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Rough scaled EDC

Discussion in 'Carothers Performance Knives' started by Gary W. Graley, Apr 23, 2017.

  1. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    I would like to thank Nathan and especially Lorien on this EDC, Lorien had Nathan send it out and I had requested non buffed scales as for me, I felt the buffed posed a safety issue, call me clumsy but now, I feel safer ;) And the knife and handle combo is most excellent, while not a harsh finish, it is still smooth to the hand, it does provide some tactile feedback while gripping and when wet, even more so.

    Here are a few images taken today along with a closeup of the way Nathan does the handles prior to any buffing. Also I was fortunate that Casinostocks had a vertical kydex sheath available to buy, he had an extra and got that in as I prefer kydex for fixed blades, that plus I don't have leather thick enough and also just don't make fixed blade sheaths, only folders.

    [​IMG]Carothers_nonbuff by GaryWGraley, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Carothers_nonbuff_ by GaryWGraley, on Flickr

    and the closeup I promised, here you can see the texture left from machining the scales, VERY well done !
    By clicking on the photo it takes you to Flickr where you can then select to view all sizes and check out the full size to really see the closeup detail there is on the scales.

    [​IMG]Carothers_nonbuff_closeup by GaryWGraley, on Flickr

    Thanks again Lorien and also thanks to Nathan for continuing to create excellent working tools for all of us !

    Last edited: Apr 23, 2017
  2. JustinFournier

    JustinFournier Gold Member Gold Member

    May 7, 2012
    Very nice photography!
  3. Casinostocks

    Casinostocks Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 20, 2016
    Mr. G2, I totally agree with this ^Gent^ that you do take excellent photos :thumbsup:

    BTW, your lanyard making skills are not too shabby either ;)
  4. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    You're both very kind, and I thank you!

    And, when ever you need something lanyardedup just pop an email and we'll sort it out.

    I did not mention in the first post, as I felt it goes without saying, but, Nathan places an exceptional edge on these knives, very keen and bitey, and of course, if you find yourself without one of these knives in your kit, you need to rectify that when time and budget presents itself.

  5. Hard Knocks

    Hard Knocks Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 1, 2012
    Nice job capturing the definition in the scales! I've been going with the unbuffed on the field knives as well, much prefer it for the tacky grip. One thing to note, after much use, they will eventually wear in smooth like the polished micarta. I've found that a good bead blast restores them pretty well though. Thanks for the excellent photos!
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  6. sagebrush77


    Apr 23, 2017
    Gary, hello, tried to find a way to PM u here, couldn't find it, would like to have u make me a sheath for my spyderco vallaton, its illegal to carry them concealed in my state
  7. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    Thanks Hard knocks, if it gets to that I'll look for a bead blaster to and texture again.

    And to reach me you can email me at

    [email protected]

  8. Lorien

    Lorien Moderator Moderator

    Dec 5, 2005
    Gary, I appreciated your help with collating all the name submissions for the no name knife, and was happy to set you up with this one. I hope it serves you well and remains in your possession in perpetuity. You should be able to keep a good grip on it ;)
  9. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    Thanks again Lorien, and that collating was an interesting exercise, glad to help out and glad you were able to help me get my hands on an EDC, they are such a well thought out knife, when gripped it becomes a true extension of your hand, fits so well, for my hand at least!

    I use the kydex sheath with a piece of paracord to act as a stop, static cord type thing, the paracord is looped from the end of the sheath and then wraps around a belt loop, the sheath is slid between my waistband and body, when you grab the handle and pull, you pull the knife and sheath together until it reaches the end of it's tether and the knife pulls free, making it a very quick method of drawing the knife as well as a safer return to the sheath when done, since you will be holding the sheath in hand as you insert the razor sharp blade back inside, no mucking about trying to make a side entrance into my body ;)

    Last edited: Apr 24, 2017
  10. adamlau

    adamlau Basic Member Basic Member

    Oct 13, 2002
    Unbuffed micarta is definitely the way to go. Has anyone sanded the buffed scales to achieve a similar finish? Perhaps with 80 grit aluminum oxide sandpaper?

    Last edited: May 18, 2017
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  11. Marl71

    Marl71 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 15, 2015
    I rubbed down the scales on my EDC and FK with green scotchbrite under running water. It takes the shine off without making it "fuzzy" like the unbuffed scales on my LC. It's a happy medium for me.
  12. Lorien

    Lorien Moderator Moderator

    Dec 5, 2005
    rough dirty hands will slap that handle into shape!
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  13. adamlau

    adamlau Basic Member Basic Member

    Oct 13, 2002
    A light touch with drywall sandpaper (80 grit aluminum oxide) does the job.


    Last edited: May 19, 2017
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  14. Standard78

    Standard78 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 25, 2015
    Un-buffed for the win. The small grooves on the polished and G10 versions are still nice and grippy though.

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