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    K9-Handler's custom shop -- DuraCoat and Kydex


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    I'm a one-man custom finishing shop and Kydex sheath maker. I finish in DuraCoat with many colors (mostly tactical in nature) in stock. I also offer beadblasting, and most DuraCoat jobs have beadblasting as the first process.

    I'm also a knife dealer and can provide a new knife that has been customized, or work on your existing favorite knife.

    By default I mostly work on Beckers and KaBars, but a knife is a knife!

    BTW, many of the knives shown below don't have homes and are available for adoption! Contact me at DPolmon@juno.com for pricing.

    Check out my photos below.



    BK-9 SOLD!



    Guns, too! (Actually, it's how I got started). Glock 27s:


    An example of media blasting services. Before and after:


    Ontario SP50

    This SP50 was used by students during an afternoon class on batoning hardwood logs. Although scratched, the DuraCoat finish held up remarkably well:


    Before and after shot of the recently re-released Becker BK4 Machax:

    See the desert tan one above? That one became "S-s-s-s-sneaky, the Copperhead Machax".



    KaBar MK1's and SOG NW Ranger:


    Becker BK-7 that has been custom ground (narrowed blade with reshaped clip point) and DuraCoated with a proprietary desert camo finish. Factory micarta scales:


    And who could forget the Easter Becker??? This Becker BK5 was done and posted as a tongue-in-cheek joke on the Becker Forum at Easter. I think it showcases some of my out-of-the-box ideas (and sense of humor):



    The Creamsicle. A simple combination of colors on an ESSE/Becker BK14 Eskabar


    A simple BK-14 job:


    The Zombecker family of knives. Be ready for Armageddon! Top-to-bottom: BK16, BK-4 Machaxe, BK-14 Eskabar.



    BK-17P ("P" for pimp!). Polished with white scales.

    SOLD!

    SOLD!

    BK15 made into a tanto style blade with scale spacers: SOLD!


    "Chrystal Lite" -- highly polished blade and scales on a BK-15, with hand poured and finished clear epoxy scales:

    With Holstex sheath: SOLD!


    And for Independence Day, the BK-4th of July!


    Polished BK14 with custom scales: SOLD!




    Hybrid BK17 made from a full flat grind BK16. This knife is currently the object of a passaround for Beckerheads.

    Another shot of the same knife with molded white epoxy scales:


    Another Hybrid -- this one in a camo DuraCoat to resemble Air Force ADU uniforms.

    Shot of modified jimping and radius-ed thumb rest:




    NOTE: I DON'T DO BLADE POLISHING ON YOUR KNIFE!!! It takes hours and hours to bring a Becker blade to a high polish -- hours that, believe me, you don't want to pay me to do!

    Let me make your knife a one-of-a-kind! PM me or email me at DPolmon@juno.com to discuss your needs/wants/wishes!


    - K9-Handler
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    Very nice work K-9.

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    Still love these. Are the sheaths painted also or how do you get the camo pattern on them?

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    The pattern is on one side of the Kydex. You order it that way. Not all patterns are available in all thicknesses. .080 seems to have the most colors.
    But Kydex does take DuraCoat well. I've done sheaths in a simple tiger-strip over OD.
    I also found out recently that the Army is getting away from ACU and going back to simpler greens and blacks. I did a knife/sheath for an MP getting deployed to Afghanistan soon, and they told him to not show up with anything ACU -- OD green or black only.
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    Why, thanks. Trailbum.
    Quote Originally Posted by trailbum View Post
    Very nice work K-9.

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    Do you have a price list anywhere or do we just need to contact you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Catmouth View Post
    Do you have a price list anywhere or do we just need to contact you?
    No list Catmouth. As you can imagine, with custom work there are just so many variables that you couldn't possibly list them all.
    One of the jobs I'm working on now is an old butcher's cleaver, that the customer wanted sandblasted and DuraCoated in pink! How could you possibly come up with THAT on a standard list???
    PM me or email at DPolmon@juno.com .

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    Yeah I wasn't thinking about every job basically being a new adventure haha. I'll just shoot you a PM.

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    Nice stuff here! I'm especially fond of the easter Becker, the stickers are a nice touch =)
    Just wanted to extend a professional courtesy here, try blasting the surface with aluminum oxide instead of bead blasting. Bead blasting does more to polish the surface than rough it up so the Duracoat grabs well. Sand blasting works but it is a bit rough and can remove metal faster than aluminum oxide (which is bad if you are blasting something with very close tolerances such as folding knife blades or small firearm parts)
    Anyway, keep up the good work and good luck!
    -Ryan

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    Quote Originally Posted by knifeworks805 View Post
    Nice stuff here! I'm especially fond of the easter Becker, the stickers are a nice touch =)
    Just wanted to extend a professional courtesy here, try blasting the surface with aluminum oxide instead of bead blasting. Bead blasting does more to polish the surface than rough it up so the Duracoat grabs well. Sand blasting works but it is a bit rough and can remove metal faster than aluminum oxide (which is bad if you are blasting something with very close tolerances such as folding knife blades or small firearm parts)
    Anyway, keep up the good work and good luck!
    -Ryan
    Actually, Ryan, it's neither sand nor beads. Just using the terms that the average Joe would understand. The abrasive I use is a black flake made for the process that I understand is ground up scrapings from commercial smoke stacks!
    Puts a nice matte finish on the metal without removing any.

    The stickers came with several egg-dying kits. We never used them for eggs, so I had plenty left over for the BK5.
    Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by K9-Handler View Post
    No list Catmouth. As you can imagine, with custom work there are just so many variables that you couldn't possibly list them all.
    One of the jobs I'm working on now is an old butcher's cleaver, that the customer wanted sandblasted and DuraCoated in pink! How could you possibly come up with THAT on a standard list???
    PM me or email at DPolmon@juno.com .
    Pokin' fun at my cleaver eh?

    I can't blame you.... my wife loves that handle work by the way.

    K9 takes some great pictures and keeps you updated, amazing communication!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skimo View Post
    K9 takes some great pictures and keeps you updated, amazing communication!
    Now that we've covered the YeBay Feedback....

    As far as ragging on your cleaver -- with all the time I've spent on that sucker so far I consider it OUR cleaver!

    As Walter Brennan used to say, "No brag -- just fact!"

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    So your a painter,

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    Among other things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skimo View Post
    Among other things.
    Jeez. Where have you been?

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    Hiding under a rock.

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    Insane! That Copperhead is a work of art. And seeing how well it survived on the Ontario Chopper, I wouldn't be afraid to use them. Very cool.

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    WOW !!! Your work is awesome....!!! I may have to hit you up in the not to distant future on a couple ideas i have brewing from time to time..
    Take care,
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    nice work!! email sent but i see ya online so ill ask, how is the bladed coated on the bk14 that you call a simple job? does it effect how the blade is sharpened or hold an edge? does it prevent rust? Thanks for the info and amazing work! you have a real talent.

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    I need to have a 1911 slide duracoated. Is this something you offer? The last guy did not do a good job (the stuff started to peel off), so I stripped the slide and small parts and need them to be done again. Let me know. roberthyatt@gmail.com
    Last edited by MAURICE; 10-10-2012 at 03:34 AM. Reason: I done speel so gud sumtimes.

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