Attention Mr. Ethan Becker!!

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After much humming and hawing, I finally purchased a BK9! Mr. Becker, you have made one hell of a knife, for one hell of a price!! :) I plan to do some mods to it, such as machine the choil a little deeper, replace the grips with a micarta set, and sharpen the top clip. Please don't take offence to this, as it is only an experiment :D I just want to see if I can make it a little more "fighter friendly"! Thanks for doing such a fine job on the design. Merry Xmas to all!!
 
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The BK9 is one HELL of knife! :D

BTW, where will you be getting micarta grips from?
 
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If I decide to go with micarta, I will make them myself, using the original grips as a pattern. I work in a electric motor shop, so micarta can be found rather easily. The only problem I have, is the only stuff I can find is about 2" thick. Micarta is nasty stuff to work with, especially to machine, as it stinks, and makes a horrible mess! Will probably wait to see if any thinner stock becomes available.
 

wildmanh

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sinawalli said:
After much humming and hawing, I finally purchased a BK9! Mr. Becker, you have made one hell of a knife, for one hell of a price!! :) I plan to do some mods to it, such as machine the choil a little deeper, replace the grips with a micarta set, and sharpen the top clip. Please don't take offence to this, as it is only an experiment :D I just want to see if I can make it a little more "fighter friendly"! Thanks for doing such a fine job on the design. Merry Xmas to all!!

Sinawalli, glad you like your BK-9. I've had mine for a little over a year now and really like it. Recently I convexed the edge, sharpened the clip and made wood handle slabs for it. Going to machine the new choil tomorrow.

What tools will you be using to make your mods? Belt Sander and Drill press are what I'm using.

Heber
 
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wildmanh: I used a milling machine, with a .5" carbide end mill to deepen the choil. Didn't have to remove very much. You can also use a die gringer with a carbide burr, and then polish it with a flapper wheel. I used the die gringer to sharpen the top clip. I roughed it in the the die grinder, and then filed the rest of the way. Did a fairly good job, and didn't take too long. Had a bit of a time getting a good edge on it, but didn't want to make a too shallow of an angle. That would require too much metal removal! It is sharp, just not razor sharp.
 
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