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Yellow line in micarta

Feb 13, 2001
I am finishing up my first knife and have noticed a yellow line running through one side of my micarta scales. Is this a defect, can I just keep sanding and it will go away? The other side does not have this and I think they are sanded down to the same level? Any info would be appreciated. Thanks.
What kind of micarta are you using?? Several of us had yellow/whitish spots show up in some black linen and paper micarta. I think it turned out to be a manufacturing error. You can sand thru it, just don't let it get hot. Post a pic of your knife when it's done. We'll blast ya good but in a kind way!

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Ok here are a couple of pics, they are pretty bad.... As you can see the blade which was supposed to be flat is sort of convex, and the knife is pretty heavy, but I learned a lot on this one and will hopefully not make the same mistakes too many more times! I think you can see the yellow line in the 1st pic.
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Oh, and it is black linen micarta.

[This message has been edited by ScottFM (edited 05-25-2001).]
Here is a pic of the sheath I made last night. It isnt perfect but came out better than I expected for the 1st try. The wife wasnt too happy about the smell from the kydex in the kithchen however....

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Scott- heat is hard on micarta, whether paper, linen or canvas. Use clean, sharp belts. Sometimes there are manufacturing defects. And don't apologize for quality! I'm a newbie maker, everybody here was a newbie at one time. I like your design. Keep at it!
And if your wife doesn't like the smell of kydex- eat a can of beans and drink a 6-pack of cheap beer!!

[This message has been edited by richard rosvall (edited 05-25-2001).]
Thanks for the info, I will try to sand it down a bit and see if it goes away. Richard, I was at your web site a while back and really like those dragon pendants... I will have to get one soon. Thanks again
sharp belts and 80gr at slow speed. i just finished the handle on a bowie in brown canvas micarta. i get better grinding results with a 80grit than a 36grit. also use aluminum oxide belts not ceramic for micarta or wood. your knife looks a lot like my first, and there is nothing wrong with a convex edge. it's my preffed choice

Laurence Segal www.RHINOKNIVES.com