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by Xplorer
Thu Apr 15, 2021 1:01 pm
Forum: Mule Team Discussion
Topic: A Kydex Thread
Replies: 15
Views: 312

Re: A Kydex Thread

Just tryin' to be helpful. ;)
by Xplorer
Thu Apr 15, 2021 12:16 pm
Forum: Mule Team Discussion
Topic: A Kydex Thread
Replies: 15
Views: 312

Re: A Kydex Thread

... what would be the process to add a clip to the sheath? Do you make the clip out of the kydex or just use some third-party created part? How would you affix the flip the the sheath? The use case would be to store it in a pocket. GREAT question! While there may be a wide range of after-market cli...
by Xplorer
Wed Apr 14, 2021 8:16 pm
Forum: Mule Team Discussion
Topic: A Kydex Thread
Replies: 15
Views: 312

Re: A Kydex Thread

In addition to what Michael demonstrated here there are only 2 more steps involved in doing everything yourself. They are also very possible to do at home with very few tools. While it's always better to do these things with the best tools for the job, for the sake of helping people get started I'm ...
by Xplorer
Wed Apr 14, 2021 12:46 pm
Forum: Mule Team Discussion
Topic: A Kydex Thread
Replies: 15
Views: 312

Re: A Kydex Thread

archangel wrote:
Wed Apr 14, 2021 10:03 am
Working with Kydex really is easy. ...
Nice work! :) It's really good to see you did this yourself and experienced just how possible it is to make your own kydex sheath at home. I hope this inspires more people to give it a try. Well done!
by Xplorer
Mon Apr 12, 2021 9:25 pm
Forum: Mule Team Discussion
Topic: Wood for scales
Replies: 10
Views: 148

Re: Wood for scales

If you choose to go the extra mile, stabilizing will ensure it lasts a lifetime but with a 150 year old wood beam you probably don't need to go that far. Coating the shaped handle with boiled linseed oil daily for 5 days (steel wool between coats if grain lifts) and then finishing with a wood wax sh...
by Xplorer
Sun Apr 11, 2021 1:01 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: I'm gonna try to make my own serrations
Replies: 23
Views: 441

Re: I'm gonna try to make my own serrations

I'm really most concerned about being able to grind harder steals but we'll see how it goes. Diamond will handle the hard steels but you will just have to go slow. Controlling your pressure and managing heat will be the only thing you'll need to do. If you apply too much pressure you'll break the b...
by Xplorer
Sat Apr 10, 2021 7:20 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Differences between Cruwear and 4V?
Replies: 16
Views: 527

Re: Differences between Cruwear and 4V?

... I’ve been surprised about how much more performance I can get out of a middle of the road steel if I take the time to correct the edge geometry and edge finish. .. No doubt. Geometry is the area where the biggest effects of changes will be noticed every time. -Steel composition contains the phy...
by Xplorer
Sat Apr 10, 2021 6:58 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: I'm gonna try to make my own serrations
Replies: 23
Views: 441

Re: I'm gonna try to make my own serrations

Hi D, I don't do serrations on anything right now but I was experimenting with a thought I had about using a single serration as a sharpening choil. So, I have a couple of pictures for size reference for you in case it helps you figure out what you want yours to look like. These were done with a 1/4...
by Xplorer
Sat Apr 10, 2021 1:10 pm
Forum: Mule Team Discussion
Topic: Mule Team Connections - Curiosity
Replies: 29
Views: 502

Re: Mule Team Connections - Curiosity

I did not join because of the Mule Team. I joined because I collected Spyderco knives. But, the Mule Team program quickly became important to me as it was the entry-point (gateway drug? :p :p ) for me to start making knives. Practicing building handles and learning to work with a variety of handle m...
by Xplorer
Sat Apr 10, 2021 12:06 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Differences between Cruwear and 4V?
Replies: 16
Views: 527

Re: Differences between Cruwear and 4V?

So S30V > S45VN > S35VN... Hmmm... Yah...exactly :p . I would challenge anyone to take 3 un-marked knives, 1 in S30V, 1 in S35VN and 1 in S45VN, cut with them for the day and tell me which is which. I'd even add Elmax, CTS-XHP, SPY27 and maybe even CPM154 to the mix and I would be shocked if anyone...
by Xplorer
Fri Apr 09, 2021 7:38 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Differences between Cruwear and 4V?
Replies: 16
Views: 527

Re: Differences between Cruwear and 4V?

..I've found both knives in 4V to perform quite a bit better for me, particularly the Shaman. ... Like others here have experienced as well, this is not unexpected because one production model may very well have a different hardness goal than another and you will notice that difference. You will al...
by Xplorer
Fri Apr 09, 2021 10:30 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Siren Difficulty
Replies: 10
Views: 304

Re: Siren Difficulty

Is anyone else having a rough time breaking in their new Siren? I've had mine about a year now, and open/close quite often to loosen it up like I do most of my new knives. I Really Like the Siren, but it is nearly as stiff as when it arrived in the mail. Nearly. It has loosened up a tiny bit, but n...
by Xplorer
Fri Apr 09, 2021 10:21 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Differences between Cruwear and 4V?
Replies: 16
Views: 527

Re: Differences between Cruwear and 4V?

Those are 2 of my favorite steels. I've built a bunch of knives with both and I've done a lot of heat treating work to get the most out of both. To answer your question in short form, 4V performance is realistically not different enough from Cruwear to notice the difference other than maybe corrosio...
by Xplorer
Thu Apr 08, 2021 4:04 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Happy birthday, Xplorer!
Replies: 13
Views: 438

Re: Happy birthday, Xplorer!

Alles Gute zum Geburtstag! :) Danke schön! :) Happy Birthday Chad!! Hope you have a great day! Thank you! :) I hope you have a great day as well! happy birthday! Thank you! :) Happy birthday Thank you! :) Happy Birthday! Thanks for everything you do to share your knowledge and art with us! Thank yo...
by Xplorer
Thu Apr 08, 2021 10:43 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Happy birthday, Xplorer!
Replies: 13
Views: 438

Re: Happy birthday, Xplorer!

Happy birthday Chad! Thanks for all the helpful tips and advice on knife/handle making. Seeing your work is an inspiration. :cool: Hope you have a great day and a good year to come! WOW! :eek: Thank you! To my knowledge this is the first time someone has done this for me here and I have to say this...
by Xplorer
Thu Apr 08, 2021 10:31 am
Forum: Mule Team Discussion
Topic: Resin 3d printed scales
Replies: 19
Views: 281

Re: Resin 3d printed scales

I think this is amazing! The fact that a printer did most of the work absolutely blows my mind! :eek: I also like the look the semi-translucent look of the material. Nice work! :)
by Xplorer
Wed Apr 07, 2021 6:31 pm
Forum: Mule Team Discussion
Topic: How do you pin your scales to a mule?
Replies: 21
Views: 370

Re: How do you pin your scales to a mule?

I'll do that. I think Z-Max will be up next? I'll be looking on suggestions for materials, as well. There reaches a point where the amount of effort put into a project requires special material, rather than just scraps found in the garage. Talk to me when you're looking for materials. You're not th...
by Xplorer
Wed Apr 07, 2021 12:22 am
Forum: Mule Team Discussion
Topic: How do you pin your scales to a mule?
Replies: 21
Views: 370

Re: How do you pin your scales to a mule?

... I guess I'll have to buy the next Mule. ... Go for the MagnaCut! :D When you're ready, get in touch with me and I'll help you plan your multi-piece handle build so you'll know what obstacles to expect and how to address them to make sure everything goes smoothly, if you'd like. Best regards, CK
by Xplorer
Tue Apr 06, 2021 7:38 pm
Forum: Mule Team Discussion
Topic: How do you pin your scales to a mule?
Replies: 21
Views: 370

Re: How do you pin your scales to a mule?

I continue to be awe struck by your work. Amazing stuff. Thank you Tom. :) That's very nice of you. That's some gorgeous work. Care to share how you create the scales out of the different materials, getting the boundaries really tight, and keeping everything symmetrical? I have no plans to make any...
by Xplorer
Tue Apr 06, 2021 9:59 am
Forum: Mule Team Discussion
Topic: How do you pin your scales to a mule?
Replies: 21
Views: 370

Re: How do you pin your scales to a mule?

When I wrote about pins I was talking only about metal pins and forgot about phenolic rods. For those that might be reading here for ideas or instructions for doing their own handle here's a few more things worth mentioning about these rods. Carbon Fiber, G10 and Micarta rods are available in multip...

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