'Greying' G-10

Discuss Spyderco's products and history.
dynaryder
Member
Posts: 850
Joined: Fri Sep 24, 2004 10:33 am
Location: Washington DC

'Greying' G-10

Postby dynaryder » Wed Mar 13, 2013 3:59 pm

I've got these two G-10 handled knives;a C19 and a Benchmade AFCK. Both are NIB,never carried/used,haven't been displayed,etc. But both their handles have turned a sliver/grey color. What's weird is I have a second AFCK of the same model(prolly same year as well) that has been carried and used,but the handles are perfect black. Anyone know why this happens? Any way of fixing it? Thought about using Armor All for a second,but don't want the handles to be slippery.

User avatar
Jay_Ev
Member
Posts: 3048
Joined: Fri Sep 21, 2007 3:57 pm
Location: South Bay, CA

Postby Jay_Ev » Wed Mar 13, 2013 4:23 pm

I'm guessing that the oils from your hands helped keep the G-10 from fading / drying out.
[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC] <--- My Spydies <click the dancing banana!>

User avatar
Evil D
Member
Posts: 22183
Joined: Sat Jun 26, 2010 9:48 pm
Location: Northern KY

Postby Evil D » Wed Mar 13, 2013 6:12 pm

Jay_Ev wrote:I'm guessing that the oils from your hands helped keep the G-10 from fading / drying out.
Bingo. It's an old trick with G10, when it gets old looking, just oil it and it looks brand new again.
SHARPEN IT LIKE YOU LOVE IT, USE IT LIKE YOU HATE IT
~David

ARandom
Member
Posts: 7
Joined: Wed Feb 13, 2013 11:37 am

Postby ARandom » Wed Mar 13, 2013 7:46 pm

I use Ballistol and it makes the scales look brand new

N. Brian Huegel
Member
Posts: 174
Joined: Fri Sep 24, 2004 10:33 am
Location: Country Knives - Intercourse, PA USA
Contact:

Postby N. Brian Huegel » Thu Mar 14, 2013 8:16 am

brian
http://www.countryknives.com

Being vigilant in the world of sharp one edge at a time.

dynaryder
Member
Posts: 850
Joined: Fri Sep 24, 2004 10:33 am
Location: Washington DC

Postby dynaryder » Thu Mar 14, 2013 3:32 pm

Interesting. Can't see my hands as being the reason the used one looks good,the entire surface of the handles is black. Does the drying out of the handles weaken them in any way?

JD Spydo
Member
Posts: 19526
Joined: Tue Sep 28, 2004 7:53 pm
Location: Blue Springs, Missouri

G-10 handles do need TLC and Ballistol

Postby JD Spydo » Thu Mar 14, 2013 3:39 pm

It's been my experience that over time and especially under demanding conditions that G-10 will indeed fade to some extent. I'm not really sure if it is an actual process of truly fading or if the material is being depleted of some of it's properties.

I routinely do treatments on all of my G-10 handled blades with a product called Ballistol. I have found that Ballistol seems to condition G-10 handles and even revives and rejuvenates them as well. I have had excellent results using it not only to clean G-10 handles with but to lubricate and condition it as well.

The Ballistol really seems to give G-10 something it's lacking over time. Try giving your "graying" G-10 handles a dose of Ballistol and I'm 99% sure you'll love the results.
Long Live the SPYDEREDGE Spyderco Hawkbills RULE!!


Return to “Spyderco General Discussion”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Freediver, Google [Bot], JD Spydo, Majestic-12 [Bot], Mr. Shawn, Oloung1, p_atrick, timlara, Xplorer, zuludelta and 119 guests