Quarantine EDC Rebuilding
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We've got some makers in this forum. Get your maker on and post a pic of your latest EDC build, whatever it is. Dyeing some scales, regrinding a profile, filework, lanyard work, applying some patina, aftermarket parts or full on steampunk rebuilding , whatever you're doing to your knife, your flashlight, your phone case, your necklace, your key fob, post it here and give the rest of us some ideas. Or, hell, maybe just give us something to look at while we're trapped indoors. That works too. I'll go first: my Rike F1, quarantine rebuild:
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That's the tan handle dyed emerald green and hand weathered with 1000 grit and leather, and an 850 pound test paracord lanyard with a titanium slide (for cinching against your wrist). Between the dyeing and the weathering I ended up with a look a bit like old, weathered bronze.
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I like the look, will have to remember it for other projects. Almost went with a copper slide instead of the green Ti but I've been putting copper on everything lately, and the green's a nice visual 'ping' of color that is never going to really fully take your eye away from the blade. Because, FFS look at it.
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It's not just D2, but PM D2. Rike hardens it to 65-67 hardness which is serious bidness, even for D2. There you go, Drop. Quarantine builds. Who's in? Ante up, let's go!
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Kavik
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Apr 15, 2020
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Finally completed... 3' snake whip with a 2' fall Done in Rust and Goldenrod paracord for the body. Forget the name of the color for the turk's head end cap, but it's basically those 2 colors weaved together It's a little guy, fully flexible, no solid core in the handle....so I guess it could be discretely EDC'd, if you're clever lol
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That turk's head was a bitch. No idea how many times I restarted...and the one you see there took me over an hour to get right. Going to have to practice those a lot more
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Apr 15, 2020
reswright
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Apr 15, 2020
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Where there's a whip, there's a way :)
Apr 15, 2020
Kavik
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Apr 15, 2020
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reswright
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Apr 12, 2020
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TS-135 by Maksim Tkachuk Now with blurpling
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Kavik
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Apr 15, 2020
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The subtle fade, and those 2 colors against the CF....looks great!
Apr 15, 2020
reswright
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Apr 11, 2020
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Long Etch For those of you who have read Alan Moore's splendid The Killing Joke, you may recognize this TS-138 as an elaborate pun on the origin of the Joker. For everyone else, there was an extended acid bath involved, and a little high voltage.
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It left the surface of the titanium with a velvety and slightly uneven texture. I remember reading up on the mathematics of anodization years and years ago, but the long and short of it is, the more 3D the surface is, the more fractalized oxidation you get bending lightwaves and the truer color you get. But there's a tradeoff, because matte surfaces don't look quite as perfect as polished ones. At least, mine don't, yet.
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reswright
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Apr 10, 2020
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After taking some guidance:

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Longer etching seems to give more consistent color.
Apr 10, 2020
reswright
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Apr 7, 2020
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Third Attempt at Anodization

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After four stages of sanding, stripping with oxalic acid and hydrofluoric acid, and wirebrushing. The actual anodization really isn't the hard part of this process. Preparing the titanium is where all my time is being spent.
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reswright
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Apr 15, 2020
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Hm. Well, Ti bowls aren't that hard to find. I shall give it a look see. I clip to a piece of 16 gauge Ti wire. I use 24 gauge for some of the smaller doodads.
Apr 15, 2020
Kavik
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Apr 15, 2020
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That's an option, but Ti bowls large enough... Your call, but buying a chunk of Ti and switching to a non conductive bowl for the bath would be way cheaper
Apr 15, 2020
reswright
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Apr 7, 2020
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Second Attempt at Anodization

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the only changes were I wirebrushed the titanium and I used distilled water. Still rough, but closer to what I want.
Apr 7, 2020
reswright
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Apr 18, 2020
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Apr 18, 2020
reswright
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Apr 6, 2020
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First Attempt at Anodization
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Apr 6, 2020
DougFLA123
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Apr 6, 2020
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The scales on that Rike F1 look fantastic!
Apr 6, 2020
reswright
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Apr 7, 2020
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Thanks! For what it's worth, Rike uses the best G-10 I've worked with. Solid and uniform, and it dyes up like a dream.
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Ghostimpala
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Apr 6, 2020
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Benchmade Proper mod - Flytanium brass scales, titanium clip (drilled and tapped the scales) with a leather lanyard and brass bead. I may actually carry the Proper now.
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reswright
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Apr 6, 2020
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That's a proper Proper. Dig the leather and brass, gives it a bit of a throwback feel.
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reswright
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Apr 6, 2020
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Two Sun Boot Dagger and Kubotan Combo That's the second set of scales I've dyed Evening Blue and the second that came out more gray than anything else. It's not a bad effect, it gives the scale a little snakeskin glitter from the exposed edges of the fiberglass but I was hoping for a bit more blue to it. Come to think of it, they should just call the dye Evening.
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Stropped the blade flats for a smoother look.
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Multirow bearings.
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Even a little stash compartment. The kubaton lanyard is fitted with quick disconnect snaps that are designed to withstand steady force but pop loose with a hard jerk, so if someone or something were to catch it, it'd snap free of your neck.
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You can use it to enhance a hand strike like so:
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Or take it off, swing the pendant back and forth while talking to your attacker in a low, soothing monotone, until they are hypnotized to do your will. All kinda applications :)
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