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!