
In the meantime, the steel has arrived:
I wanted 50mm wide steel (because it would be more efficient, in terms of material waste, for making the blades). But, alas, only 38mm was available. So be it.
As you can see in the above image the thickness is around 3.5mm (which, I think, is a little thicker than I mentioned on the order page) – this will not change anything in the design though …the blade will just be a bit thicker.
And I think that’s it!
Comment below if you have any thoughts or such. 🙂