The SURVIVE! shop is finalizing a big transition right now. We rearranged the shop, have some new equipment, and are putting together a great team. Check out this news post for more details. Because this is the first time that we have had complete control over the production steps it is going to take us some time to get everything moving smoothly and set up some accurate delivery estimates for each model. We know we've messed that up when relying on others in the past so it is really important for us to get it right now that we are in the driver's seat.
If you would like more information about the delays and why we've had troubles with delivery estimates in the past we put together a long video to talk about it. You can find that on our YouTube channel: here.
The delivery estimates listed below are based on our current production capabilities. We have every intention of shortening these timeframes. As we get settled in to being our own manufacturer things will naturally become more efficient, we will always be looking for ways to improve the production process, and we are actively hiring and cross-training teammates.
Click on each model for more details about where it is in the production process.
The GSO-3.5 orders are being built and will be ready to ship as soon as the updated sheaths are completed.
Why are we waiting on updated sheaths? There was a tolerance issue with the original GSO-3.5 run and we had to scrap about half of the blades. We started making replacements immediately. Those newer blades and handles are being finshed now.
If your order is marked as 'built' in our system it will ship out as soon as we receive a sheath for it!
The GSO-12 blades are being finished as soon as they have been ground. Handles are being machined and microtextured. Preorders are getting built and continue to ship in regular batches.
The GSO-6 orders are being built and everything is going together well. We are currently planning to have all current orders fulfilled by the end of June, with orders shipping out in the order that they were placed.
If your order is marked as 'built' in our system it will be shipping out as soon as it is sharpened, within a week or two.
At Final Machining
Shipping in 3 to 6 months
Tac 4 and Tac 5 blades were surface ground prior to heat treat so they are ready to start bevel grinding as soon as the new 5-axis mill is up and running. Handle materials have been cut out and will be getting machined as the blades are being finished. These should be starting to ship out around June/July.
The GSO-4.5 blades have been heat treated and they are back in our workshop. They will be going through surface and bevel grinding before moving to the finishing side of production. Handle materials will be getting cut soon and fasteners are starting to arrive. Estimated delivery for the GSO-4.5 will be update here once we have all new processes up and running.
GSO-10 blades are back from heat treat and will be up on our Blanchard grinder soon. We have handle materials and will be getting the G10 soon. Fasteners are on order.
These will be more time consuming because of their size. But we limited ordering for this run so there are a lot less preorders to get through compared to the more recent production runs. Check back here for delivery estimates. We will be getting accurate information put together as soon as we can.
The GSO-8 blades will be working their way through final production machining alongside the GSO-10. These blades are heat treated and at surface grinding. Handle materials will be getting cut out as we get closer to finishing blades.
TSK blades are at surface grinding. Handle material will be getting cut out soon. This is a very small batch run that is being worked on during gaps in larger production scheduling. We expect to get this production run completed more quickly because they are smaller in size as well as the overall number of knives.
Pre-Heat Treat Machining
Shipping in 9-12 months
This popular model is moving through production again. With the delays from previous production methods and blades stacking up at surface grinding we hadn't been putting as much emphasis on the pre-heat treat models as we would have liked. Now that we have complete control over production and plans in place to clear out that bottleneck you will be seeing a lot more updates about the GSO-5.1 and other models that are further down the production schedule. Check back for updates and a delivery estimate.
These little blades were added to cutting programs for much thicker knives so they will be getting a quick surface grind to get them to a more reasonable size. They have already been perimeter machined so they will head straigh to heat treat after surface grinding.
This is a very small batch run that is being worked on during gaps in larger production. The EDC-2 was specifically designed to reduce waste and is not pulling materials away from other models. We will be using extra pieces of handle materials to fulfill these orders. Once they have been heat treated we will update this page with a delivery estimate.
GSO-3 blades are getting cut out on the waterjet. These later production runs will go much more quickly than past runs because the entire shop is fully focused on SURVIVE! products, for the first time ever! We have also limited preordering for these models so there are a lot less knives being made all at once.
The GSO-4 is up next on the waterjet. These later production runs will go much more quickly than past runs because the entire shop is fully focused on SURVIVE! products, for the first time ever! We have also limited preordering for these models so there are a lot less knives being made all at once.
The GSO-4.7 and GSO-5.5 blades will be getting cut out next. Now that we are starting smaller production runs they won't have to wait too long. These production runs will go much more quickly than past runs because the entire shop is fully focused on SURVIVE! products, for the first time ever!
The Necker II will start being added to openings on current cut programs and we will be cutting full sheets after the GSO-4.7 and GSO-5.5 blades have been cut out.
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This page will be updated as new information is available. The last update was on March 22nd 2021.