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Offline johanp

Re: Folding knives & fixed blades - a thread for the enthusiasts
« Reply #1940 on: August 10, 2021, 03:13:47 pm »
Almost pulled the trigger on this boy last night.
Its my favorite knive, with my favorite blade in my favorite color scheme and i am a moon freak.

Then i thought i will keep this as a dream grail for now.   :biggrin:
Those are seriously nice. You should get it while you can, I'm sure they won't be available forever.
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« Reply #1941 on: August 10, 2021, 03:39:12 pm »
Jy help nie. lol
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« Reply #1942 on: August 10, 2021, 03:56:49 pm »
Jy help nie. lol
Ek doen. Van die wal af in die sloot.  :biggrin:
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« Reply #1943 on: August 10, 2021, 10:12:01 pm »
Benchmade Griptilian: I was never happy with it from the get-go. The crappy scale material just really made the entire knife feel, well : crappy.

So a good few moons ago I found a German that makes custom scales for knifes in general and I ordered some micarta scales from him.
He held up his end and shipped them pretty soon after my order but our customs and SAPO kept me waiting and after much harassment I managed to get my package. ( another knife to be modified)

It may not look like much of a difference but the feel has transformed the knife. The Griptilian now has a daily carrier status for me. It feels fantastic.
« Last Edit: August 10, 2021, 10:14:31 pm by mox »
 
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« Reply #1944 on: August 10, 2021, 10:17:10 pm »
Congrats. Take some closeups of the new scales if you have time.

Snap i see you did.
« Last Edit: August 10, 2021, 10:17:55 pm by Captain Zef »
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« Reply #1945 on: August 10, 2021, 10:26:06 pm »
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« Reply #1946 on: August 11, 2021, 12:43:51 am »
Pivot cleaning and lube day. I do this once a month.
The pivot is coming loose nicely.
Its pretty easy with all the tools provided. :thumleft:
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« Reply #1947 on: August 11, 2021, 02:08:36 am »
Benchmade Griptilian: I was never happy with it from the get-go. The crappy scale material just really made the entire knife feel, well : crappy.

So a good few moons ago I found a German that makes custom scales for knifes in general and I ordered some micarta scales from him.
He held up his end and shipped them pretty soon after my order but our customs and SAPO kept me waiting and after much harassment I managed to get my package. ( another knife to be modified)

It may not look like much of a difference but the feel has transformed the knife. The Griptilian now has a daily carrier status for me. It feels fantastic.

Well done, pity I cant find replacements for the Spyderco Delica4.
That may transform this knife as well

Pivot cleaning and lube day. I do this once a month.
The pivot is coming loose nicely.
Its pretty easy with all the tools provided. :thumleft:

Nice one Cappie  :thumleft:
 

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« Reply #1948 on: August 11, 2021, 01:14:27 pm »
A different Delica 4:

Old knife, new scales and back spacer: Ghostgreen G10
 
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« Reply #1949 on: August 11, 2021, 04:38:53 pm »
A different Delica 4:

Old knife, new scales and back spacer: Ghostgreen G10

You know where I can get new scales for the Delica 4 Mox?
In the USA
I have tried Amazon but nada

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« Reply #1950 on: August 12, 2021, 01:14:55 am »
Never mind, got it on Amazon
Usd 50 for Micarta but then you need to drill the holes deeper since the micarta is thicker than origional scales and they so not include longer pins or screws

Then a Titanium option which works out in total Usd 105 with the back thingy

I might as well buy another very cool folder for that price, so I don’t think I like the Delica4 enough to justify such an expensive upgrade
The micarta would have been nice was it not dor the pin issue though
 

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Re: Folding knives & fixed blades - a thread for the enthusiasts
« Reply #1951 on: August 14, 2021, 03:32:23 am »
So I got a parcel today after work in the postbox and I was expecting it.
Posted on Monday in Michigan and arrived within 4 days in Kansas.
The Copper Kershaw Leek.
I will use it daily for a while and see how it fits as a argi workers knife.
It feels solid, sturdy and the back flipper is not bulky and in the way but very effective for a fast deployment.
I like the extra weight, and the blade size is good at around 3 inches, what I like in an EDC
So despite having a long day I could not help myself and had ro sharpen it.
Very little effort, razor sharp and my left hand can attest to that, smoothly shaven  :lol8:
Included also an Opinel No12…. Goodness it is huge  :o and I will also sharpen it and use as a kitchen knive

Thank you Cappie, I really appreciate it and will take good care but also use as intended here.
Now I can keep my other 3 knives for the special occasions and by that I mean off duty  :lol8:
 
 
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« Reply #1952 on: August 14, 2021, 01:24:01 pm »
Lekker speel Tom. Daai CPM 154 is by verre my favorite staal.
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« Reply #1953 on: August 14, 2021, 07:52:28 pm »
Congrats Tom  :biggrin:

Nice one @Captain Zef  :thumleft:
 
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« Reply #1954 on: August 14, 2021, 08:46:38 pm »
Forgive the kak photos i am really struggling with my new photo editor.  :-[ Also this knife is really hard to photograph since all the surfaces are shiny.  :sip:

Civivi Fixed blade Elementum.

What can i say about this knife?

I really like it. 
Its obviously really good looking including the leather sheath.
It slices great. I've been using it in the kitchen mostly. Thats why i sent the Opinel to Tom.  :biggrin:
Its a great knife. But it would be easy to improve.
The handle is too small and very slippery. I have to be careful when my hands are wet.
The blade could do with another Inch. 4 just aint enough for the way i want to use it.

So ja its a work of art but if it was a 5 inch blade with micarta scales it would have been much better. I would also tumble the blade but thats just me.
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« Reply #1955 on: August 14, 2021, 08:48:20 pm »
Sneaked the Sebenza in for a photo and edit on the new editor. Still struggling.  :-[
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« Reply #1956 on: August 15, 2021, 01:35:22 am »
Opinel No 12 Sharpens nicely too, thought the blade may be too big for the honer but it works perfect  8)
 
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Re: Folding knives & fixed blades - a thread for the enthusiasts
« Reply #1957 on: August 15, 2021, 03:30:30 am »

It may not look like much of a difference but the feel has transformed the knife. The Griptilian now has a daily carrier status for me. It feels fantastic.

The “feel” is a bit of a ghost, but so important… You cannot discern it from a spec sheet. Materials and quality are important, but I have found that the “feel” determines to a large degree if I like a knife or not, and whether I choose to carry it or not. Things like sharp or blocky corners, detent strength, weight, smoothness of the pivot, lock stick, ergos or texture in hand, “cheapness” etc.

I don’t own a Sebenza, but I can imagine that is one reason why many people love them, the action feels so perfect.

Another aspect that transforms a knife for me is thickness behind the edge, or how effective it is as a matter seperator. I bought a Spyderco Sage 2 (the Ti frame lock) in 2012 that came with a relatively thick grind for a small knife, and I did not love it. After a while I convexed it (which added some “character” to the blade and probably killed the resale value) but it has been a favourite EDC ever since.

Here it is with a factory fresh Sage 1 in carbon fibre laminate. It will probably get a similar treatment soon:





Sometimes a bit of extra cost or effort is necessary to make a knife work for you. :thumleft:
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« Reply #1958 on: August 15, 2021, 01:01:08 pm »
Opinel No 12 Sharpens nicely too, thought the blade may be too big for the honer but it works perfect  8)

I always just pulled it through the V-sharpener. It was good enough for me. I can just imagine how sharp it is now.
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« Reply #1959 on: August 15, 2021, 01:11:41 pm »
So a buddy of mine with money to burn contacted me yesterday to ask me if he wanted to skip all the nonsense (research)  and buy an awesome pocket knife that he can cut diamonds with what should he buy.  :biggrin:
So we spent 2 hours on the BladeHQ site and whatsapp messenger to show him all the brands etc.

Well i sold him a ZT 0562TI  :biggrin: because he want an awesome flipper for EDC carry in M390 or 20CV. He wanted a tank. I showed him a tank.

Then i sold him a Kizer Sheepdog XL.  :biggrin: How could i not. Every man needs a Sheepdog XL.  :biggrin:
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