Posted by Anthony Tomacchio on January 16, 2017
It's not uncommon these days to hear companies refer to themselves as "innovative" and "inventive" - especially when it comes to Kydex holster makers.
Some of their claims certainly have merit, but more often than not, Product A manufactured by one company, is quite similar to Product B from another company. Now, I’m not arguing that all Kydex holsters are created equal, because that’s definitely not the case. I’m simply saying that this market is oversaturated by companies that insist they are the latest and greatest, when that may not necessarily be the case.
I’m not here to tell you we’re the best – that’s for you to decide independently. And I’m not going to insist our products are the most creative or unique. In fact, there are many other companies that offer very similar products to ours. But there's one core difference: our process.
In an age when advanced technology and machinery is at everyone’s disposal, we at Alpha Concealment Systems take pride in the fact that we do things different. We don’t subscribe to the idea that the more advanced something is, the better result it will have, because we’ve found that’s simply not always true.
Despite the fact that so many of our competitors do, we don’t rely on vacuum forming to mold our holsters, we don’t use a CNC router (Computer Numerical Control) to cut the holsters, and we don’t have a never-ending assembly line of folks putting things together piece by piece.
Every single one of our holsters, magazine carriers and knife sheaths is skillfully crafted by hand, from start to finish. And that’s something we’re incredibly proud of.
Our molds are exact replicas of each firearm (and sometimes, we use the firearm itself) that don’t come already mocked up by the mold manufacturer. That’s why, oftentimes, the lines of one holster from Company A are very similar to the lines of another holster from Company B – they’re likely using the same molds. We mock up every single mold and firearm ourselves, each time we prepare to mold a new holster; you’ll be hard-pressed to find a company with lines identical to ours.
Once molded, we cut each individual holster by hand – it’s not done by a CNC that carves each holster identical to the one before. To our team, each holster they create is like a work of art – it will never be 100 percent identical to another. And we love the idea that while all of our holsters retain the same basic functions and design, each team member puts their own little touch on it.
In the finishing room, the edges of each holster are buffed by hand, ensuring a smooth, consistent finish. A team member washes the holster themselves, cleaning it from dust and debris that may have accumulated during the cutting and buffing phases, and then they assemble it themselves, drilling each hole by hand.
Yes, it takes more time. Yes, it requires a lot more skill and attention to detail. And yes, it’s somewhat old-fashioned. But we’re extremely committed to our craft, and the process by which we create our products, because we believe it delivers a better product; one that someone put their everything into, knowing the customer's life depends on the reliability and functionality of it.
We yearn for the days when people took their time, and put their passion into their work, producing something with nothing but the skills and knowledge they possess; at Alpha, you can’t rely on a machine to do your job for you. Nowadays, companies are so focused on dollar signs that quality and craftsmanship often fall by the wayside, and we simply couldn’t sleep at night if that’s how we chose to do business.
Call us old-fashioned, but we’ll take something hand crafted over something mass produced any day. Because I say that if the road is easy, you’re likely going the wrong way. Hard work, integrity and quality are the foundations of my business because that's who I am at heart, and no matter how technology evolves, I can’t imagine we’d ever jump on that bandwagon.
Because at the end of the day, we’re different, and we like it that way. We are Alpha, and we're proudly made by real people in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.