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Here is some homemade micarta

Discussion in 'Knives' started by RockFarm, Jan 15, 2009.

  1. RockFarm

    RockFarm Empty Pockets

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    Hey folks, here are some EDC front pocket fixed blades that I forged, and made the micarta for. I know that several of you have modified the scales of your EDC, you might give this a try. All I use is some type of material (T shirt, flannel) and some good quality epoxy, take a look!
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    Take care,
    Jim
     
  2. heathah

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    Impressive.

    Nice work. O0

    Heath
     
  3. yam350

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    NICE! I like the yellow and black handle, now I have to go and try that. I have made a couple of neck knives after seeing some of fishwolf's stuff, I may have a go at your idea on one of those. Thanks for the idea.
     
  4. InspektorGadget

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    That is impressive work. That cleaver style knife is awesome. How much time is involved in a project like that?
     
  5. fishwolf

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  6. RockFarm

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    Thanks for the kind words folks! The scales took an afternoon to do, its messy but alot of fun. Forging the blade and building the sheath takes a bit longer, if you want I can put the steps I went thru for the scales up here.
    Take care,
    Jim
     
  7. Rpuppet
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    Very cool. I would be very interested to see the steps you went through.
     
  8. RockFarm

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    OK, guys and gals here we go.…lets make a handle!
    Here is what ya need,

    1) What ever material you want your micarta out of (like cotton T-shirt) cut into strips about 1” wide and 2’ long…wrap the excess around a pencil.
    2) Epoxy, I have been having good luck with the BONDO auto body style…but if you use the syringe type get the slow curing type.
    3) Rubber gloves….up to your arm pits if you can, and don’t be wear’ in your Sunday best while ya do this.
    4) A good tape similar to 3M painters tape.
    5) You will need axcess to a belt sander, a grinder, or at least a real good rasp, plus sand paper from 150gr to 320gr
    6) A face mask….lots-o-stinky dust!
    7) A handle less knife (duh) and pin(s) that will fit the holes in the tang and that are longer than you need by 1/8” or so.


    Step 1: Tape off that blades edge! After you do that look at where you want the handle material to stop and cover everything else on the blade. Around the choil area where you are ending the handle make the tape a good 1/8” thick with a nice crisp line.

    Step 2: Stick the pin(s) into the tang hole(s) and make sure that they are snug and centered.

    Step 3: Put on your gloves and mix up your epoxy in a nice big container and have your material ready.

    Step 4: Tape the end of your T shirt strip onto the previously taped area of the blade by the choil.

    Step 5: Dip your gloved hands into the epoxy and spread a nice layer of it over the exposed steel of the handle and pins.

    Step 6: Start slowly and snugly wrapping the material around the handle trying to make it a smooth and firm as you can…think “leave no place for bubbles to hide”.

    Step 7: After you cover the tang in one layer of material, cover the whole thing again in epoxy, and wrap a second layer….and so on and so forth until you have a sticky glob that is bigger that your handle will be.

    Step 8: Very firmly, start wrapping the blade again in overlapping layers, working your way past the choil to the end of the handle. This compresses the material and epoxy together so that you have no air pockets.

    Step 9: At this point let the epoxy cure for at least two hours (depending on what you used) Your patience will be rewarded!

    Step 10: Remove the last layer of tape and check out your nice new glob, it should be cured and solid to the touch. Now is the time to check for any problems during curing…cracks and air pockets n’such.

    Step 11: Now the rest is really easy…but messy. Your beautiful new handle is in the glob, and all you have to do is to grind down to it. Do not rush this part, take your time and wear a dust mask! Pay attention to the orientation of the spine and when you expose tape at the choil area make sure you stop grinding otherwise you will scratch your blade.

    Step 12) Once the mass grinding/rasping/filing is done move on to sandpaper. Leave the blade covered in tape so that it is safe to handle and work the handle smooth. Make sure that the pins are showing thru the material and look good. When you get down to 320gr it should really show the grain of whatever material you used.

    Step 13: The one tricky part is when you are working on smoothing out the end of the handles next to the choil, you will have to remove that nice build-up of tape that you put there earlier. If you will leave one layer of tape before you start sanding the shoulders there it will help keep you from scratching the blade.

    OK folks, that’s all there is to it! You now should have a handle that is tough, and looks good as well…the best part is your did it yourself!
    Take care,
    Jim
     
  9. messerjocke2000

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    Thanks! I´ll try that on my SBK. I have tried 2-component glue and Toiletpaper, but the glue didn´t get hard enough for my taste.

    Kilian
     
  10. yam350

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    Thanks Mate , great instructions, I have some nylon material in day-glo orange,yellow and pink, I'm gonna have a go with the orange first and then maybe a pink one for my wife. She thinks I'm a little crazy so it might just get her on my side a little more if I make something pretty for her.
     
  11. Lorenzo

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    Very interesting... I've considered just making a flat piece of homebrew micarta, sawing/filing handle parts from it as one would from wood, and then screw/rivet then to the tang.
    Then, RockFarm, along comes this revelation of your post O0 Really, why bother with all that work if a micarta handle can be made integral? Thinking along the lines of moulded shapes like the Spyderco Bill Moran - no need even for rivets, epoxy will do the job - so no more hassle of drilling or punching holes in a forged tang.
    Also, this approach can work wonders for re-hilting any blade if the handle breaks or just does not appeal. Thanks!
     
  12. FinnFreak

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    Heres my shot:

    1/8" thick 1095 carbon steel blank,which i then forged,hardenend and annealed,sharpened etc into this outdoor knife for myself,and i remembered i had seen this thread,and wanted to try to make these poor-mans-micarta scales,it friggin works just fine,tomorrow im just finishing the handles with sand paper,and blueing the blade.thanks for the tip and instructions.

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  13. Caveman
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    If you place pressure on the handle you get a better result.
    Like in a vice.
     
  14. fod

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    Great looking stuff there RockFarm!

    I do this professionally now (I am supplying to Bark River and other custom makers), so If someone has and idea and does not want to do it themselves, Drop me a line.

    Here are a few recent projects, there are more examples on my website

    This is just a bit different...I took some of my "marlap" (burlap in Marine Corps camo colors) and laid it up extra tick and put it on the knife with the layers perpendicular to the blade, instead of parallel like we normally see.

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    Steve Rice from from STRs Back Yard Knife works had found some thin (.065") little scandi ("cobbler") blades from Ragweeds, and he designed a liner lock around the modified blade.

    We worked out a deal where I sent him some custom laminates and he sent me a naked buSTR (Basic, Urban, Survival, Tactical, Ranch) in exchange. The lock and clip are gold anodized titanium.

    When I got it in, I dug into my box o laminates and picked out some glow in the dark orange burlap and a couple hours later it was done.

    Suffice it to say this is a wicked slicer. Damned handy.

    Closed: 4-3/4" OAL
    Open: 7-7/8"
    Blade: 3-5/8"


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  15. FinnFreak

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    [img width=640 height=366]http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o212/Perkele_13/krs1.jpg[/img]
     
  16. Valerian

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    Looks good! How serious dustmask does this require? Is it as toxic as G10 or more like sawdust? (Regular sawdust, I know some woods can be toxic too.)
     
  17. FinnFreak

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    youre askin from wrong dude unfortunately ;D,i just had thsi cheapo 3m dustmask,and i feel ok,but if u wanna use gasmask etc,its up to your concideration :iagree:.it smells like ammonium,thats all,and it sure doest spread this fine dust everywhere though.
     
  18. fod

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    Yes you need a good mask...it is a fine dust made up of bits of cloth and epoxy, so it is pretty nasty.