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CH Knives CH3541 front flipper:

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Kershaw Cannonball 2061!

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I received this knife yesterday.

It's pretty good, but it's not one of my very favorites.

It has a short clip on it that I thought I wouldn't like, but it's fine.

It kinda reminds me of my Cryo II BlackWash, but with better steel.

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This compact Tunafire flipper lately:

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Fake Kershaw Launch 10 arrived. Nice little knife. Generally I don’t like fakes, but tried to buy an original and that’s a little complicated with auto knives for non US buyers. I’ll keep trying.

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I buy all the sub 2” blade autos from ali because I can carry them in Cali. And there are some bitchen ones too! I have that 10 so snappy.

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Adahn wrote:
Urban Tartan (Böker Urban Trapper w/ Tartan Micarta)

!{width:100%}https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-OE0Z7QE9XdA/YEyARqB2NgI/AAAAAAAABig/EsHfH16WA...!

Nicely done! I was just about to quote your post before, pics or it didn’t happen sort of thing and there it is.

Today, my usual really, the UKPK in blood popsicle red G10. I’ll add a pic in a min.

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I discovered some wicked looking carbon fiber choices so I made scales for two of my most recent EDC knives.

The Medford Praetorian Genesis T is now a C with Fat Carbon Dark Matter Gold on the presentation side. The ZT 0393 has a full slab of Carbon Fiber on the presentation side and an overlay on the lock side.

Love my Praetorian Dark Matter! Big Smile

Like how you made you own scales. Have you ever done a post on how you do it on any forum?
That Medford love it.

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RichH wrote:
Adahn wrote:
Urban Tartan (Böker Urban Trapper w/ Tartan Micarta)

!{width:100%}https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-OE0Z7QE9XdA/YEyARqB2NgI/AAAAAAAABig/EsHfH16WA...!

Nicely done! I was just about to quote your post before, pics or it didn’t happen sort of thing and there it is.

Today, my usual really, the UKPK in blood popsicle red G10. I’ll add a pic in a min.

!https://i.postimg.cc/V6qXQgsz/63-A9140-E-D621-460-C-905-D-ECE563847-FE5.jpg!


I’m very pleased with the result myself, I just wish the Titanium liners were not flat but with a recess for the scales like on the Mnandi (and other knives).

That would add a lot of stability (and manufacturing cost), the way it is the knife feels a bit flimsy to me.

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Adahn wrote:
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Adahn wrote:
Urban Tartan (Böker Urban Trapper w/ Tartan Micarta)

!{width:100%}https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-OE0Z7QE9XdA/YEyARqB2NgI/AAAAAAAABig/EsHfH16WA...!

Nicely done! I was just about to quote your post before, pics or it didn’t happen sort of thing and there it is.

Today, my usual really, the UKPK in blood popsicle red G10. I’ll add a pic in a min.

!https://i.postimg.cc/V6qXQgsz/63-A9140-E-D621-460-C-905-D-ECE563847-FE5.jpg!


I’m very pleased with the result myself, I just wish the Titanium liners were not flat but with a recess for the scales like on the Mnandi (and other knives).

That would add a lot of stability (and manufacturing cost), the way it is the knife feels a bit flimsy to me.

Have you tried the Slack? Quite a few of the Bokers, like the Kwaiken and Trapper are quite long and thin gentleman’s pocket knives. The Slack is similar in design but fairly solid. Laser cutting the liners would be easy for Boker, but CNC work to shape the scales is an expensive way to make a budget knife more solid. Most manufacturers would just fit thicker liners.

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isti242

Your knife blog is interesting.
How do you know those blades are D2 steel ?
Do you test them ?

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RichH wrote:
Adahn wrote:
RichH wrote:
Adahn wrote:
Urban Tartan (Böker Urban Trapper w/ Tartan Micarta)

!{width:100%}https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-OE0Z7QE9XdA/YEyARqB2NgI/AAAAAAAABig/EsHfH16WA...!

Nicely done! I was just about to quote your post before, pics or it didn’t happen sort of thing and there it is.

Today, my usual really, the UKPK in blood popsicle red G10. I’ll add a pic in a min.

!https://i.postimg.cc/V6qXQgsz/63-A9140-E-D621-460-C-905-D-ECE563847-FE5.jpg!


I’m very pleased with the result myself, I just wish the Titanium liners were not flat but with a recess for the scales like on the Mnandi (and other knives).

That would add a lot of stability (and manufacturing cost), the way it is the knife feels a bit flimsy to me.

Have you tried the Slack? Quite a few of the Bokers, like the Kwaiken and Trapper are quite long and thin gentleman’s pocket knives. The Slack is similar in design but fairly solid. Laser cutting the liners would be easy for Boker, but CNC work to shape the scales is an expensive way to make a budget knife more solid. Most manufacturers would just fit thicker liners.


I’ve seen the Slack, no clip, not for me.
Still I do like the Urban Trapper, it’s a wonderful knife by all means, with these thin liners maybe steel (skelletonized) would have been the better choice though.
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Kershaw Terran 2080!

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This knife is a lot smaller than most of my knives, but I do like it.

It's kinda like a gentleman's folder.

It's lightweight and pretty slim.

It has a 3.125" blade and seems like a toy compared to my larger knives.

I think it looks really good, though, and it's a nice change of pace.

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I had this Kershaw 1630 for 10+ years now.smile

 

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Cold Steel AD-15, OD green scales dyed navy blue.

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Hank33 wrote:

I had this Kershaw 1630 for 10+ years now.smile

Yup, my first Kershaw was the smaller 1635.

I got it in 2008.  :THUMBS-UP:

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Hank33 wrote:

I had this Kershaw 1630 for 10+ years now.smile

Yup, my first Kershaw was the smaller 1635.

I got it in 2008.  :THUMBS-UP:

Hey cool blade! Smile  Ever open it up to clean/look around? I took mine apart the other day to clean and lube. Was stuck at one point putting it back but eventually I got it all back together.foot-in-mouth

I actually have another Kershaw carabiner which I currently use with my keys. Quite handy as I always have it with me.

 

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Hey cool blade! Smile  Ever open it up to clean/look around?

I took apart a couple of non-assisted knives that didn't work well, and I couldn't get them back together, and they ended up as trash.

Since then, I don't take my knives apart.  :THUMBS-UP:

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Hank33 wrote:

Hey cool blade! Smile  Ever open it up to clean/look around?

I took apart a couple of non-assisted knives that didn't work well, and I couldn't get them back together, and they ended up as trash.

Since then, I don't take my knives apart.  :THUMBS-UP:

Yeah I know the feeling. One moment it’s one solid functioning piece. After fix/clean, no more one solid piece.laughing

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Got tired of the stock blue color of my 535 Bugout, so I tried my hand at Rit dye for the first time, turned out pretty nice IMO. Used “frost gray” and had to keep it in the simmering water+dye for quite a while to get it as dark as I wanted, but that lighter dye color really let me choose just how far I wanted to go.

Included original carry bag for a pretty close reference to the original color.

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Nice job with this! I’ve always thought about doing my blue bug out, because like you, the original blue for me is getting old. Seeing how nice yours is I may try it finally! Any idea of how long “quite a while” was? Just curious.

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Artiet59 wrote:
BurningPlayd0h wrote:
Got tired of the stock blue color of my 535 Bugout, so I tried my hand at Rit dye for the first time, turned out pretty nice IMO. Used “frost gray” and had to keep it in the simmering water+dye for quite a while to get it as dark as I wanted, but that lighter dye color really let me choose just how far I wanted to go.

Included original carry bag for a pretty close reference to the original color.

!{width:50%}https://i.imgur.com/keGQxbW.jpg?1!


Nice job with this! I’ve always thought about doing my blue bug out, because like you, the original blue for me is getting old. Seeing how nice yours is I may try it finally! Any idea of how long “quite a while” was? Just curious.

Thanks! It was super easy honestly. The only stresful part was worrying about spilling any dye somewhere I’d regret.

IIRC probably a total of 3 or 4 minutes, maybe less considering I pulled it out and dabbed it dry with a paper towel few times to check the color.

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Blade HQ has a good tutorial. I would mix a weaker solution than the suggested 1:8 Rit dye to water so the transition is more gradual. I went with the 1:8 and mistakenly read their listed time as minutes and not seconds. The result of soaking for 10 minutes in midnight navy blue dye was a pitch black scale. But after washing it multiple times in soap and warm water and wipe down with rubbing alcohol, the color came out fine, as seen on my above post of the AD-15. It’s just the deepest navy blue possible with this dye, rather than a lighter shade. Not mentioned in the tutorial is washing the scales before assembly to prevent the excess dye from rubbing off on hands and fabric.

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Hank33 wrote:

Hey cool blade! Smile  Ever open it up to clean/look around? I took mine apart the other day to clean and lube. Was stuck at one point putting it back but eventually I got it all back together.foot-in-mouth

 

I like to do this when I first get a knife. I get to see how it works, inspect the parts, etc. It really helps me to get to know the knife. It also lets me clear out all the factory gunk and lube it up with higher quality, non-toxic stuff. Right out of the box, this alone usually improves the action. If the knife had any grime, burrs, loose metal shavings, etc.; cleaning them up will help even more. (While every brand is different, some budget knives can be really gross inside from the factory.)

 

For Kershaw Speedsafe knives, you'll want to have some grease for the torsion bar. A Kershaw employee recommended the White Lightning Crystal Grease to me and I've been very happy with it. It's a clear non-toxic grease with just the right thickness. I've used it on other things too now but a single tube can last a VERY long time.

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Thanks on the compliments about my scales, never made em before nor had I ever worked with carbon fiber before so no… I don’t have anything really about how I did it. Trial and error with lots of elbow grease. lol

And I picked up a new little compact D2 blade for my EDC

Compact being a matter of perspective, it’s a 3” cutting edge with a .26” thick blade and .19” thick Ti scales. The Medford FUK, Fighting Utility Knife, oh you just have to love Greg’s sense of humor! (or not, but his blades are legend)

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Although I always have a LM Juice for non-knife things, I keep a seperate knife for easier access. After trying some very nice, pretty, and exotic metal special editions from BM, Spyderco, ZT, etc., the knives I actually enjoy the most while using are the less expensive Buck 112 w/ finger grooves, Buck 110 Lite, LM Crater C33TX (dc’ed), and when feeling fancy, an SKBlades custom 20CV Vantage.

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I’m a fan of the Civivi Elementum because of the very smooth and handsome design, it has proven tough sofar and it feels very good in the hand, I EDC-ed a nice one for a while with micarta scales that I dyed to a more red tint.

But I like black blades too. The black version everywhere for sale has wooden scales though, that I do not really like on a black knife. This week I bought a black one anyway, so I have two of these knives now, and I swapped the scales, so both look better now in my opinion. The black with micarta scales (I removed the pocket clip because I’m lefthanded) is my new EDC now, the other is leftover. I may sell it but it had some use, the edge is not perfect anymore.

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