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by Xplorer
Sat Jan 23, 2021 10:38 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: While waiting on Mules...
Replies: 26
Views: 1477

Re: While waiting on Mules...

Alumilite casting resin is the way to go. I'm not familiar with the "Amazing Clear Cast Resin" linked above, but it looks like it might be the same thing or at least very similar. Here's a link to the place where I get both casting resin and cactus juice. https://www.turntex.com/product/casting-with...
by Xplorer
Fri Jan 22, 2021 7:57 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Hiking Shoes
Replies: 38
Views: 1376

Re: Hiking Shoes

vivi wrote:
Fri Jan 22, 2021 3:46 pm
Decided to order the Asolos. They're supposed to be pretty light and well ventilated for leather boots.
Those look like a great choice! The leather on those Asolos looks like they'll form to your feet perfectly after a little while. Happy trails. :)
by Xplorer
Thu Jan 21, 2021 10:23 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Any way to restore FRN scale finish after damage from falling?
Replies: 13
Views: 385

Re: Any way to restore FRN scale finish after damage from falling?

Of course some sandpaper anywhere in the 1000-2000 grit range will clean up the gouges and leave it looking and feeling nice if you really need to. But for a knife, I look at scratches and other signs of use like I look at dirt on my mountain bike.. I say, "you can't buy 'em like that". Embrace the ...
by Xplorer
Thu Jan 21, 2021 10:08 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Hiking Shoes
Replies: 38
Views: 1376

Re: Hiking Shoes

I LOVE my Lowa Renegades. These look really nice! I might give those a try next time I'm in the market. I went through 2 pair in 9 years and I've had my 3rd pair for about a year. I use them mostly on multi-day backpacking trips into the Sierra Nevada Mountains and on desert-terrain day hikes in So...
by Xplorer
Thu Jan 14, 2021 11:23 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Hiking Shoes
Replies: 38
Views: 1376

Re: Hiking Shoes

I LOVE my Lowa Renegades.
by Xplorer
Wed Jan 13, 2021 12:00 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: While waiting on Mules...
Replies: 26
Views: 1477

Re: While waiting on Mules...

Parts to making knives in general. I started with handles/scales. I've gotten better with that and started learning to make the blades. As I've gotten better at that, I'm starting to try stabilizing wood. As I get better at that, I rotate back to learning more about creating the handles. And now I'...
by Xplorer
Wed Jan 13, 2021 10:03 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: While waiting on Mules...
Replies: 26
Views: 1477

Re: While waiting on Mules...

TomAiello wrote:
Tue Jan 12, 2021 1:44 pm

There's just so many different parts here. I feel like I'm going to be bouncing around between them for a long time, trying to improve my weakest skills in rotation, as they each get stronger.
Do you mean parts to the stabilizing process or parts to knife making in general?
by Xplorer
Wed Jan 13, 2021 9:58 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: While waiting on Mules...
Replies: 26
Views: 1477

Re: While waiting on Mules...

Do you find that wood is too soft for a sanding tool? Or is there some other reason to prefer metal? I've just bought the equipment to start stabilizing wood. I expect a long learning curve there. There's just so many different parts here. I feel like I'm going to be bouncing around between them fo...
by Xplorer
Tue Jan 12, 2021 9:47 pm
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Topic: While waiting on Mules...
Replies: 26
Views: 1477

Re: While waiting on Mules...

That's freakin' cool! :eek: I'm sorry but I'm going to have to steal that idea and make myself a micarta slingshot now. Thank you for posting this!! :)
by Xplorer
Tue Jan 12, 2021 1:51 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: While waiting on Mules...
Replies: 26
Views: 1477

Re: While waiting on Mules...

Wood will definitely work. I use metal because I also use them for hand rubbing blades and sanding knife tangs. Wood dents and forms wear grooves way too fast for me in those cases. But for simply sanding handle materials it's going to work just fine. Hardwoods are obviously preferred in that case. ...
by Xplorer
Tue Jan 12, 2021 1:26 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: While waiting on Mules...
Replies: 26
Views: 1477

Re: While waiting on Mules...

I think I need to work on the polishing of the stabilized wood. I am going to try CA as a finish coating next. I'm also trying to improve my hand sanding technique. I need to watch some YouTube and see if I can pick up some tips. I seem to be able to scratch things up without removing any material ...
by Xplorer
Mon Jan 11, 2021 7:27 pm
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Topic: While waiting on Mules...
Replies: 26
Views: 1477

Re: While waiting on Mules...

Beautiful! Really, great looking work! The W/B/W accent is a nice touch. Great color combinations and clean work all the way around. :) Well Done.
by Xplorer
Sat Jan 09, 2021 2:03 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Rest in peace Tommy Lasorda
Replies: 7
Views: 372

Re: Rest in peace Tommy Lasorda

He had said he wanted to see the Dodgers win one more World Series before he had to go "see the big Dodger in the sky" and I'm so glad he got his wish. R.I.P. Tommy!
by Xplorer
Fri Jan 08, 2021 8:23 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: New handle for a cheap knife...
Replies: 12
Views: 895

Re: New handle for a cheap knife...

Thanks for the offer of help! I might take you up on that when I decide to put scales on some of my other knives. Your work is inspiring and always look great. I haven't really done any leather work but I would like to give it a try. What tools and supplies would you suggest for someone that wants ...
by Xplorer
Thu Jan 07, 2021 12:01 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: New handle for a cheap knife...
Replies: 12
Views: 895

Re: New handle for a cheap knife...

Great work! I bet your friend is stoked about his knife. Thanks, that's a big compliment coming from you. BTW do you have a youtube channel or a link to any handle making videos that you've posted? I delivered the knife on Sunday and my friend was very happy with the work that I did. We agreed that...
by Xplorer
Tue Jan 05, 2021 1:52 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: New handle for a cheap knife...
Replies: 12
Views: 895

Re: New handle for a cheap knife...

Great work! I bet your friend is stoked about his knife.
by Xplorer
Wed Dec 30, 2020 2:57 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Who is into fixed blades?
Replies: 210
Views: 38149

Re: Who is into fixed blades?

Nicely done! Looks Great!
by Xplorer
Wed Dec 30, 2020 12:57 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Who is into fixed blades?
Replies: 210
Views: 38149

Re: Who is into fixed blades?

Yea, citristrip isn't really working well. Brought it inside to let it sit overnight and will see if it does any better. Was going to get something heavier duty but it seems you can't buy it easily, and they basically banned all the good chemicals. Oh well... Will continue trying and I'm too far in...
by Xplorer
Wed Dec 30, 2020 11:51 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: EDC Fixed Blade Discussion
Replies: 60
Views: 12077

Re: EDC Fixed Blade Discussion

I really like the look of that coop. What are the handle dimensions? ps thanks for bumping this thread, it was fun reading over it again. Been a long time since myheavily modded Izula 2 felt new. :) Thank you. The Coop is meant to be compact. It's basically a "3-finger" knife with just enough butt ...
by Xplorer
Wed Dec 30, 2020 10:12 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: EDC Fixed Blade Discussion
Replies: 60
Views: 12077

Re: EDC Fixed Blade Discussion

Where do I send the money for a Coop ;) ;) That's very nice of you :) . Eventually I hope to find time to make some that I can offer through my Instagram page but I have no idea when that might be. :o Since we just had our first rain since April, I took a Coop out for a little hike to check the loc...

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