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New: TSS Titanium Field Scapel: Self Sharpening UL Blade: Pre-order price.
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James Connolly
(jamespjc) - MLife

Locale: TX
Re: Re: New: TSS Titanium Field Scapel: Self Sharpening UL Blade: Pre-order price on 04/03/2012 08:37:05 MDT Print View

I'm also in. Hope there are sufficient interest to make this a go.

***Edit: Paypal sent***

Edited by jamespjc on 04/03/2012 15:42:40 MDT.

Javan Dempsey

Locale: The-Stateless-Society
Re: Re: New: TSS Titanium Field Scapel: Self Sharpening UL Blade: Pre-order price. on 04/03/2012 15:23:13 MDT Print View

I understand the skepticism regarding sharpness, but I just ask that those of you who end up with one of these just keep an open mind. Much like a convex ground steel blade, which usually doesn't "feel" razor sharp after the first cut, but maintains a working edge for days beyond a flat or hollow grind, the microserrated edge of these won't feel razor sharp, in fact once you start breaking it in, it will feel very toothy, almost jagged. It will continue to cut and cut and cut however, and if it seems to become less effective, cut some cardboard (the most notorious dulling medium for steel), a few swipes, and it'll be good as new.

You won't be shaving with these, it's not that kind of edge, but it'll handle much bigger tasks than the dermasafe; which doesn't allow any leverage or force, and is very easy to break.

As far as the project goes in general, I'm willing to make 10 or 12 of these by hand, immediately. If you want one, just paypal me $68 and you're guaranteed to have one. If I get atleast 10 orders in the next few days, I'll send a sheet of ti off to the waterjet, and get a large batch cut out. If I don't get that many orders, I'll be moving on to another project to cut my losses, and whoever ordered will be the only ones that get one of these. Regardless, anybody who pays for one now, will get one, and subsequent support of the product, should it be necessary.

Also, I have had some mention of interest in a UL straight razor for shaving/etc, so if there's anybody real keen on that, let me know. It would be steel bladed with a titanium body.

Stephan Doyle
Re: Re: Re: New: TSS Titanium Field Scapel: Self Sharpening UL Blade: Pre-order price. on 04/03/2012 16:01:05 MDT Print View

Any luck with any idea for some sort of sheath?

My interest is piqued, but without a sheath I can't use it on the trail.

Javan Dempsey

Locale: The-Stateless-Society
Re: Re: Re: Re: New: TSS Titanium Field Scapel: Self Sharpening UL Blade: Pre-order price. on 04/03/2012 23:42:57 MDT Print View

I'm working on something tonight sheath wise. We'll see how it pans out.

Javan Dempsey

Locale: The-Stateless-Society
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: New: TSS Titanium Field Scapel: Self Sharpening UL Blade: Pre-order price. on 04/04/2012 13:13:18 MDT Print View

Last night I was able to make an approx 3.5g sheath by heat molding and welding some thin hdpe. It was just rough rough prototyping with limited tools (I have no experience working with these types of plastic) but it was successful and functional, albeit pretty ugly.

At this point, I think I'm going to continue in this direction, I just ordered some thin stock of various plastics, so I'm going to try a few different possibilities, but I will have a sheath solution worked out by the time I ship these.

Jeremy Platt
(jeremy089786) - F

Locale: Sydney
folding on 04/05/2012 02:40:10 MDT Print View

When you develop the folding version I am in!

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - M

Locale: Santa Rosa, CA
Re: New: TSS Titanium Field Scapel: Self Sharpening UL Blade: Pre-order price. on 04/05/2012 03:21:53 MDT Print View

This is pretty interesting. My only suggestion would be to make some that have a stick tang and then put some kind of handle material. That would make it much more usable.

Cody Lebow

Locale: Orange County
Sheath on 04/06/2012 08:16:36 MDT Print View

Edited for google safety. Hurray for sheaths of all kinds.

Edited by CLebow on 04/06/2012 22:49:19 MDT.

Javan Dempsey

Locale: The-Stateless-Society
Re: Sheath on 04/06/2012 17:40:56 MDT Print View

I don't suggest repeating that anywhere she's liable to see/hear it Cody, and I'll just say for the record, that I wouldn't recommend any of you refer to your women as "sheaths" if you want to continue living. Obviously Cody's woman is a saint for putting up with him... ;D

I'm waiting for a shipment of materials, but I hope to have a reasonably professional looking solution to the sheath problem.

All pre-orders will ship with a sheath for the same price. Afterwards the price is going up some to cover the extra labor if you want a sheath.

Edited by jdempsey on 04/06/2012 17:41:36 MDT.

Javan Dempsey

Locale: The-Stateless-Society
Re: Re: Sheath on 04/18/2012 16:58:01 MDT Print View

Update; As usually happens, right after receiving a batch of material to find a solution to a problem, I find the solution elsewhere.

So all the less than ideal plastics I got, are a waste, since I found a supply of lighter material specifically designed for sheath applications. I'll post pics as soon as I have a final sheath. I'll probably be offer two options, one super minimal and lightest, and one with eyelets that'll offer more attachment possibilities.

Cody Lebow

Locale: Orange County
Re: Re: Re: Sheath on 05/13/2012 20:49:15 MDT Print View

Any updates?

John McAlpine
(HairlessApe) - M

Locale: PNW
How are they looking? on 05/15/2012 11:30:50 MDT Print View

I'm looking forward to seeing the finished knife and sheath combination. Any updates???

Javan Dempsey

Locale: The-Stateless-Society
Re: How are they looking? on 05/23/2012 22:54:50 MDT Print View

Apologies to all who've been waiting, apparently I've got a reputation of lethargy to uphold.

I am not finished with these. I'm working on them now, but I've been sidetracked by "other projects".

I'm done with the bevel and carbide on Ruta Locura's skinners, so if anybody is interested in that profile, contact Josh, they should be available.

For the scapels, I hoped to have my mill delivered and cutting slots by now, but it isn't, so I'm having to file them by hand, which is labor intensive. At this point, if anybody that ordered is tired of waiting, email me, or pm, and I'll issue an immediate refund. Otherwise, I should have pics of a finished package in a day or two.

Thanks to my patrons, for their support, and patience.

Javan Dempsey

Locale: The-Stateless-Society
Re: Re: How are they looking? on 05/27/2012 19:44:26 MDT Print View

Ok, so after a two day blackout, and ruining another of these tonight since I'm still having to drill and file the slots, I'm going to put these off until the end of June when my mill is actually on site.

I apologies to everyone, but since I didn't get enough interest to fund a run at the waterjet, and I'm unable to mill the slots, these are costing me more than I'm able to currently make.

Everyone that pre-ordered, I'll issue a refund this week. I'll still send you one of these when I can afford to make them economically, at no cost.

Thanks for the support, but for now I've got to move on to something profitible.

Anybody interested in something like this in the meantime, Josh should have the skinners available now or very soon.

Steven Evans
(Steve_Evans) - MLife

Locale: Canada
Re: Ti Field Scalpel on 10/13/2012 08:48:53 MDT Print View

I was lucky enough to get my hands on one of Javan's creations. They are VERY nicely made and I am surprised at both how well it cuts and how well it has held up. I can cut anything from a single sheet of paper to skinning a branch. Very sturdy, well sized and 8 complaints here.

Anyway, here's a link to my website with some additional pictures but the info is just copied and pasted from his first post. Enjoy. Titanium Knife

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
re: Ti field scalpel on 10/13/2012 12:48:54 MDT Print View

Missed this the first go around. I think it looks brilliant. Still selling them Javan?

Ian Armstrong
Great design on 03/03/2013 12:54:17 MST Print View

Hi love the design, are you still selling or planning any future runs?

Ben Feldman
(fenbeldman) - MLife

Locale: Bay Area
also interested on 03/04/2013 16:59:44 MST Print View

keep us posted!

Ike Jutkowitz
(Ike) - M

Locale: Central Michigan
re: on 03/05/2013 07:46:57 MST Print View

Unfortunately haven't seen Javan around on the site in a number of months, a big loss for the BPL community. If interested, it may be worth trying to contact him directly. I was gifted one of his early prototypes, and it is a very functional and lightweight design, great for food prep, cutting cordage or packaging, cleaning fish, etc.

Javan Dempsey

Locale: The-Stateless-Society
MIA on 03/29/2013 16:49:54 MDT Print View

Sorry guys, I haven't been visiting the forums lately.

If anybody is interested in these, let me know. I've been so busy with non pack related projects that most everything else has been severely back-burnered, but if there's interest, I can get a run of blanks cut out for these.

If anybody needs to get ahold of me directly, I'm always available at javan.dempsey "at"