Tim Tang founded Maxpedition Hard Use Gear in his parents’ garage after dropping out of med school in 2003. The Los Angeles company began designing, contracting, and selling nylon everyday carry equipment such as backpacks, bags, and accessories. Tang has said that he has always been a “knife guy” and knew he wanted Maxpedition to eventually reflect that.
At SHOT Show 2014, Maxpedition displayed some of their existing folder and future fixed blade offerings. Following SHOT, Maxpedition followed through with information on their line of D2 fixed blade knives. Here are some photographs and copy from their press release.
“First press photos of our high quality production fixed blade knives initially exhibited at SHOT Show 2014 and delivering this Spring.
“Great features including: D2 tool steel blades. Full height flat grind with convex edge. Matte hard chrome finish. Hidden full tang construction. Ergonomic glass filled handles. Hand fitted Kydex belt sheath. Retail price range USD$100 to $120
“Additional technical specifications below:
“Large Fixed Blades:
6.25″ x 0.22″ blade; 11” OAL
LSCP Short Clip Point
LSCP2 Short Clip Point with partial serrations
LLCP Long Clip Point
LGEO2 Geometric with partial serrations
“Medium Fixed Blade:
5.5″ long x 0.188″ blade; 10.25” OAL
MSCP Short Clip Point
MSCP2 Short Clip Point with partial serrations
MLCP Long Clip Point
MGEO2 Geometric with partial serrations
“Small Fixed Blade:
4.75″ long x 0.15″ blade; 9.25” OAL
SSCP Short Clip Point
SLCP Long Clip Point
SDRP Drop Point
“Blade material: D2 tool steel to 58-60HRc, double tempered with cryogenic treatment
“Blade grind / sharpening: Full height flat grind with 1” curved choil; concave sharpening for robust cutting edge
“Blade finish / coating: Industrial hard chrome plating to 1 mil (0.001”) over matte bead blast
“Tang: Hidden full tang with 4 keys and 2 thru holes for secure integration with molded handle
“Handle materials: Black glass fiber reinforced nylon composite with a 30% glass content
“Handle design: Injection molded ergonomic shape and sizes appropriate for blade; oversized thong hole designed to fit 1” ballistic webbing
“Sheath: Hand fitted Kydex belt sheath with double retention lip and lashing holes; stainless steel rivets; lashing holes designed to fit 550 paracord
“Country of origin: Taiwan”
I count sixteen different SKU’s for the line. That makes for a lot of choices for the buyer and many interesting combinations. The clip point profiles remind me a little of Mission Knives’ MPK look. I like how Maxpedition’s tanto shapes are referred to as “Geometric.” Color me very interested.