Finally got an Atlantic salt...made some changes.

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Atlantic salt...made some changes. (Blade mod with pics)

Postby Surfingringo » Thu Aug 21, 2014 8:31 am

So I finally broke down and got an atlantic salt. Actually I got 2 but one is going to a buddy who is a boat captain in Costa Rica. I was never really into the blade shape but I am a big fan of finger choils so I figured it was worth a shot. My first two impressions were "man, I love the handle on this thing" and "man I hate the blade shape". :) I have nothing bad to say about the blunt tip "rescue" models and I totally get why they exist; they just don't work for me in my most common tasks. So I cranked up the bench grinder this morning and ground it down to my liking then finished it up on a belt sander. I also converted the first 3/8" at the tip to plain edge.

Honestly, I believe these knives would be more functional if they had a bit of pe at the tip like the pacific salt does. I think that would make them more functional regardless of whether you like the stock tip or something more pointy. I often use that bit of pe at the tip when I am cutting bait or other things on a flat surface. I like serrations but I don't always want the very tip to grab and snag. Anyway, on to the photos. Here is my modified Atlantic Salt next to my buddies stock model.

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Postby yablanowitz » Thu Aug 21, 2014 8:49 am

Just so you will know, the Mariner Salt had a half inch of plain edge at the tip. Nice mod. I've done the same kind of thing to a few of my knives.
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Postby sal » Thu Aug 21, 2014 8:53 am

Nice job Lance.

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Postby DutchBlades » Thu Aug 21, 2014 8:56 am

Nice mod you did there!
It does make it a little more versatile ;)
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Postby xceptnl » Thu Aug 21, 2014 9:00 am

Very nice Lance. I especially like the forward plain edge!
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Postby Holland » Thu Aug 21, 2014 9:33 am

Excellent mod, looks great!
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Postby Surfingringo » Thu Aug 21, 2014 10:08 am

Thanks guys! I really like the handle on the atlantic. Haven't used it enough to say for sure but I have a feeling I will even prefer the handle to that of my pacific salt. I will have to see how the wharncliffe style blade shape works for my kayak and fish cleaning but this could be giving my pacific salt a run for its money. I am thinking I might need to go back to the belt sander and bring the spine down just a hair more and make the tip just a bit finer, but I'm going to use it as is for awhile first. You can always take more steel off but it's hard to get it back on. ;)

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Postby bornagainprimative » Thu Aug 21, 2014 5:14 pm

Looks great!
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Postby billy blade » Thu Aug 21, 2014 5:43 pm

Great job! Love those Wharncliffe Mods.

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Postby Blerv » Thu Aug 21, 2014 5:47 pm

Very nice mod :) !
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Postby Blue Possum » Thu Aug 21, 2014 6:02 pm

Very Nice - I like it.
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Postby RadioactiveSpyder » Thu Aug 21, 2014 6:09 pm

Sweet, nice work again Lance, looks very professional!
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Postby PayneTrain » Thu Aug 21, 2014 6:34 pm

Hey, nice work there! The PE part totally blends right in and looks stock. Is grinding H1 just like grinding any other hardened steel in that you have to worry about heat, or can you be a little more aggressive? I still don't fully understand the magic behind H1.

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Postby Surfingringo » Thu Aug 21, 2014 6:47 pm

PayneTrain wrote:Hey, nice work there! The PE part totally blends right in and looks stock. Is grinding H1 just like grinding any other hardened steel in that you have to worry about heat, or can you be a little more aggressive? I still don't fully understand the magic behind H1.
That's a good question. It must be a good question because I've asked it before! Hehe. Unfortunately I've never really gotten a clear answer. There's a lot of talk about "work hardening" but I'm not sure if anyone really knows exactly how it works. Maybe magic. ;)

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Postby bearfacedkiller » Thu Aug 21, 2014 7:02 pm

Looks sweet. Functional and clean mods.
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Postby SpyderNut » Thu Aug 21, 2014 7:41 pm

Great idea, Lance. I like what you've done with the tip--especially the PE portion. Seems very functional and more EDC-friendly.
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Postby twinboysdad » Thu Aug 21, 2014 7:46 pm

Every time I see a thread from El Gringo, I click on it first. Sweet mods and I like how you always "make them yours". The catch of the day is going to HATE that knife...

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Postby Jazz » Thu Aug 21, 2014 8:13 pm

Nice job, Gringo! :cool:
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Postby GoldenSpydie » Thu Aug 21, 2014 8:27 pm

Looks great!

So when are you going to have a full collection of Salt models?

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Postby dgebler » Sat Aug 23, 2014 4:51 am

Nice work Gringo. I did something similar to my atlantic a while ago, but I went with more of a straight wharncliffe on the spine rather than a blended profile like you did (I think I like yours better) I also struggled with the full serrations at the tip when modding, but I did not flatten out an area of plain edge. I was afraid it would rise up too high, but yours looks great. Nice job all around.

I do agree with you if they would give us a 1/2" or 3/4" of PE at the tip this would be great and make the tip mod much easier. Make sure you post how you like it after some use.


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