Project VECP

Les George

Admin - Founding Member
I have a new project 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 stright, titanium bowed and not the same thickness though out, ect. All these things play havoc with knife function and I spend a lot of my time on the custom knives fixing those inconsistency. 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

Steel: .150" thick, CTS-XHP
Handle: Titanium Frame lock, .150 thick
Back spacer: Black G-10
Ambidextrous thumb stud
Phosphorus Bronze washers
Drilled and tapped for tip up / tip down
Lanyard hole
Blade, 3.4" long, CNC flat ground*
Hinderer Lock Bar stabilizer**


Some of the details are yet to be finalized but here are some pics of the ruff proto that I made this week.











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

** Big thank you to Rick Hinderer for licensing his lock bar stabilizer to me.

More to follow later as well as a HUGE WIP! Thank you for reading and your continued support!
 

murphda2

Super Moderator and KD Blade Show Boss
Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm, I think I might want one of these! :D :D :D I'll stay tuned in as well and continue to drool over the WIP pics.
 

Les George

Admin - Founding Member
I am looking at the $325-$350 range. I was originally shooting for $325, but then I scaled the knife up 10% and it was just enough to have to buy another sheet of steel. I was actually very surprised at the over all effect that the small size change had on the use of the materials. As a result the price may have to get bumped up just a little, I will know better once the waterjet cutter tells me what kinda numbers I am gonna get from my material.
 

RAGUEL3

Well-Known Member
Exceptional job so far .
Building a better mousetrap isnt always the answer, finding a way to make the mousetrap with less loss of time, materials and effort is more impressive.
" Work Smarter , Not Harder ", great job.
 

Les George

Admin - Founding Member
Thanks guys, the CTS-XHP blade steel showed up Friday, I got it from the UPS guy and took them straight over to a local waterjet guy. He said he should have them all cut out by Wednesday!

Then it will be machining time, hot and heavy! :)
 

Les George

Admin - Founding Member
Exceptional job so far .
Building a better mousetrap isnt always the answer, finding a way to make the mousetrap with less loss of time, materials and effort is more impressive.
" Work Smarter , Not Harder ", great job.
Your giving me too much credit, I think that this is the best mouse population control devise ever made! :)

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murphda2

Super Moderator and KD Blade Show Boss
Les, for some reason I assumed this was more your style of mouse trap.



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Les George

Admin - Founding Member
What am I an amateur? A mechanical timer?


Lame!!! Don't try to bring me down, hippy!



CUZ OVER KILL IS UNDERRATED! :57:
 
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