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Water under scales

Discussion in 'Buck Knives' started by DDDWho, Mar 19, 2017.

  1. DDDWho

    DDDWho

    216
    Aug 21, 2015
    I cut up a slab of ribs last night using my 632 Mesa with Micarta scales. After use I washed the knife in water, dried it and set it aside. This morning I got to thinking about water seeping under the scales. I removed the scales to find a seemingly abundance of water. I wiped it off and sprayed a bit of WD40 and put the scales back on.
    I realize the blade material is stainless and the Micarta is nearly indestructible but water left in a non ventilated place has to cause problems at some point and I refuse to remove the scales every time I wash the knife.

    Hello 100 series.
     
  2. Makael

    Makael Leather Craftsman Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 17, 2015
    You could glue them to keep the water out
     
  3. David Martin

    David Martin

    Apr 7, 2008
    Sure an easy fix. DM
     
  4. Makael

    Makael Leather Craftsman Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 17, 2015
    Maybe a rubber gasket sheet cut to fit.
     
  5. DeSotoSky

    DeSotoSky Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    Just curious, what kind of glue would you recommend?
     
  6. David Martin

    David Martin

    Apr 7, 2008
    2 part epoxy. DM
     
  7. Badhammer

    Badhammer Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 8, 2009
    You could apply a thin layer of clear silicone or even a coat of petroleum jelly and reattach the scales.
     
  8. David Martin

    David Martin

    Apr 7, 2008
    That would work as well. DM
     
  9. Makael

    Makael Leather Craftsman Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 17, 2015
    Maybe an air compressor?. Wouldn't take much to dry it out. I don't know of a full tang knife with removable scales wouldn't get water under in them.
     
  10. DocT

    DocT

    Mar 25, 2012
    I agree. I think I would try a good coat of Vaseline/petroleum jelly on the tang and put the scales back on. This should work. But, if it is not satisfactory, I would try silicone. I would do these before permanently gluing down the scales.
     
  11. DDDWho

    DDDWho

    216
    Aug 21, 2015
    The scales seem to be tight, no gaps and holding it up to light I can't see any space between scales and tang. I'm thinking perhaps the water is getting in around the screws. If this knife is to be used for general purposes I need to get the leak fixed or put it in a drawer and use the 119. I will try some of the things suggested and see what happens
     
  12. pjsjr

    pjsjr Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 2, 2005
    DDDWho, don't know if you have seen this thread. http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/s...ost-and-a-Question-about-Buck-632-Mesa-Knife/

    The Mesa seems to be designed as an outdoor knife, not a kitchen knife. If used in food prep then washing and drying it after every use should be expected. If a knife with removable scales is used for food prep, spraying with WD 40 doesn't seem like a good idea...JMHO.

    Yes, the 119 would be much better in 'general purpose' use. It wasn't designed as a kitchen knife either but would be easier to clean. Preston
     
  13. J Hubbard

    J Hubbard Platinum Member Platinum Member

    645
    Mar 29, 2001
    We don't recommend cleaning with water. Bad things can happen. you are better off wiping most of the BBQ sauce off and then using a mild spray cleaner that evaporates. to finish it up..
    Jeff
     

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