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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2012 10:34 am 
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This one started life as a TL 29 Electricians knife - and ended up with a broken tip on the knife blade by the time I got to work on it. So I shortened it a little (blade from bolster to tip is 65mm/just over 2.55"), removed the screwdriver blade and lock, turned it into an easy opener and gave it some Giraffe Bone scales - that I color dyed green with a smooth "rustic" look.

Once again, I etched so as to show it is a custom job and like previously I didn't over clean the blade - I wanted to wash it's face, but not wipe out it's personality, so to speak... :wink:

I think it will make a lovely EDC with good bloodlines (Camillus certainly knew their stuff when it came to tempering 1095...) - a new lease on life for a piece of living history so to speak.....

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2012 11:18 am 
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Very nice. I like that a lot.


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Very nice Willem,
I like it a lot! ::tu::
I love the way the bone turned out. ::tu:: ::tu::

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2012 11:59 am 
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i really like those bone scals nice work they turned out nice


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2012 12:30 pm 
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It's a beauty! I like the giraffe bone. The color reminds me a little of weathered wood that has algae'd a bit.

What kind of pin stock are you using for the blade pivot on the bolsters? Is it your intent to blend that pin with the bolsters, or are you trying to set the pin apart?

I have had trouble in the past if I left my rough pin too short, then when I peened it, it didn't spread enough to fill the hole. Not sure if that's what you're trying to do there.

Regardless, nice piece, and the etch is a nice touch.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2012 12:50 pm 
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Thanks gentlemen - I have to admit I like the way the bone turned out too - just what I wanted!
Glenn to tell the truth, I am waiting for some pin stock to replace that pin with - I had to use the original pin from the old knife as I had nothing that would fit well enough, and it is a little short. I didn't want to take any material off the bolsters, so I used it like that for now. Hopefully the pin stock will arrive tomorrow and I can fix her up - I prefer to blend the pin in if I can. There's a couple of other small touch ups I still want to do too. But thanks for the kind comments!

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Nice conversion. ::ds::

That one would make an excellent EDC. ::tu::

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turned out real nice that green bone looks awsome

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Beautiful Willem!! ::tu::

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That is sweet ! ::tu::
The bone really sets it off, love the aged look it has.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 4:50 am 
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Thanks Guys. I got the pin stock yesterday - I will post some pics when she's finished..

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I like it alot! Almost looks like Mastadon ::tu::

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I like the way you made the handles a little fatter at the bottom end. Nice touch.

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Thanks Singing, Jerry - here she is finished, with the new pivot pin in place and blended into the bolsters. Jerry, I kind of like a swell end Jack to swell both ways.. :D

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Is the Giraffe bone easy to come by in your part of the world?

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