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Announcing the Arashi Balisong: The Tempest successor!

twirl Apr 28, 2015

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  1. twirl

    twirl Hom Designs JDBA Official Member Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    I'm sure you all heard the rumors on a high end mid-tech. I'm going to start getting some info going on this thread on the Arashi midtech balisong. It's been secretly in the works this whole time and is getting close to the fun part where I can start taking a list of names.

    The Tempest was a very nice knife, but also a great platform for customization. Especially with the examples done by various makers and the ones customized by myself, I wondered what it would be like to kick it up a notch.

    The blades are going to be collaboration with some familiar makers. The majority of this project is going to be collaboration with Shawn Greacen, aka BaliBallistic. Blade steel is Shawn's favorite: 154CM

    The blanks (pictured below) were based off the Specter, nicknamed "v1 proto". The upcoming Specter has a modified profile with a new tang, which is "v2". The Arashi uses a larger "v3" which is made to be reprofiled into several different blades.

    The handles were created by the same shop that made the Tempest handles. These have a similar design but are of a thicker stock, have ball end mill triple slots, and will be domed and finished individually by hand. Did I mention that a select number are zirconium?

    There will be many different variations of blades and handles and colors, etc.

    The target quantity for this run and approximate pricing is below:

    50 Titanium - $875
    10 Zirconium (black anodized only) - $1199
    2 Moku (unavailable)

    **Please no PMs about orders. I will start a separate thread with an official list soon!

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    look at that thickness!

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    Definitely a BB grind:

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    A quick mock up in Prodigy handles:

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    Yep, that's zirconium right there.
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    Yes all of the handles for the BB collab have been machined:

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    Here's what a set of finished handles looks like:

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    5/15/15
    These came in today..

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  2. chintofong

    chintofong JDBA4L JDBA Official Member

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    Awesome news Jerry! I'm in for one with Ti handles!!!

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  3. papercut

    papercut KILLACANE JDBA Official Member

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    Good luck to you on this project. Looks amazing as always Jerry.
     
  4. Glenn

    Glenn Sol Invictus Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    Best of luck with this project. :thumbsup:
     
  5. Schmoopy

    Schmoopy Stallion Rooster JDBA Official Member

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    Will a date be given on when names will be taken?
     
  6. mag1

    mag1 No More Mr. Nice Guy Brigade Member

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    sub'd:thumbsup:
     
  7. RRTvette

    RRTvette Gonna ventilate you JDBA Official Member

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    Awesome! What a sweet looking blade.
     
  8. Baliman987

    Baliman987 JDBA4L JDBA Official Member

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    I've been waiting for this! I'm down for a Moku.
     
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  9. DeepSkyyz

    DeepSkyyz Skyy'z the limit JDBA Official Member

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    Sweet this sounds amazing. Fingers crossed on getting one, hope they aren't going on edc

    Nice naming choice btw :bwah:

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  10. Area965

    Area965 JDBA4L JDBA Official Member

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    Awesome!

    Looking forward to the sign up list. :manganr:
     
  11. M.Reno

    M.Reno Cowboy JDBA Official Member

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    Sweet!!!!

    Sweet!! Looks very good. Cant wait to see this happen!!
     
  12. Mpsecare

    Mpsecare Owl Man

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    wtf?
     
  13. Ryanol

    Ryanol SnarkMasterFunkyFresh JDBA Official Member

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    Looks good.
     
  14. twirl

    twirl Hom Designs JDBA Official Member Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    That's a band named Arashi.

    The name Arashi was selected because this knife was originally supposed to be a sister project to the Tempest with a Japanese inspired blade (one of the variations pictured) before I decided to just offer several different types.

    Arashi = Japanese for "tempest" or "storm"
     
  15. Baliman987

    Baliman987 JDBA4L JDBA Official Member

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    Nice
     
  16. Mr.LaBella

    Mr.LaBella ←The № 1 Devil→ Administrator

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    I'm in, HOMie!
     
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  17. zuggzugg

    zuggzugg JDBA4L JDBA Official Member

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    I want!! :thumbsup:
     
  18. Bulldozer

    Bulldozer JDBA4L JDBA Official Member Brigade Member

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    Can't wait for list!!
     
  19. test2oob

    test2oob The Collector JDBA Official Member Brigade Member

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    Wicked :devilwag:
     
  20. abqjoe

    abqjoe JDBA4L JDBA Official Member

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    Looks like it's gonna be a real looker and I love the rounding on the handles! Just out of curiosity, who's doing the heat treat on the blades?
     
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