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Fancy Scales Thread. A CPK picture show

Discussion in 'Carothers Performance Knives' started by untytled, Dec 2, 2018.

  1. untytled

    untytled Gold Member Gold Member

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    Feb 21, 2014
    Spent a fair amount of time scouring thru this sub forum gaining a firm perspective on everything I could regarding Carothers Performance knives.

    In my search it's evident their main focus is on optimum performance within their trade which reflects in the manner they handle their output and ultimately their end product.

    Never one to set performance aside... but they also make one hell of a great looking knife!

    Over the years there's been some fancy clad knives across a variety of CPK patterns. I figured we could keep and showcase them all in one place, here in this thread.

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    Share your pics here and all others (if and only if the original poster doesn't mind) of the fancy handled CPKs. Let's try to keep Nathan away from this thread. Don't need to remind him how much he hated making them. ;)

    And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul. - John Muir
     
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  2. woodysone

    woodysone Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 21, 2005
    No where near a fancy as that ironwood, but not bad considering it is 10 years old and well used;)[​IMG]
     
  3. Hard Knocks

    Hard Knocks Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 1, 2012
    Beautiful knife and great quote. I hadn't heard it before, thank you.
     
  4. untytled

    untytled Gold Member Gold Member

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    Feb 21, 2014
    That's it! That's the kinda stuff I want to see. Thanks for sharing

    Much appreciate it. He's got a few other good ones. Seems like he would've been the kinda guy I wouldn't mind hanging around with.
     
  5. marchone

    marchone Gold Member Gold Member

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    Mar 13, 2013
    Is this a discontinued model? It looks like a great utility blade.
     
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  6. woodysone

    woodysone Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 21, 2005
    @marchone this is a D2 skinner. I don't know if Nathan ever discontinues models, a couple made it to Blade in recent years, but not part of his current line.:(
     
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  7. marchone

    marchone Gold Member Gold Member

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    Mar 13, 2013
    That's called a skinner? It looks like a nice slicer with not much belly.
     
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  8. untytled

    untytled Gold Member Gold Member

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    Feb 21, 2014
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  9. marchone

    marchone Gold Member Gold Member

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    Mar 13, 2013
    Thanks for that, Renato. Excellent explanation. My surprise was in most knife makers produce skinners with bellies like ulus.

    Nathan Carothers is a man after my own heart. I have to use his chum bucket method next time I take a game animal and process it myself. I've always been a meat hunter (though I've taken some nice trophies on guided hunts) and much prefer to take head shots whenever possible.

    I've skinned and processed dozens of quadrupeds in the field and in the kitchen. (And 100s more birds/try glove-boning a chicken once or twice.) I'm a chef. In the beginning I nicked skin and it was humbling. I rarely make that mistake anymore. Yesterday I boned and skinned a 10lb pork shoulder with my Shiro F3. No nicks. Very similar blade profile to that D2 Skinner. I just need to keep the centerline of the blade parallel to the seam I'm pulling. To that point, one of my preferences in knife design is a straight centerline from butt to tip using the belly as a zipper. That makes the tool a natural extension of my fingers. Nathan essentially said the same thing. His D2 Skinner demonstrates it.

    I get it now. :thumbsup:
     
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  10. - SpyderMan -

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    Mar 28, 2015
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  11. woodysone

    woodysone Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 21, 2005
    Besides the beautiful ironwood scales, wasn't that hollow ground also?
     
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  12. gusbuster

    gusbuster Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 30, 2011
    :thumbsup: Great thread Renato. Love the DIW EDC2’s, and Martin’s D2 Skinner is fantastic! Here’s a few I’ve posted before.

    :)My grail, Nathan’s personal double edged UF in 3V and Cocobolo
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    UF in ElMax with Desert Ironwood
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    EDC2 in Dessert Ironwood and EDC in African Blackwood
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    Had to get a close up :thumbsup::D
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  13. gusbuster

    gusbuster Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 30, 2011
    I think so, but I’m not sure. I can’t check right now. Maybe Nathan will answer that for us?
     
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  14. - SpyderMan -

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    Mar 28, 2015
    Yes. I believe they’re the same as a standard EDC2, which Nathan describes as: lightly hand ground after machining to give it a shallow S grind that is slightly hollow in the center and convex at the shoulders.
     
  15. Oyster

    Oyster Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 2, 2011
    Was waiting for you to put in an appearance with a few from your collection. Didn’t disappoint. Nice!! :thumbsup::thumbsup:
     
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  16. JJ_Colt45

    JJ_Colt45 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 11, 2014
    Two occasions to post this today ... not made by Nathan so it won't remind him it's a pain to do the wood ... an EDC2 with beautiful Koa scales ... made by TrfromMt and leather sheath made by Grogimus ...

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  17. woodysone

    woodysone Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 21, 2005
    Gus those are truly grails, how did you manage to get your hands on those?
     
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  18. Grenock

    Grenock Platinum Member Platinum Member

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    Apr 7, 2016
    Soul, the devil, you get the idea....
     
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  19. woodysone

    woodysone Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 21, 2005
    Sure do, but I believe it would be worth it.:eek:
     
  20. TRfromMT

    TRfromMT Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 4, 2016
    One of these days I envision doing a CPK with ironwood that has pins and epoxy. It will take a small amount of courage on my part to do it, the mettle to meddle with the metal, so to speak.
     
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