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Lets see your Cold Steel mods!!!

Discussion in 'Cold Steel Knives' started by UCPOPO, Aug 2, 2014.

  1. AF

    AF Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 14, 2000
    The Bush Ranger doesn't wave well. Maybe because the scales are wide so the sides of the plate don't grab? Not sure. I opened up the front of the plate with a file and it works better now.
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  2. DocJD

    DocJD

    Jan 29, 2016
    I've suspected that the Black Talon 2 is notched in front of the wave plate to facilitate waving .
     
  3. AF

    AF Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 14, 2000
    Yeah that design looks like it would wave well. I've never owned that model.
     
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  4. POCEH KOCEB

    POCEH KOCEB Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 21, 2013
    The Black Talon II waves fine, there is a wide opening under the plate that helps.
    Also I have a fob attached, so I can apply much more force directly out of the pocket without pressuring the clip when pulling, compared to when pinching the knife with two fingers only, this also helps a lot.
    With this said, I don't think any of the CS knives are specifically designed to be waved... They are designed with the idea that can be waved, but I don't think they ever mention it or advertise it in any way...

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  5. David Mary

    David Mary KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

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    Jul 23, 2015
    Aus8a Voyager Tanto XL combo edge converted to flat ground recurvy wharncliffe.
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    Aus10a Voyager Tanto XL plain edge converted to wharncliffe.
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    CTS-XHP Talwar Blue G10, with added pseudo finger choil, removed handle grooves, straightened spine, slightly reprofiled and thinned out belly, and black marine tape on pocket clip.
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    Last edited: Feb 18, 2019
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  6. 45Shooter

    45Shooter

    441
    Mar 30, 2001
    Nice work. Not a really big fan of wharncliffes but these are well done and the talwar just looks great!
     
  7. David Mary

    David Mary KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

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    Jul 23, 2015
    Thanks 45Shooter! I'm quite happy with the Talwar, and I just love the look and aggressive cutting power of wharncliffes.
     
  8. dobermaniac

    dobermaniac Gold Member Gold Member

    May 13, 2013
    Not much of a mod but I took the coating off this Broken Skull (blade & lockbar), and etched in "CTS XHP" only.
    Very happy with it now, although it still isn't quite done, still some coating to get off and need to polish it up. (I just wanted to get it back together because its one of my favorites and I missed carrying it)


    EDIT: as soon as I posted this I thought, "why didn't I sand the clip?". So I took it off and sanded it. Looks much better now. New pics at the bottom



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  9. AF

    AF Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 14, 2000
    I like how you etched the steel type.
     
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  10. David Mary

    David Mary KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    207
    Jul 23, 2015
    I never really liked the broken skull before, but seeing like this gives it some appeal.
     
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  11. AF

    AF Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 14, 2000
    Picked up a Golden Eye on closeout. Made some changes and now it's the Black Eye!
    Reshaped scales to merge rear two finger grooves.
    Dyed scales black.
    Sanded gold color from clip.
    Removed HTR (with T2 Torx)
    Slight blade profile change - removed a little from spine.
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  12. bladesign

    bladesign

    29
    Feb 15, 2019
    looks good, like the changes.
     
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  13. razorburn

    razorburn Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 26, 2007
    Done a while ago,on one of the earlier Recon 1 knives.Added a sharpening notch

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  14. David Mary

    David Mary KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

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    Jul 23, 2015
    I have an Espada coming in Aus10A, expected to arrive today, and I need to figure out what to do with it. Thinking about a more carry friendly straight spine/deep carry mod with a more comfortable and useable handle, such as this drawing I did on paint.net:

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    And here is the update on my Voyager:

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    With the rounded tip transition the balance is now almost exactly on the finger groove. After getting used to thumb flicking this beast, not a single one of my spydercos stands a chance. Even the "stiff" endura flies open like a child's toy! The only thing that would make this knife better for me is if there were a little more material towards the back of the handle, to push the tip of the knife down in use. I tried to make a pair of scales in peel ply G10, not once, but twice, but unfortunately so far, the learning curve has proved a bit steep, as the first time, I messed up so badly the scales would have been totally non-functional, and the second time they worked, but I had too much blade play due to imprecise positioning of the pivot hole relative to the stop pin hole, which required some reaming, and introduced blade play. Fixed blade handles are so much easier! I may try again, but given the last attempt took six hours, I will put it on the back burner for now, but I am by no means dissatisfied with the knife in its current form.

    I love working on Cold Steel knives!

    Okay, one more, my work EDC, can you spot the change? Of course you can! Now it's a precision cardboard devouring beast!

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    I have a full time job in the auto industry, but I'd be open to modding knives for others as well, if the request is within my abilities, i.e. regrinds, reprofiling, sharpening, handle mods (not new scales!). I know what it's like to want that perfect knife, but not be able to find anyone to do it for me. Hence the development of these skills over the last couple years. If you want something done, PM me the details and we'll see what we can work out.
     
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  15. David Mary

    David Mary KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

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    Jul 23, 2015
    P.S. Open to Canadian residents only, as CBSA will probably steal your knife if you ship it here from the USA. :eek: Sorry!
     
  16. AF

    AF Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 14, 2000
    That modded Voyager is awesome. What did you use to drill the "Spydie" hole?
     
  17. MattKnives

    MattKnives

    33
    Feb 20, 2018
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    Took some time yesterday to sand down the scales till they were smooth and then dyed them Navy Blue. I also took a diamond file to the massive gimping to smooth out the sharp edges.
     
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2019
  18. David Mary

    David Mary KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    207
    Jul 23, 2015
    Thanks Andy!

    I used a guy at work in the maintenance department! Pretty sure he used a drill press with a carbide bit. He told me the bit was garbage by the time he was done.
     
    Last edited: Jun 4, 2019
  19. HFinn

    HFinn

    Sep 6, 2012
    What did you use to sand the blade? I presume the coating is quite hard and difficult to remove?
     
  20. AF

    AF Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 14, 2000
    I also sanded my Broken Skull. I did it by hand with regular aluminum oxide sandpaper. I can't remember what grit I started at but either 80 or 150, then 220 and finally 400. Not difficult.
     
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