Ontario RAT Model II with black G10 scales - (PICS)

Fred Sanford

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I got tired of the plastic handle scales that offered no grip so I made some black peel ply G10 scales for it. It took me many more hours than I figured it would but the patience paid off. I used a drill press at my mom and dad's place to drill all the holes and countersink the screw holes. I only drilled the scales for RH tip up carry since it's only for me.

I used a variable speed Dremel to get the handles to a rough shape. I first used the small cut-off wheel on the Dremel to get the G10 down to a decent size. Then I rough shaped the scales within 1/4" of the liners. After that I drilled the holes and made sure everything fit right. Next, I took the Dremel with the sanding drum and I did one side at a time. I screwed the G10 scale to the liners and used the liner as a guide. I sanded the G10 right down to the liner. The liners were dull looking anyway so the sanding drum polished the edge of the liners a little anyway. I did sand and polish the liners before I put everything back together for the final time. A couple of the pics may not have all the screws and standoffs showing as I took the pics at different times. Total time probably was about 4-6 hours. I enjoyed doing it, but it took way too long for my liking. I did have to use longer clip screws but I had some extras from other knives that happened to fit perfectly. I think they were clip screws from a Spyderco Gayle Bradley Folder.

The best part of the entire thing was being able to work with my father using the drill press. He has a 30+ year old Delta drill press and it is waaaay better than the stuff they make today. The press itself stands over 5 feet high and it is made to last. So hanging with dad, shooting the shit, and working on knife stuff was cool. Glad I can still hang with my dad, and I appreciate his help and knowledge. It gave me a lot of respect for what it takes to make scales by hand without any kind of machining.



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Looks awesome. [emoji106]

Are they a little thicker than the stock nylon scales? They appear to be.
 
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Awesome! Looks really good.
"It took too long" was exactly how I felt when I stripped all of the black coating on my Mini AK-47. That took about 3 hours of scraping it off by hand with a razor blade
 
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Superb job; my first two sets didn't turn out anywhere near as good as that. (first one got scrapped as the holes were off; the second I ground too much off the front of the scale leaving the liner exposed slightly)... :foot:
 

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Looks awesome. [emoji106]

Are they a little thicker than the stock nylon scales? They appear to be.

Thanks. Yes, the G10 is just a small bit thicker than 1/8" per side. The factory ones were about half as thick which I also didn't like.

Superb job; my first two sets didn't turn out anywhere near as good as that. (first one got scrapped as the holes were off; the second I ground too much off the front of the scale leaving the liner exposed slightly)... :foot:

Dude, I feel ya. I almost wrecked it a couple times. When I felt like my head wasn't 100% in it I would stop working on it and walk away. I have a history of not walking away and all I do is mess stuff up if I don't.

Awesome! Looks really good.
"It took too long" was exactly how I felt when I stripped all of the black coating on my Mini AK-47. That took about 3 hours of scraping it off by hand with a razor blade

Thanks buddy!

I did the same to an American Lawman but I used paint stripper. Still look longer than I thought it should. :D
 
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Thanks. Yes, the G10 is just a small bit thicker than 1/8" per side. The factory ones were about half as thick which I also didn't like.
That's exactly what I was thinking. I bet I'd like it more with a little more width as it is slightly on the small side for me.............
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That's a great job. I am not very handy so I could never attempt something like that.
 

Fred Sanford

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Good job, David! :thumbup: So... when are ya taking orders? :)

-Brett

Thanks much!

LOL. I just couldn't take orders. Too much time. I may do another set of handles for like an Izula or another fixed blade but probably not a folder for a long time.

That's a great job. I am not very handy so I could never attempt something like that.

Thanks. I appreciate it.
 
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Nice job, and great that you made it a father-son thing. Sounds like a lot of good times went into these scales!
 
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