QTRMSTR is delivering their first integral knife to kick-off Season 2 of their Q Collection, a program that puts new, experimental designs into collectors’ hands. The company also addressed rumors about the country of origin of their products and maintains they’re all made in the USA.
“To my knowledge we’re the only company that does something like this,” QTRMSTR’s Jared West says of the Q Collection program. A collector’s club for QTRMSTR fans, the program turns buying knives into a subscription service. Q Collection customers secure a spot for an initial fee of $100, and then pay $35/month for 19 months – a total of $765. In exchange, they receive three never-before-produced models, with matching serial numbers.
Each Q Collection knife is limited to a single run of 300 pieces and feature QTRMSTR’s most experimental designs. “This is a chance to stretch our creative muscle and dip our toes in other markets,” West says.
According to the company, Q Collection clientele provide valuable feedback and a test market for each design. “They’re a very reliable test group for our most radical designs.” If a design is particularly popular it might find its way into the standard lineup in an altered form, although the exact coloration and configuration of a Q Collection knife will never be repeated.
QTRMSTR is kicking off Season 2 of the Q Collection with a particularly ambitious model – the company’s first knife with an integral handle milled out of a single piece of titanium. “Machining processes that are standard on high-end knives these days must be omitted from the work on this knife,” West says.
The unnamed new knife stands out in other ways, with a humpback handle shape that stays true to QTRMSTR’s robotic style. The knife features a long, straight wharncliffe cutting edge made of blade steel that is still to be determined. West confirms high-performance steel will be used, but points out many users don’t use the knives because of the limited nature of the series. “The intent with the Q Collection is to be collected, but they are definitely able to be used if the customer wants.”
West suspects the integral folder has the potential to gain wider distribution down the road. “I think there’s a good chance something very similar will end up going into the main line.”
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We also asked the company to address rumors they’ve been outsourcing production to China while claiming their knives are made in the USA. West maintains QTRMSTR knives are produced stateside and says the company uses five different production facilities across the country for different processes. West goes on to say the controversy hasn’t interfered with QTRMSTR’s mission. “If teenagers want to make false connections it’s not for us to worry about. Cream rises to the top. As long as we keep up the great quality we’ll prove we’re one of the top contenders.”
Knife featured in image: QTRMSTR Q Collection Season 2 Knife