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My Rodent 3 is different than yours...

Discussion in 'Swamp Rat Knives' started by elof_alv, Sep 10, 2017.

  1. elof_alv

    elof_alv Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 13, 2009
    Years ago (predates any attempts at leatherworking) I got the scales off with a plan of stripping and stonewashing the knife.
    After stripping I decided to sand down the CNC grooves from the blade and thin it out a little. Sorry no progress pics, but this is what I got from my efforts after sanding and stonewashing


    Then, for a time I had too much free time on my hands (and booze) and I came up with another modification idea... Out comes the Dremel...
    And this happened (sorry, again no progress pics, this is taken after the mod, ferric chloride bath [yes, got my hands on that in the mean time] and stonewashing:

    The dodgy jimping and ferro rod scraper (all eyeballed and done UI)

    Then for a long time nothing happened because I could not find standoffs locally, and didn't want to pay 6 times in postage what they'd cost from US

    Finally, recently had a look on eBay and got some brass standoffs from China (they needed a bit of sanding...) and the screws I bought were about 1/4 inch too long (each!!! more Dremel time) and a few days ago I assembled this fruit of my pain, blood, frustration and joy and put an edge on.


    Here is a close up on edge, I've used nail polish as a resistor for ferric chloride (two baths, that's why there is the faded lines along the edge


    Overall, I'm happy with the result, knife is definitely lighter, etch came out much darker on other steels, but I'm happy anyway, blade isn't shiny.
    Now, need to finish off some leather projects that I have promised to people before I get to make a sheath... work is just such a killjoy...
  2. Uncle Timbo

    Uncle Timbo Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 23, 2005
    Killjoy? I doth think noth. I think your a gifted craftsman with unlimited talents and this proves it. Most definitely a one of a kind. A real beaut!
  3. Icky Thump

    Icky Thump

    Dec 8, 2011
    Looks great
  4. cut it out

    cut it out Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 11, 2010
    I wish the handles were lightened up from factory like that. Nice job
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  5. Andy the Aussie

    Andy the Aussie Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 29, 2010
    ........he 'doth refer to the employment he attends when not doing fine leather work and knife modifications (and while healing from the recent removal of a kidney and testicle) ...!!

    Great looking work mate !!!!
  6. Hard Knocks

    Hard Knocks Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 1, 2012
    I have some other 52100 that took a pretty dark acid etch. I wonder if it would have come out darker if it had been done pre-stonewash? Cool finish though. Makes it look rugged.
  7. elof_alv

    elof_alv Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 13, 2009
    Kootaga, Andy is right, I meant the job that pays for the hobbies.

    HK, acid bath happened before the stonewashing, both times, except for the initial stonewashing that was followed up by more sanding before the first acid bath.

    I've now done FeCl3 bath & stonewash to a few blades in different steels and they all come out a bit different.
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  8. Hard Knocks

    Hard Knocks Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 1, 2012
    I understand now I think. Mine was ground and then got an acid bath, but no stonewash, and so kept the dark finish.

    I'm having really good luck with stonewashed finish in other steels. Of course something like 3V is going to be more corrosion resistant than 52100 right off the bat, but it makes me want to strip some SR101 and stonewash it to see how it holds up next to satin SR101.
    Uncle Timbo and Brian77 like this.
  9. chiral.grolim

    chiral.grolim Universal Kydex Sheath Extension Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 2, 2008
    Wait.... you skeletonized that knife with a freaking DREMEL??!!!

  10. elof_alv

    elof_alv Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 13, 2009
    A lot of free time, booze and determination...
    Mostly done it with cutoff wheels, then used anything I had in my kits to sand/grind smooth and round off any corners
  11. chiral.grolim

    chiral.grolim Universal Kydex Sheath Extension Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 2, 2008
    *Chiral reads this while eying his Rodent Solution and then his Dremel, wondering if he has what it takes to make the dream a reality....*

    cool, elof!
  12. elof_alv

    elof_alv Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 13, 2009
    I'd say do it, as long as you have the patience.
    The good thing about doing it with Dremel is that you get to touch the steel and know when to stop so it can cool down. I did get one of those magnetic thingies/clamps for welding to hold the knife while I cut the holes, but still it's a lot more 'hands on' option than press drill or mills.
    The added advantage is that once you have the scales off you can sand down the handles (if you wish so), or even taper under the handles.
    chiral.grolim likes this.
  13. Béma

    Béma Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 24, 2011
    Nicely done, Elof!

    ..post pics when you're done chiral.
  14. MattinLA


    May 31, 2006
    The handle weight of the Rodent Solution was the only thing i wasn't fond of...hmmmm....dremel, eh?

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