Here is an update for everyone regarding the discussion about design originality of the Factor Iconic offered here.
Here is the message that I received from Jim, the CEO of Giant Mouse:
"It was brought to my attention this week, through comments online and feedback from customers and members of the knife community. Clearly the Iconic knife is causing concern and confusion in the knife community. One of the comments on your site even asks if Jens Anso and Jesper Voxnaes are involved in the Iconic rollout in some way.
I’ve attached a photo for your review, which shows a printout of a photo that someone posted online showing our GM1 between two Iconic knives, along with my personal “12 Blades” custom designed and made by Anso and Vox. The 12 Blades knife was designed and custom made (limited to 12 pieces) by Anso and Vox in 2015. The 12 Blades knife design, was the basis for the first GiantMouse folder release, the GM1, produced in a limited edition of 400 pieces, also completely designed by Anso and Vox. You can see from the photo that the GM1 incorporates much of the design of the 12 Blades knife (handle shape, blade shape, pocket clip shape, overall design lines, etc.).
As I mentioned above, it was the knife / EDC community's comments and feedback that brought this to our attention in the first place. Accordingly, we very much appreciate the professionalism that Massdrop has shown in expressing to your community how serious you take intellectual property protection, and how you’ve let them know that you are reaching out to GiantMouse and Factor for input.”
From top to bottom:
1: Factor Iconic Full-Size
2: Giant Mouse GM1
3: Factor Iconic Compact
4: Anso/Vox "12 Blades"
We've heard back from our vendor that they've reached out to the manufacturer, who they have said is now looking into the original documents related to the Iconic's development. We don't expect to have any further information from them until tomorrow at the earliest.
Based on the best available information, we feel the best thing to do is to end the drop early and cancel any existing orders until we sort it all out. The vendor for Factor agrees that this is the best thing for the community and supports this.