Added a finger choil to my zt 0450 way better

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  1. greyling22

    greyling22 Member

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    I always liked the action on my zt 0450, but I never liked the way it felt in my hand. My first mod was to take the little tip off the back of the handle that poked my pinky when I gripped the knife. This morning I added a forward finger choil and it has vastly improved the ergonomics of the knife.

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    Very cool. Can you describe the process for me?
     
  3. greyling22

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    I used my Dremel to grind out along the line here. started with a coarse wheel to hog most of the material out, then, then a finer drum to give me a smooth shape.
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    When I had it ground out, I chamfered the edges with the smooth stone, then used 400 grit sandpaper around a sharpie and bic pen to get rid of nearly all the grind marks. Finally I polished it up with the felt Dremel drum and some polishing compound (though the final polish was somewhat unnecessary) I was concerned that the fancy knife steel would be hard to grind, but it was super easy, maybe because it was so thin.

    this was the picture I found that was my inspiration
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    I cut my choil this big. Originally it was .75", but it was too small. This is as small as I would ever possibly want it. .84 would probably be just right. After I had done the mod, I thought, man, this feels a lot like my ferrum forge stinger.
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    Neat project and looks great. I have really come to appreciate finger choils.
     
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