If you were among the 1250+ members who joined the pre-order drop for our Massdrop x Ferrum Forge Buc, then this knife may look familiar. The Buc has just finished shipping to members, and so far it’s getting 5-star reviews from nearly every member who has posted - thanks, we’re glad you like it!
The Buc and Dao share a nearly-identical handle frame design, with a few subtle differences - namely, the Buc has a lanyard hole while the Dao does not, and the backspacer on the Buc protrudes from the spine slightly while the Dao’s backspacer sits flush. The big difference between the Buc and the Dao is the blade shape; the Buc’s oversize cleaver / saber blade has a spine that continues to rise from the handle, while the Dao’s drop-point blade has a spine that mirrors the handle curvature, creating a very balanced look and feel.
For our sixth collaboration with Ferrum Forge, we kept many of the design cues that have been popular in the community - titanium frame lock, S35VN steel, blue and bronze anodizing. Based on the popularity of milled patterns on the Crux (which were not available during the first / pre-order drop), Elliot came up with some great designs for this handle. The Tech Saber pattern already had a name, but when I saw the pattern with lines and circles it reminded me immediately of a circuit board. We spent a long time working with Chris Williamson and the WE Knife team on a way to get two-tone anodizing in green and gold that recalls the tones found on a real circuit board - what you see here is the result of a multi-stage process in which the whole scale is anodized green at a higher voltage, then have the top surfaces polished clean, and finally are re-anodized gold at a lower voltage.
Thanks for checking this out! It’s hard to believe this is already our sixth project with the Ferrum Forge guys - thanks to everyone who has joined drops for the past five models and made this possible!
Carry On! -- Jonas