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The "Ask Nathan a question" thread

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

  1. fonedork

    fonedork Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jul 7, 2011
    Do you like corn dogs?
     
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  2. Casinostocks

    Casinostocks Factotum Platinum Member

    Mar 20, 2016
    Do you float or sink when in the ocean water?! Have you ever surfed? You have that hippie-beachy look, although a bit on the pale side :p
     
  3. betzner

    betzner CenCal Coast Platinum Member

    Jan 23, 2007
    I betcha he has only two shades when he gets back - pale and pink.......
     
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  4. Lost Empires

    Lost Empires Gold Member Gold Member

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    Nov 2, 2018
    Hey Nathan,

    This may be a stupid question. Regarding the scales on your knives...Is there ever a reason to take them off for cleaning/oil/maintenance. Typically, after I'm done in the field, I'll give the knives a good wash with dish soap, hit the blades with a strop and a little oil. But I'm wondering how much risk there is for water to get under the scales and cause a problem down the road.

    I started thinking about this question after rinsing off an EDC 2 in a river after a fishing excursion... Curious about your thoughts.
     
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  5. Hundred Acre Wood

    Hundred Acre Wood

    161
    Mar 19, 2017
    Nathan's answered this a few times, and since he's on vacation I'll point you to one of Nathan's nice anecdotes.

    https://xf.bladeforums.com/threads/cpk-edc2.1517585/page-17#post-17693397

    tl:;dr why are people worried about this?

    #NotNathanEither
     
  6. bluemax_1

    bluemax_1 Gold Member Gold Member

    723
    Jan 17, 2014
    Options and info are usually always a good thing, so on the subject of what happens under the handle scales;

    As the linked post above indicates, even very thin, non-stainless steels take a long time to experience enough corrosion under the scales to potentially affect the structural integrity of the knife, and even CPK's smallest knives have a tang of fairly substantial thickness.

    If however, you just happen to be a little OCD like me, there are 2 simple options:
    Remove the scales and
    1) coat the tang with a rust preventative like TC-11 or Plastidip (I prefer the waxy coatings or something semi-permanent vs an oil type protectant), then put the scales back on.
    2) epoxy the scales back on

    1) means that the scales can still be removed/swapped if desired, while 2) would be a permanent solution if you don't intend to ever remove the scales.

    I do #1, then don't think about it ever.
     
  7. JustinFournier

    JustinFournier Gold Member Gold Member

    May 7, 2012
    I put a thin coat of Obenaufs LP under the scales because whatever I put under there always seems to work itself out into my hands and I don’t want a petroleum based product coming on my hands when I’m out somewhere and can’t easily wash my hands with soap. I always seem to have food involved and I don’t want some gun oil or whatever on my hands.

    It comes off easy enough when cleaning and the metal looks brand new after extended periods, including rinsing with hot soapy water. I think the wax in it keeps lots of water out, but not all. I do get spotting under there without a coating though, even with no water/rinsing involved.
     
  8. never.truly.lost

    never.truly.lost Gold Member Gold Member

    311
    Dec 13, 2015

    Hot water to heat the steel up a bit, quick dry then rub a ton of Obenaufs all up under there. Like Justin said, it is food safe and the wax helps prevent moisture from working it's way in. I do this for all my field knives and have never had an issue. Long term storage of a knife this works very well if having it in a sheath
     
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  9. JustinFournier

    JustinFournier Gold Member Gold Member

    May 7, 2012
    I'd defer to this man, he is a beast. I'm not worthy of holding his boots!

    Edit: I'll add, when I put a lot of LP in and around the tang, it would seep out with temperature changes and the oil would slowly bleed out the holes where the fasteners penetrate. This would discolor the micarta and my OCD makes me thinks it's dirty, and I can't help but wash it off. So I side on the thin layer now. But if you do get the LP on your handles, you will likely find it makes them more tacky.
     
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2019
  10. XtianAus

    XtianAus Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2016
    Hi Nathan. Any plans for a stainless edc?
     
  11. Lost Empires

    Lost Empires Gold Member Gold Member

    40
    Nov 2, 2018
    Thanks for all the replies regarding the handle maintenance!! I wasn't too concerned, just more curious if I was neglecting some maintenance I should complete every now and then.
     
  12. benchrest308

    benchrest308 Gold Member Gold Member

    114
    Mar 13, 2014
    What's next on the Carothers docket of offerings?
     
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  13. Casinostocks

    Casinostocks Factotum Platinum Member

    Mar 20, 2016
    #stillnotnathan

    Nolan, per Nathan’s last Friday’s sales thread, in a couple or in three weeks CPK will have Utility Fighters for sale on a regular Friday.
     
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  14. benchrest308

    benchrest308 Gold Member Gold Member

    114
    Mar 13, 2014
    Oops. Musta missed that! Lol thanks, Matt
     
  15. - SpyderMan -

    - SpyderMan - Gold Member Gold Member

    608
    Mar 28, 2015
    Is this the stuff you gents are referring to?

    [​IMG]
     
  16. never.truly.lost

    never.truly.lost Gold Member Gold Member

    311
    Dec 13, 2015
    Yup
     
  17. - SpyderMan -

    - SpyderMan - Gold Member Gold Member

    608
    Mar 28, 2015
    Thank you, sir. I wouldn’t have thought to use it as a metal protectant, but I’m going to take your word for it and snag a jar. :thumbsup:
     
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  18. JustinFournier

    JustinFournier Gold Member Gold Member

    May 7, 2012
    Yes Sir. It’s outstanding.
     
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  19. JustinFournier

    JustinFournier Gold Member Gold Member

    May 7, 2012
    never.truly.lost and I live fairly close to one another but he works in the forest for a large part of the year. I don’t.

    I txt him with gear question as we have fairly similar taste and a lot of the same gear.

    Anything he recommends has a passed a field test you can count on.
     
  20. - SpyderMan -

    - SpyderMan - Gold Member Gold Member

    608
    Mar 28, 2015
    Sold!
     
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