Looking for suggestions for someone to put scales on a couple of blades


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Fat_46
September 13, 2010, 04:56 PM
I have 2 blanks I need to get handled - any suggestions for decent scale makers?

I'm also going to need sheaths, and would prefer leather, so I'll take those suggestions as well!

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hso
September 13, 2010, 05:25 PM
It's not that difficult (if I can do it anyone can).

Full tang, reduced or stick tang?

messerist
September 13, 2010, 05:59 PM
What kinda blanks? What sort of handles? I'm pretty close PM me if you want to discuss it.

Fat_46
September 13, 2010, 06:50 PM
Full tang on both. If I understand the process I'll need the handle material, appropriately sized pins, and some epoxy. Trace the tang onto the scale material, cut, shape, drill, pin & glue, polish. Is that about right?

I'm going Micarta for one, and some sort of fancy stabilized burl for the other.

If nothing else it may be a great opportunity to buy a band saw and a belt grinder!

bikerdoc
September 13, 2010, 09:25 PM
Full tang on both. If I understand the process I'll need the handle material, appropriately sized pins, and some epoxy. Trace the tang onto the scale material, cut, shape, drill, pin & glue, polish. Is that about right?



Yep, thats how I started. give it a try. And Messerist is a good mentor.

messerist
September 13, 2010, 09:38 PM
Never pass up an opportunity to get more tools!

jyo
September 13, 2010, 10:27 PM
Interesting thread---I too have been thing about buying a Fallknvien S1 (full tang) blade and having it fitted with stag grip plates to match some of my SAAs w/stag. Recommendations?

Valkman
September 13, 2010, 11:26 PM
If I understand the process I'll need the handle material, appropriately sized pins, and some epoxy. Trace the tang onto the scale material, cut, shape, drill, pin & glue, polish. Is that about right?


Add some acetone to that and it looks right - acetone really cleanes up epoxy. This isn't real hard, but the main thing is to finish the front edge of the handle BEFORE installing, because it's impossible to do after.

I too have been thing about buying a Fallknvien S1 (full tang) blade and having it fitted with stag grip plates to match some of my SAAs w/stag. Recommendations?

Stag is a little different as you must thin the slab from the back. The best way to do this is with a 4 x 36" grinder with a 50 grit belt. Still easy. :)

Black Toe Knives
September 14, 2010, 04:49 AM
I have 2 blanks I need to get handled - any suggestions for decent scale makers?

I'm also going to need sheaths, and would prefer leather, so I'll take those suggestions as well!
It always starts out like this. I only want to add some scales to a couple of blanks. Welcome to our world.
I have some Maple Burl I send you, just email me. Epoxy is messy, I use Gorilla Super glue instead.

Black Toe Knives
September 14, 2010, 04:50 AM
This isn't real hard, but the main thing is to finish the front edge of the handle BEFORE installing, because it's impossible to do after.

You don't have a flat file with one edge ground off yet.

Valkman
September 15, 2010, 12:24 AM
You don't have a flat file with one edge ground off yet.


Sure I do, but the "S" shape I put on the front edge won't let a file get it to much of it. I'd much rather finish it to 400 grit and buff it so it looks like glass before I epoxy it.

JTW Jr.
September 17, 2010, 12:18 AM
Sure I do, but the "S" shape I put on the front edge won't let a file get it to much of it. I'd much rather finish it to 400 grit and buff it so it looks like glass before I epoxy it.

Word ! Hard to get that rounded shape on the front after the handle is in place. Rather than have the scales begin at a right angle to the blade , I prefer to have the front angled , gives it a nicer appearance , and makes sheathing/unsheathing easier.

Fat_46
September 20, 2010, 08:30 PM
I picked up some tools and a decent block of stabilized "ink line" maple...and this is how the first set came out:

http://home.comcast.net/~pharrold/scales/scales_1.jpg


http://home.comcast.net/~pharrold/scales/scales_2.jpg

I didn't want to put holes in the wood for pins, so I made the pins go through the blank, and 1/3 into the wood on each scale so they're hidden. Its not a perfect job, but who attains perfection their first several hundred attempts! :evil:

Valkman
September 20, 2010, 09:15 PM
Nice handles!

Fat_46
September 20, 2010, 09:20 PM
Valkman - I just sent some extra large walnut crotch burl blocks off to be stabilized - they will be going on to one of your D2 fughters.

Al Thompson
September 20, 2010, 09:21 PM
Nice! :)

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