What To Expect
The GUNHAMMER has been in a class of its own since inception in 2004. Darrel’s vision was to design and build a knife that not only met the exacting standards for a DDR custom but made the customer feel as though they themselves had a hand in designing it! To do this he brought together the best materials available and his final designs for the GUNHAMMER launch. After the first few prototypes were “hammered” out in the shop he sent the knives out to be tested and abused by a few deployed military warriors and a few trusted inner circle knife aficionados here in the United States. After getting glowing reviews and very little requests for improvement- Darrel finalized the design and called his minions together to fire up the production lines. With a very straightforward and strict set of standards in place the GUNHAMMER came to life and has set the knife industry and collectors on fire ever since.
When you flip open a GUNHAMMER the first time, whether “assisted” or “flipper”, you will not only be astonished by the smoothness and authority at which the action flies open- you will smile with guilty pleasure at the very audible click the knife makes when locking into place. The lockup on the GUNHAMMER is impressive to say the least. When the base of the blade transitions past the locking point the very robust titanium frame slams into place and secures the blade in the open position with over 25% coverage. That’s right no miserly lock-up here, this monster sets up lock like it’s going into battle! Remarkably, the lock disengages when required by the owner with very little effort…but only when the owner is ready to do so by pushing outward on the titanium liner lock. We want you to feel confident in your knife. We took the guesswork out of ownership from start to finished product- the entire process is overseen by Darrel using top shelf materials and experienced knife technicians.
TThe GUNHAMMER is not for the faint of heart or folks with little hands. If you have trouble closing your hand around an object the size of a walnut…then this knife is not for you! Seriously- this knife is large and in charge but fills the hand to capacity. I know what you are thinking…the same thing everyone else thinks when looking at the knife in person and before actually picking it up…”I don’t think I’m man enough to carry this off!” But then the magic happens when you pick it up. It’s almost like it was poured into a mold of your hand and then custom made for you. It truly is a remarkable knife. The second thing you’ll notice is the weight, or lack thereof for a knife of this size. With the aircraft grade titanium “6AL4V” and thick CPM and other high end steel blades, we struck a balance that can only be achieved by the master himself. This is one knife that you will always be checking your pocket for to make sure it’s still there. It will be that important to you.
What the hell are you waiting for? The longer you wait, the longer the list becomes to get one of our masterpieces to you.
As if you didn’t have enough to think about when deciding your build- we offer two methods of opening actions. You can choose between a manual flipper and our superlative Assisted Opening.
Your blade choices are as follows:
Bowie- The Bowie carries a wicked sweeping grind that demands “Old School” respect with modern design and components. We don’t make it easy deciding which blade to select, it’s like trying to figure out which child, or knife, or friend, is your favorite. That’s why most of our customers are repeat customers- after they purchase one, they cheerfully return for another!
Torpedo- The name says it all, a Torpedo shaped blade for the conventional minded knife owner in all of us. It harkens back old school knife memories yet is forever mated to a modern utilitarian work of art.
Radian- This is the most popular and aggressive designed blade we make. Since Darrel’s first Radian there has been non-stop demand for this blade. Expect a little longer wait on your knife if you decide to add the Radian to one of your custom designs. Who knows? Call us and you may catch us on a day where we’ve caught up on production and will be able to get your knife out to you in a shorter time frame.
Tanto- The Tanto translated in Japanese literally means “short sword”. They were originally worn by the feudal class of Samurai in Japan as early as the 8th century A.D. Originally designed as a weapon for stabbing- its simplistic design found uses in everything from ceremony to war fighting. Darrel feels that this design is perfection and respectfully offers up the Tanto in a design closely resembling its roots for your knife build.
RānTo- Well, you knew this was coming…Darrel couldn’t leave the ancient knife makers to lay claim to all the credit of a well-respected and functional design. It was driving him up the wall sitting by and letting the Tanto adorn his knife designs and not having his personal touch mark on it somewhere. So the “Madd” Scientist hit the drawing board. The result of many a sleepless night is the RānTo. A marriage of ancient wisdom with Madd Science. Darrel took the Tanto design and married it up with the Radian to produce one of the most radical designs to hit the knife market in recent memory. Ladies and Gentlemen, we are proud to announce the upcoming release of the RānTo. We are predicting that this blade will become our number one pairing with our knife designs. We are so excited about the design and the attention that it’s getting with our secret testing staff that we are not going to post pictures until we’ve made all the right moves in the production department. We do not want to be unprepared for the deluge of orders once pictures are released. This is going to be one badass knife. Guaranteed!
You are responsible for knowing the knife laws where you live! Due to the tens of thousands of different local and state laws we cannot be responsible for knowing your restrictions or lack thereof. Before you order you should take a minute to Google your particular laws.
Blade material: S30V
Blade size: 3 7/8"
Case Clip: Tip Down Carry Closed: 5"
Handle: 3D Carved Titanium w/Inlay
Overall: 8 7/8"
Thumb studs: Dual Thumb Studs & Flipper
Weight: 6.4 oz
Before ordering take a few minutes to think about the design you want us to build that will be a direct reflection of who you are! Consider the different handle materials we have available and just for the fun of it imagine something that you would carry with pride and “show off” given every opportunity.
The possibilities are endless! Even if you think that your special knife can’t be built with the options you want….don’t give up until you call us. We will do everything within our power to make your special project our mission. What are you waiting for?
We encourage you to order as soon as you think you want one of our knives. Over the years the time between ordering and the finished product has grown with demand. It’s just a matter of economics. And since we refuse to cut corners- the backlog continues to grow.
We have a small selection of knives available for immediate purchase. In the event where we do not have on hand the knife of your dreams- we will build it for you.
Please understand that due to the popularity of DDR knives you may experience a lengthy wait. We will try to provide you with an approximate delivery window when you place your order granted the materials and design features are available.
Remember that the more features you want built into your special project the longer the worker bees here will have to take to build it. WE DO NOT RUSH ANY PART OF THE BUILD PROCESS! PERIOD! If you want a knife that is built half-ass, then we are not your company.
We offer several shipping options:
Standard is ground Fed Ex or USPS, but we are very adaptable to customer needs and if you request an alternate shipping method we will definitely entertain your request.