Kershaw Blur - What's under the traction inserts?

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I honestly would LOVE my blur if it weren't for the rubber inserts. It makes it difficult to pull from my pocket, they aren't necessary to grip the knife for my uses, and they're hard on my jeans pockets. Has anyone removed the inserts? Are there any alternatives (ie. like the CF blur handles, or how Microtech does the "griptape" inserts on their socom)?
 
Just curious what you think might be under them other than the obvious aluminum. Not sure what you are wondering exactly.

A few people have removed theirs and then stripped the anodizing and polished or tumbled the bare handles.
 
I guess what I'm trying to ask is, if I remove the inserts, would it looks stupid without them? Would I be able to clean them out so it looks just like milled out aluminum, or will the anodizing be messed up due to the glue and removal process? Would I be able to buy a thinner material to put in their place, or is the milling not deep enough for this?
 
I've seen people remove them and use different material. Wood and a glow insert. If you want to leave it epmpty so to speak, you would be the judge to say if it would look stupid. Shouldn't have any marks in the annodizing unless you scrape it yourself. Glue won't pull it off. I'm sure you can find something to put up in there. "Griptape" is worse on these than the rubber at shredding pockets by the way.
 
I've seen people remove them and use different material. Wood and a glow insert. If you want to leave it epmpty so to speak, you would be the judge to say if it would look stupid. Shouldn't have any marks in the annodizing unless you scrape it yourself. Glue won't pull it off. I'm sure you can find something to put up in there. "Griptape" is worse on these than the rubber at shredding pockets by the way.

But wouldn't the grip tape sit below the surface of the aluminum? That's my main complaint about the rubber inserts. They are raised above the surface of the aluminum handle.
 
Hmm. Okay, my progress pic (yes, just one) and the inserts and then [almost] finished product.



 
Hmm. Okay, my progress pic (yes, just one) and the inserts and then [almost] finished product.




Man, she looks sweet! I remember in your other thread you mentioned the inserts sticking back into place. Did you use any other adhesive to keep them on the handles?
 
Nope, just put the originals back in and put some books on top for weight and pressure. So far so good.
 
But wouldn't the grip tape sit below the surface of the aluminum? That's my main complaint about the rubber inserts. They are raised above the surface of the aluminum handle.

Yes they would and did as kershaw used grip tape before converting to the trak -tec. And they still will eat your pants and hands. Thats the main reason they switched around 2006. If you have an old blur today and call them up they will change out the grip tape for you. I remember around that time seeing a vid with a rep saying to do so. May have been knife Jenn if I remember correctly.
 
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