G-10 checkering

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Not only is this my first time to post, but this is also my first knife. I am working on a clip point fixed blade knife (Similar to usmc fighting knife) and have desinged it with G-10 handle scales. All the G-10 I see on like benchmake knives and such has checkering which gives it a really nice grip. Well the G-10 I have does not have that texture on it and I wanted to know if anyone knew how to do it. Someone suggested checkering files, but the ones I have seen are too large for what I want. :confused: I am clueless??
Any help is appreciated.
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~Brian
 
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I have checkered G10 using standard gun stock checkering tools from Brownells. In many respects it is easier than wood because you don't have to contend with the grain!
 
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there are a bunch of different sizes of checkering files out there, the biggest problem is finding them.
grobet might have what you are looking for.
 
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Thanks for the help. :D
I haven't heard of Grobet before, but I am familiar with brownells. I'll check both, see if I find it.
 
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I think you might be mistaken on the finish on benchmades. For their G10 handled knives I have seen, it isn't checkered. Its actually bead blasted which brings out the weave pattern of the glass fibers. Least thats what I was lead to believe, it would be very difficult to checker the pattern of the handle on my 806 :eek:
 

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Gunstock checkering tools might not work.Gunline or Brownells make them.The G-10 may be a bit too hard to checker with those wood tools.I'm thinking Matt is on to something about the pattern you saw.Hand checkering files made for metal,like the Grobet ones mentioned might hold up to the G-10 ,but that is hard stuff !
 
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I was referring more to the LPI of the pattern in the G10, it looks like its about 40, maybe more.
 
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peter nap said:
I have checkered G10 using standard gun stock checkering tools from Brownells. In many respects it is easier than wood because you don't have to contend with the grain!

peter nap said:
Gunstock tools work fine Bladsmth.

:rolleyes: yes I agree with Don :footinmou :D
 
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peter nap said:
I have checkered G10 using standard gun stock checkering tools from Brownells. In many respects it is easier than wood because you don't have to contend with the grain!

bladsmth said:
Gunstock checkering tools might not work.Gunline or Brownells make them.The G-10 may be a bit too hard to checker with those wood tools.I'm thinking Matt is on to something about the pattern you saw.Hand checkering files made for metal,like the Grobet ones mentioned might hold up to the G-10 ,but that is hard stuff !
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peter nap said:
Gunstock tools work fine Bladsmth.

:rolleyes: yes I agree with Don :footinmou :D
 
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Hand checkering files made for metal,like the Grobet ones mentioned might hold up to the G-10 ,but that is hard stuff !

Do they sell any checkering files for 40 lpi? all that I've seen is 16 or 18 lpi I am sure that it is up in the 40 range on those benchmades.

Boy is it hard stuff! I have limited tools and used a scroll saw to cut it.:eek: I ran through 4 blades and ended up melting it more than cutting it!
 

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Grobet files come in 20,30,40,50 LPI
I was concerned that the fiber in the G-10 would rapidly wear down the cutting edges of the checkering tools.Thanks for the input.
 
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