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by TomAiello
Sat Apr 17, 2021 7:34 am
Forum: Mule Team Discussion
Topic: SEX! (bolts)
Replies: 22
Views: 314

Re: SEX! (bolts)

I've done it both ways. I started with using two drill bits, one after the other, and then moved to the pilot bits when Larry (Legofwhat) posted them here a while back. I find that making the holes align properly (the small hole perfectly centered in the big hole is _much_ easier with the pilot bits...
by TomAiello
Fri Apr 16, 2021 10:11 pm
Forum: Spyderco Restricted Models Discussion
Topic: Autonomy 2
Replies: 2
Views: 73

Re: Autonomy 2

Welcome to the forum!

A PM2 backspacer won't fit.

I'm not sure about aftermarket mods, but I bet you can find some custom scales, if that is something you're looking for.
by TomAiello
Fri Apr 16, 2021 9:42 pm
Forum: Mule Team Discussion
Topic: SEX! (bolts)
Replies: 22
Views: 314

Re: SEX! (bolts)

Does anyone have a source in the USA for bits like the ones that Standy posted?

My bits are all the two part variety, where you insert the pilot piece into the bit (so you can swap them out). I'd be interested to try the one piece sort that he posted, and see if I like them better (or worse).
by TomAiello
Fri Apr 16, 2021 9:40 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Are we going to see a REX45 UKPK???
Replies: 10
Views: 219

Re: Are we going to see a REX45 UKPK???

I'd buy a Rex 45 UKPK, but I'd still prefer MAXAMET. :)
by TomAiello
Thu Apr 15, 2021 7:34 am
Forum: Mule Team Discussion
Topic: SEX! (bolts)
Replies: 22
Views: 314

Re: SEX! (bolts)

Most will agree it’s which of the 5 or 6 type of bolts you have. Also which of the 5 drill bits to use. That’s after you have bought the wrong bolts with the right bolts because you always buy 3 types. Definitely. I swear I have every single color and size combination at this point. I even bought s...
by TomAiello
Wed Apr 14, 2021 7:14 pm
Forum: Mule Team Discussion
Topic: SEX! (bolts)
Replies: 22
Views: 314

Re: SEX! (bolts)

The Maker Material Supply has a sizing guide for the drill bits that tells you which ones fit which Gulso bolts (and which Corby's also). At this point I have pretty much collected all the various drill bits. I use 1/4 Gulso's on all my mule scales (except for the ones I use Corby's on). Both 1/4 an...
by TomAiello
Wed Apr 14, 2021 1:38 pm
Forum: Mule Team Discussion
Topic: SEX! (bolts)
Replies: 22
Views: 314

Re: SEX! (bolts)

I use 1/4" Gulso bolts from Maker Material Supply.

I can't figure out the difference between sex and gulso, but there has to be a great joke in there somewhere.
by TomAiello
Wed Apr 14, 2021 7:44 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Interesting discussion on a bleeding blade
Replies: 23
Views: 549

Re: Interesting discussion on a bleeding blade

I've had it happen with a carbon blade that was treated with mineral oil. I think it picked up something from the sheath (or just from the environment--like dust) and then it came off with some of the oil onto the thing I was cutting. I have an account on that forum, but I admit I haven't been over ...
by TomAiello
Wed Apr 14, 2021 7:29 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Happy birthday, xceptnl!
Replies: 10
Views: 284

Re: Happy birthday, xceptnl!

Happy Birthday!
by TomAiello
Wed Apr 14, 2021 7:23 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: custom kydex?
Replies: 2
Views: 271

Re: custom kydex?

My go-to for Kydex is AZwelke: https://www.azwelke.com

I've had him make stuff that wasn't on his web site. Not sure if he can do you machete, but it would be worth asking.
by TomAiello
Wed Apr 14, 2021 7:21 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Interesting discussion on a bleeding blade
Replies: 23
Views: 549

Re: Interesting discussion on a bleeding blade

I'm definitely not going to go read that, after reading this thread. :)
by TomAiello
Tue Apr 13, 2021 9:08 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Native M390 - choose yours
Replies: 22
Views: 561

Re: Native M390 - choose yours

Although tbh the teal frn s90v native sorta fills the “super performance on a budget” thing already, not sure it could be dethroned. That might just be an argument that we need a lil native back lock in m390 (or s90v). I own a comp lock lil native in one of my favorite steels (4v) and I admit that ...
by TomAiello
Tue Apr 13, 2021 4:05 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Native M390 - choose yours
Replies: 22
Views: 561

Re: Native M390 - choose yours

I'd buy the lil or regular native (either FRN or G10) in M390/20cv/204p. I would not buy the comp lock lil, though.

I don't think I'd want the chief. I'd rather have the chief in s90v (which has already happened).
by TomAiello
Tue Apr 13, 2021 3:06 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: What Are You Reading ?
Replies: 566
Views: 133233

Re: What Are You Reading ?

In my hand right now is Nabokov's Lance. I'd never heard of or read his works, and it's very engaging. Not a Police (the band) fan, then? I know their obvious hits, otherwise not in the slightest, why ? They had a well known song with a Nabokov reference. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don%27t_Stand...
by TomAiello
Tue Apr 13, 2021 10:05 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: What Are You Reading ?
Replies: 566
Views: 133233

Re: What Are You Reading ?

ThomC wrote:
Tue Apr 13, 2021 6:53 am
In my hand right now is Nabokov's Lance. I'd never heard of or read his works, and it's very engaging.
Not a Police (the band) fan, then?
by TomAiello
Tue Apr 13, 2021 9:05 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Herbal Teas
Replies: 14
Views: 605

Re: Herbal Teas

I don't really enjoy Roiboos. I drink green tea (not herbal) most days, and mint or peppermint (herbal) tea occasionally in the evenings. I haven't branched out much. We have a ton of different teas on hand (my wife and daughter both have much more sophisticated tastes than I do).
by TomAiello
Tue Apr 13, 2021 8:41 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Check out Tuff Knives's custom sage 2!
Replies: 6
Views: 396

Re: Check out Tuff Knives's custom sage 2!

I think now he should totally clean up and modify it to make it amazing, and post before and after photos. :)
by TomAiello
Mon Apr 12, 2021 6:23 pm
Forum: Mule Team Discussion
Topic: Wood for scales
Replies: 10
Views: 156

Re: Wood for scales

I'd stabilize it. You can have that done professionally with minimal trouble. The chance that a structural timber in the USA was made from a wood that wouldn't benefit from stabilizing is minimal. And there's basically no chance of hurting the wood by stabilizing it.
by TomAiello
Sun Apr 11, 2021 8:06 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Wild Grain On An Opinel Handle
Replies: 9
Views: 464

Re: Wild Grain On An Opinel Handle

I admit I'm strongly tempted to dismantle one of my opinels and build it a new handle now.

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