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by Irelander
Fri Sep 05, 2014 8:54 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: stonewashing a blade
Replies: 7
Views: 2686

Re: stonewashing a blade

Is there any benefit to bead blasting the blade before acid etching? The blade on my Ulize is pretty shiny. I thought maybe a light bead blast may dull it some and better take the acid and the stonewashing. I'm going for a stonewash that will look something like this: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.c...
by Irelander
Thu Sep 04, 2014 6:44 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: stonewashing a blade
Replies: 7
Views: 2686

Re: stonewashing a blade

Ok thanks guys. Any issues with stonewashing VG-10?

One more question. I was planning to dip the blade in some ferric acid to darken it a bit before stonewashing. Is there a way to do this an preserve the factory markings?
by Irelander
Wed Sep 03, 2014 8:24 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: stonewashing a blade
Replies: 7
Views: 2686

stonewashing a blade

Hey guys. I was perusing Serge Knives website the other day and fell in love with the stonewashing I saw on his blades. I see that Spyderco offers some stonewashed blades as well as many other makers. Anyway I have been researching DIY stonewashing and I think I am going to give it a go. I have an o...
by Irelander
Mon Feb 24, 2014 8:39 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: How many of you love your Ulize?
Replies: 20
Views: 2420

My Sharpmaker sharpened my Ulized without a problem. You just have to use the points of the tri-stones instead of the flats.
by Irelander
Wed Feb 19, 2014 3:12 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: How many of you love your Ulize?
Replies: 20
Views: 2420

RealKnifeUser,
Wow! You have used your Ulize for a lot more tasks than me. I'd love to see a picture of your well used Ulize.
by Irelander
Wed Feb 19, 2014 1:41 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: How many of you love your Ulize?
Replies: 20
Views: 2420

How many of you love your Ulize?

I have had my Ulize for a little over a year now and have carried it faithfully every day. I have to say that it is the sweetest knife I have ever owned. The grip shape and blade profile are so unique and beautiful yet very utilitarian. I carry it mostly for defensive purposes and gladly have not ha...
by Irelander
Tue Dec 10, 2013 9:42 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Removing Ticks from Flesh?
Replies: 20
Views: 3393

I second the O'TOM Tick Twister. My vet sells them at the clinic and they work very well. We use them on the dogs and on ourselves and we have never had a tick's head come off using this tool. The key is to twist the tick counter-clockwise. Apparently they bore into your skin with a clockwise rotati...
by Irelander
Tue Dec 10, 2013 9:36 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Curious What Fellow Spydie Fans Have Tastes In Guns/ Carry
Replies: 310
Views: 68824

I've been a Glock fan for quite a few years. Certified as a Glock Armorer and fell in love even more. I used to carry a G26 but found it a bit bulky for my thin frame to conceal. I now carry a Kahr P380 religiously. Its a great pistol and what it lacks in knock down power is overshadowed by a great ...
by Irelander
Tue Nov 19, 2013 2:51 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Ulize sprint?
Replies: 15
Views: 1250

I love my Ulize. I have had it for almost a year and it is my constant companion. Super light but super strong. I carry it tip down and it is very fast to deploy. I have not tried to sharpen it yet but I will be ordering the SharpMaker soon and will give it a try. Love the recurve blade and the angl...
by Irelander
Tue Mar 26, 2013 4:31 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Year of the Giveaway - March
Replies: 51
Views: 5793

I'm in. I like steel.
by Irelander
Thu Feb 07, 2013 9:29 am
Forum: Spyderco Picture Gallery
Topic: Show Your Patina!
Replies: 447
Views: 190366

Definitely! First, I got a small bottle of Tuf-Glide with the needle applicator and carefully coated the inside of the tang and pivot area with Tuf-Glide (I didn't disassemble the knife at all) so as to prevent anything within the handle area from growing patina. Next, I got a large grapefruit and ...
by Irelander
Tue Feb 05, 2013 1:53 pm
Forum: Spyderco Picture Gallery
Topic: Show Your Patina!
Replies: 447
Views: 190366

Nice. That looks awesome. Can you please give me the rundown on the process for doing that?
by Irelander
Tue Feb 05, 2013 11:29 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Is it right to carry knives in church?
Replies: 94
Views: 11922

I carry a knife for two purposes: for use as a tool for utility, and for use as a weapon for self defense. A knife in any form is both tool and weapon. Discretion is the key when carrying any type of weapon. I carry a gun and a knife (at least one of each) everywhere...including church. I keep my gu...
by Irelander
Tue Jan 08, 2013 3:58 pm
Forum: Spyderco Picture Gallery
Topic: Spyderco in your hand
Replies: 13
Views: 2760

Well I got my Ulize and here it is in my hand. I wear a size M Mechanix glove and it is snug.

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Thanks for all the pics guys.
by Irelander
Wed Jan 02, 2013 8:05 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: A Spyderco Holiday Season
Replies: 6
Views: 726

A Spyderco Holiday Season

This was a special holiday season for me and my brother. We both got Spyderco knives for Christmas! I got him the Tenacious and I got the Ulize from my in-laws. These knives are on both ends of the price spectrum of Spyderco knives but both are very impressive works of art. Great tools that will las...
by Irelander
Thu Dec 27, 2012 7:39 am
Forum: Spyderco Picture Gallery
Topic: Show your EDC
Replies: 2965
Views: 1491914

I've only had it a few days but I am really loving it. The size is great. Very thin yet a very sizable blade. I was worried about the grip and blade angle after hearing a few reports from people that handled them but I think the angles are very practical. The grip feels very natural and comfortable ...
by Irelander
Wed Dec 26, 2012 2:46 pm
Forum: Spyderco Picture Gallery
Topic: Show your EDC
Replies: 2965
Views: 1491914

Forgot my wallet at home...oops! This is all I got.

FourSevens Quark123 Tactical light
Newly acquired Spyderco Ulize - LOVE IT!
Benchmade mini-Griptilian

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by Irelander
Wed Dec 26, 2012 2:43 pm
Forum: Spyderco Picture Gallery
Topic: Christmas carry
Replies: 8
Views: 1588

Unwrapped this bad boy on the 24th. Been waiting a long time for it. Couldn't be happier.

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by Irelander
Wed Dec 26, 2012 10:40 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Ulize Impressions
Replies: 39
Views: 6083

I just received my Ulize on the 24th. I had been anxiously awaiting it. I have to say the wait was worth it. What a beautiful knife! I love the size and the way it feels in the hand. Here is a few quick pics. I haven't had time for a proper photo shoot yet. Ulize in my hand https://dl.dropbox.com/u/...
by Irelander
Thu Dec 13, 2012 2:38 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Best Looking Spydercos
Replies: 72
Views: 8462

Being pretty new to Spyderco, I'm not familiar with all the varied designs that are offered, but here are my top 4 lookers:

1. Ulize
2. Police models
3. PPT
4. Galye Bradley

I'm sure that will change as I become more familiar with Spyderco.

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