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The "Ask Nathan a question" thread

Discussion in 'Carothers Performance Knives' started by JustinFournier, Aug 30, 2016.

  1. amflud

    amflud Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 10, 2009
    Maybe try Mother’s VLR (Vinyl Leather Rubber). It’s a car care product.
     
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  2. Nathan the Machinist

    Nathan the Machinist KnifeMaker / Machinist / Evil Genius Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 13, 2007
    I don't actually know the answer to this question. I do know that ebonite has been used on things like pipe stems, musical instruments, and fountain pens for a very long time and it doesn't just dry out and crack. I think most people do nothing, no maintenance at all. Solvents and oils may be harmful to it. I would just use it and not worry about it. If you have to clean it I would just use dish soap and water.
     
  3. gusbuster

    gusbuster Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 30, 2011
    Nathan are you going to offer more ebonite scales? I’m sorry I missed out on the EDC scales.
     
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  4. Nathan the Machinist

    Nathan the Machinist KnifeMaker / Machinist / Evil Genius Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 13, 2007
    Absolutely. It's wonderful stuff.
     
  5. heat_treat

    heat_treat Gold Member Gold Member

    315
    Mar 25, 2015
    Probably more information than you are looking for and this is for museum object preservation but it offers some things to avoid in cleaning ebonite including water (especially hot). Considering ebonite was used for bowling balls for years I wouldn't worry about it being all that fragile or delicate but I can't say I have personal experience with it.

    https://www.canada.ca/en/conservati...tion-institute-notes/care-rubber-plastic.html
     
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  6. gusbuster

    gusbuster Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 30, 2011
    :thumbsup::) Thanks!
     
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  7. moparsbob

    moparsbob Gold Member Gold Member

    660
    May 6, 2014
    Here is the relevant section from the document link posted by @heat_treat (Thanks!):

    "Ebonite is often mistaken for Bakelite in museum collections, because both are often hard, black plastics. Bakelite is relatively stable. Ebonite is a hard, highly vulcanized rubber that contains sulfur compounds, which react first with oxygen and then with water as the product ages, and eventually produce sulphuric acid. Ebonite therefore can have very acidic surfaces that are dangerous to other objects. Ebonite items must be separated, ventilated or placed in enclosures along with scavengers to trap acidic gases. Decreasing the relative humidity will also decrease the amount of acid produced."
     
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  8. Nathan the Machinist

    Nathan the Machinist KnifeMaker / Machinist / Evil Genius Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 13, 2007
    ^that's for very old antique artifacts

    In practice, if you'll clean them off if they get petroleum oil on them, avoid regular exposure to strong solvents and don't leave them out in the sun for weeks at a time your ebonite scales will be fine for a very long time. They don't need maintenance. But they're not the right material for you if you're a maintenance tech who works with greasy hands and solvent based cleaners on a regular basis.
     
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  9. bluemax_1

    bluemax_1 Gold Member Gold Member

    670
    Jan 17, 2014
    Another question specifically regarding Ebonite.

    Anyone know how the material handles below freezing, or subzero temperatures, seeing how it IS a rubber based material? I know that a lot of types of rubber get brittle in colder temperatures.
     
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  10. amflud

    amflud Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 10, 2009
    Are there any plans to offer natural linen micarta scales?
     
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  11. xxwarderxx

    xxwarderxx Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 27, 2015
    Are you familiar with Snecx?

    He started designing folding knives in the last few years, I believe to address issues he didn’t see anyone was addressing.

    He only has a handful of designs that have produced a very limited number of knives, but I would definitely suggest scouring his Instagram as there is a wealth of knowledge there.

    You may be able to bounce some ideas off of each other, or who knows, maybe a collaboration? :eek:

    Instagram link https://www.instagram.com/snecx/?hl=en

    3rd party reviewer of one of his blades.


    Feel free to remove the links, or I can if needed. I don’t see him as a competitor as he is mainly a designer with extremely limited, fairly expensive and hard to obtain folding knives.


    Edit - the reason I posted this was similar to the reason I’m glad you got your hands on a Shiro. Just to throw out some ideas and info for future CPK bendy knives
     
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  12. Mike157

    Mike157 Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 29, 2006
    Snecx is now in the process of designing and testing, what he intends to be, one of the strongest, yet still clean and simple, folding knife lock systems. Mike
     
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  13. Organic556

    Organic556 Gold Member Gold Member

    936
    Aug 30, 2015
    What’s the line up coming down the pipe for Friday sales and preorders? I’ve missed a bit. Got a new house and been busy as I don’t know what. I guess I missed the FK2 and fighter .
     
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  14. Odog27

    Odog27 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2011
    Not this Friday, but the following Friday (4/5) there will be UF’s in AEBL out on the main exchange.

    FK/UFK’s are still being sold as well.
     
  15. argyle1812

    argyle1812

    515
    Mar 6, 2016
    I have a sharpening question on the upcoming UF. I see the edge angle listed at 20 degrees. Does this mean I can touch it up with my Sharpmaker?
     
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  16. xxwarderxx

    xxwarderxx Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 27, 2015
    I thought this would be of interest as well seeing as how the Shiro bit Nathan.


    https://www.instagram.com/p/BvgGYaOlQ7O/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=7tfmsuzk5ifu
     
  17. Lost Empires

    Lost Empires Gold Member Gold Member

    40
    Nov 2, 2018
    Hey Nathan,

    How does the AEBL compare to your D3V? I'm a huge fan of the D3V and trying to figure out which one would suit me better.
     
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  18. benchrest308

    benchrest308 Gold Member Gold Member

    110
    Mar 13, 2014
    Maybe this will help? The "Ask Nathan a question" thread
     
  19. Jo the Machinist

    Jo the Machinist KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Nov 17, 2015
    Nathan’s driving. :)
     
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  20. Lost Empires

    Lost Empires Gold Member Gold Member

    40
    Nov 2, 2018
    P
    Please don't post and drive!!!
     

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