Internship Update

The Making of the Survival Hatchet

I’m Daniel Lecky, a 2012 graduate from NCSU College of Design, and I am an intern here at Montie Design. This project was an idea I had to add to the line of Montie Gear products. Introducing, the Survival Hatchet! It is a 10.6″ long Hatchet with a long para-chord wrapped handle with a knife, magnesium and flint for fire starting and a whet stone for sharpening the blade, all concealed in the hatchet’s sheath. Below are a series of sketches and images from conceptual to ideation to modeling stages.

Here I thought of concealing a spear head along with fishing wire and matches within the handle but it would be too awkward to get to everything quickly and comfortably.


The blade is too large and there is a concern about stability with there being such a sharp angle right under the blade.


Solving the stability issue, this new version of the hatchet has a unique angle to the handle and a solid look.


These are a series of Sheath sketches to determine how the knife and assorted survival stones can be packaged together.


Here is a print out of the 3D model with sheath sketches. The sheath is drawn on top of the drawing with specific components labeled and sent off to a leather shop to construct the case. However, the hatchet was too heavy and bulky. Redesign!


The Survival Hatchet! It is much slimmer, weighing 1.45lbs as opposed to the previous 2.4lbs, yet still very solid and structurally sound. There are spaces provided for a Carabiner clip or rope to loop through to carry the hatchet. There are also small holes for the paracord to tie through.

2012 Summer Internship Underway

Hello my name is Luca Harrell and I am currently a summer intern at Montie Design.  As the winner of the 2012 Montie Gear student competition, I’ve been asked to develop my contest submission into a product that will be added to the Montie Gear product line.  I’m very excited about this opportunity and am equally excited to share my progress with you.  Through weekly blog posts, I’ll document the process of my product’s development from concept to prototype through pictures, sketches, and 3D models.  In today’s post you can see how I kicked off the project with a project brief, a rough project plan, and research.  Feel free to give feedback or comment on what you see.  Hope you enjoy!


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Montie Gear Adds Sturdy, Lightweight Slingshot to Hunting and Camping Online Catalog,

(Morrisville, N.C.) Montie Design, an innovative concept-to-marketplace product design and development firm, has added to its ever-expanding line of popular Montie Gear hunting and camping equipment with a fun new lightweight slingshot for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. The high-tech slingshot features a sturdy aluminum frame for unrivaled strength, a tapered flat band and leather pouch assembly. Like all of the products available at or via the Montie Gear store on, the Montie Gear slingshot is made in the USA. Continue reading “Montie Gear Adds Sturdy, Lightweight Slingshot to Hunting and Camping Online Catalog,”

Montie Design’s Summer of Design Comes to An End – Part 2

Earlier in the year we sponsored a student design contest for students in NC and Virginia. Josh Little was the first place winner. Josh is an Industrial Design student at NCSU. It worked out that Josh was able to spend the first part of the summer commercializing his entry, a locking rack for assault rifles. His design allows owners to safetly exhibit their rifles while keeping them secure and out of the hands of unauthorized users.

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We don’t have a prototype to show you yet but the document below helps explain where we are headed with the design.

Montie Design Announces Participation in Major Defense Industry Expo

Montie Design has announced its participation in the First Annual Symposium and Expo April 19-20 sponsored by the North Carolina Defense Business Association (NCDBA). The state’s inaugural tradeshow of its kind is expected to draw thousands of innovators and defense industry vendors to the world-famous Pinehurst Resort, along with numerous high-profile, influential speakers such as North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue, Secretary of Commerce Keith Crisco, and Lt. General Frank Helmick, the XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg commander. Continue reading “Montie Design Announces Participation in Major Defense Industry Expo”

Montie Design Releases Tree Hook Archery Rest

Montie Gear's newest product for hunting and camping, the Tree Hook Archery Rest

Montie Design has added to our ever-expanding line of Montie Gear outdoor equipment with the multi-purpose Tree Hook Archery Rest.  This new tool for hunters and campers provides sturdy support, whether in a tree stand or campsite, for a bow, crossbow (without quiver), rifle with a sling, or pots, pans and other camp utensils.

Continuing in the Montie Gear tradition of products that are easy to carry and set up, the Tree Hook Archery Rest weighs just 6.9 ounces, with an even lighter 5.7-ounce version also available. This convenient tool has a one-inch strap accommodating trees up to 18 inches in diameter, measures 4.2 inches tall, and sticks out 5.16 inches from the tree once attached.

The Tree Hook Archery Rest is 100% American-made from .188 inch thick 5052 aluminum with an anodized finish available in either clear, black or olive drab. Its catch securely holds a camp lantern or parachute cord (commonly knowns as “550 cord”) and features high quality padding to give hunters support for a bow while not scratching the bow limb.

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