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K9-Handler's custom shop -- DuraCoat and Kydex

Discussion in 'The Custom Shop: Services Offered' started by K9-Handler, Apr 17, 2012.

  1. K9-Handler

    K9-Handler

    Jan 27, 2012
    Thanks for checking out my thread! BUT I AM OUT OF THE KNIFE BUSINESS!!! Despite my semi-religious use of a respirator, repeated exposure to spraying the Duracoat and the media blasting dust made for some serious lung issues. And since the Duracoat hardener is a known carcinogen when not cured, it just was not worth it. I needed to add this note because I still occasionally get emails from knife folks wanting bizarre things ("Can you put a chartreuse finish on my butterfly knife scales?"), even after three years of being away from the Forums.

    I'm a one-man custom finishing shop and Kydex sheath maker. I finish in DuraCoat with many colors (mostly tactical in nature) in stock. I also offer beadblasting, and most DuraCoat jobs have beadblasting as the first process.

    I'm also a knife dealer and can provide a new knife that has been customized, or work on your existing favorite knife.

    By default I mostly work on Beckers and KaBars, but a knife is a knife! ;)

    BTW, many of the knives shown below don't have homes and are available for adoption! :D Contact me at [email protected] for pricing.

    Check out my photos below.

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    [​IMG] BK-9 SOLD!

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    Guns, too! (Actually, it's how I got started). Glock 27s:
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    An example of media blasting services. Before and after:
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    Ontario SP50
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    This SP50 was used by students during an afternoon class on batoning hardwood logs. Although scratched, the DuraCoat finish held up remarkably well:
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    Before and after shot of the recently re-released Becker BK4 Machax:
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    See the desert tan one above? That one became "S-s-s-s-sneaky, the Copperhead Machax".
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    KaBar MK1's and SOG NW Ranger:
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    Becker BK-7 that has been custom ground (narrowed blade with reshaped clip point) and DuraCoated with a proprietary desert camo finish. Factory micarta scales:
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    And who could forget the Easter Becker??? :D This Becker BK5 was done and posted as a tongue-in-cheek joke on the Becker Forum at Easter. I think it showcases some of my out-of-the-box ideas (and sense of humor):
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    The Creamsicle. A simple combination of colors on an ESSE/Becker BK14 Eskabar
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    A simple BK-14 job:
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    The Zombecker family of knives. Be ready for Armageddon! Top-to-bottom: BK16, BK-4 Machaxe, BK-14 Eskabar.

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    BK-17P ("P" for pimp!). Polished with white scales.

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    BK15 made into a tanto style blade with scale spacers: SOLD!
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    "Chrystal Lite" -- highly polished blade and scales on a BK-15, with hand poured and finished clear epoxy scales:
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    With Holstex sheath: SOLD!
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    And for Independence Day, the BK-4th of July!
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    Polished BK14 with custom scales: SOLD!
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    Hybrid BK17 made from a full flat grind BK16. This knife is currently the object of a passaround for Beckerheads.
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    Another shot of the same knife with molded white epoxy scales:
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    Another Hybrid -- this one in a camo DuraCoat to resemble Air Force ADU uniforms.
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    Shot of modified jimping and radius-ed thumb rest:
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    NOTE: I DON'T DO BLADE POLISHING ON YOUR KNIFE!!! It takes hours and hours to bring a Becker blade to a high polish -- hours that, believe me, you don't want to pay me to do!

    Let me make your knife a one-of-a-kind! PM me or email me at [email protected] to discuss your needs/wants/wishes!


    - K9-Handler
     
    Last edited: Mar 2, 2015
  2. trailbum

    trailbum Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 18, 2010
    Very nice work K-9.
     
  3. Catmouth

    Catmouth

    345
    Apr 3, 2012
    Still love these. Are the sheaths painted also or how do you get the camo pattern on them?
     
  4. K9-Handler

    K9-Handler

    Jan 27, 2012
    The pattern is on one side of the Kydex. You order it that way. Not all patterns are available in all thicknesses. .080 seems to have the most colors.
    But Kydex does take DuraCoat well. I've done sheaths in a simple tiger-strip over OD.
    I also found out recently that the Army is getting away from ACU and going back to simpler greens and blacks. I did a knife/sheath for an MP getting deployed to Afghanistan soon, and they told him to not show up with anything ACU -- OD green or black only.
     
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2012
  5. K9-Handler

    K9-Handler

    Jan 27, 2012
    Why, thanks. Trailbum.
     
  6. Catmouth

    Catmouth

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    Apr 3, 2012
    Do you have a price list anywhere or do we just need to contact you?
     
  7. K9-Handler

    K9-Handler

    Jan 27, 2012
    No list Catmouth. As you can imagine, with custom work there are just so many variables that you couldn't possibly list them all.
    One of the jobs I'm working on now is an old butcher's cleaver, that the customer wanted sandblasted and DuraCoated in pink! How could you possibly come up with THAT on a standard list??? :eek:
    PM me or email at [email protected] .
     
  8. Catmouth

    Catmouth

    345
    Apr 3, 2012
    Yeah I wasn't thinking about every job basically being a new adventure haha. I'll just shoot you a PM.
     
  9. knifeworks805

    knifeworks805 Banned BANNED

    140
    Aug 3, 2011
    Nice stuff here! I'm especially fond of the easter Becker, the stickers are a nice touch =)
    Just wanted to extend a professional courtesy here, try blasting the surface with aluminum oxide instead of bead blasting. Bead blasting does more to polish the surface than rough it up so the Duracoat grabs well. Sand blasting works but it is a bit rough and can remove metal faster than aluminum oxide (which is bad if you are blasting something with very close tolerances such as folding knife blades or small firearm parts)
    Anyway, keep up the good work and good luck!
    -Ryan
     
  10. K9-Handler

    K9-Handler

    Jan 27, 2012
    Actually, Ryan, it's neither sand nor beads. Just using the terms that the average Joe would understand. The abrasive I use is a black flake made for the process that I understand is ground up scrapings from commercial smoke stacks!
    Puts a nice matte finish on the metal without removing any.

    The stickers came with several egg-dying kits. We never used them for eggs, so I had plenty left over for the BK5. :D
    Thanks.
     
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2012
  11. Skimo

    Skimo

    Mar 28, 2009
    Pokin' fun at my cleaver eh? :D

    I can't blame you.... my wife loves that handle work by the way.

    K9 takes some great pictures and keeps you updated, amazing communication!
     
  12. K9-Handler

    K9-Handler

    Jan 27, 2012
    Now that we've covered the YeBay Feedback.... :D

    As far as ragging on your cleaver -- with all the time I've spent on that sucker so far I consider it OUR cleaver!

    As Walter Brennan used to say, "No brag -- just fact!"
     
  13. Myker

    Myker Banned BANNED

    Feb 5, 2011
    So your a painter,
     
  14. Skimo

    Skimo

    Mar 28, 2009
    Among other things.
     
  15. K9-Handler

    K9-Handler

    Jan 27, 2012
    Jeez. Where have you been?
     
  16. Skimo

    Skimo

    Mar 28, 2009
    Hiding under a rock. :)
     
  17. Indianbladenoob

    Indianbladenoob

    598
    Feb 8, 2012
    Insane! That Copperhead is a work of art. And seeing how well it survived on the Ontario Chopper, I wouldn't be afraid to use them. Very cool.
     
  18. Battle Creek Knives

    Battle Creek Knives

    Feb 23, 2010
    WOW !!! Your work is awesome....!!! I may have to hit you up in the not to distant future on a couple ideas i have brewing from time to time..
    Take care,
    Rob
     
  19. worldwood

    worldwood

    Sep 30, 2012
    nice work!! email sent but i see ya online so ill ask, how is the bladed coated on the bk14 that you call a simple job? does it effect how the blade is sharpened or hold an edge? does it prevent rust? Thanks for the info and amazing work! you have a real talent.
     

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