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Watu - aftermarket scales?

Posted: Fri Jun 12, 2020 5:13 pm
by foofie
I know the Watu was only recently released - just asking if anyone is aware of any aftermarket scales yet?

I really like the knife. There is something about the laminated CF that doesn't sit right with me. It looks fine and it feels fine - I just don't like it. As an example, I now love my Smock after changing to micarta scales.

So - any options out there?
I would also consider one-off custom scale makers if anyone has any recommendations?

Thank you.

Re: Watu - aftermarket scales?

Posted: Fri Jun 12, 2020 5:18 pm
by JuPaul
I'd also be interested...haven't seen any yet, though. I'd probably already have a Watu if it had g10 scales with some kind of color. I think it'd look really cool with pakkawood scales, too.

Re: Watu - aftermarket scales?

Posted: Fri Jun 12, 2020 5:25 pm
by Sumdumguy
I've been looking, but haven't found any yet.

Re: Watu - aftermarket scales?

Posted: Fri Jun 12, 2020 5:34 pm
by foofie
JuPaul wrote:
Fri Jun 12, 2020 5:18 pm
I'd also be interested...haven't seen any yet, though. I'd probably already have a Watu if it had g10 scales with some kind of color. I think it'd look really cool with pakkawood scales, too.
Yes - I normally love micarta - but I think wood would fit well with the ethnic series design behind this knife. I was dreaming of spalted maple ;)

Re: Watu - aftermarket scales?

Posted: Fri Jun 12, 2020 6:47 pm
by Spydergirl88
Yeah I would totally buy some without holes

Re: Watu - aftermarket scales?

Posted: Fri Jun 12, 2020 8:57 pm
by Sumdumguy
Spydergirl88 wrote:
Fri Jun 12, 2020 6:47 pm
Yeah I would totally buy some without holes
I was thinking of a hole delete. Honestly, I think this one is going to end up being carried clipless in the back pocket. The detent on mine is quite stiff, but it has the smoothest action of any comp lock I've ever had out of any factory.

Maybe on my next one, this one was Shanghaied by my wife. Haha

Re: Watu - aftermarket scales?

Posted: Fri Jun 12, 2020 9:09 pm
by JuPaul
Sumdumguy wrote:
Fri Jun 12, 2020 8:57 pm
Spydergirl88 wrote:
Fri Jun 12, 2020 6:47 pm
Yeah I would totally buy some without holes
I was thinking of a hole delete. Honestly, I think this one is going to end up being carried clipless in the back pocket. The detent on mine is quite stiff, but it has the smoothest action of any comp lock I've ever had out of any factory.

Maybe on my next one, this one was Shanghaied by my wife. Haha
That's awesome. :D

Re: Watu - aftermarket scales?

Posted: Sat Jun 13, 2020 3:58 am
by Sumdumguy
JuPaul wrote:
Fri Jun 12, 2020 9:09 pm
Sumdumguy wrote:
Fri Jun 12, 2020 8:57 pm
Spydergirl88 wrote:
Fri Jun 12, 2020 6:47 pm
Yeah I would totally buy some without holes
I was thinking of a hole delete. Honestly, I think this one is going to end up being carried clipless in the back pocket. The detent on mine is quite stiff, but it has the smoothest action of any comp lock I've ever had out of any factory.

Maybe on my next one, this one was Shanghaied by my wife. Haha
That's awesome. :D
She didn't even fiddle with it. Just saw it and stuck out her hand. :p

Re: Watu - aftermarket scales?

Posted: Sat Jun 13, 2020 7:24 am
by JuPaul
Sumdumguy wrote:
Sat Jun 13, 2020 3:58 am
JuPaul wrote:
Fri Jun 12, 2020 9:09 pm
Sumdumguy wrote:
Fri Jun 12, 2020 8:57 pm
Spydergirl88 wrote:
Fri Jun 12, 2020 6:47 pm
Yeah I would totally buy some without holes
I was thinking of a hole delete. Honestly, I think this one is going to end up being carried clipless in the back pocket. The detent on mine is quite stiff, but it has the smoothest action of any comp lock I've ever had out of any factory.

Maybe on my next one, this one was Shanghaied by my wife. Haha
That's awesome. :D
She didn't even fiddle with it. Just saw it and stuck out her hand. :p
Sometimes sacrifices to the spouse gods must be made!

Re: Watu - aftermarket scales?

Posted: Sat Jun 13, 2020 9:50 am
by sal
The Brits on their forums refer to the wife as "SWMBO". She who must be obeyed. :cool:

sal

Re: Watu - aftermarket scales?

Posted: Sat Jun 13, 2020 10:10 am
by curlyhairedboy
I've been considering some of the aftermarket carbon fiber options for this knife as well. Burl would be nice too.

Re: Watu - aftermarket scales?

Posted: Sat Jun 13, 2020 10:25 am
by JustinB
I don't have a Watu (yet :D) but some kind of wood scales would be pretty cool

Re: Watu - aftermarket scales?

Posted: Sat Jun 13, 2020 10:25 am
by Sumdumguy
sal wrote:
Sat Jun 13, 2020 9:50 am
The Brits on their forums refer to the wife as "SWMBO". She who must be obeyed. :cool:

sal
Haha! Smart men know, you must take the brownie points when they're offered(I bought a Ti Military soon after... Shh!).

:D

Re: Watu - aftermarket scales?

Posted: Sat Jun 13, 2020 11:07 am
by foofie
Sumdumguy wrote:
Sat Jun 13, 2020 3:58 am

Maybe on my next one, this one was Shanghaied by my wife. Haha

She didn't even fiddle with it. Just saw it and stuck out her hand. :p
She obviously didn't read the whole form vs function thread!
See - we can have both, and the Watu is a great example :D

Re: Watu - aftermarket scales?

Posted: Sat Jun 13, 2020 11:10 am
by foofie
Spydergirl88 wrote:
Fri Jun 12, 2020 6:47 pm
Yeah I would totally buy some without holes
I am tempted to try and make my first set of scales - and was debating between "holey" and "non-holey"
What do you dislike about the holes?

Re: Watu - aftermarket scales?

Posted: Sat Jun 13, 2020 11:11 am
by foofie
JuPaul wrote:
Sat Jun 13, 2020 7:24 am
Sometimes sacrifices to the spouse gods must be made!
I may have found my signature line quote... :p

Re: Watu - aftermarket scales?

Posted: Sat Jun 13, 2020 11:12 am
by Spydergirl88
foofie wrote:
Sat Jun 13, 2020 11:10 am
Spydergirl88 wrote:
Fri Jun 12, 2020 6:47 pm
Yeah I would totally buy some without holes
I am tempted to try and make my first set of scales - and was debating between "holey" and "non-holey"
What do you dislike about the holes?
Limits aftermarket clip options bc some clips "fall" into the hole

Re: Watu - aftermarket scales?

Posted: Sat Jun 13, 2020 11:16 am
by Sumdumguy
Spydergirl88 wrote:
Sat Jun 13, 2020 11:12 am
foofie wrote:
Sat Jun 13, 2020 11:10 am
Spydergirl88 wrote:
Fri Jun 12, 2020 6:47 pm
Yeah I would totally buy some without holes
I am tempted to try and make my first set of scales - and was debating between "holey" and "non-holey"
What do you dislike about the holes?
Limits aftermarket clip options bc some clips "fall" into the hole
I'm honestly thinking about deleting the clip altogether. If the detent on the next one is as strong as this one, I will.

Re: Watu - aftermarket scales?

Posted: Sat Jun 13, 2020 11:17 am
by foofie
Spydergirl88 wrote:
Sat Jun 13, 2020 11:12 am
foofie wrote:
Sat Jun 13, 2020 11:10 am
Spydergirl88 wrote:
Fri Jun 12, 2020 6:47 pm
Yeah I would totally buy some without holes
I am tempted to try and make my first set of scales - and was debating between "holey" and "non-holey"
What do you dislike about the holes?
Limits aftermarket clip options bc some clips "fall" into the hole
Good point. As much as I love my wire clip - it's the milling for the wire clip that is giving me the most pause about making my own scales.

Re: Watu - aftermarket scales?

Posted: Sat Jun 13, 2020 11:20 am
by foofie
Spydergirl88 wrote:
Sat Jun 13, 2020 11:12 am
foofie wrote:
Sat Jun 13, 2020 11:10 am
Spydergirl88 wrote:
Fri Jun 12, 2020 6:47 pm
Yeah I would totally buy some without holes
I am tempted to try and make my first set of scales - and was debating between "holey" and "non-holey"
What do you dislike about the holes?
Limits aftermarket clip options bc some clips "fall" into the hole
Good point. As much as I love my wire clip - it's the milling for the wire clip that is giving me the most pause about making my own scales. Also, the scales are so thin that I worry the wire cip would crack the grooves the first time it got torqued (if using wood). g10 would be safer.

-sorry, poorly done edit-