View Full Version : Servicemember Knife Build Update

06-07-2011, 10:02 PM
I have received the majority of the knives from the makers, but a few are still MIA. After deciding to make the drive to Atlanta, I spoke to Uncle Aldo and told him I would like to bring all of the knives to BLADE. He told me he would try to find a display case and room for us to display the knives at his booth. This is not set in stone, so I hope everyone will understand if the display doesn't happen. Hopefully everyone will get the chance to see all of the hard work everyone has put into these.

I will do a final inventory of all knives I have received and get the few sheaths that are still needed completed next week (hopefully) so that these can all go out to thier new owners. I'll update this thread with a confirmation if we are able to display these at Uncle Aldo's booth.

Justin King
06-08-2011, 07:31 AM
Thanks for the update and for all your efforts, Murph. I feel kind of uninvolved after getting this whole thing rolling but you are doing a hell of a job with it! Have a great time in Atlanta! If there is anything I can do to help things along during these final stages let me know, I'll do what I can.
Thanks to everyone who stepped up to the plate for this effort. The display would be a really great bit of publicity for our sponsors if it works out, they deserve a mention.

06-10-2011, 06:27 PM
We did a little networking today and displayed as many knives as would fit into Aldo's display case. Jim Cooper, "Sharp By Coop", has graciously donated his time and skill to do a group shot of all of the knives on Sunday morning. Hopefully we will have some nice photos soon. Until then.....



Justin King
06-11-2011, 07:15 AM
Sweet, thanks for posting that up, Murph! Nice to know a tidbit of my work made it to Blade. I'm really excited to see this project approach it's goal.

LR Harner
06-18-2011, 07:50 PM
i jsut my 3 finished for a few troops i cant be live i missed out on all of this ( i must live onder a rock or better yet my grinder)

06-18-2011, 10:01 PM
No worries, hopefully we'll have another one soon.

06-26-2011, 02:31 PM
Awesome project Murph. I just noticed it too.

I'll keep an eye out for the next one.

06-29-2011, 07:06 AM
hey murph i would love to be in on the next one thought i would throw out this design that im doing for a army ranger, he took one of my designs and wanted a few things added and this is what we came up with a 3/16 d-2 blade about 5inch cutting edge and almost 10 inch overall with a skull crusher on back, with finger jimping on top of spine, heres a pic its allmost ready for heat treat thanks for looking tell me what ya think.

07-02-2011, 07:38 AM
Thanks to all of the members that made this military build happen...

Supplies and Donors:

Aldo NJ Steel Baron - Steel, 3 sheets of A2
Midwest Knifemakers Supply, llc (Bossdog) - Handles G10 enough for 30 blades
Dave at GLWJ Cut out all blades
Peter's Heat treat Brad did it for
Bill Tyc - Hardware (Corby bolts and thong tubing)
Jeff Wemmer at Spec-Ops - Sheaths
Bruce M. -Scales and some shipping
Rudy Joly , Tracy , R. Keith -shipping costs
Jim Cooper , Photo


Bill T.
Rodney J.
Big Smitty
Randy Haas/HHH knives
David Murphy
Denny Eller
Steve Janik
Cal Harkins
Justin King
Carey Quinn
Jerry Bond
Rudy Joly
Les George
Bill Coye
Josh Dabney
G. Shahan
Marvin Winn
Doc Shiffer
John Barker
Mike Carter
Tune Up

Justin King
07-02-2011, 08:26 AM
Thanks for putting that up, Tracy. To date I have not had a complete list of the donors, they (including you) all deserve recognition for this, and my thanks is due to everyone who helped out in any capacity. I love what you guys did with this!

Rudy Joly
07-15-2011, 04:28 PM
Any new news on the distribution of these blades ?
Just wondering.


07-16-2011, 10:14 PM

I'm currently waiting on a reply to an e-mail with a shipping address for the soldiers in Afghanistan. As soon as I get thae address, they'll be heading across the pond.

Denny Eller
07-18-2011, 01:31 PM
That's good news, Murph, glad to hear they're getting to the guys and gals who need them. Thank you for doing this.

07-25-2011, 09:27 PM
This should be the second to last update from my end.

I finally received the shipping address from a young soldier I was introduced to by our very own Mr. Bill Coye. SPC. Hulett and his buddies are currently serving at a remote out post in Afghanistan. A package will be heading thier way within the next 48 hrs.

I apologize for the delay on this but communications have limited my abilities. I had intentions of getting these in the mail today, but my work schedule was rather hectic and the nearly 250 mile commute to and from work is kicking my rear a bit. The good news is that I have a class in Little Rock tomorrow which should be over around or a little before lunch which should give me plenty of time to get this task accomplished. If not, I will have a large portion of Wednesday available due to a scheduled doctor's appointment which will have me out of work all day.

I'll post and confirm shipment as soon as the package is in the hands of our USPS.

Les George
08-10-2011, 09:38 AM
Another update.

Murph sent me 16 (IIRC) knives to send to my boys to give out. Well my buddies rotated back to the US a few months ago, so I just got off the phone with a guy that I was a Sgt in Africa with that is now a 1stSgt.

I told him what was going on and he is going to confirm what the next unit pumping out of Camp Pendleton is and that is there the knives are going. He was quite taken back by the generosity of the members of this forum and promised that they knives would make it into the appropriate hands and into combat very soon.

If he said it, it'll happen. ;) I'll keep you up to date and try to get some pics of the new knife owners (but I can't promise that will happen)

Justin King
08-10-2011, 09:47 AM
Thanks for the updates and for your efforts on this, guys. I hope the knives give good service.

08-10-2011, 10:20 AM
The other batch is somewhere between here and Afghanistan (or already there). They were sent to a Army National Guard Infantry group from Oklahoma who is at a remote outpost in the mountains. Bill Coye introduced me to the soldier via e-mail and phone number prior to them flying over. They may have already received the knives, but I have not received confirmation of it yet (communication capabilities are pretty spotty over there from what I am being told).

I have asked that those who receive the knives send us photos of them with them, but it may be a long while before we see anything.

Edit: In the event that something happens to the packages shipped to Afghanistan, have comfort in know that I did insure them.

08-10-2011, 10:31 AM
Nice job and thanks to all involved. These things take time but it got done and that is what matters.

HHH Knives
08-10-2011, 11:44 AM
Glad to hear that the knives are being distributed! Hey Murph, Can you send me a email with the pics from coop? randy@hhhcustomknives.com

Thanks to all for there hard work and help making this happen.
God Bless

Rudy Joly
08-10-2011, 02:12 PM
That's great news.
It's a relief to know there may be a couple dozen smiling faces in an otherwise crappy situation.
Thanks to all involved.


Denny Eller
08-11-2011, 10:55 AM
Thanks, guys for getting these into our troops hands. Les, I hope your group of Devil Dogs will send us some pics and contact email addresses.

Bill T
08-11-2011, 05:53 PM
Awesome news !

08-16-2011, 08:01 AM
I feel much better. :clap:When is the next one?

Bill T
08-16-2011, 08:31 AM
Working on it now ...

Steven Janik
08-16-2011, 09:31 AM
I know this isn't my gig, Bill, but can you please explore the possibilities of having the next build knives maybe have a destination with a smiling face on the other end before they are even made? I think it would be great if I knew who was actually getting mine, maybe they could convey there needs and how they would use it if i could contact them. That sure would make the process more enjoyable.

I know this is a monumental task, but I have faith in you.
Anxiously awaiting to participate again.


Bill T
08-16-2011, 09:43 AM
That is EXACTLY what I am trying to achieve ....

I have a meeting with a Marine recruiter on Friday .

Names and Destinations are secure info for the most part , but I have a plan . Not gonna tell too much , but it looks real good . I'll find out more on Fri ...

I already have Aldo's backing for whatever we need .. and we're talking steel for possibly 100's of knives ... Oooh yeah ...

08-16-2011, 11:41 AM
I have a destination for over 3,000 in August of '12.

08-16-2011, 11:46 AM
I am most certainly in on the next round of builds... :)