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The Commander. Metro's Super Charge

Discussion in 'MultiTools and Other Pocket Tools' started by metropolicity, Dec 2, 2012.

  1. metropolicity

    metropolicity Loaded Pockets

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    I spent the better part of the afternoon, after getting my mill setup, taking a stab at what I believe to be my super charge...here's The Commander...because its in 'Charge'.

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    Inspired by my original super Wave/Black Tide Project, I started with Charge XTi (with a broken 154cm PE and a snapped off saw bought off ebay for cheap) as the base.

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  2. metropolicity

    metropolicity Loaded Pockets

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    Let's break this up into a few parts, starting with the easiest to the hardest.

    Plier

    The easiest mod, by far is the swapping of the plier heads to the Charge body. Being an XTI, and wanting two bit drivers, it was an easy direct swap over.

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    Since this was a vintage Charge XTi, the broken blades were replaced with a S30V PE and a 420HC SE/hook blade from a defunct Charge TTI (also bought cheap off ebay).

    Drivers/Awl

    The next mod required a bit more machining. Having run into the same problem before, the awl from the Rebar is a no-brainer swap in. However, the bit driver is .5mm too thick. So on the mill it went and .25mm from each side was shaved off.

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    For whatever reason, the awl did not need any alterations (unlike the black tide). It dropped in and is perfect as is.

    The second driver, I decided to add a second locking notch so I could get a ratchet style 90 degree driver for those tough screws and bolts. A small 2mm solid carbide end mill took care of the new notch.

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    Don't quite know what to put in place of the small bit driver yet...so it stays. Chisel? who knows!
     
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  3. metropolicity

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    Scissors

    Next up was the scissors. While this may LOOK difficult, it is actually incredibly easy. Stealing a pair Fiskar designed scissors from a Gerber Flik, it was nearly a drop in mod. The back spring needed to be pinned down and again using carbide drill bits, a .5mm hole was drilled and a nail was peened into place hold down the spring while in use.

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    The liner lock tab on the Charge handle was depressed into the body past it's return point to make it flush with the body. This allowed the scissors to be swung in and out easily, but did not make the mod irreversible. If needed, the lock could be bent back out.

    The Ti scale has build in washers and spacers for the would be saw, this had to be milled off to accomodate the increased thickness. On a Wave, this mod is not necessary as the main pivots are exposed and not under a set of scales.

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    Tweezers and Toothpick/Knife grips

    After failing twice at manually milling this piece from a couple of small scraps of titanium, I gave in a went digital. I've toyed with adding a plate on the sides for extra grip. I had a mildly successful attempt when I made my own "Flair", AKA The Panache. A brass plate was added, jimping was hand filed...this will be so nice.

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    What you are looking at are two plates that will be epoxied on the flat surfaces on the Commander, what you don't know is that they are getting printed in alumide and black plastic (for now at least) from Shapeways.

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    These plates serve a much more Swiss purpose than just aesthetics. Not only are they grips and jimping for the use of the outside tools, the two hollow cavities will be hold a set of Vic Classic Tweezers and Toothpick!


    Here's a visual reference of how the T&T will sit.

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    The hole and gap in the bottom will accomodate the rivet on the side of the Commander, this also serves as a pressure point to hold the tweezer and toothpick. Here's a really bad rendering...the T&T will pull towards the knife pivots.

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    I ordered a set of black plastic and a set of alumide...over all $20 and should be here by the new year. Once I know they fit, I'll order the polished stainless. I'll need to some hand finishing, I didn't want to fire up SolidWorks...most because this is an extruded shape, but I also didn't want to get into 3D modelling hell.
     
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    Blade Exchanger

    Yes! You read right, a blade exchanger (BE). I've always said it couldn't be done, but somehow I did it. Taking the blade exchanger from a Surge, the small part was carefully shaped and the locking surface mated with the smaller liner lock.

    This was the easy part. The BE is quite thick and needs room to move and separate to replace the blades. This was a challenge, but thanks to the thick Ti scales, material could be removed to make room for it. A whole 1mm was milled off, and a little lip was left to make sure the scale lined up properly when buttoned up.

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    Here you can see how much difference there is in thickness and how much Ti had to be removed.

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    To maintain as much stock rigidity as possible, the least amount of Ti was removed. If you look carefully on the end of the BE, you can see where the lip is from the milling.

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    Oh at this point, I polished the bronze washers with 800 grit wet.

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    What resulted from this mash up of Titans, is a svelte 4" tool with the capacity and tool set of the 4.5" beast. While I was at it, I made the newly transplanted BE OHO with the addition of a pill shaped slot.

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    I ground down one of the saw blades and made the end pointy, dry wall style.

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    So any T-Shank tool can be used, but not folded into the tool.

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    Ferro Rod.

    I had been toying with the idea of adding a ferro rod somewhere on an MT and the Commander is a good place to start.

    I milled out a 1/8" slot on the inside of the scale, the scissors offering a lot of space. I took some aluminum rod I had as a stand in, still waiting on the ferro rod. The Alu rod is 2.2mm but the ferro is supposed to be 1/8".

    Other websites have listed their 2" long ferro rod as 2nm diameter. In any case, both should fit.

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    The biggest problem I had was finding a striker ON the MT that was removable. Since adding the Blade Exchanger, this problem is a thing of the past.

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    This mod is by no means a replacement for a proper ferro rod or another kind fire starter but its kind of a proof of concept and last ditch.
     
  5. baja820

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    Sooo what's the plan then?
     
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    awesome.....
     
  7. metropolicity

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    I'll leave you guys with a parting gift, a glory shot!

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    Updated! Check out the build posts!
     
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    That's way too cool!!! Nice work!!! I wish I had the skill to do that.
     
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    That's an awesome mod Metro! Love it! That's my favorite one you've done yet. Wow :frantic:
     
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    Oooooh very nice. Sort of a classy black tide.
     
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    Very nice! My Charge TTi and Rebar just showed up friday! mwahahahahaha
     
  13. metropolicity

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    Warning! I've tried a dozen ways and there is no way to have the inside scissors and the rebar pliers.

    I even went and milled off some of the plier head shoulder and it wouldn't fit.
     
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    Didn't you succeed once by grinding the scissors handle down? Not that I need scissors anyway.
     
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    What e2dwml said.
     
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  16. metropolicity

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    The thumb pad disappeared and the cutting surface was so small it was near useless. More of a proof of concept.
     
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    Thats Awesome!!
     
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    Good to know. Glad I don't need the scissors.......hmmm what to replace them with.........
     
  19. metropolicity

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    I am thinking flat bit sharpened into a chisel OR a fat stubby pry bar.
     
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    What Gnarly said about what e2dwml said!^^
    Nicely done, sir! Wow. Thats a LM I could use. Even if the awl is on the inside:p LOL! That is awesome, though!