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Victorinox wood-handled models?

Discussion in 'Multi-tools & Multi-purpose Knives' started by Goosey, Jul 1, 2012.

  1. Goosey

    Goosey

    Mar 19, 2012
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    I'm wondering if anyone has tried the models with wood scales and how durable they are. I'm a bit leery of the wood since I haven't seen one in person.
     
  2. TKM

    TKM

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    Nov 3, 2010
    I once owned a Huntsman with hardwood scales. Apparently the scales weren't actually wood but a synthetic composite, they feel nice in the hand and look classy, If i remember correctly you don't get the space for the safety pin.

    Mine lasted well over two years, before I eventually replaced them for plastic ones. The hardwood ones get scuffed up faster and if you drop your knife they're more likely to crack or break. At least that's my experience with'em.

    Rosewood ones on the other hand, must be real wood cause they're quite expensive.
     
  3. Knife Crazied

    Knife Crazied

    Apr 17, 2009
    Why not just try one out? I have a wenger evowood 18 and I love the darn thing. The handles feel so good and smooth in hand.

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  4. Humppa

    Humppa Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 25, 2010
    As Ash already wrote... :thumbup: +1 for that

    The wood handles are made of walnut wood, as far as I know. I read this in a german knife magazine a couple of years ago.

    Kind regards
     
  5. Knife Crazied

    Knife Crazied

    Apr 17, 2009
    Yes walnut wood is correct. I believe its also stabilized also.

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  6. willydigger

    willydigger

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    Jul 12, 2011
    I built my own. Here are a few pics. All are Sig Lites. All are completely functional.

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    Cocobolo and Zebra scales.
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    Based on my experience, the wood scales need to be thicker than traditional plastic. The extra size will add strength. Boiled Linseed Oil or Tung Oil will be suitable for "drier" woods like zebra or koa. Cocobolo is pretty oily naturally so it is well suited for scales. I have no experience with factory wood so I can't help there. I would be extremely angry if I bought a wood SAK and it was a synthetic. There is a charm and beauty with natural wood. I would gladly trade a plastic SAK for a wood one and I wouldn't mind the extra work in maintaining the wood's character with occasional oiling. Well worth it IMO.
     
  7. Knife Crazied

    Knife Crazied

    Apr 17, 2009
    Holy cow that's cool!

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  8. Phydeaux

    Phydeaux

    Mar 4, 2006
    Thanks for sharing the pics of the inside of the scales. However, there is one problem. I'm going to have to try making some scales for an SAK now.

    Great looking scales!

    Ric
     
  9. Humppa

    Humppa Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 25, 2010
    Nothing more to add :)

    Very impressive work, Sir! You should go for a contract with Vic or Wenger (or better both) for making some kind of costum section...

    Kind regards
    Andi
     
  10. willydigger

    willydigger

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    Jul 12, 2011
    It is extremely difficult and time consuming. The tolerances for the Sig Lite specifically are extra tough. You have to find that perfect thickness for the pen release. You need to have the thickness just right for the button to be flush and to still operate the light. The holes for placement are also very tricky. I would say easily 3 hours of work. This is after several months of skull training.

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    I'm working on Classic scales, but to be honest the difficulty is still there. A lot of trial and error to have the toothpick and tweezers fit just right. And since I'm a touch anal about detail, carving the shield and cross are tricky too.

    All that said, it's not impossible and it is very VERY rewarding. :D

    Check out my carving thread on the edcforums for more SAK pics. I think they start around page 10.

    http://edcforums.com/threads/wood-metal-acrylic-skull-beads-plus-other-carvings.95193/
     
  11. willydigger

    willydigger

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    Jul 12, 2011
    Here are a few pics of a Classic with acrylic scales. I plan to do wood and thought I'd post these here since the wood will have a similar design. All hand carved. The tweezer/toothpick tab area has an indent on the scale since it's thicker than a traditional SAK Classic. It allows for a slightly thicker scale (very important for the wood models), but still gives access to the scale accessories.

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  12. Knife Crazied

    Knife Crazied

    Apr 17, 2009
    Those are some mighty sexy scales. :thumbup:

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  13. Phydeaux

    Phydeaux

    Mar 4, 2006
    Thanks for the info on fitting the tweezers and tooth pick. I've made some scales for liner locks, but not an SAK yet. Definitely something I have to try some time.

    Do you use any adhesive to attach the scales to the knife?

    Ric
     
  14. willydigger

    willydigger

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    Jul 12, 2011
    Here is a quick pic of some Cocobolo scales for the Classic.

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  15. willydigger

    willydigger

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    Jul 12, 2011
    I carve the mounting holes wide enough to be a tight fit. On final assembly I use some loctite. I have no long term data, but the tight fit gives it a mechanical adhesion. The loctite is just a backup.
     
  16. Doug Add

    Doug Add

    Jan 9, 2012
    Really nice grain in that cocobolo!
     
  17. willydigger

    willydigger

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    Jul 12, 2011
    Here are some near complete Cocobolo SAK Classic pics. I still need to do the final sanding.

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  18. willydigger

    willydigger

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    Jul 12, 2011
    It is probably the most beautiful scales I've made. Light brown with a few spots of gold and orange. Cocobolo is all over the place with color. I typically see rich dark brown, but every once in a while I get something really amazing.
     
  19. willydigger

    willydigger

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    Jul 12, 2011
    Working on some Koa scales now.

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