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Woodcraft Mule is done!

Postby ricechrispy » Sun Mar 11, 2012 8:48 pm

I just finished my second Mule: a Woodcraft. With the encouragement of some other forum members, I decided to use Micarta for the handle material this time. I definitely plan on using Micarta for future projects. I love how much more stable it is than wood. I also love the look and that you can make it as grippy or as smooth as you like. Given the shape of the Woodcraft Mule's handle, I really didn't think grip would be an issue. With that in mind I decided to polish it. I also used some mineral oil to give it a richer green color. Before the mineral oil, it was actually a sage green that was almost gray. I'm very pleased with how it turned out and thank all the other forum members that gave me advice on this.

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Postby tonydahose » Sun Mar 11, 2012 8:52 pm

looks nice, good job. how does it feel in hand?
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Postby ricechrispy » Sun Mar 11, 2012 8:56 pm

Thanks! It feels great in the hand. I was a little unhappy with how slim the handle of my first mule turned out (http://www.spyderco.com/forums/showthre ... highlight=), so I intentionally made the handle on this fatter. I compared the two by whittling some wood, and the fatter handle definitely allows for greater control.

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Postby shotcaller88 » Sun Mar 11, 2012 9:14 pm

I really like the look of that micarta!

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Postby SolidState » Sun Mar 11, 2012 9:16 pm

That turned out great! What are you doing for a sheath?
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Postby ricechrispy » Sun Mar 11, 2012 9:18 pm

I'll probably send it to Scott Gere for a Kydex sheath. He did a great job with my first Mule.

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Postby Niles » Sun Mar 11, 2012 10:10 pm

Nice work! What kind of micarta did you use?
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Postby ricechrispy » Sun Mar 11, 2012 10:14 pm

I used canvas micarta.

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Postby phillipsted » Mon Mar 12, 2012 6:18 am

Nice work, rice! I really like the look of canvas micarta, especially on this Woodcraft hunter pattern.

You know these are like potato chips, right? You can't eat just one! :cool: What is your next Mule?

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Postby Gofannon » Mon Mar 12, 2012 6:45 am

Nice work! Do you have a picture of the top of the knife. For the scales thickness.
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Postby ChapmanPreferred » Mon Mar 12, 2012 6:54 am

Looks good! Well done.
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Postby ricechrispy » Mon Mar 12, 2012 7:55 am

Gofannon wrote:Nice work! Do you have a picture of the top of the knife. For the scales thickness.
Here are my Woodcraft Mule and my M390 Mule side-by-side.

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Postby ricechrispy » Mon Mar 12, 2012 8:38 am

phillipsted wrote:Nice work, rice! I really like the look of canvas micarta, especially on this Woodcraft hunter pattern.

You know these are like potato chips, right? You can't eat just one! :cool: What is your next Mule?

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Thanks, Ted. Unfortunately my wife doesn't share our enthusiasm. My next Mule will probably be whatever is available when my anniversary comes up in May. I already have the handle material for it, though. It's going to be maroon linen micarta with black micarta pins.

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Postby Gofannon » Mon Mar 12, 2012 9:36 am

Thanks for the pics ricechrispy! I like when the handle is large and "dig" in the middle (I don't know the english term)
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Postby ricechrispy » Mon Mar 12, 2012 7:24 pm

Thanks, Geoffrey. I get your meaning. I made it fat with a narrower portion near the middle since that's how I've seen bushcraft knives described.

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Postby araneae » Mon Mar 12, 2012 7:32 pm

Very nice work on both of them.
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Postby SpyderNut » Mon Mar 12, 2012 7:37 pm

Nice job! I'm also a huge fan of Micarta. aty225lajqatjhatlsujfs (Sorry about that, I just had to wipe some drool off of my keyboard there :D ).
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Postby Rwb1500 » Mon Mar 12, 2012 7:45 pm

Super super nice.

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Postby 2cha » Mon Mar 12, 2012 7:48 pm

ricechrispy wrote:I'll probably send it to Scott Gere for a Kydex sheath. He did a great job with my first Mule.
Nice job on a great knife. Why not just do your own kydex sheath? If you can make scales, kydex will be a piece of cake. All it takes is a drill, heat source (toaster oven), fret saw, some sandpaper, a way to set rivets and a durable foam to make a press with. Rivets, rivet setters and the foam can be had from knifekits for not a whole lot of money.

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Postby Azwaiian » Mon Mar 12, 2012 7:54 pm

Now that is a piece of art! Very nice!


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