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Tips or tutorialsfor G10 texturing?

Discussion in 'Do-It-Yourself & Gear Modifications' started by Matthew Hess, Mar 9, 2015.

  1. Matthew Hess

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    Looking to learn how to do G10 scales to look like these knives.
    Anyone know of a tutorial thread on here or another forum or better yet YouTube videos?
    I started playing around with a Dremel on an older knife... I could see figuring it out but I want to know if there are any tricks that might keep me from ruining it completely.
    Also wondering how the scales are colored again afterwards. While I was grinding out my black ones they get pretty white... so I assume the pros relaminated them or something.

    Advice?

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    Caution. The dust is dangerous ! Don't breathe it at all ever.
    Now what you have to do is use fine sandpaper to bring the color back, that's all. As far as texturing practice practice practice. Whatever works for you is the best option.
     
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    Look on YT for Dirty Room Knives, he has some good vids.....that style you show is Anso Style and normally done with a grinding wheel attached to a pillar drill but could probably be done with a Dremel.

    Deffo be REALLY careful with dust and wear eye protection too :)
     
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    SMAJ could give you a great support in this, i think ... :)
     
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    Thanks Nick4305! Any questions just feel free to ask. I searched alot of pictures on google and looked for knife scale mod videos on youtube as well. Like tattoosteve99 said, it takes alot of practice!! I have been doing mods for about 8 months now, and every one I have done I learn something new about the process. I do not have any fancy expensive equipment, just a dremel, a good hand drill, a drill press and a small 1 inch belt sander. Once I am in a position to stop moving around, I may look into investing in to a pillar drill or other equipment. As for getting the color back, I invested in some super fine sanding pads up to 3500 grit! Yep, thats right! Thanks to suggestions from Adahn and others. Also, once you finish, I wash the scales with soap and water, then put some light oil on them to bring up the color!

    Last, as everyone has noted, the dust is terrible and really intrusive. Wear a mask for sure, and i use a small shopvac to suck up the dust as I am grinding away...

    Good luck and welcome to modding! I have found it to be a fun, and addictive hobby!
     
  6. Matthew Hess

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    Wow... awesome advice. Thanks everyone.

    I did see somewhere about the dust so when I wasplaying around yesterday I wore an N95 dust mas and safety glasses. I'll probably step that up if I can find something better and definitely run the shop vac while I'm grinding. Good idea!!

    I didn't know that style was called Anso... so that definitely helps when searching YT videos.

    I have access to a lot of tools (drill press, grinding wheel, Dremel, belt sander, etc.). I'd like to see how the Anso style is done on a grinding wheel. Do you need a much thinner wheel for that?
     
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    That's IMHO the real plus of EDCF.
     
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    I've seen it done with a drill bit grinding drum (like a big version of the dremel sanding drum) used in a pillar drill.


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    When I finish with G10 I usually wipe it down with the same oil I use to lubricate blades, and it makes it dark and shiny.
     
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    That’s because it’s Jens Ansø’s style. ;)
    He’s a knife maker from Denmark who collaborates with big brands.
     
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    I thought it was Hattori Anso... or was that Hanzo? ;)

    I watched a few videos already now that I know what that style is called.
    This one was pretty decent and is from start to finish (short of attaching the scales to a knife)



    All good info... getting further into a comfort zone for attempting it myself.
     
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    Nothing to add, I just wanted to make sure I get alerts for this thread. ;)
     
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    That video is actually the way I do it. I just guessed but I do see that I have room for improvement
     
  14. Matthew Hess

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    It doesn't sound like he's wearing a respirator in the mask though. :eek:

    I ground the G10 on my Buck Strider down pretty far, but it looks pretty decent once a light coat of oil was put on it.
    I need to grind down the screw pins to make up for the loss of handle material and the removal of the liners.

    Can anyone tell me what "sheet" G10 is? The picture makes it look like you can remove layers... what would you do with thin pieces like that?
     
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    That one layer is all that comes off. It's a protective sheet. Sheet is also referring to the size of the piece.
     
  16. Matthew Hess

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    Thanks Steve... I'm a moron. So how is that G10 any different than the ones that don't have that protective sheet that peels away.
     
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    Normal g10 is slick, this kind has some grip to it
     
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    So if you're grinding it down Anso style that grip probably doesn't do you much good right?


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    Just depends on how much you leave non ground.
     
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    SO for doing Anso style, what is a good thickness to start with when buying a sheet of G10?