Definitely!Irelander wrote:Nice. That looks awesome. Can you please give me the rundown on the process for doing that?
Thanks man. I have a ESEE Izula II that needs stripped and a good patina. Yours does look great. I need to buy some grapefruit anyway.d.2.the.p wrote:Definitely!
First, I got a small bottle of Tuf-Glide with the needle applicator and carefully coated the inside of the tang and pivot area with Tuf-Glide (I didn't disassemble the knife at all) so as to prevent anything within the handle area from growing patina.
Next, I got a large grapefruit and stuck the knife into the fruit as far as I wanted patina showing. I did it all the way past the handle so that the tang has patina all the way up to the handle when open, but this ever so slightly affects the smoothness of opening and closing since the tang is patinaed and comes in contact with the liner. That's just your personal preference.
When inserting the blade, I steered clear of the middle of the fruit due to the thick center which would be devoid of acidic fruit juice and have left a relatively blank area on the blade. I also stuck it in parallel to the axis of the fruit so as to avoid the lines that would be cause by the sections of the fruit. I don't know if that makes sense. However, if you're looking for a star design of sort, ignore all of this, and do the opposite.
Then I just let it sit overnight. If you want it lighter in color, only leave it in for a few hours. In the morning, I pulled it out and made sure the patina looked the way I wanted it; wiped it off with a wet cloth and made sure there was no fruit, juice, or rust anywhere; oiled it; and then applied Tuf-glide to the entire blade to lock in the patina as is.
Simple enough, and I think it looks great.
Thank you. Also, check out this thread that I found on an ESEE forum. http://jungletraining.com/forums/showth ... -questionsIrelander wrote:Thanks man. I have a ESEE Izula II that needs stripped and a good patina. Yours does look great. I need to buy some grapefruit anyway.
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