Not really sure I'd call this customized, but not factory original. I got this 160OT off the bay real cheap (somewhere around $10-12) because the handles were missing. Someone had tried to put turquoise (sp?) handles on it at one point based on what was still still stuck to it, but they were long gone. I wanted to try my hand at some repair work, so I stuck on some ebony from some scrap I had in my woodshop and pinned it with brass pins. After doing this I have a new appreciation for the work Dale and others do. This stuff is a real bear to get shaped right and symmetrically! Still deciding whether I should work the blade to a nice polished finish or leave it as is.
The handle looks good Dave.
You keep that up & you won't need me any more.
Before I worked on knives I used to look at custom knives and think the guy had a some big brass ones to charge that much for a knife.
When I started working on knives I wondered how a guy could make a living on what little he charged for a custom knife.
It really puts it in perspective.
You work looks real good. Sand it down to 800 to 1000 grit, then get some hard carnauba wax and put it on with a soft buffing wheel & you won't believe how it will shine!
Good Job there dave that looks great from here!!! Ive been putting handles on stuff for about the last year or so and it does make ya appreciate the custom guys around here thats for sure. Keep up the good work, now ya gotta do another one.- Joel
I use hard carnauba wax (it comes in bar form like a big bar of soap) on a loose buff for the most all woods that won't take a finish easily.
Ebony, King Wood, Lignum Vitae, Cocobolo, & probably most of the Rose Wood family have so much oil in the wood that it is difficult to impossible to get a finish to dry in those types of wood.
I use Walker Wax on the blade as it protects the blade against spittle which Ren wax doesn't.
If you don't think spittle is a problem; then check your knives that have been laying open on a display table after you have talked across the table to customers for three days of a big show.
Here are some knives I decided to try and gave away for Christmas. The one on the left is an original Schrade 518SC blank I got from Randy. The others aren't Schrades, but this is the only good pic I have of the Schrade. The individual ones my girlfriend took of each knife didn't come out as well, but I didn't know it until after the knives were given away. Please forgive the non-Schrades!
There are some beauties in this thread. Dale, your customizing is reaching amazing levels!
Here is one that belongs to a fellow in a knife club I belong to up here. It's a large Herman Williams; one of a kind as far as I know! Sure has a lot of blades!