RYP wrote:" would be interested in learning how you became involved with the HEST project, RYP. Is the account published online anywhere?"
Its not that dramatic a story. I spent a lot of time in the woods when I was young (working as a lumberjack, blaster, driller etc), then a lot of time doing expeditions in Asia and Africa then a lot of times when you really don't want to carry a lot of things but what you do carry has to do double duty. You don't need much to get by but the things you bring often don't live up to the hype, knives, boots, clothing, gear, cameras, tools etc.
Jeff Randall and Mike Perrin are friends who I would describe as no bullshit, no drama survival experts (they teach courses in the jungle in Peru and are old school "good ole boys" with high intellects. I have always been a fan of no bullshit, made in america, solid performance products that get better with age and use. so the RAT DPx H•E•S•T was the first product I designed. Next will be the DPx H•E•F•T a knife made for military use. Next will probably be a pack system that integrates with clothing. Its surprising to me how little thought goes into consumer or even military products. Mostly I guess because they try to do too many things or they cut costs to where its almost an imitation of what it should be. The idea is if you buy one of my products you should be able to give to your grandkids...and it will still be warranteed and fully functional.
And another thing. Listen to your customers. They spend all day with your product and they know more about it than you do. That's probably why I was a successful product developer and marketer. Give the people what they want, make it affordable, elegant and a object to be desired.
bamf wrote:Maybe someone in here will know - I used to have a Gerber, bought the damn thing at Wal Mart for ~30 bucks, it was a great little knife. Black with a black blade, half serrated, had a little safety switch on it. It was a folding knife, but on the handle there was a place where the housing receeded, leaving a little piece of the backside of the blade exposed, shaped almost like a little button. It was assisted opening, and basically you could take it out with one hand, flip the safety switch off with one finger, press your pointer finger on the exposed backside of the blade and push down, and that would swivel the blade and pop the knife open. It was the handiest little thing I ever owned, being able to be taken out and opened with one hand while my other was occupied (I dunno why, but I tend to get into this situation a lot. Maybe I have poor planning skills). And boy was it durable, I mean I didn't do the things you guys did with your knives, but I cut car parts, building materials, gutted a couple deer, pried things with it; hell, I even whipped it out at a restaurant when they gave us shit knives to cut our steak with. And when it got dirty in the dishwasher it went, and came out beautiful!
Anyways, I realize I could just get a switchblade as my state allows carry with a permit, but I'm really just not interested in them and some states aren't too fond of switchblades; as I take a knife almost everywhere with me I'd rather not deal with yet more state laws to study before travelling. Anyone know anything nice like that old Gerber knife, or know if they still make it? I went to Wal Mart a couple weeks ago and their new 'assisted opening' gerber knives are basically impossible to open in such a simple manner with one finger.
The-Dude wrote:I just got a spyderco tenacious and love it. G10 scales, good steel, ambi clip, lanyard hole, and best of all reasonable price. seems like a $60+ knife, i got mine new for 30$. if that seems a bit big for you they have an identical scaled down version called the persistence. damn, im starting to sound like a rep.
RYP wrote:DPx Gear is doing much more. Hard goods, soft goods, tools and also Blackwater Gear. Other brands too when we get up to speed. Right now we are doing the long term machined goods that require long lead hand assembly time. Soft goods have a shorter turnaround time.
bamf wrote:Maybe someone in here will know - I used to have a Gerber, bought the damn thing at Wal Mart for ~30 bucks, it was a great little knife. Black with a black blade, half serrated, had a little safety switch on it.
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