FRN UKPK with Cuscadi scales UPDATED with RIT Dye mod

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FRN UKPK with Cuscadi scales UPDATED with RIT Dye mod

Postby gibs0n » Wed Mar 20, 2019 11:51 am

COMPLETED! (Thanks for the tips, everyone!)

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Original post: Understanding the caveat that modding a factory Spyderco is an “at your own risk” endeavor, I’ve encountered a problem I think I’ve seen covered here but can’t find the answer:

I’ve successfully installed the custom G10 scales for my formerly FRN UKPK. But the clip screw just spins and spins. I had it partially threaded prior to full assembly. I don’t think the threads are stripped as I can feel the non-torx side spinning as I try to tighten the torx screw.

Any thoughts? Or am I doomed to a wiggly clip?

Thanks!
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Re: FRN UKPK with Cuscadi scales clip screw help

Postby wrdwrght » Wed Mar 20, 2019 12:33 pm

I take it you can’t separate the screw from its backing? Can you push the screw head so the backing pops out of the FRN?
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Re: FRN UKPK with Cuscadi scales clip screw help

Postby gibs0n » Wed Mar 20, 2019 12:35 pm

wrdwrght wrote:
Wed Mar 20, 2019 12:33 pm
I take it you can’t separate the screw from its backing? Can you push the screw head so the backing pops out of the FRN?
It’s more trying to get the new scales secured. I can’t get the torx side to tighten against the cap side in the new scale, because the hole in the custom scale doesn’t have the “D” shape.

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Re: FRN UKPK with Cuscadi scales clip screw help

Postby wrdwrght » Wed Mar 20, 2019 1:02 pm

gibs0n wrote:
Wed Mar 20, 2019 12:35 pm
wrdwrght wrote:
Wed Mar 20, 2019 12:33 pm
I take it you can’t separate the screw from its backing? Can you push the screw head so the backing pops out of the FRN?
It’s more trying to get the new scales secured. I can’t get the torx side to tighten against the cap side in the new scale, because the hole in the custom scale doesn’t have the “D” shape.
Before going further, have you watched Nick Shabazz’ video on reassembling an Urban. I think his principles apply to the UKPK.
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Re: FRN UKPK with Cuscadi scales clip screw help

Postby gibs0n » Wed Mar 20, 2019 2:15 pm

The fine folks at Cuscadi recommended heating the screws and loosening whatever loctite was in there. Success!

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Re: FRN UKPK with Cuscadi scales (Mod complete!)

Postby foofie » Wed Mar 20, 2019 2:35 pm

love my cuscadi UKPK scales. Remember to use the washers - makes the blade smoother and reduces play.I think they recommend double washers on each side.
Interesting thing too - did you ask for a solid backspacer? I have a carbon disk that acts like a spacer between the scales at the clip.

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Re: FRN UKPK with Cuscadi scales (Mod complete!)

Postby gibs0n » Wed Mar 20, 2019 2:37 pm

foofie wrote:
Wed Mar 20, 2019 2:35 pm
love my cuscadi UKPK scales. Remember to use the washers - makes the blade smoother and reduces play.I think they recommend double washers on each side.
Interesting thing too - did you ask for a solid backspacer? I have a carbon disk that acts like a spacer between the scales at the clip.
Yep, I used double washers they provided on both sides. Super smooth. I did ask for a backspacer, it’s a GID one. In natural light it looks almost identical to the scales but of course it glows when it’s dark. The iPhone camera is more color sensitive than my eyes, so the spacer always look very different in pics than it does “in real life”.

Another thing that doesn’t photograph well: the scales are smooth and rounded at the edges. The knife melts into your hand. If it was a hard use tool I would prefer grippy g10, but it’s perfect for my UKPK.

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Re: FRN UKPK with Cuscadi scales clip screw help

Postby wrdwrght » Wed Mar 20, 2019 2:45 pm

gibs0n wrote:
Wed Mar 20, 2019 2:15 pm
The fine folks at Cuscadi recommended heating the screws and loosening whatever loctite was in there. Success!
Excellent. Cuscadi rocks.
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Re: FRN UKPK with Cuscadi scales (Mod complete!)

Postby gibs0n » Wed May 29, 2019 11:02 am

I decided natural g10 wasn’t quite to my liking, so I got some green RIT dye. I followed the instructions on the bladhehq video. It took 10 minutes to get the color pictured. I may go another round and darken it a bit more but for now, I'm very happy with it!

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Re: FRN UKPK with Cuscadi scales UPDATED with RIT Dye mod

Postby TkoK83Spy » Wed May 29, 2019 11:07 am

Very unique color!
Currently have 20 :spyder: 's in 14 different steels.

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Re: FRN UKPK with Cuscadi scales UPDATED with RIT Dye mod

Postby Liquid Cobra » Wed May 29, 2019 12:33 pm

Thank you for sharing, looks great! The more G10 ukpk’s In the wild the better.
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