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Project VECP

Les George Aug 3, 2011

  1. Les George

    Les George George Knives Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    Now this has been a long time in the works!
    It's a new way for me to work, something that I have been planning long before I even moved to Texas. It's the reason that I am taking machinist classes day and night on top of full time knife making.

    If you may recall the Rockeye is named after an ordnance item of the same name.

    There is a variation of the Rockeye, called the VECP. VECP means Value Engineering Change Proposal, basically that is a program that finds better ways to get the same job done. Since they Rockeye's job is to blow up and send a shape charge jet into a target, they found a way to do it with a stream lined design and manufacturing process.

    One of the goals of the Rockeye design, was to have a design that I could scale up and down at will. since I have made them with blade lengths from 2.6 all the way up past 7 inches, I think that box is checked.

    One of the hardest parts of custom folder making is managing the variations of materials. Steel not straight, titanium bowed and not the same thickness though out, etc. All these things play havoc with knife function and I spend a lot of my time on the custom knives fixing those inconsistencies. A lot of time!

    So I had an idea of a project, where I took out as many of the variables as possible, Keeping the design simple and speeding things up, adding Value by changing the engineering.

    That's about enough talk for now, here are the specs and pics!


    I give you, the VECP

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    Steel: .150" (3.81mm) thick, CTS-XHP

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    Handle: Titanium Frame lock, .150 (3.81mm) thick

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    Back spacer: Grooved Black G-10

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    Ambidextrous thumb stud

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    Phosphorus Bronze washers

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    Drilled and tapped for tip up / tip down. Hole configuration is the
    standard 3 whole pattern so if you want a different clip, you have a lot of options. I am actually making up a new style clip for this project, those are still a few days out though.

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    Lanyard hole

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    4.9” (124mm) long closed

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    Blade, 3.4" (86mm) long, CNC flat ground to .015 (.381mm) before sharpening*

    Hinderer Lock Bar stabilizer**

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    *I made a new logo that will go on all non hand ground blades so there is never any confusion.

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    ** Big thank you to Rick Hinderer for licensing his lock bar stabilizer to me and for his constant help and encouragement though the initial phase of this project.

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    I have a lot of different design elements in this knife that I will hit on later, but for now this is what we got.

    There are a lot of goals I have involved in this project, versatility and utility being first and foremost.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FmQsqxa2tc
    Hope you guys like it, thanks for looking.
     
  2. Soup_Monger

    Soup_Monger Should be a custom title here

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    Those look excellent, Les.

    Good work. :thumbsup:

    Where can I get one of those thumb studs?

    Here is your vid embedded.

    [YOUTUBE]7FmQsqxa2tc[/YOUTUBE]
     
  3. Les George

    Les George George Knives Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    Thanks for the assist, I always forget how to do that! :)

    Thumbs studs are FREE with the purchase of a knife! :):) :ross::ross:

    Check out Pop's knife supply if you would rather just get the stud. If you have any trouble getting him to send you one across the pond, let me know and I'll help ya out.
     
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  4. Soup_Monger

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    Thanks for that. :)
     
  5. Mr.LaBella

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    :plus_one:
     
  6. firebolt

    firebolt Hollandse Duivel Brigade Member

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    :congrats:

    looking very good
     
  7. RoyalM

    RoyalM Commando Devil Super Moderator Brigade Member

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    Great looking knives mate.

    Will be watching to see when you can order one of the larger versions of this knife.
     
  8. OnceBitten

    OnceBitten Momma said I'd go blind Brigade Member

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    Very nice. I like blades under 3.5 inches.

    Sure would make a pretty Forum Knife.
     
  9. cornnutt

    cornnutt Knife Junkie Brigade Member

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  10. Ken Brock

    Ken Brock Who's Awesome? Super Moderator

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    those turned out nice man, real nice
     
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  11. ster91b

    ster91b Paloozster! Brigade Member

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    Nice, need to find a way to afford one. **droolz**

    Great name btw
     
  12. BennytheBlade

    BennytheBlade LUC4 JDBA Official Member Super Moderator Brigade Member

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    Flipper needs to be bigger.:devil1:

    Seriously, a nice simple design. Good looking proportions.
     
  13. M.Olexey

    M.Olexey capo of the Texas knifemaking mafia Brigade Member

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    They look fantastic!
     
  14. JMCNEES

    JMCNEES knifemaker Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    Those are awesome! Great way to expand your lineup!
     
  15. norcal13

    norcal13 rated "e" for evil Brigade Member

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    clean.
    i want one.
     
  16. FriskyDingo

    FriskyDingo knifemaker Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    I want one. Noaw! haha
     
  17. atlasfields

    atlasfields Huge member

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    Me likey, lots!
     
  18. Les George

    Les George George Knives Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    Finalized clip and hardware... :)


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    Finalized Hinderer Lock Bar Stabilizer

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    Support of this project has been astronomical thus far, thank you all for your support and kind words! More to follow! :)
     
  19. Soup_Monger

    Soup_Monger Should be a custom title here

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    Those look great, Les.

    I quite fancy one myself.

    :madaddy:
     
  20. Piet.S

    Piet.S knifemaker Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    Outstanding work.

    Damn. :thumbsup:
     

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