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Para 3 handle scales

Postby Rave » Thu Aug 31, 2017 8:44 am

New to the forum and wanting to see if anyone on here knows where I can purchase custom handle scales? I've done a lot of searching on line and found some I'd like to buy but not sure how to purchase them! Thanks in advance for any help you can give!!
Also I tried to attach a photo of what I'm looking for but the file is to large, the scales I found were silver twill carb fiber if that helps.

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Re: Para 3 handle scales

Postby Ti Rod Tactical » Thu Aug 31, 2017 9:12 am

Here's one place:

http://www.bladescales.com/product/para3-scales/

Files are often too large to load here, but if you use the partial "Paint" program included with Windows on your PC, you can lower the file size using the "Reduce" function, and then save it. I usually reduce to 60%, and it's usually enough to now load. If not go back and reduce again the already reduced new file to 90%, and try again.

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Re: Para 3 handle scales

Postby greencobra » Thu Aug 31, 2017 9:20 am

how does one deal with that rivet?

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Re: Para 3 handle scales

Postby Rave » Fri Sep 01, 2017 8:06 am

Thank you for the link! They have some that I like but of coarse out of stock on the color I like :rolleyes:
I'll try to get the picture of what I was looking at posted thank you for the info on how to post the pictures!!!

I have no idea on how to get the pins out either I have not take a para3 apart yet, hopefully it's not to bad!!

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Re: Para 3 handle scales

Postby VashHash » Fri Sep 01, 2017 8:45 am

greencobra wrote:how does one deal with that rivet?
It's just a pin not a rivet. It's to replace the screw and barrel assembly of the old stop pins. It should just come out when you take the knife apart. Spyderco is using this on the new military and native 5 lw too.

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Re: Para 3 handle scales

Postby Rave » Fri Sep 01, 2017 8:47 am

Awesome!!! Thank you for the info!

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Re: Para 3 handle scales

Postby Rave » Fri Sep 01, 2017 8:50 am

Has anyone here heard of Shepard CC ? Looks like he makes some really nice handle scales! Any one have experience with him??

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Re: Para 3 handle scales

Postby sanman28 » Fri Sep 01, 2017 9:11 am

VashHash wrote:
greencobra wrote:how does one deal with that rivet?
It's just a pin not a rivet. It's to replace the screw and barrel assembly of the old stop pins. It should just come out when you take the knife apart. Spyderco is using this on the new military and native 5 lw too.
This. Solves a problem that some have had.

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Re: Para 3 handle scales

Postby murphjd25 » Fri Sep 01, 2017 11:08 am

Rave wrote:Has anyone here heard of Shepard CC ? Looks like he makes some really nice handle scales! Any one have experience with him??
I'd be cautious with dealing with him..go check out the thread on him on BF in the GBU.
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Re: Para 3 handle scales

Postby greencobra » Fri Sep 01, 2017 12:26 pm

VashHash wrote:
greencobra wrote:how does one deal with that rivet?
It's just a pin not a rivet. It's to replace the screw and barrel assembly of the old stop pins. It should just come out when you take the knife apart. Spyderco is using this on the new military and native 5 lw too.
ahh...i see. thanks for the info! :)

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Re: Para 3 handle scales

Postby Ti Rod Tactical » Fri Sep 01, 2017 10:57 pm

greencobra wrote:how does one deal with that rivet?
Yeah,...as mentioned if the "rivet" you're talking about is the stop pin, that is a non issue and comes out easily. However, the lanyard tube IS a rivet in the sense that it is spread out a bit over the G10 scales, and WILL require some effort to work it free by twisting and pulling. (basically you're using the tube to cut through the G10)

The other issue is even when you free one side, you're left with the other side without something to pull against, so you'll have to grab the center of the tube (it's thicker there) with pliers and use something to protect the tube. I used some scrap leather and a pair of pliers that is curved on both sides and toothed for grip, ....but it still took about 15 minuted to free the 2nd scale.

Oh,...and before you even deal with getting the lanyard tube OUT, you will have to address getting the screws free of the "permanent" red Lock-Tite! I used a hair dryer on hot and high near each screw one at a time for about a minute, and then wrapped the HOT knife with a few layers of a towel to keep from getting a burn as I unscrewed each screw.

So changing scales on these is a bit of a chore in getting the knife apart in the first place! Urgh... My Gayle Bradley's,...both 1 and 2, so far have had NO Lock-Tite ever applied, and the lanyard tube is not flaired out to lock it in. The screws on the GB's are much harder also, as they are very tight yet removing them there is no stripping of the torx slots. (and the hourglass shaped standoffs set "into" the SS liners instead of riding on top of them like on the Para 3.

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Re: Para 3 handle scales

Postby greencobra » Sat Sep 02, 2017 4:04 am

Ti Rod Tactical wrote:
greencobra wrote:how does one deal with that rivet?
Yeah,...as mentioned if the "rivet" you're talking about is the stop pin, that is a non issue and comes out easily. However, the lanyard tube IS a rivet in the sense that it is spread out a bit over the G10 scales, and WILL require some effort to work it free by twisting and pulling. (basically you're using the tube to cut through the G10)]
i'm guessing there might be a little damage to the original scales getting that tube free?

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Re: Para 3 handle scales

Postby Ti Rod Tactical » Mon Sep 04, 2017 1:15 pm

If your slow and patient,....you should be ok with no scale damage. Basically you're almost filing through the G10,...with a really dull file! Ha!

Once apart, especially if you're changing out scales,...I would definitely remove much of the spread sides of the tube. A Flexible shaft machine with a 1/2" diameter sanding drum would do it quickly, and in a controlled manner if you keep the RPM's down. This will make any future disassembly's a piece of cake.

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Re: Para 3 handle scales

Postby Rave » Mon Sep 04, 2017 8:54 pm

Thank you for the info on how to get the scales off! That will be a big help for sure!

That's a shame on the Shepard guy cause he has some nice looking stuff but I appreciate the heads up!

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Re: Para 3 handle scales

Postby murphjd25 » Mon Sep 04, 2017 9:18 pm

Rave wrote:Thank you for the info on how to get the scales off! That will be a big help for sure!

That's a shame on the Shepard guy cause he has some nice looking stuff but I appreciate the heads up!
Have you looked at Cuscadi? They have some really freaking nice looking scales for the Para 3 and in sure could do whatever you wanted.
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Re: Para 3 handle scales

Postby Rave » Wed Sep 06, 2017 9:22 pm

No I sure haven't he led them out but I will! I've not heard of them but I'll do a search,thank you for the info!!


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