Is there any support for moving knives into their own category somewhere? As an international user I follow this community for things like wallets, keychains, etc. - things I would actually carry every day. Something seems to have changed though and now it's so inundated with knives I feel like I'm going to end up on some government watchlist somewhere - not to mention targeted ad networks thinking I'm interested in knives by association. Am I alone in thinking these should be in their own category so we can avoid this?
What pocket sized or belt carry flashlight has a very bright UV emitter?
I want one for Church when we set up the chairs. There are dots on the floor that I want to fluoresce without having to bend down and have the flashlight a few inches from the carpet.
This is something I got into a while ago because I kinda like the idea of personalizing my knives and I like how certain colors look in the light. It's turned into a hobby. I don't know that there's a deeper meaning to it than that - I try to do things I like :)
There's lots of resources available if you want to learn about dyeing things online, and considerably fewer out there about dyeing knife scales. There's walkthroughs for doing this on the stove, and you can try that if you want. Some of the methods I have seen are... well, dangerous, and not in a good way. Others work but have little room for error. so I ended up experimenting and drawing on background information a bit to come up with a process to do it. I use a microwave! In a lot of ways, it's much easier, and you aren't staining up a metal cookpot, and especially once you get used to it, it's a lot easier to get just the effect you want, no darker or lighter.
The first and arguably most important step is the...
wherein I braze a rat.
Specifically a RAT 1 in D2 and G-10 from Ontario Knives. The RAT is Ontario's best known collaboration with Randall's Adventure and Training (hence the RAT name), an outfit better known for their association with ESEE and for teaching people how to evade capture and survive in the jungle. The RAT Model 1 (and its slightly smaller brother the RAT Model 2) are fairly well known, very good budget knives. Fast flip, good ergos including a bit of thumb ramp, strong liner lock. No wiggle, no nonsense. The standard models come with AUS-8 -- with a good heat treat AUS 8 can be ok steel, but I wanted to go a little better for the Copper Rat. So I grabbed a D2 version with some light colored scales that I might customize later for some other project (light scales are a lot more interesting to dye.)
So I have my threadlocker, my Torx T6 and T8, some lanyard stuff, and a pair of aftermarket copper scales from Flytanium. And a nearby pair of needlenose...
Before During and After: Spyderco Endura Breakdown and Rebuild
Enduring Renewal.... or, for those of you who never played the Ice Age MTG set, wherein I take the Endura I got from Drop and add some aftermarket goodness to it.
Here it is as it came to me:
This Endura was made in Seki City. VG-10, blue fiberglass handle, $90-100 retail. The Endura's claim to fame is that it, like the Delica and the Endela in-betweener, have aggressive back locks but can be easily flipped open one handed. That and the standard Spyderco build quality has proven a strong combo -- it get a lot of buyers. Fidgeters may prefer a flipper or an axis type lock or a compression lock, but there are a whole lot of people who feel like the back lock is the only one they trust. So it's one of Spyderco's budget knives but toward the top end of their budget tier.
To take one apart, you need a T6 Torx wrench and a T8 Torx wrench. The pivot takes T8, everything else is T6. Sets of Torx wrenches, drivers, bits, whichever you prefer, are easy to find online -- and...