Oct 11, 20181625 views

Blades Community Growth

Hey everyone,
As many of us are happy about, the Blades community product offerings have been growing at a ridiculous rate this year, and I'm genuinely curious where the growth is going? If my memory serves me right, just this year we've seen new collaborations with: Bharucha, Zinker, Laconico, Schwarz, Terzuola, Gavac, Ochs, Hara, Spyderco, and Ferrum Forge x2. This is more than one per month and not mentioning new versions of existing models like the Gent and Crux, or kitchen knives!
So, to Massdrop (@JonasHeineman), is this trajectory expected to continue? Are we going to keep seeing fresh collabs at this rate? What happens when these are all made and sitting in stock with Massdrop, are we going to see mostly collabs offered here?
For the community, what collabs do you think we'll see next? Any collabs you'd hope to see? Curious what you all think!
Thanks for reading! I'll leave it with a throwback to the collab that started it all:
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I am some what late to the party when it comes to massdrop and there amazing collaboration with Ff for instance and unfortunately I still haven't gotten the one that apparently started it all for them. I've purchased 3 knives from Md 2 which are Ffs i cant wait to touch and use I look forward to 2019 and even more exciting collab another Laconico keen like design i dont know I just know when I see what I want. Iam a knife nut who can't get enough.
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So true I've got a horizon and I've handled the Begg collabs with Reata had a impossible struggle not to buy on the spot. Love there work
Canadianedge
I hear ya. I got a Starboy too. Great knife
You can definitely see continued growth, your just now being named in the Facebook groups for the first time, which will allow to spread. @knifegods
Apologies, My response was in general but I meant for it to be under “barsije’s!
I can understand the curiosity, I guess many get more curious when excited? I’ve collected knives for over 50 years so the urgency of getting them faster doesn’t play into the collecting quality & sometimes exclusive knives. I’m happy being part of MD. I usually research prior to joining a drop & if it’s not exclusive & it cost less at another site? I purchase there. I enjoy MD & I’ve no complaints or worries concerning how it’s run. Meditation works well for most everyone.
Guns
Yep, I've had no issues with Massdrop myself. If anything, patience is a virtue here but other than that, they've taken care of me well. 50 years! I've only been at it since '17, and I already feel like it's out of hand. Can't imagine what your collection looks like.
Hopefully the group continues to grow, to the point where its buying power is enough to reduce the turnaround time on some of these offerings. I understand that the collabs and exclusives take time to manufacture, but it shouldn't take a month or so to get a batch of CRKTs or some such out to people. PS. In my experience, MD's collabs are pretty much in line, timewise, with others I've gotten in on. The APurvis Blades Progeny I'm waiting on will end up taking a little over 3 months to deliver. It looks like most of the collabs I've gotten from MD took about 5 months, give or take, from order to door. There is room for improvement, but it's not outlandish.
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Very true. Not to mention the whole debacles of the final product being different than what was promised.
Higher prices are more likely, given the quality baseline of the manufacturers they have been willing to work with so far. Add $20-25 to the sticker price just to get the first run a few months earlier? No thanks, I'll wait and savor the anticipation.
I Hope they continue with the Collaborations, I just received the Gavko-Massdrop and it is outstanding, My first Knife purchase from Massdrop, and for the price and quality offered I would most likely buy more, I already purchased 3 of these knives because of the Value and Quality.
Wired4Sound
That one's on my next to buy list!
I think they will continue on largely the same trajectory. At this point they seem to be building inventory of in-stock collaborations at the same time as they introduce new models. A few of them appear to have been restocked without much fanfare, and I think we can expect a similar pattern where there are no new models introduced for a few months at a time as the existing collaborations make it through production. I would guess that 2018 was a huge year for the Massdrop-Massforge-blades collaborations, and that we can expect to see a more moderate pace of new models now that their selection is starting to fill out with a variety of designers, manufacturers, models, and variations. I expect to see more models like the Pro-Tech Mordax, knives that might be more expensive than the original lineup, but that offer features that the community has been asking for. In the Mordax we get a fully American knife, we get something other than a frame or liner lock, we get beautiful 0.12" stock on a full-size knife, and we get a steel that outperforms the excellent S35VN on every front except toughness, which isn't terribly relevant in a folding pocket knife. I also think we will see more variations and derivatives of the existing design catalog. The Dogtooth as both a framelock and liner lock is the model for that. The possibility of a Crux with carbon fiber inlays or overlays, acting as an upscaled Gent, or maybe a liner lock Keen with nested liners in a carbon fiber handle is real. Not likely, but it's possible and I don't see them releasing as many new designs now that they have something for everyone in their lineup. The one thing that is missing, is a slipjoint.
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Oh yeah. They're definitely pushing the boundaries and seeing what sticks. Going from the crazy value we've seen in the G-10 Gent (which if it isn't the most popular knife collabo, is sure shaping up to be since it sells out every time) to the Prism and Mordax. Granted, the Damascus Falcon didn't really hit (there were other mitigating factors in that one), but I think it wouldn't be far off for them to try an integral. Curious as to who the designer could be. I agree with WE being the likely manufacturer. I think Reate would be way too pricey (see the Jack). I'm unsure if they would make an integral of an existing model though....because in my mind, it's hard to see the value of adding a significant uptick to a budget model. I think this might've been one of the (many) reasons why people didn't jump on the Damascus Falcon. Anyway, it's fun speculating on what they're working on! I'm calling the next Tashi collab to be the Heatseeker, likely made by Reate.
Omniseed
Oh yes, a pocketable, sexy slipjoint! I second that! Titanium, micarta or carbon fiber, please!
I can't wait for the Protech and Furrem Forge drop my wallet is going to get lighter!😍$$$
I would love to see more Gavko colabs and maybe a front flipper like a Shamwari from Gareth Bull. I'm loving the Ferrum Forge blades, although I don't think my bank account agrees. To Jonas and the crew, keep doing what your doing
Thanks @Bknguyen , we've come a long way since we released the Falcon in April of 2017. And yes - you can expect the general pace of releases to continue through 2019.
JonasHeineman
Excited to see what you guys cook up!
JonasHeineman
Hook me up with a front flipper guys!
I would say the gavko mako knives for me
I found my way here because I learned that I like knives. It was a gradual "Hey knives are cool, I'm gonna buy one, holy shit there are so many I want!".
Ferrum Forge's Falcon still holds up well after all this time.