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by bearfacedkiller
Thu Jan 30, 2014 1:05 pm
Forum: Mule Team Discussion
Topic: gonna make some mule scales
Replies: 25
Views: 2884

I am not going to be gluing the scales on. With 52100 I must be able to remove the scales to clean and oil. They will be screw on.

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Maybe these. This place is right by my house.
by bearfacedkiller
Thu Jan 30, 2014 1:01 pm
Forum: Mule Team Discussion
Topic: gonna make some mule scales
Replies: 25
Views: 2884

A lot of good info in this thread already. I have a BK15 I am planning to make scales for. If it goes well, I may venture into custom scales for some of my Spydies. I'm doing this simultaneously with a set for a BK14. Great cheap knife to start making scales with. This BK14 is very special to me an...
by bearfacedkiller
Thu Jan 30, 2014 12:39 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: PM2 and Sharpmaker
Replies: 26
Views: 5365

i am using the sharpmaker's standard rods (brown and fine). and i follow that with a healthy dose of stropping. what am i sacrificing by skipping the UF stones? That depends, are you stropping with a compound? If so then maybe not much if anything. I don't strop though. The UF rods get me sharp eno...
by bearfacedkiller
Thu Jan 30, 2014 12:32 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Sharpmaker problem. Help me save a knife.
Replies: 26
Views: 2226

Don't give up! You will be happy when you have it figured out. Can we see a pic? Here is my Delica SB. I just pulled it out of my pocket and it whittled hair. My bevels are uneven from my own sharpening ability/inability, the lines caused by the laminating process are not even from the grind not bei...
by bearfacedkiller
Wed Jan 29, 2014 6:16 pm
Forum: Mule Team Discussion
Topic: gonna make some mule scales
Replies: 25
Views: 2884

Thanks for the advice guys. I'm sure this will take a couple of tries. I was thinking of leaving a little tang showing for that very reason. These wont be works of art. I'm going to use the 52100 often and hard so they really just need to work well. Just wood and brass to grab on to. I have some oth...
by bearfacedkiller
Wed Jan 29, 2014 5:12 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: PM2 and Sharpmaker
Replies: 26
Views: 5365

I'm still trying to understand the whole bur thing but it seems as though if you alternate every stroke you wouldn't form much of one at all if you even did. What I wonder about is not the ability of both methods to get sharp but rather to stay sharp. I have been told that when you strop to get a bu...
by bearfacedkiller
Wed Jan 29, 2014 3:32 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: PM2 and Sharpmaker
Replies: 26
Views: 5365

I only pull on the stone and try to avoid a bur at all cost. That is why I alternate every stroke. Some people develop a bur on purpose which I still don't understand. I also make sure to not move up to a finer stone if I have a bur. I would rather shape a perfect edge through grinding than produce ...
by bearfacedkiller
Wed Jan 29, 2014 3:16 pm
Forum: Mule Team Discussion
Topic: gonna make some mule scales
Replies: 25
Views: 2884

hiredgun wrote:You mentioned interchanging the scales between the two so just in case you didn't know, the hole sizes on the original #1 Mule (52100) are different than all the subsequent releases.
Yeah, I know. I probably should have mentioned that I knew. I have a plan. :)
by bearfacedkiller
Wed Jan 29, 2014 3:14 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Sharpmaker problem. Help me save a knife.
Replies: 26
Views: 2226

I use a 16x jewelers loupe from the hobby store to see the scratch patterns. I use a Sharpie too. Works well for me.

Just stay at it. If you hear the stones scraping then metal is coming off and you will get there.
by bearfacedkiller
Wed Jan 29, 2014 2:35 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Saddened Over Lack of Spyderco Awareness in Society
Replies: 43
Views: 3916

As I have gotten older I have realized the importance of spending your money right the first time. For that reason I use the internet to research what is the best and spend my money wisely. Not everybody is that way. I think many people on here are.
by bearfacedkiller
Wed Jan 29, 2014 2:20 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Saddened Over Lack of Spyderco Awareness in Society
Replies: 43
Views: 3916

I think the same can be said for almost any sort of item. Ask people about a flashlight, and they might be able to name the Maglite. Bring up foursevens, Fenix, EagleTac, etc and you'll probably get blank stares. We all wear shoes every day, but I just buy the $40-50 pair of sneakers that feel fine...
by bearfacedkiller
Wed Jan 29, 2014 12:58 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Sharpmaker problem. Help me save a knife.
Replies: 26
Views: 2226

I think you will reach the edge eventually. As that bevel gets larger/taller you are removing more metal and it is just gonna take longer. On the plus side, if you do not care if it is even or not you are going to have a sharp knife with an angle under 30 degrees. That is presuming you are doing thi...
by bearfacedkiller
Wed Jan 29, 2014 12:21 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Has anyone sharpened the swedge on a Native 4?
Replies: 7
Views: 697

I don't have a native but on my sage and some other knives I sometimes put my index finger on the spine for detailed work, using it like a utility knife. Sharpening the swedge would not work for my purposes. Can you do it? I don't see why not. I think it would stab well as is though if that is the g...
by bearfacedkiller
Wed Jan 29, 2014 12:10 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: ongoing troubles with Spyderco stones
Replies: 37
Views: 5049

I have always had good service but I live close by and go there in person. This does seem out of character for them.

I don't understand the poll. What do I like or don't I like? The customer service or your post? Nobody likes bad customer service. Your post is fine.
by bearfacedkiller
Wed Jan 29, 2014 12:04 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Sharpmaker problem. Help me save a knife.
Replies: 26
Views: 2226

If the bevel is larger on that side then it is possible that the angle is steeper. I hate to say user error but make sure you are holding the knife straight. If that is not it then the grind of your knife is off which is unlikely. I have had uneven bevels and always believed I was not holding the kn...
by bearfacedkiller
Wed Jan 29, 2014 11:57 am
Forum: Mule Team Discussion
Topic: gonna make some mule scales
Replies: 25
Views: 2884

gonna make some mule scales

I scored a couple of mules off of craigslist. One is a 52100 and one is a cpm m4. I'm gonna build a set of scales that are interchangable between the two, and the S110v I'm gonna pick up. :-) I have never done this before and I don't know what I am doing but I have a plan and I am pretty handy with ...
by bearfacedkiller
Wed Jan 29, 2014 11:44 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: PM2 and Sharpmaker
Replies: 26
Views: 5365

Yup. You do not need to press hard with the sharpmaker at all. I will also lighten up as i get closer to switching stones. I feel as though reducing pressure effectively reduces the grit size and prepares you for the next stone. When I am trying to get a really insane sharp edge I just work all the ...
by bearfacedkiller
Wed Jan 29, 2014 11:31 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Saddened Over Lack of Spyderco Awareness in Society
Replies: 43
Views: 3916

I live 12 miles away from Golden. Awareness is pretty high! :) Most people just don't seem to care about the quality of their knives or where they are made. It makes me cringe but most of my coworkers carry total crap. Knife lovers are a small group and we forget that. A swiss army knife, a leatherm...
by bearfacedkiller
Wed Jan 29, 2014 10:45 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: PM2 and Sharpmaker
Replies: 26
Views: 5365

I might also add that I do not strop and at this point am still not convinced it is a good idea. I can whittle hair with the UF rods and no stropping. Also, shaving is not the best test. Both toothy edges and polished edges can pop hairs with ease. Push cutting paper and whittling hairs are a better...
by bearfacedkiller
Wed Jan 29, 2014 10:36 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: PM2 and Sharpmaker
Replies: 26
Views: 5365

I have an S30V pm2 and I sharpen at 30 degrees with the med then at 30 degrees with the fine then at 30 degrees with the ultra fine stones. This sets the bevel at 30 degrees. Make sure it is shaving sharp with each stone before moving to the next. The brown stones can produce a shaving edge and the ...

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