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Massdrop x Ferrum Forge Crux S35VN Folding Knife

Massdrop x Ferrum Forge Crux S35VN Folding Knife

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Stickied
Hey everyone, it's #FerrumFriday and the Crux is back!
The Crux was originally released in June of 2017 as our second collaboration with Ferrum Forge. We've been really pleased to watch as this model has gained quite a following and become a favorite EDC for a lot of people. It's become part of my regular rotation because I think it's a great balance of being easy to carry and beefy enough for serious work, with almost 3.5" of blade length ground from 4mm stock.
Elliot Williamson, the knifemaker/engineer behind all the Ferrum Forge designs, is known for the bold milling designs on his custom and midtech knives, so we wanted to incorporate some of his creative design work into what we are doing here with our collaborations. We've also seen that blue and bronze have been popular colors on other FFKW knives, so Elliot's brother Chris, the mad chemist behind their stunning custom finishes, designed these anodization treatments and helped us to make this one available in some new community-favorite colors.
Just a few basic housekeeping notes on the mechanics of the drop:
* Members who join the drop before 10:00pm on April 30th will see their orders processed and cards charged on April 30th. The drop will remain active until 10:00pm on May 31st, and anyone who joins in May will see their orders processed when the drop ends at the end of May or if quantities run out. * Our order has already been placed with WE Knife, so the delivery time is shorter than many other collaboration drops - our Estimated Ship Date is June 28th. * Because the order has already been placed, quantities are limited to 1425 units (see style distribution below). There were approximately 1180 Crux sold in earlier drops, so the total number showing on the page could reach as high as 2605 on this drop. * All knives will have serial numbers that begin with a designation for the pattern and color. They will be randomly distributed (not based on the order in which you join the drop) from the following sequences:
Original / Gray: OG1201 to 1500 Original / Blue: OL0001 to 0150 Original / Bronze: OZ0001 to 0150 Juggernaut / Gray: JG0001 to 0200 Juggernaut / Blue: JL0001 to 0125 Juggernaut / Bronze: JZ0001 to 0125 Saber / Gray: SG0001 to 0200 Saber / Blue: SL0001 to 0125 Saber / Bronze: SZ0001 to 0125
It's always fun working with the team at FFKW, and it's particularly exciting when we see there's enough interest in an existing model to bring it back with some new variations on the original. Thank you to the members who joined the first Crux drop for making this second offering possible, and of course to everyone who is checking this out for the first time!
Carry On -- Jonas
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Oh man, a hybrid between the Falcon and Crux?
Looks like a sick design. My wallet would appreciate if I could bring myself to live with the Falcon, Crux, Gent, and Buc though :/
JonasHeineman
You say that all knives will be serialised but mine came without any serial. Just the word massdrop and S35vn. Are these the new ones moving forward?
Stickied
Hey everyone,
Great news: The WE Knife team finished production ahead of schedule. They also shipped and cleared customs quickly, so they've already arrived at our warehouse nearly two months ahead of schedule!
So, we'll be closing this drop tonight at 10pm PT, and our team will work on shipping orders out ASAP to everyone who has already joined this drop. We've moved up our Estimated Ship Date up by one month (to the end of May), but we think it will happen much sooner - we still have to do the QC and process a fairly large order.
Once we have shipped out all orders to members who have already joined, we'll re-launch this drop and make the remaining units available for immediate shipment.
Thanks for making it possible, and for your patience as we move through the fulfillment process.
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scumdrop
Great job S.D I really like the splatter effect you used on a few of them. Did you get to see any of the videos from Blade Show 2018? Man am I going to be one broke knife nut when the next wave of knives hit the Dealers!😯😰😲 😎
Is the significant difference in price between this model and the Gent just due to size or is there something else I'm missing? Knife novice here
ScientificHooligan
Thicker pieces of titanium, and S35VN, probably a good deal more milling time to get the scales into final form. The Gent liners are well made but quite simple, the Crux has beautifully rounded slabs and a nice backspacer too.
so I finally got my Crux in the mail today and it is absolutely awesome for the fit and finish except for a small scratch on top of the blade. However I noticed that mine came without any serial numbers anymore? Are the serial number only for the earlier runs? Mine only says Massdrop and S35vn. Anyone else got theirs without any serial numbers?
Love the Buc. I'm in.
Calling any Buc owners reading...
Worthwhile to own the Crux AND the Buc? I have the Buc and like it quite a bit, and wonder if the Crux has enough of a distinct personality to own in addition. The value and material use is still excellent of course, but the very similar handles and color choices along with the relatively common drop point style of the Crux gives me pause...
Rosebud41
It's a very different knife in the hand, but clearly a sibling design. I think the Buc has the better action in general, but the Crux has a much beefier feel to it. The Crux is a little cleaner in the pocket because of the jimping on the Buc. The Buc is lighter and somewhat smaller though.
Omniseed
Thanks!
I've tried contacting support about the "in stock" nature of this drop, and they suggested "reaching out to the discussion board regarding it. Massdrop closely monitors the discussions to improve on the members experience." Well, it would really improve my experience if I had any indication or information on if/how I would get the rest of the options for this drop to be restocked. I have had to resort to looking at second hand markets to pick this up, which is money that I would ideally be giving to you guys.
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They just added more!
CapraDemon
Awesome. Thanks for the heads up.
Waiting on original in any color. Can’t request if the drop never ends!
jgmvm
Original is up, just bought grey.
CapraDemon
Thanks for the heads up! Just got the blue! Good looking out!
Anyone interested in trading a crux for a Brad Zinker Dogtooth?
If you make the blue original available, I will join the drop
Wish there was more original in stock...
I’d like the original in blue Which is unavailable. I guess I’ll have to wait until the next drop.
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Whink Rust Remover eats the anodizing off titanium in seconds.
Wow! Those look fantastic! I love the copper handle on the gent! And the brown falcon... wow. I might have to give that a try. Thanks for the inspiration.
Are any other colors ever going to be in stock. I have noticed that only two of the choices have been available for the drop each day. I would like to buy one but don't want silver.
jjcoolaid
Heads up: if you still want some, they just added more.
CapraDemon
Thank you.
I thought this was just a redesign of a falcon, I couldn't have been more wrong. Sure it's the same materials, designers and manufacturers but that's all the Crux and Falcon have in common. The crux has a rear partially exposed stop pin where the falcon's stop pin is hidden under the handle and a groove in the blade. The "feel" of the action is completely different also. It's hard to explain but if your on the fence this is a different but equally awesome knife. Oh the detent is softer on the crux compared to my falcon. Love them both!!😍💪👌👍
Just received my Crux. Another awesome FF knife. WE does an outstanding job producing these custom collaboration knives. Blade is centered, everything tight, the action is silky smooth and its razor sharp. Thank you MD, FF, & WE
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I want a plain one, but OoS :(
Most options are sold out.... STILL....
I can not wait to get my knife. I absolutely love my falcon so I ordered a Gent. Got tired of waiting on production of the Gent so i ordered this. I love quality knives with reasonable price tags. Thank you FF / MD 👍👍
The Massdrop/Ferrum Forge custom collaboration knives are awesome. Great designs, materials, and execution. To me the value factor is off the charts. The knives are not perfect (nothing is) but dollar for dollar, they are the best deal available.
Just ordered this in saber/grey since it's my only option. Gives me an excuse to try home anodizing.
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There is a dyi home anodizing thread here. It's under" blades " then click "talk" then select "newest" and scroll down and you will see the headline for it. I haven't done anything to my crux yet. Just picked up a ZT 0456 and it has the smoothest action of any production knive I've ever seen.
Gunnersmate2
Good to know, that's saying something, must be smoother than 0452 by a bit, which is still smooth...0456 not my style, but sort of in that vein is the upcoming Kizer Vindicator if you've seen it that thing looks f-ing sick, v tempted myself. Thanks for link, sorry if this belongs in a general knife chat thread, new here still navigating. Also love the crux blade, deploy (got the wiggly blade thing but will try to adjust)...but it might take me a while to get down with the bulkiness of the handle...bit at odds w the blade. Maybe I need to vibe w custom scales for this one and try anodising the originals at leisure...
These coming back in stock in plain scales anytime soon? Not feeling the patterns on this one and would love a blue scaled version.
rivy
I'm a plain handle guy but ordered the crux with the saber grind and I like it , a lot. In fact I think I like it more then the plain scales.
MD.! Why are you telling that I forgot to check out? What I left in my basket was something that I didn't want. A great knife with an UGLY carved up gray handle. It's getting a pair is plain blue handles on it so hard? I've got$125 I'm waving at you if you can get those blue ones.
I was looking for information on Rike knives and wound up watchng a YouTube video by Shabazz about this knife. Altho he did not like the flipper (He called it a pocket pecker and whacked himself on the finger several times to demonstrate this.) he had very high praises for this knife. I have several S35VN blades and an M390. What to choose? What to choose? I have come to appreciate Nick's reviews, so I will go for this one. If I am going to be in the mud, I will bring along a knife without bearings.
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I really like the finish on my falcon
Gunnersmate2
Yeah those first-gen ones with the blasted finish soften up to a very good feeling, mine and my Crux are like soapstones.
Will it be available with a standard handle any time soon?
I’m finding the lockbar to be so stiff that it’s almost not worth it to use. The flip action is very tight but feels good but closing the blade is a nightmare. Any way to loosen that bar up??
Uncle00Jesse
No idea if this is appropriate but I’ve done this with cheaper knives... I put a small amount of graphite where the lock bar meets the blade. Seems to work well for me.
Uncle00Jesse
It will break in and get smoother to operate, but the stiff lock bar is one of the hallmarks of Ferrum Forge knives.
Anyone else here experiencing a rust problem in the rough grooves of the flipper tab? Kinda wish that they made the finish there a little smoother - it's nice and grippy and all, but the roughness means that it's both difficult to keep clean and easier to oxidise. For reference, I've had my Falcon for longer (both first batch) and it has no issues with rust at all.
pixll
Try using something like a toothpick or twig to scrape out the grooves, it's probably just pocket residue
Will there be a left-handed version of the Crux?
Hello gents, I was hoping someone might help me as I'm completely unable to open the crux with one hand. I have the Gent (and that one was relatively stiff) and the Falcon, so I'm kinda used to the stiffness of the retention of these runs, however I simply cannot open the Crux single handed. Only if I push on my finger with my other hand can I provide sufficient force to flip it. So far, I've kept it open for a week, with a wooden pencil jammed under the lock in order to relax it a little but it has not helped. Is there anything else I might do to get it to relax or should I be requesting support from Massdrop?
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Had to return my because the blade developed play while closed. Watch out and report back if it happens to you too!
Spike_SPGL
Will do. I'll post any issue that may arise.
I had just purchased the falcon, and while it's a beautiful knife...i do find it a tad small for my hand...would anyone that purchased a crux be interested in trading...i should've jumped on this one instead...lol
So I've been playing with the crux for a while now, and I like it. It is a very good knife. That said, I think that if you took a couple of millimeters off the blade stock and the scales it could be a great knife. A slim version of this would be perfect, since it isn't really a beater, and its size is pretty great for day to day use.
fhood
I like the industrial feel of the FF knives. That said, I agree with you they could go on a diet and lose a few grams
fhood
I have a MDx Brad Zinker dogtooth I just received and it's an amazing slim and light knife, but my personal tastes like something with a bit more heft if you'd be interested in trading.