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Osprey K/T Maintenance Thread

Discussion in 'Osprey Knife & Tool' started by adequacy, Aug 5, 2018.

  1. adequacy

    adequacy Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 19, 2014
    Hey Chris and everyone else in the gang.

    I have an OKT with an OD micarta handle that has brown stains on it from my leather sheath :(

    It doesn't affect function, but anyone have any suggestions for fixing it without ruining the texture of Chris' sandblast?



    I also figured it would be cool to have a thread for sharpening and maintenance techniques.
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  2. Bmurray

    Bmurray Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 9, 2012

    the best fix is to send it to me and I'll properly dispose of it for you. You don't want the micarta filling up our landfills.
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  3. RobbieB

    RobbieB Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 13, 2017
    I've found that isopropyl alcohol does a pretty good job removing sheath transfer from micarta and G10.
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  4. Osprey Knife & Tool

    Osprey Knife & Tool Moderator Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jun 4, 2014
    Thanks for jumping in on this @RobbieB, what you recommend or Denatured alcohol, and or Acetone but I would use the Acetone as a last option or resort as it is the least healthy choice and improper use can attack adhesives etc..

    I will start working on some additional information fornthis thread, I would encourage anyone else to share there tips or ideas as well for general upkeep.
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  5. Bmurray

    Bmurray Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 9, 2012
    I've found that denatured alcohol or a high % rubbing alcohol with a toothbrush will clean up about anything
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  6. Oyster

    Oyster Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 2, 2011
    I had some brown sheath stains on my Warthog, too.
    Warm soapy water and a toothbrush worked fine (but maybe the discoloration was only very superficial)
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  7. bonafide

    bonafide Leather Sheathmaker, JouFuu Leathers Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jul 20, 2013
    Alcohol removes oil base dyes from the handles. It'll also dry out your micarta handle. Light coat of Mineral oil with a clean cloth wipe down will bring it back.

    Re-oil your leather. 100% neetsfoot. Allow to dry.

    Resolene will seal the dye to the leather, but there's a trade off .. the leather will be shiny. You can (should) dilute the resolene with water .. then wipe down your leather with Mink Oil or Sno-seal to take some of the shine down.
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