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Anyone know what handle scales are on this Ratmandu?

Discussion in 'Swamp Rat Knives' started by jeepin, Oct 18, 2018.

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  1. jeepin

    jeepin Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 20, 2003
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    I was just wondering if anyone knew what the color and type of micarta these handle scales are called?
     
  2. bikerector

    bikerector Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 16, 2016
    I would say green

    black ratweiler on top, green ratmandu on bottom
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  3. Uncle Timbo

    Uncle Timbo Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 23, 2005
    Hey Jeepin, I would agree with BE and add that I think they're canvas. Beautiful blades. Classics!
     
  4. bikerector

    bikerector Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 16, 2016
    AH yes, I forget there are other types sometimes. Very much canvas. Paper is a lot shinier usually and burlap shows the lines of the material significantly.
     
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  5. jeepin

    jeepin Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 20, 2003
    That’s good to know they are canvas. For some reason they don’t really look green to me.
     
  6. bikerector

    bikerector Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 16, 2016
    I have a thread about the green micarta thinking it was tan instead of green and some type of mistake occurred when I ordered it. Turns out the green looks a light but darkens with use or oil and is supposed to look more green as it ages. The tan is much lighter. Micarta just has a bit of color variation.
     
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  7. PatrickKnight

    PatrickKnight

    Jan 24, 2012
    That is what my RMD looked like in black canvas. They were really light when new but darkened up with use.
     
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  8. inkynate

    inkynate Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 4, 2010
    Black canvas is my guess based on the striations. A light coat of mineral oil or similar should quickly reveal the actual color.
     
  9. jeepin

    jeepin Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 20, 2003
    Thanks for the help everyone.

    It should be arriving tomorrow. I’m not sure I’m gonna like the tan blade.
    I was really hoping to find a tanker grey one but had no luck so I jumped on this one.
     
  10. inkynate

    inkynate Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 4, 2010
    Citristrip and sandpaper are cheap if you don't like the sage. :D
     
  11. jeepin

    jeepin Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 20, 2003



    I know But I’m afraid I will find a bunch of deep grinding marks underneath :-(
     
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  12. inkynate

    inkynate Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 4, 2010
    Yeah, possible, but I've had great luck with all of my strippers. I suspect the bad grinding marks are less likely the smaller the blade is, but that's just a hunch.

    Gratuitous pics:

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  13. hhmoore

    hhmoore Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 7, 2014
    I like the sage coating, from an aesthetic standpoint. Can't comment on how it wears, though - haven't worn out my user RMD, so no reason to knock the new off another, and I sold most of the other things I got in sage because they didn't click with me.
     
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  14. Uncle Timbo

    Uncle Timbo Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 23, 2005
    I stripped a Ratmandu not all that long ago that had inclusions on both sides. They were so deep the only way to get rid of them would of been to grind them out. Did they affect the useage of that fantastic knife? Heck no.
    My Infiweiler came out beautiful after she was stripped down. I sent her to @91bravo who sanded her down a tad and improved the edge. Now if I could just get out and use her.
     
  15. hhmoore

    hhmoore Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 7, 2014
    for comparison - black on grey vs black on sage
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    If you don't like the sage coating, I might know of a guy that would trade for a black on grey...
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    (but I'd opt against stripping this one - there are obvious marks under the coating)
     
  16. jeepin

    jeepin Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 20, 2003
    .........
     
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  17. inkynate

    inkynate Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 4, 2010
    I'm sure to shop would take care of you on the rivet, but iirc Jerry said Tanker was discontinued because their supplier stopped offering it. Think it's been gone for over a year now.

    Here's my only sage blade, it got the two-tone treatment when I reground the primary:

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