Signalprick/JWRitchie Knives Slipjoint Recovers, Mods and WIPS

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Jason Ritchie - Ritchie Handmade Knives
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Hello Bladeforums and specifically BF Porch Dwellers! I wanted to start my own thread to show pictures of my slippie mods and works in progress also to foster any conversation, questions or comments about modding and hopefully, eventually making slip joints. Thanks for taking a peek!

First up are my most recent completions. An ebony #15 with a bottle opener delete and a recover of an 85. I redressed it in natural canvas micarta. No shield on this one as the owner wanted a no nonsense user.
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Next is a Waynorth #86 Blackjack pen blade delete. I've done a bunch of these and I've said many times, if you find this one in stock form a little too chunky you really owe it to yourself to explore having it slimmed down! Personally once slimmed I prefer this clip blade and size over a #77 and certainly over the #15 and I'm not a big fan of larger knives. If you own the 2019 BF you know what I mean!
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dantzk8

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Always a pleasure to see your works. I'm interested in what is related to the making and modification of traditional pocket knives. I will have questions, many questions. Thanks for opening this thread.

Dan.
 

Signalprick

Jason Ritchie - Ritchie Handmade Knives
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Always a pleasure to see your works. I'm interested in what is related to the making and modification of traditional pocket knives. I will have questions, many questions. Thanks for opening this thread.

Dan.
Hey Dan. Thanks for the comment. The ONLY reason I've gotten to this point and hopefully beyond is good people who were/are willing to share their knowledge and insight. I'm here for you anytime my friend. :thumbsup:
 

HEMI 49

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Hello Bladeforums and specifically BF Porch Dwellers! I wanted to start my own thread to show pictures of my slippie mods and works in progress also to foster any conversation, questions or comments about modding and hopefully, eventually making slip joints. Thanks for taking a peek!

First up are my most recent completions. An ebony #15 with a bottle opener delete and a recover of an 85. I redressed it in natural canvas micarta. No shield on this one as the owner wanted a no nonsense user.
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Next is a Waynorth #86 Blackjack pen blade delete. I've done a bunch of these and I've said many times, if you find this one in stock form a little too chunky you really owe it to yourself to explore having it slimmed down! Personally once slimmed I prefer this clip blade and size over a #77 and certainly over the #15 and I'm not a big fan of larger knives. If you own the 2019 BF you know what I mean!
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Your work is beautiful.... The fitting of new covers between the bolsters is dead tight... Your riveting is of airframe quality.... This is obviously a passion of yours to do this work..... I'll be very interested to read your reports and view the pictures on future modifications....
 

HEMI 49

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My random knife modding thought for the day. GEC steel liners are POO! If you seen how much rust is hiding under those covers you would freak out! Softer than the brass it seems too!

I would think GEC is using a cold finished mild steel for the liners... As such it has no anti corrosion properties...... Brass is typically sold Dead Soft, 1/4 hard, 1/2 hard, etc up to full hard... The liners could have been punched from 1/2 hard sheet and then silver plated to look like steel..... Many places in Erie, PA that will tumble plate small qtys of parts.....
 

Signalprick

Jason Ritchie - Ritchie Handmade Knives
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These are also things we’d be interested in seeing! Nice work on the blade deletes and recovers :thumbsup:
Yes sir! I fully intend to take the time to illustrate with pics. Not always but def. when it gets interesting!
Your work is beautiful.... The fitting of new covers between the bolsters is dead tight... Your riveting is of airframe quality.... This is obviously a passion of yours to do this work..... I'll be very interested to read your reports and view the pictures on future modifications....
Thank you! I can't tell you how many hours I spent watching youtube videos and pestering knife makers on peening. There is definitely an art to it. And no doubt I'm still learning the ropes
 

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Jason Ritchie - Ritchie Handmade Knives
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I would think GEC is using a cold finished mild steel for the liners... As such it has no anti corrosion properties...... Brass is typically sold Dead Soft, 1/4 hard, 1/2 hard, etc up to full hard... The liners could have been punched from 1/2 hard sheet and then silver plated to look like steel..... Many places in Erie, PA that will tumble plate small qtys of parts.....
They are def. steel. The rust is to be expected since they obviously aren't stainless at all but I'm really amazed at how soft they seem to be also.
 

mrknife

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that is a little disappointing because some time ago, Pittsburgh was known as the steel center of the nation. :(
 

SVTFreak

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They are def. steel. The rust is to be expected since they obviously aren't stainless at all but I'm really amazed at how soft they seem to be also.

Can voucher for how soft they are. I dropped my BF 86, not far even, and it landed on bolster end slight angle and peened that liner right on over.
 

sunknife

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I'll be watching with interest.:thumbsup: I enjoy seeing something that is stock transformed into one of a kinds.
 
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