Massdrop x Eric Ochs Orca Titanium Liner Lock Knife
Massdrop x Eric Ochs Orca Titanium Liner Lock Knife
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If anyone understands the importance of a good knife, it’s Eric Ochs. Growing up in the Oregon countryside, Ochs naturally gravitated toward knives for outdoor pursuits, and in the mid-2000s he made his first one ... Read More

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EricOchs
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Ochs Worx
Aug 2, 2018
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Hello, thanks for checking this out! I am truly excited about this knife project! For one, I have been watching for the last few years as Massdrop has grown and several of my friends and fellow knifemakers have done Collaboration projects with Massdrop. Maybe a little selfish but as Massdrop has matured it has been creating a pretty cool innovative legacy of collaboration knives and I wanted to be part of that.
Also, I have really wanted to do a quality production version knife. Since I live in a man cave garage much of the time making custom knives where the focus is on creating one off pieces. These come with custom prices and crafting them in limited output. The opportunity to create a production performance knife of high quality construction and materials is something I have really been looking forward to doing. When Massdrop approached me about working with them I jumped at the chance.
As we worked out the details for the collaboration the opportunity to work with Reate came up. Then at the Blade Show in Atlanta, Jonas and I reviewed the project with Reate with my prototype in hand and we checked out the knives Reate had brought to the show. From then on there has been no question in my mind that things would go well on this Orca project.
In July Jonas was up in Portland for the Northwest Handbuilt Invitational and by some stroke of good luck he had received the Prototypes form Reate the day he was leaving to come up. I had the opportunity to look at, poke, flip, shake, jiggle, prod and otherwise play with all the Protos! : ) Honestly and I seriously do not say this lightly these are better than most midtechs and some customs I have handled. In my opinion they are a super value. I you are familiar with Reate’s level of quality you know what I am talking about here.
Best of all though after playing around and sharing them around with a bunch of knowledgeable Makers & Collectors who were at the show. The only real criticism anyone had was that the thumbstuds were too sharp on the corners. This will be addressed in the production version by tumbling the T-stud in the finishing process to remove any sharp corners.
Personally I am very pleased with the way this project has come together from start to finish. I am psyched to get to work with Reate and Massdrop to offer the Orca. This model is what got my folders noticed and the original version was one of my early designs which was inspired by the great Bob Lum. It seems almost crazy to say this now but at the time the original came out there was no one else in the tactical folder world making raised swedge harpoon style blades. Now this seems like a feature in most maker’s line up somewhere.
This Orca has been redesigned and modified from the original model. It has been sized down slightly to a 3.5” Blade and the handle has been streamlined to clean the lines up and maximize blade to handle ratio making it an easy carry. It fits in my hand great and that comment came from many of the people who handled it in Portland too. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
Eric
Aug 2, 2018
JonasHeineman
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Collaborations
Jun 13, 2019
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We can only do that bc the seizure rate is so low - if it creeps up (looking at you, Canada!) then we may not be able to sustain that policy forever. Strike while the iron is hot, friends!
Jun 13, 2019
T.willy
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Jun 13, 2019
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Bite you tongue Jonas!!😲 😓 Just Kidding I understand if it got too bad you couldn't continue. I'm just greatful for the time being were good to go.✌
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Jun 13, 2019
YuDodis
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Jun 17, 2019
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I think this is my first MD and I can't wait - should have my blue/CF in a couple days. Is what I just grabbed still part of the original Drop or was there a second Drop that was added in? Just curious about production continuity/production numbers. Beautiful knife, @EricOchs and @JonasHeineman !!
Jun 17, 2019
JDM_GT
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Jun 21, 2019
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The first drop was in august last year.
Jun 21, 2019
glenn81562
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Jun 10, 2019
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Is there 400 blue and 400 purple or 400 total of the carbon fiber. If this has already been answered sorry I missed it.
Jun 10, 2019
JonasHeineman
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Jun 17, 2019
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Those numbers were maximum quantities of the serialized versions, which were only available for the pre-order. We don't have quantity limits on the non-serialized units available currently.
Jun 17, 2019
YuDodis
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Jun 17, 2019
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Womp womp. Ah well still can't wait...the reviews have been universally positive it seems like. Definitely is my first MD, EO and Reate. I think I chose wisely....
Jun 17, 2019
Apowell3
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May 16, 2019
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Just received my Orca and it’s a great knife. I thought they messed it up as the rings around the pivot looked plain silver to these old eyes. After I took a pic and blew it up I did notice the subtle mokuti finish.
May 16, 2019
nextcityplanner
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Apr 25, 2019
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For any Reate collectors, this is a must. I can think off hand of only two Reate-made knives that deploy with "true" thumbstuds only...the David Mosier Hybrid Moment and the Chavez Redencion. I know some people (with powerful thumbs) have District 9's that can be opened with the bladestops, but I can't on any of mine. Mr. Deng, please put out a few Reate knives that have thumbstuds for us old-school collectors (kudos on your recent Begg/Steelcraft Mini Glimpse framelock that came WITHOUT a steel lockbar insert).
Apr 25, 2019
Auhtwoo
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Apr 23, 2019
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Hmm, the carbon fiber finishing on mine is... meh :( Especially for Reate, the marble cf on my J.A.C.K. is super smooth. Very obvious machining marks, and that lighter area around the clip isn't some trick of the light, it's like the CF is dusty? Apart from the scales, fit&finish is perfect.
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Apr 23, 2019
JonasHeineman
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Jun 17, 2019
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We saw a slight variance in the visibility of the tool path, but mostly due to being factory-fresh. I'm not sure if what you're pointing out is dust or not, but when we've seen both of these things they disappear very quickly with a quick wipe or a few hours of carry/handling. Hope you found the same, if not and you think it's not up to snuff please contact support and they will evaluate whether an exchange is warranted. Thanks for posting, we want to make sure that you're 100% satisfied with your Orca.
Jun 17, 2019
Auhtwoo
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Jun 22, 2019
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Can confirm it got a lot better after being used a bit, there's still one spot where the milling marks are obvious in more angles than not but it's overall just fine - happy customer here!
Jun 22, 2019
DW1Tuya
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Apr 16, 2019
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I was lucky to catch one on the secondary market still like new. Great knife, only thing I noticed was the edges of the marble C.F were kinda sharp in some spots. I carefully used a Dremel and contoured the edges so now it’s perfect 👌 great buy !
Apr 16, 2019
MalcolmReynolds
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Apr 11, 2019
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Doh, no more blue G10.
Apr 11, 2019
Liberty
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Apr 10, 2019
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Dear Massdrop, I would like to thank you very much for sending me e-mail notifications about all the beautiful products you are not willing to ship my way. For years, I can see everything what I actually cannot buy. This is a pure torture which should be covered by Geneva Conventions. Sincerely Yours, (If affected, sign here ...)
Apr 10, 2019
YuDodis
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Jun 17, 2019
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Doesn't apply to this Yank but I empathize :(
Jun 17, 2019
sblaydes
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Apr 10, 2019
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When ever I see a curved clip, I think to myself "someone hates lefties" I have only seen one knife on MD that included curved spare clips for lefties.
Apr 10, 2019
LX_Emergency
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Apr 10, 2019
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Yup, no lefty clips...no dice.
Apr 10, 2019
Erasmus_Tycho
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Apr 10, 2019
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This is so disappointing because it's such a beautiful knife... sometimes i hate being left handed.
Apr 10, 2019
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