roughing up neutron micarta scales?

Discussion in 'Maintenance, Tinkering & Embellishment' started by Eman816, Jan 8, 2020.

  1. Eman816

    Eman816 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Mar 19, 2019
    so i just recently got my micarta scales for my neutron. i love them and everything but my only gripe is the polished micarta is slick. i was wondering if anyone knew of a solid way to give them some texture?
     
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  2. akguy59

    akguy59

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    Aug 19, 2017
    Easy just hit them with some 60 grit sandpaper.
     
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  3. Eman816

    Eman816 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Mar 19, 2019
    So no progression just 60 Grit?
     
  4. Mr.Wizard

    Mr.Wizard

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    Feb 28, 2015
    I think a checkering file used skillfully would yield a very nice result. Files are available in a variety of lines-per-inch so you can choose your coarseness.

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  5. Eman816

    Eman816 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Mar 19, 2019
    hmm that might be an option too i dont want to completely beat the shit out of them just a little roughing to give me some grip cause theyre slicker then snot right now
     
  6. Mr.Wizard

    Mr.Wizard

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    Feb 28, 2015
    Personally I think well-applied checkering would look better than 60 grit roughing. How about bead blasting?
     
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  7. Eman816

    Eman816 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Mar 19, 2019
    See I don't have any kind of tumbling equipment for that other then the ghetto rig stone washing sadly
     
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  8. Mr.Wizard

    Mr.Wizard

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    By bead blasting I meant air pressure blasting with glass bead, but I don't actually know if that works. I've never seen it done to Micarta. It makes a great matte finish on metal however, so if you don't like the idea of fine checkering I thought it was worth exploring.
     
  9. Bill DeShivs

    Bill DeShivs KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jun 6, 2000
    Just use some 320 grit sandpaper on them.
     
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  10. chiral.grolim

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

    Dec 2, 2008
    I use a sanding 'sponge' in the 60-80 grit range. It'll roughen the surface a bit, and you can always sand it finer.
    If you want a balance between the two, use something finer than 60 and only stroke in one direction so that the micro grooves/gouges align, or do them cross-hatch, just don't use circular motion and be sparing.

    Also, don't huff the dust.
     
  11. Eman816

    Eman816 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Mar 19, 2019
    i got some 60grit paper ill have to try this weekend with it and see what i come up with.
     
  12. Bill DeShivs

    Bill DeShivs KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jun 6, 2000
    At 60 grit, you may as well scrub the handles on a sidewalk!
    Micarta only heeds the sheen removed to be very "grippy."
     
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  13. Eman816

    Eman816 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Mar 19, 2019
    Yeah I ended up going wirh 220 and it's amazing the difference you're right about taking the polish sheen off
     
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  14. Eli Chaps

    Eli Chaps Basic Member Basic Member

    Apr 20, 2018
    For sure!

    I scuffed up the handle of Yaxell Dragon Fire gyuto very lightly some 600 and it turned out great. Just needed that high gloss knocked down a touch.
     

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