Thoughts on Aramis scales?

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  1. SavageSick

    SavageSick

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    Mar 24, 2017
    I'm in the market to upgrade the scales for my M4 Jade G10 Tanto PM2.

    Was wondering if any of you have experience with Aramis.

    Also, I'm very interested in trying out the Alutex variants.

    Would appreciate pix!
     
  2. Barman1

    Barman1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 21, 2013
    Shipping on Aramis takes a little time and patience but it's worth the wait.
    I've had a few and the craftsmanship is top notch.
    Here's an older photo of my Yojimbo 2 that I still have.
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  3. SavageSick

    SavageSick

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    Mar 24, 2017
    Beautiful!

    Do the fluted grooves help with grip without compromising comfort?

    Does the heft enhance the overall ergos?
     
  4. Barman1

    Barman1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 21, 2013
    I'll dig it out and get some answers for you, maybe a better picture too.:thumbsup:
     
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  5. Barman1

    Barman1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 21, 2013
    I was never thrilled with the ergos of this knife as configured from Spyderco.
    That's just me though.
    With the size of my hands the stock scales taper down too much at the butt of the knife.
    I understand why Mr Janich designed it as such, just isn't what I look for in an edc.
    Anyway...
    The Aramis scales are thicker which contributes to a fuller grip and the 3d contours make it more comfortable than the stock scales.
    The grooves add grip but aren't really noticeable as far as a potential hotspot.
    Stock weight of this one is 4 ounces and the Aramis scaled version is 4.4 ounces, that's with the added gitd backspacer installed as well.
    These scales are carbon fiber.

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  6. SavageSick

    SavageSick

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    Mar 24, 2017
    Thanks for taking the time to take such a lovely, detailed photo!

    I agree with your remarks on the stock scales. They feel blocky and subtly sharp to the extent it makes hard-use painful (without the use of gloves ofc).

    Contouring along with the F&F has me sold.

    Any remarks on Aramis' backspacer? Does it add depth and grip? Is the sole-purpose to add support for a reverse grip? Do you feel the PM2 needs it?
     
  7. ferider

    ferider Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 20, 2018
    I'm a fan.

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  8. StoneAndSteel

    StoneAndSteel Gold Member Gold Member

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    Feb 24, 2019
    I have a set on my Para3 and love them. The scales are comfortable enough, but I don’t find the Para 3 handle particularly comfortable to begin with. I’ll try to remember to snap some pics
     
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  9. SavageSick

    SavageSick

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    Mar 24, 2017
    Dear Lord, those colors pop!

    Alutex or carbon-fiber color weave? I'm assuming the former.

    No splinters, sharp-points, or rough-patches, right? Free of substantial voids, too?

    Thanks for sharing.
     
  10. Barman1

    Barman1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 21, 2013
    I'm not positive if that's an Aramis backspacer in the Yojimbo, just wanted a little gitd bling.:rolleyes:
    It's my only knife with glow on it, don't judge lol.;)
    If I carried this one a lot I'd install a smooth backspacer though, much more comfortable getting my hand in the pocket.
     
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  11. ferider

    ferider Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 20, 2018
    Yes, all very smooth. And he's open to customization, responds quickly to email. For example no clips on the last two Millies above.

    Now, the blue "Carbon Fiber" is a few grams heavier than the black. I suspect it's actually glass based.

    Roland.
     
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  12. Cscotttsss

    Cscotttsss Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 3, 2015
    I don't personally own a set but I have admired them for years. They are by far the most beautiful scales I've ever seen and hope to one day order a set. I don't think you'll be disappointed.
     
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  13. Barman1

    Barman1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 21, 2013
    Correct about the carbon fiber, I had to look up my receipt to make sure.
    Looks a bit like G-10 with the glass fibers and grippier texture, definitely preferable for grip.
     
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  14. fonedork

    fonedork Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jul 7, 2011
    I'm thinking the exact same thing for my M4 tanto, the grand line ones in carbon fiber look very nice
     
  15. DA170

    DA170 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Mar 12, 2020
    Some of the best aftermarket scales available IMO!
     
  16. Srtr

    Srtr

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    Feb 9, 2016
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    im a big fan, ill be getting more soon.
     
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  17. Nick D. Fingerz

    Nick D. Fingerz

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    Jan 23, 2011
    Last summer, I came across a great deal on a ZDP-189 Endura. I really liked the knife, but the FRN scales just didn't work for me. I ordered a set of 3d carbon fiber scales from Aramis. They came in about 4 weeks, fit perfectly and the knife now feels great in my hand. Worth every penny.
     
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