kriscole wrote: ↑Fri Aug 28, 2020 3:04 pmHey everyone! I’ve just gotten back into knives after a 5+ yr absence. I recently purchased a para 3 from SMKW that actually came with titanium scales. I’ve already done a skinny mod to my g10 scales and like it more than the titanium. Anyways here are my questions. What is the biggest area of opportunity for custom knife work right now? As well as does anyone know where I can purchase extra blades? I’m specifically looking for a para 2 blade to do some experimenting with my para 2 frame. I’ve also been working on some designs and I’m gauging interest. One is for an accessory that uses a button type design to push down the compression lock. I’m working on a simple, removal accessory, as well as an option that will work with custom scales that I would be manufacturing.
I apologize for seeming to ride a thin line beside going against some of the rules! Thank you for responding to me. I am 100% looking for advice, feedback, and knowledge only. I am nowhere near a place to look for business. I’m just needing help, and I’ve actually been getting a lot of it! I’m very grateful to be here. I’ll be sure to be more cognizant on my future posts to stick to the guidelines. Thank you!TazKristi wrote: ↑Fri Aug 28, 2020 4:32 pmHi, kriscole:
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This is actually what I’ve decided to do. I’m going to do a complete custom job on my Yojimbo, and then try to sell it to buy a PM2. I’ve got to many knives now that to justify more, I have to start letting some go such is life. My thought is atleast if I get a full PM2, then I have a whole other great knife if I don’t like the blade swap! I’ve actually been really curious to see if it’s possible to do a skinny mod on a pm2. It would require making 1 off scales for it and trimming some of the liner, but it’s worth a shot I feel like. I’ve just recently heard of the factory seconds sale. I’m hoping I can manage my way there, or buy a pm2 from someone who does.
You are right. Thank you for the reply by the way! I’m sorry I’m so late getting back to you. I’m just now finding out how to see replies on here. I thought I was more savvy haha. But yes, I’m thinking of something aftermarket and I’ll explain. My first spyderco was a Yojimbo. I got it for a really good deal and was desperate to get a compression lock spyderco and didn’t want to wait until I went to SMKW literally two days later. Anyways, after getting it, within a day I had developed a horrible blister on my pointer finger from fidgeting with the knife. It was much stiffer than I expected, but even more so I blamed how the Yojimbo has such a small little space for you to push the lock. I didn’t realize until much later that it is that way because the blade leaves no room for a bigger cut out on the scale. However my wheel where already turning on an after market piece that could be attacked to any of the main models compression lock, and work like a push button to where you can decompress the lock from the outside of the handle instead of having to pinch the back. It would mainly be something for people who play with their knife alooot. I Always care my para 3 or Yojimbo for use, but also to use it like a fidget spinner. I’m trying to see if I can just make a piece to attach to outside of the lock tab itself and be used with standard scales. I’ve always been thinking about making scales that can screw right on and have the piece work with it. The scales idea is because first I just like making scales, but second because if I make a piece that kind is slides over the tab without being screwed on I might need slightly more space cut out underneath the tab if that makes sense. What are your thoughts? Do you think it sounds interesting? Also do you have any ideas on the actually design?Wartstein wrote: ↑Sat Aug 29, 2020 11:17 amkriscole wrote: ↑Fri Aug 28, 2020 3:04 pmHey everyone! I’ve just gotten back into knives after a 5+ yr absence. I recently purchased a para 3 from SMKW that actually came with titanium scales. I’ve already done a skinny mod to my g10 scales and like it more than the titanium. Anyways here are my questions. What is the biggest area of opportunity for custom knife work right now? As well as does anyone know where I can purchase extra blades? I’m specifically looking for a para 2 blade to do some experimenting with my para 2 frame. I’ve also been working on some designs and I’m gauging interest. One is for an accessory that uses a button type design to push down the compression lock. I’m working on a simple, removal accessory, as well as an option that will work with custom scales that I would be manufacturing.
Welcome to the forum!
Actually, I replied to your post yesterday already, but it suddenly was gone
- Spare blades are not sold by Spyderco as far as I am aware of. I think this would be hard to do concerning storage and organisation, given how many models there are, how often they get cqui-ed and how well the tolerances and quality standards are
- I am sure you know that there already is a model that has a button compression lock: The Smock.
Though I understand you´re thinking of something different, kind of like an aftermarket button for the comp. lock, right?
Wow! His knives are actually making me drool a little. That actually along the lines of what I was thinking! The main difference is I want to make a product that anyone can attack to their knife without any modification or stress. Something cheap and easy to put on while only coming off if you want it too. I’m actually thinking of making a piece that just slides right onto the compression lock tab on the back, the the “push” button having a top that beautifully fills in the cut out on the opposite scale. If I can do it right, it could be an attractive simple piece of “bling” or just blend smoothly with the existing look. Thank you for telling me about his work. I am blown away and excited today see this idea I’ve had basically done!Bamalt1 wrote: ↑Sat Aug 29, 2020 4:45 pmbladeswelove has a "PM2 Ultra" with a custom titanium lock release. I'd imagine they're working on a Para 3 version. DISCLAIMER: I've never seen or tried the PM2 Ultra so I can't speak for the quality. A lot of people are happy with his other mods but I think this one is pretty new and I haven't seen any feedback on it.