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Discussion in 'Survive! Knives' started by Silver Needle, Dec 15, 2015.
Ha! I'm just an average guy wanting to talking about instagram updates in the instagram thread
Yes! Merry Christmas to all!
Why do I even try?
I'm going to go look for some instagram post to share here.............
I'm almost as old as Grog and even I don't have IG account. So?!
7/7 and 4.1
That 7/7 looks sweet.. look forward to getting my hands on one!
Man, this is really cool to see! The 2.7s make a serious appearance ad well.
I wonder if perchjerk from instagram us on bladeforums as well?
Am I the only one who heard that part about the hats?
That man said "hats" and even showed one!!!
Caught it in the chat thread, but I'll still give it a Woohoo here. Woohoo!!
Here's to good news, cooperative materials in the shop and many, many orders going out in 2017!
I used to work in composites (a long time ago at a university far far away) and based on the composition information that I have (from the manufacturers of the named handle composite materials) the G10 and the Micarta should not suffer from exactly the same curing problem. G10 is an epoxy composite, Micarta is a phenolic resin composite. They do not cure by the same chemistry or at the same rates.
At least one knife manufacturer (namely Spyderco but there could be others) has chosen to stop using Micarta (on all except one model) because of dimensional stability problems, but have not reported similar problems with G10.
If this is true for Survive as well (and please chime in if you have different information) then they could simply shift to microtextured G10 (which has a lot of the same grip properties as smooth finished Micarta) and eliminate the problem.
This doesn't fix the current problem (due to the thousands of knife handles that Survive has in inventory and will probably want to salvage) but it could save trouble for future runs.
Alternatively they could place in inventory sheets of composite handle materials while they cure, but this obviously requires additional effort.
I saw that instagram photo of the handle issues, and inwardly groaned. You guys know me and the handles I make. I can attest to the fact that those little blemishes represent a lot of work to get them to come out right. It is not a matter of just sanding it flush to the steel and sending it. Making it flush creates a flat spot, and if you study a handle Guy makes, there are no flat spots, only curves. A flat spot can be felt (it actually feels like a divot). You have to take it back a ways from the problem area and blend it properly. On textured material it is impossible to see and has to mostly be felt, and it is truly painstaking.
Now, I love working out the fit and finish on a set of handles, one set at a time. But I'm telling you, that photo is a LOT OF WORK.
And with Guy's drive for perfection you know it aint getting out until its just right!
Now I need to check my orders and see if anything in the picture matches one of mine.
I wonder if those numbers on the tape are order numbers?
Yep, the lanyards are our way of keeping track of orders. This is especially important now that we are shaping handles and building before sharpening. The orders are getting specified blades much sooner than before. The new problem from that change is with changed orders, there have been a few that were finished but didn't match up in the final check so they had to get sent to the back of the line. Otherwise, it has been a much more efficient system.
^^^ I REALLY don't need that sheath.... I really DON'T need sheath... I really don't NEED that sheath.
Cripes... I REALLY WANT THAT SHEATH!!
Yeah right!! Just order one before they go away, so you won't have to say "I really DID need that sheath!!!"