The Hornet Pocket Knife - Massdrop Worthy?
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Hey Massdrop community, My name is Shan , with Tepe Designs. I wanted to test the water and see if the community would like to see my design offered via Massdrop. Therefore, I need your help so that the team here can make a sound decision on whether or not to consider this a viable offering. I am working on getting first production done now via Kickstarter, however, I would like to see the Hornet offered to a much larger following. The knife is being made by HE Knives in Guangdong province, (same place as Kizer, WE and Reate etc..). They have 20+ yrs experience and have worked on projects for other manufactures like Kershaw and Buck. Rest assured, they do excellent work and I wouldn't have spent the last 18 months preparing this with them for a poorly made product. Ultimately, I like to offer up one or more versions of the Hornet as follows: 1. D2 steel / black or orange G-10 handles 2. N690 steel / full Ti handles I leave it to you all, the Massdrop community, to decide if this appeals to you. Thanks in advance for your support and/or criticisms. -Shan Here are the features/specs to consider: Features:
  • N690 blade steel (Titanium version)
  • D2 blade steel (G10 version)
  • Ceramic ball-bearings
  • Chamfered handles
  • 3D machined titanium pocket clip provides secure, tip-up carry (version with Titanium handles). The G10 version comes with a stainless steel pocket clip.
  • Functional jimping on the thumb ramp for improved grip and control (even with gloves on)

Specs: Overall Length: 8"
  • Blade Length: 3.5"
  • Blade Thickness: 0.16"
  • Handle Length: 4.5"
  • Handle Thickness: .59"
  • Blade Material: N690 OR D2
  • Rockwell Hardness: 59-60 HRC
  • Blade Grind: Flat
  • Finish: Satin
  • Edge Type: Plain
  • Weight: 4.7 oz. (Titanium version) 4.2 oz. (G10 version)
  • Handle Material: 6AL4V Titanium or G10 with speed holes on both sides of the handles
  • Lock Type: Frame Lock with hardened lock-bar insert & over travel stop (titanium version) or Liner Lock (G10 version) 
  • Pocket Clip: Right-side, Tip-up Carry
  • Opening Mechanism: Thumb hole or flipper tab

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Millett
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Mar 11, 2020
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Please!!!
Mar 11, 2020
Pasha12
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Mar 12, 2020
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Thank you. I would love to do a program with the Drop team.
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Mar 12, 2020
Millett
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Mar 12, 2020
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Me too,for you to. I have All of your twosun models. The 177 is one of my favorite knives (I have quite a few more expensive ones)& the vortex my favorite figeter . Thanks
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Mar 12, 2020
SHAR1
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Feb 1, 2020
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I would love to know cost. I'm on a fixed budget...If I can afford and A Lefty can use I'm all for it...
Feb 1, 2020
Pasha12
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Feb 1, 2020
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The Ti version, frame lock / N690 blade steel = $160 G10 in black or orange, liner lock/ D2 blade steel = $125
Feb 1, 2020
SHAR1
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Feb 2, 2020
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I'm afraid I have to pass, only capable of budget knives at this time.
Feb 2, 2020
SideShow45
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Jul 23, 2019
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I'm Sooo in for this man. Let's do this!
Jul 23, 2019
reswright
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Jul 15, 2019
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Jul 15, 2019
SHAR1
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Jun 26, 2019
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Well Shan I would have liked to get in on this but as I was just discussing with someone else, I'm a leftie , I don't get to give my opinion much because most knives are for righties. Thank goodness for Benchmade, they include lefties alot.
Jun 26, 2019
Valley104
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Mar 10, 2020
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Do you still have any Ti-hornets left?
Mar 10, 2020
Pasha12
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Mar 12, 2020
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I have some on the way. ETA 6 wks out.
Mar 12, 2020
reswright
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Apr 19, 2019
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my hot take: I like it. Having said that, your stainless handles look a little too slick for a guy with big hands, add some jimping. the textured scales look like they'll be fine, but the hardware doesn't look like it fits them well. That's not a great look. Also -- I'm not sure why you'd opt for N690 with a premium handle like titanium. A lot of people will want something like M390 or Elmax or high end Crucible or Carpenter steel if they're paying for titanium. N690 will resist corrosion better than D2 but otherwise it's something I struggle to differentiate from 440C in day to day use. it might cost more than D2 but I don't have more use for it. So if you bring the two choices you mention to market, I'd probably only be interested in the D2 version. If you want it to go over the top, build a retainer ring into that backspacer and drill holes so people can flip the clip to the other side. You now have a dual use karambit, which is straight up lit through the roof and instantly puts you into another market. Really, you should drill the holes to move the clip to the other side that even if you don't do the ring backspacer. I say this because your design has a good shape for that sort of addition and with the blade hole, your design can easily be modified for an Emerson style draw and deploy. Also, think of the left handed people, the sad sad left handed people who need a cool knife too.
Apr 19, 2019
reswright
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Jul 12, 2019
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Let's do this. I'd like to order one of the Ti/N690 Hornets if you have any left in stock :)
Jul 12, 2019
Pasha12
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Jul 12, 2019
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Yes. Sounds good. Would you mind sending me a email at, tepedesigns@outlook.com I can send you all the details that way.
Jul 12, 2019
Canadianedge
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Apr 16, 2019
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Yeah it's definitely got visual appeal and if it's functional as it's look we are good to go
Apr 16, 2019
Knitister1
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Apr 16, 2019
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Me to!
Apr 16, 2019
T-BoneMcGillicuddy
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Apr 7, 2019
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Handsome knife. I'm in!
Apr 7, 2019
bnovicky15
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Apr 1, 2019
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Really nice looking knife. I would purchase. A finger choil is only thing I would change
Apr 1, 2019
Pasha12
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Apr 5, 2019
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Thanks for your feedback!
Apr 5, 2019
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