Favorite Scales?

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What handle scales do you prefer?

G10
13
23%
Smooth G10
4
7%
FRN
9
16%
Pakkawood
3
5%
Peel/Ply CF
11
20%
Solid CF
12
21%
Titanium
4
7%
Stainless
0
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Favorite Scales?

Postby Pelagic » Wed Aug 07, 2019 1:27 pm

I'm sure this has been asked before, but tastes change and I haven't seen a poll on this since I've been on this site. Let's see where the community is at.
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Re: Favorite Scales?

Postby DirtMcGirt » Wed Aug 07, 2019 1:34 pm

What? No carbon fiber option?

I vote solid cf w/peel ply
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Re: Favorite Scales?

Postby Spydergirl88 » Wed Aug 07, 2019 1:37 pm

G10 is my favorite but i also really love peel ply solid cf
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Re: Favorite Scales?

Postby Wartstein » Wed Aug 07, 2019 1:46 pm

FRN, by far. Also like Micarta, but not an option here.
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Re: Favorite Scales?

Postby Pelagic » Wed Aug 07, 2019 1:48 pm

DirtMcGirt wrote:
Wed Aug 07, 2019 1:34 pm
What? No carbon fiber option?

I vote solid cf w/peel ply
Fixed. I don't know how I forgot. I probably shouldn't be on the forums at work, haha.

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Re: Favorite Scales?

Postby curlyhairedboy » Wed Aug 07, 2019 1:54 pm

of the poll options, solid CF is really nice.
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Re: Favorite Scales?

Postby anycal » Wed Aug 07, 2019 2:09 pm

As long as we are not confusing peel ply CF with CF/G10 laminate, and since I can select only one, I vote for peel ply CF. Just because I have been waiting for a model with these scales for a while.

Used to have a PM2 with P/P CF. I didn't want the most recent KW M4 with CF, so still waiting.

Otherwise, the top three,
- P/P CF or P/P G10 or Titanium/CF combo like the Military frame lock
- smooth (like ZT) solid CF
- FRN
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Re: Favorite Scales?

Postby The Deacon » Wed Aug 07, 2019 2:12 pm

None of the above, actually. However, of the choices given, I'd go with smooth G10, Pakawood, and solid CF. That said, I think both G10 and Pakawood look much better on a rounded handle than a flat one, or with the type of corrugated texture used on the Zulu and PPT. I'd also like to see both those materials used with some of the textures being used by companies like Altamont on handgun grips. Also, to be perfectly honest, while smooth shinly CF is attractive, the CF I like the most is the nubby CF/GI0 laminate used on the Sage 1, Chaparral 1, and a few other models from Taichung.
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Re: Favorite Scales?

Postby ZrowsN1s » Wed Aug 07, 2019 2:19 pm

I voted smooth G-10, the caveat would be contured smooth g-10. The Shaman is by far my favorite handle. Contured Solid Carbon Fiber is second place (also Shaman). Although if they made a Fluted CF Shaman that would be the winner for me. On flat scales, regular G-10.
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Re: Favorite Scales?

Postby DirtMcGirt » Wed Aug 07, 2019 2:23 pm

Pelagic wrote:
Wed Aug 07, 2019 1:48 pm
DirtMcGirt wrote:
Wed Aug 07, 2019 1:34 pm
What? No carbon fiber option?

I vote solid cf w/peel ply
Fixed. I don't know how I forgot. I probably shouldn't be on the forums at work, haha.

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Thanks Pelagic! Vote has been cast! I have a GB2 inbound. Will be my first experience with the cf/g10 laminate. So my vote could possibly change.
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Re: Favorite Scales?

Postby JuPaul » Wed Aug 07, 2019 2:23 pm

Frn and textured g10 for folders. Micarta for fixed blades. And although it's not at the top of my list, it seems like aluminum scales should be an option as well.
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Re: Favorite Scales?

Postby DirtMcGirt » Wed Aug 07, 2019 2:29 pm

ZrowsN1s wrote:
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...Although if they made a Fluted CF Shaman that would be the winner for me...
That could be a game ender for me. I don’t know if I would ever buy another knife if I got my hands on one of those. Unless of course it was a fluted Manix2 Backlock. For that I would take both titanium and CF.
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Re: Favorite Scales?

Postby steelcity16 » Wed Aug 07, 2019 2:33 pm

FRN/FRCP are my favorites by far and represents the vast majority of my collection. Although I was a little disappointed in the Para 3 LW's less aggressive texture. I also love Peel Ply G10, but I refuse to buy a knife with smooth G10. I'm a big Canvas Micarta fan as well, but only if is a coarser matte texture rather than polished all smooth and shiny. I work a lot with greasy, wet, or oily hands so a combination of scale texture, ergonomics, and jimping are all important factors for me. I don't really care for carbon fiber, aluminum, titanium, or other exotic scale choices.
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Re: Favorite Scales?

Postby mayong » Wed Aug 07, 2019 4:20 pm

(Camel?) bone!

I fell in love with these after seeing a post about them somewhere. For posterity: https://cuscadi.de/spyderco-para-military-2-bone/

A smooth, ivory Micarta, wire clip LW PM2 would be 10/10. I'll keep dreaming because I'm sure exactly zero other people feel the same way.

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Re: Favorite Scales?

Postby fixall » Wed Aug 07, 2019 5:19 pm

Didn't vote as their is no Micarta or natural wood option.

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Re: Favorite Scales?

Postby Bloke » Wed Aug 07, 2019 5:52 pm

Not sure I have a favourite per se as I wouldn’t want all my knives to have the same scales. I do like natural scales like stag, buffalo and ram’s horn and bone but it depends more on the knife’s intended purpose for me.

Specifically to Spyderco’s, I like the smooth G10 scales on my Sprig and Southfork best and the checkered G10 on my Waterway is pretty cool too. The textured G10 on Militaries etc. is great as is FRN on the Salt Series etc.

I wouldn’t entertain pakka/plywood scales on any knife and I can live happily without carbon fibre. :)
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Re: Favorite Scales?

Postby Pelagic » Wed Aug 07, 2019 7:09 pm

I can't believe I forgot micarta. Ugh... I need time off.
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Re: Favorite Scales?

Postby Cambertree » Wed Aug 07, 2019 7:45 pm

On stock folders I like textured G10 the best, and it has great materials properties for long term durability.

I like the slabs to have a good chamfer at the edges too.

On fixed blades, I like the smooth, contoured G10 on the Bradley Bowie. The rough, checkered treatment the Waterway scales received is excellent as well.

My favourite scales weren’t listed, and those are the contoured micarta ones I usually have made by Suingab G10.lt or Cuscadi.

IMO the contouring and rough canvas nap on the micarta gives a superior feel in hand.

The difference in handling comfort between one of the contoured micarta rehandled models like a PM2 and say, the stock KC Cruwear version with smooth, hard edged G10 slab scales was significant.

The way micarta gets ‘grippier’ when wet is also an excellent handle material quality IMO.

I’ll be curious to see any comments on the FRN scales too, as although they’re the plain jane handle material for Spydies, I feel they’re almost unbeatable as a lightweight, super durable handle material for a working knife.

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Re: Favorite Scales?

Postby Holland » Wed Aug 07, 2019 10:52 pm

Pakkawood! With FRN a close second
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Re: Favorite Scales?

Postby ZrowsN1s » Wed Aug 07, 2019 11:29 pm

DirtMcGirt wrote:
Wed Aug 07, 2019 2:29 pm
ZrowsN1s wrote:
Wed Aug 07, 2019 2:19 pm
...Although if they made a Fluted CF Shaman that would be the winner for me...
That could be a game ender for me. I don’t know if I would ever buy another knife if I got my hands on one of those. Unless of course it was a fluted Manix2 Backlock. For that I would take both titanium and CF.
I think if I were forced to only keep one knife out of my existing collection, it would be the S90V CF Shaman. Thankfully I don't have to choose :D
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