Has anybody ever put CF scales on a Kiwi?

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Has anybody ever put CF scales on a Kiwi?

Postby fishwatcher » Mon Oct 08, 2007 12:31 pm

I've seen a couple of threads where people talked about this, but I've missed any pics of people who have actually done this.

I'd love to see pictures, and hear about who might be best for this type of work.

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Postby The Deacon » Mon Oct 08, 2007 2:28 pm

Not fond enough of CF to have it done, not sure if anyone else has. But, if you're talking scales as on the regular bolster and scales Kiwi, then your best bet would probably be to acquire some CF and speak to Bill Wirtel at Santa Fe Stone Works. I *think* that because they do all their cutting and polishing in a water bath, the CF dust would not be a problem for them. There's only one way to know for sure.

If you're talking full CF scales, as on the Caly 3, not sure who to recommend, CF is fairly nasty stuff to work with. Either way, would love to see the finished product if you go through with it.
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Postby fishwatcher » Mon Oct 08, 2007 4:16 pm

Thanks Deacon.

I've sent an inquiry over to SFSW.

All,

Anybody have recommendations on where to source Carbon Fiber scales? I'd be more interested in grippy CF, then slick. The CF on the Caly III is pretty nice. I haven't had experience with the peel ply variety, but it sounds like that might not go well with the elegance of the Kiwi.

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Postby The Deacon » Tue Oct 09, 2007 1:50 am

That does bring up a interesting point. Unlike micarta and G-10 the only CF knife scales that I've ever seen have been flat. The Kiwi handle is rounded. That would pretty well rule out anything with a texture since it's the outer surface which has to be shaped down to fit the knife, then re-polished. While micarta and G-10 look great when contoured and polished, not sure if, or how well, that would work with CF.

If you're still considering the idea, I'd suggest checking with Bill as to how thick (minimum) CF you would need, then seeing what Dragonplatehas to offer.
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Postby dedguy » Tue Oct 09, 2007 9:11 am

The CF bolster on my BM 690 have a slight convex curve to them, so at least it's possible. Not sure how hard it is to do though.

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Postby Tom v S » Tue Oct 09, 2007 9:25 am

Of course it is possible... And it will look really good! :cool:

Look here:
http://forum.weapons.be/showthread.php? ... rbon+fiber

Knife showed is a Toni Oostendorp military knife.

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Postby JPatrick » Tue Oct 09, 2007 10:40 am

CF interests me, too. If you could post updates on what you find out from SFSW I would appreciate it.

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Postby fishwatcher » Tue Oct 09, 2007 11:36 am

SFSW replied to me with:

"We specialize in gem stone and exotic wood handles. We do not work
with or have access to carbon fiber. Sorry!"

I might check with CHAX or STR, but don't wait on me, if you're interested in this yourself. I think I'm going to settle in first, with the jigged bone that I have, actually.. just received in a trade (trade is actually still finalizing!).

Pictures on CHAX's site definately show CF in rounded handles, so it's definately possible.

If anybody else has done this, I'd love to see pic's.

Thanks for the responses.

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Postby The Deacon » Wed Oct 10, 2007 4:05 am

fishwatcher wrote:SFSW replied to me with:

"We specialize in gem stone and exotic wood handles. We do not work
with or have access to carbon fiber. Sorry!"
Dang, might have to quit looking for some tortoiseshell celluloid and go turtle hunting.
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Postby fishwatcher » Wed Oct 10, 2007 10:13 am

Chax responded to me yesterday. He can certainly do the work, and I have a price for the work in case anybody wants it. J Patrick, I'll send you a PM with a few details.

I probably won't pull the trigger on this right away, but now know what I'd have to scrape together, to get it done.

Thanks!

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Postby jaislandboy » Wed Oct 10, 2007 11:59 am

The Deacon wrote:Dang, might have to quit looking for some tortoiseshell celluloid and go turtle hunting.
I believe ZenH can help you out with the "goods"... :D
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Postby sal » Sun Oct 14, 2007 10:23 am

Sales gave me permission to say that the '08 kiwi is carbon fiber. As Tom said, it does look very nice.

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Postby whitefeather » Sun Oct 14, 2007 10:30 am

Geeee thanks Sal....There you go, dippen into my pocket again :D :D :D

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Postby The Deacon » Sun Oct 14, 2007 10:51 am

Looks like this one has a happy ending after all. :D
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Postby Alteran » Sun Oct 14, 2007 11:15 am

sal wrote:Sales gave me permission to say that the '08 kiwi is carbon fiber. As Tom said, it does look very nice.

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Postby freeman7 » Sun Oct 14, 2007 7:26 pm

Carbon fiber and Kiwis; two of my favorite things.

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Postby fishwatcher » Mon Oct 15, 2007 10:51 am

Whoo hoo!! I couldn't have asked for a better outcome, to hear about this from my little thread.

Can't wait. Now.. of course, we'll have the inevitable question of.. what style CF (I think the matte on the Caly III would probably be the most obvious choice, if it is able to be contoured or maybe a new cross-weave CF is coming from Spyderco?)

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Postby JPatrick » Mon Oct 15, 2007 10:54 am

:) :) They say the good things come to those who wait, it's just too @#!% hard some times... This is another Kiwi for the flock.

Just started collecting these ugly little knives -- bloodstone, azurite, SS so far. They grow on ya.

I blame the Deacon for this addiction... :)

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Postby scolby » Tue Nov 20, 2007 4:15 pm

sal wrote:Sales gave me permission to say that the '08 kiwi is carbon fiber. As Tom said, it does look very nice.

sal
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Postby freeman7 » Tue Nov 20, 2007 7:20 pm

I have a Koji Hara with a body and clip made out of carbon fiber that is quite curvy, contoured and polished. So I know it can be done. But I would definitely be in for a carbon fiber Kiwi in '08.


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