I'm not a huge fan of Jade (or "Natural") G10. Ever since I got my BHQ exclusive M4 Shaman, I've been wanting to dye the scales some shade of a translucent blue.
On a lark, today became the day to do it.
Since I received the knife, Carothers Performance Knives started to offer some scales for their knives in "Ghost" G10, and I really liked the look. Essentially, there are a few layers of colored G10 laminated under the Jade G10, and that color shows through the Jade in a neat way IMO. Here are the blue ones I received:
So after seeing that, I wanted to try for a blue ghost G10 scale on my Shaman. But how to do that? I've been thinking that I would just do a thin layer of dye/vinegar in a pot on warm, gently set the scales in, and keep the upper surface free from the dye. I was able to make that happen successfully, however, the dye didn't really take on the inside surface of the scales too well at all, even after an hour. Back to the drawing board. Maybe if I paint the dye onto the inside of the scales, that might do it? I tried, but still nope. Hmm...
Then an idea hit me. An easy one at that.
What if I colored the inside of the scales with a blue
Sharpie? Sounded like a good idea, but I didn't want to go "all-in" unless I knew it would work. Got the marker out and colored a small spot in the middle of the inside of one of the scales. Flipped it over, and well hey, that actually looks pretty good!
So off to the races! Colored the insides of both scales completely, let it sit for about 5 minutes to dry, and coated them again. I held them up to the light to see if there were any light spots and touched those up as necessary. Almost forgot to take any in-process pictures, here's the only one, before I finished the first coat.
Here they are finished. The presentation-side scale is a bit of a darker shade of blue, because it's cut a bit thinner for the compression lock. The camera pics this up a bit more than it appears to the naked eye, but it is definitely a little darker.
And here they are reassembled back on the knife. Not too shabby!
They're not quite as bright of a blue as I would have chosen (maybe not quite as bright as the CPK scales above), but I like the slightly more muted look.