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Evolution of a king (pic heavy!)

Discussion in 'Becker Knife & Tool' started by zuluninja, Jun 23, 2012.

  1. zuluninja

    zuluninja boricua grinder Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 25, 2009
    After seeing thrillbilly's blueing of his 17, I decided it was gonna be the final (maybe) look for the 9. This are the several stages that it has gone thru since I got it. :cool:

    First thing I did was scale liners from a thin cutting board, as it seemed simple to do and a great visual enhancer:



    At this stage I also messed with a rotary tool and a heated dentist pick on the scales, but it will show up better in the last shots. Shortly after the liners came the kydex; caught up in the fever and still learning, the BK9 was my third kydex sheath:


    As I said, I was still learning (and still am, it never ends). It was later that I found out about taping the blade to have some room and prevent scratches... my 9 developed a scratch 2 inches from the tip that kinda irked me - at the time, I still cared about coatings :rolleyes: After looking at it I decided it looked kinda like a fighting cock so I took a smaller blade and doodled till it looked like it:


    (I am Puerto Rican and fighting cocks are part of our culture, just in case u were wondering about the cock :D)

    So, by this time I had gotten the stripping fever and had done some blade stripping, forced patinas and deep acid etching. It was time to get busy with the 9, so before stripping I etched the cock...


    several dips and washes later, the coat came off



    I carry my blades at work. Cutting is a great part of my work as an agriculture specialist for CBP, and sometimes you just need a big knife (and it's really cool to be able to have a monster riding at my hip!:D) Now, all my kydex is spaced for tek loks, but with blades bigger than 7" they ride too high for my taste. I have tried several combos of drop leg kydex loops, d-rings and nylon straps but none have satisfied me so far. If you noticed, the loop on the 3rd shot is gone by the time I stripped the blade. Time for something better.

    Lately I have been messing with leather - and I love it!!! the only thing I don't like is that I don't have a leather sewing machine and it's a pita to punch holes and stitch up. But, I also love my kydex. With use and after the stripping, the 9 fits perfect in it now. What to do? A FROG!!!

    Yea that's right. A harness for the kydex that serves the same function as sword frogs from ages gone by. I had done it once before for a blade I made and it's a perfect solution to carry bigger blades on kydex



    For the king, I decided it would be a complete makeover. Started with doing something I wanted to do for a long time but didn't have the confidence to do, but now I do - off with the ramp. Also modified some other parts, see if you can spot the changes! Next came the blueing with scotchbrite and sandpaper, and the final touch was the frog. Instead of going crazy with stamping designs I kept it simple but more functional. The loop was done wider and held by 2 snaps. The guard bump on the kydex was accounted for and a curve was shaped for it. All the screw holes were riveted. And the last touch was a piece of metal I shaped and etched with my mark, then blued and stitched to the front.

    Hope you peeps like it! I sure do!!!




  2. Silverthorn


    Apr 24, 2011
    That turned out nice man. Im not sure about the grivory pattern but I really like the rest of it. I cant see the pattern well enough to decide if I like it or not. Whats it supposed to be?
  3. kakefat


    Oct 28, 2011
    That kydex and leather combo on the sheath looks really cool. Now you just need some wooden handles and you got yourself one damn nice knife.
  4. thrillbilly

    thrillbilly Banned BANNED

    Apr 16, 2011
    That's pretty damn cool bro. I now have a burning desire to have a leather frog or two.

    I love how you turned the scratch into a cool personal touch on the 9....it's always nice when ''bad'' stuff works out for the good!

    Great work.
  5. The Warrior

    The Warrior Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 11, 2011
    Very nice work indeed. Lotsa creativity there. Great job.
  6. slikrickabn


    Aug 7, 2004
    Nice looking project- especially like the combo kydex/leather sheath!

  7. tinstaafl93


    Aug 13, 2011
    To cool, the cock turned out awesome
  8. Chameleonbear


    Aug 14, 2008
    I'm jealous of your skills man... It turned out very nice.

    I like that frog idea a lot.
  9. Guyon

    Guyon Biscuit Whisperer Staff Member Super Mod Gold Member

    Mar 15, 2000
    Look man, this is a family forum. Clean it up. :p

    Nice job though. :thumbup:
  10. wasatchdan


    Jan 6, 2007
    Okay, that turned out seriously cool. Very unique.
  11. CowboyStyle


    Dec 25, 2011
    Outstanding work Zulu. Great job.
  12. pugs75

    pugs75 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 21, 2009
    That came out really nice. I like it a lot.
  13. zuluninja

    zuluninja boricua grinder Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 25, 2009
    thanks peeps! yea, after stripping and etching the cock nobody called the cops so everything's cool :D no specific pattern on the grivory, just fooling arould with the rotary to create some sort of tribal design on one side and traction skid marks (?) on the other. Might do some pinned wood scales in the future.
  14. CamH_16


    Feb 5, 2012
    Thats an awesome sheath, well done.
  15. crimsonfalcon07


    Dec 27, 2010
    Looks quite good, nice work! You ever consider using the rotary and a little drill bit to make those holes in your leather? I use my drill press on mine, but the rotary might even make things a little easier since you can adjust the angle more easily.
  16. zuluninja

    zuluninja boricua grinder Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 25, 2009
    Yea I tried but its not good...my rotary is a cheapo 10$ HF special...a drill press is the foremost tool on my wishlist right now. Today I finished a boot knife sheath in leather and the holes were trying my nerves badly.
  17. Blunt Forged Edge

    Blunt Forged Edge

    May 15, 2012
    That truly is some wonder you've done to your BK-9. I'm liking it!
  18. zuluninja

    zuluninja boricua grinder Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 25, 2009
    I also pulled back the clip and got rid of the nub in front of the guard besides taking off the ramp. Thought somebody might have noticed by now... :D
  19. daizee

    daizee KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 30, 2009
    That thing is frickin' awesome.

    For leather holes, a single and 4-hole punch is a really cheap and useful tool. Even the Tandy ones, which eventually die after a lot of use, are worth the few bucks. Just need a hammer and something soft under your leather (I use a sheet of craft foam over a flat-ish piece of yellow pine).

  20. kg4ghn


    Dec 26, 2002
    Looks good, that sheath is awesome. I enjoyed seeing the progression.

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