Massdrop x Ferrum Forge Mordax Button Lock Folder
Massdrop x Ferrum Forge Mordax Button Lock Folder
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The original Mordax was one of Ferrum Forge’s most popular designs. Usually the custom knife shop only makes limited batches of each knife—but thanks to our strong partnership and the Massdrop community’s demonstrated interest in their work, we’re bringing the Mordax back, this time with a few key changes to make it even better ... Read More

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JonasHeineman
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Jan 14, 2019
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Hey everyone, The Mordax is our seventh collaboration with Ferrum Forge, but represents a number of firsts. For starters, it’s our first launch of 2019 - Happy New Year! It’s also our first button-lock flipper, the first knife with an aluminum handle frame, our first knife made by Pro-Tech, and the first knife Massdrop collaboration to feature CPM-20CV steel. In fact, it’s the first time Pro-Tech has ever made a knife with a 20CV blade - and there’s a lot of this super-premium powdered metallurgy steel packed into the Mordax, which at 3.6” is the largest blade of any collaboration to date. The Mordax is also the first Massdrop x Ferrum Forge collaboration directly based on a model that Ferrum Forge previously offered as a limited release made in their own shop. While influences and similarities can be found on the Falcon, Crux, Gent, Buc, Dao, they are all original designs made in collaboration with Massdrop. Another unique aspect of this knife is that it is 100% designed and produced in Southern California, with all parts of the knife - including the steel - 100% made in the USA. Based on customer feedback on the first Mordax, the blade stock was reduced by about 1mm (from 4mm to 3mm) to make it thinner behind the edge and more utilitarian. It wasn’t long after the limited release of 200 hand-built Mordax in 2015, when customers asked for more of the popular model to be made, that the Williamson brothers began talking to Dave Wattenberg, the driving force behind Pro-Tech Knives, about making a button-lock production version. While both were interested in the project, it wasn’t feasible for either company to bring them to market...until now, thanks to the Massdrop community of Blades enthusiasts, who have already purchased over 10,000 knives designed by Ferrum Forge. The project was already well underway when headed down to check out the 2018 California Custom Knife Show, which gave us a chance to meet up with Chris and Elliot at the Pro-Tech Shop. That’s when we got a chance to tour the shop, meet all the folks who run the machines and do the top-notch assembly and finishing that has earned Pro-Tech a stellar reputation from the full spectrum of knife enthusiasts, from collectors who snap up their hand-engraved, limited-edition pieces (mostly $3000 - $8000) to law enforcement officers and active duty military personnel. More than any other style of knife, Pro-Tech has widely earned respect for their push-button automatics. The design, engineering, and manufacturing of those autos is what made them the obvious choice to execute this push-button manual flipper at the level that our community expects from Massdrop collaborations. Working with Chris, Elliot, and Dave, we looked at steel options that Pro-Tech uses for their other knives. While 154CM and S35VN are certainly no slouches, we wanted to stay true to the original and use the same powdered metallurgy 20CV steel that Chris and Elliot do for most of their limited releases, which is a big upgrade from the ingot N690 that was used in the original Mordax blades. Asking a manufacturer to work with new materials can always present challenges, but Dave and his team were up to the challenge of grinding the blades and perfecting the finishes. And speaking of finishes, Dave was a big help in selecting anodization colors that have been tested, refined, and gotten the best reviews from Pro-Tech customers on their other models. We’re grateful for his partnership on this and proud to feature our first Pro-Tech-made collaboration to the community. For more background here's a video that Chris and Elliot made talking about this project's evolution. As always, a few housekeeping notes as we get started…
  • This pre-production drop is limited to 600 serialized units.
  • Serial numbers will only appear on knives purchased in this pre-production drop.
  • Serial numbers will be randomly distributed, with no relevance to time/order of joining.
Carry On -- Jonas
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------------------------- UPDATE - PRODUCTION CHANGES:
1/16/19: Based on feedback from members and reviewers, we have made a minor change to the final production which we hope you will agree is an improvement: Instead of using 1.5mm hex (allen) for the pivot hardware, Pro-Tech will use T8 Torx hardware. HT to @IanEDC and CutleryLover for a great suggestion. This kind of community-driven design improvement is a great example of what makes this community unique. 1/29/19: We spoke to the Pro-Tech team at SHOT Show and discussed reviewer feedback. One thing that a few people mentioned was that edges of the milling on the pattern below the holes, in the finger grip area was a bit sharp. Pro-Tech let us know that the final production run will go through a longer tumble that will smooth out the edges - another small but important improvement based on community feedback. ------------------------- UPDATE - VIDEO REVIEWS : We sent out production samples to a number of YouTube knife reviewers, here are the links: Cutlery Lover
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Jan 14, 2019
7pounds
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May 20, 2019
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Hey Jonas in future runs of the mordax are you going to do colors like Red and Tan
May 20, 2019
hopkin
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Jun 5, 2019
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Will there be a second drop soon?
Jun 5, 2019
FerrumForgeKnifeWorks
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Jan 14, 2019
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Jonas' words are not hyperbole. I have been talking with Pro-Tech about this project since 2015. Dave wanted to get the button lock flipper perfected first and it took some time, years, in fact. But now it is real! The Mordax is coming back to life in a ridiculously fidget-friendly configuration (you're gonna be flippin' and droppin' the blade closed a lot) that is super addictive. I love it when manufactures actually listen to me about metallurgy and Dave totally did. We use CPM 20CV almost all the time now on our made in Cali knives because we find it to have some of the best balance of characteristics for a pocket knife. The original Mordax run from 2015 was in N690 stainless steel, not a terrible steel, in fact, a steel I actually like a lot, but people have been asking for years if we would re-run the Mordax model with 20CV since we use it so much now. When Dave said he was game to try out 20CV, I about fainted... I knew this project was going to be hot fire. A complaint we heard about the original Mordax was that the blade stock was too thick for some people, so on this version the blade stock .125in thick and the tall flat grind makes this a slicey blade. I love titanium, but it was going to kick the price of this knife way up there, so we opted to keep it more budget-friendly and stick with aluminium. Pro-Tech also does a very nice job with their hard coat aluminium anodizing and we loved the blue and green colors. I've owned (and usually lost) Pro-Tech knives for over a decade at this point, in fact, Dave has one of every knife they have ever made in his office and we are pretty sure I owned one the very first runs of Runts he did almost 20 years ago. It's so awesome to be able to work with my heros and bring great knives to the world. It can be a lot work and stress sometimes, but projects like this make it all worthwhile for me. Here's my OG Mordax from 2015 next to the MDxPTxFF Mordax.
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Here are some of my favorite customized Mordaxes from over the years:
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Jan 14, 2019
Ronaldo71
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Feb 6, 2019
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Not true. I have a collection of Pro Tech TR-3’s with aluminum handles and I’ve EDC’ed several of them for years and they clean up and still look mint! ⭐️🔥⭐️
Feb 6, 2019
OGBOBBYJOHNSON
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Feb 8, 2019
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Couldn’t agree more!! Right on
Feb 8, 2019
JaleesaG
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Apr 11, 2019
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Hi all! Wanted to share a quick update on the Massdrop x Ferrum Forge Mordax Button Lock Folder. Production is underway and we’re super excited to share a sneak peek with you. We’re on track to meet the expected ship date of June 28th and we can’t wait for you to receive and enjoy them. Stay tuned for another update soon!
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Apr 11, 2019
MatthewH
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Jun 5, 2019
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It appears.... my wish has been granted.
Jun 5, 2019
hopkin
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Jun 5, 2019
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Will there be a second run in the near future?
Jun 5, 2019
Frogface
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Jul 9, 2019
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Wanting to buy someone's extra auto Mordax. If anyone ordered an extra and wants to sell it when they get them. Just let me know.
Jul 9, 2019
jallen89
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Jul 4, 2019
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I wish the remaining stock would be available soon to purchase, pretty please 🙂
Jul 4, 2019
Lenz32
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Jun 25, 2019
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Maybe I'm being too picky but I'm disappointed in this knife. Out of box there was side to side blade play. OK, I tightened that. Centering is good now but noticed the grind is off at the tip. Also noticed that though they state they reduced the blade thickness to make it a better slicer, it is horribly thick behind the edge. Anyway, with the pivot tightened, flipping became almost impossibly hard. Following another member's comment, lube did help indicating it was dry from the factory. Now there is play at the detent; you can wiggle the blade significantly using the flipper against the detent. Previous comments indicate they did extra tumbling to reduce the sharpness of edges on the milled variants. I find any cuts perpendicular to the handle length to still be very sharp. I've had it for about a week now, flipped it several hundred times and there is still significant button stick making a distinct (annoying) noise every time I close the blade. I figured I'd apply more lube and attempted to disassemble but at least one screw was so tight I feared damaging it as it was twisting a Weha bit! Ok, tried more external lube and that failed to help the button stick. Now I notice that though I used Loctite on the pivot after I initially tightened it, there is side to side play again. My conclusion is that if this is what they call quality control, they need to work on their definition. As a value, note that this is aluminum, not titanium. While I personally like a spring metal pocket clip, most other knives in this price range have milled titanium clips. I have all the other FF designed models, even multiples of some, and the quality/price/value of the We made knives always stood out. This one, not so much.
Jun 25, 2019
Jaimeson
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Jun 22, 2019
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Make a lefty version!
Jun 22, 2019
Joe_turner-uk
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Jun 19, 2019
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Pointless useing massdrop if you have to order outside the us had £60 uk pounds added to the price of the knife witch I can't afford so now my knif is stuck at customs
Jun 19, 2019
Aray
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Jun 18, 2019
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Please tell us when another run will b happening!!!!!!!!
Jun 18, 2019
Natzi
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Jun 17, 2019
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Are these knives ever coming back
Jun 17, 2019
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