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Clear Knife Scales

Postby Hopweaver » Wed Mar 06, 2019 8:33 am

I saw this Manix 2 on social media yesterday. What do think of the clear scales?

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Re: Clear Knife Scales

Postby TkoK83Spy » Wed Mar 06, 2019 8:37 am

Cool looking, but I don't see it being much of a user...which is a shame with that 20CV steel it has. I'd just use BD1 if it were strictly for looks. Regardless, I like it though. Always know when the internals need to be cleaned!
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Re: Clear Knife Scales

Postby Mushroom » Wed Mar 06, 2019 8:53 am

Looks cool but it also looks like clear acrylic or lexan, which will certainly break with use.

Spyderco showed off some clear FRN Manix 2 scales at an Amsterdam meet back in 2010. I'd love seeing something like this.

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Re: Clear Knife Scales

Postby demoncase » Wed Mar 06, 2019 9:01 am

I too would love clear scales (who doesn't like seeing the worky gubbins?)

But there was a post about white micarta and G10 where I made the comment that these were a 'mank attractor'* and end up minging pretty fast:
Every bit of of fluff, lint, and stuff from your pocket will be immediately visible jammed between the scales
Plus- the more optically clear the plastic- the more quickly it will look battered from scratches and dinks.

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Re: Clear Knife Scales

Postby Brock O Lee » Wed Mar 06, 2019 3:07 pm

Very pretty, but I would not buy one, because it will show every scratch and spec of pocket lint.

If I was Spyderco I would make display pieces for a few models in clear scales, to show off the different locks.
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Re: Clear Knife Scales

Postby abbazaba » Wed Mar 06, 2019 3:43 pm

Neat. I'm still hoping for more translucent FRCP from Spyderco...

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Re: Clear Knife Scales

Postby Sharp Guy » Wed Mar 06, 2019 4:38 pm

I saw this posted on IG and FB. It's kind of neat but not something I'd want. Heck I'd keep putting it down and losing it! ☺
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Re: Clear Knife Scales

Postby kodai78 » Wed Mar 06, 2019 5:49 pm

Love it, I would buy something with the transparent FRCP or FRN. Prefer something other than a back lock.
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Re: Clear Knife Scales

Postby Extra330SC » Wed Mar 06, 2019 5:56 pm

Hopweaver wrote:
Wed Mar 06, 2019 8:33 am
I saw this Manix 2 on social media yesterday. What do think of the clear scales?

Really like this idea...well done!


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Re: Clear Knife Scales

Postby Pelagic » Wed Mar 06, 2019 6:00 pm

Clear scales reveal construction. Not a big deal for spyderco, but some companies may be exposed for having weak internals while claiming to be hard use.
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Re: Clear Knife Scales

Postby koenigsegg » Wed Mar 06, 2019 6:08 pm

I love it even if it was a trainer blade just for show
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Re: Clear Knife Scales

Postby Mako109 » Wed Mar 06, 2019 6:47 pm

It matches my neighbor's girlfriend's shoes.

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Re: Clear Knife Scales

Postby Marulaghost » Wed Mar 06, 2019 6:53 pm

Mako109 wrote:
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It matches my neighbor's girlfriend's shoes.
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Re: Clear Knife Scales

Postby Loudenboomer » Wed Mar 06, 2019 6:54 pm

Very nice looking Manix. Kind of gives it a mechanical or robotic type look. My manix knives are heavy use farm knives. These scales are not cut out for my manix role.

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Re: Clear Knife Scales

Postby Doc Dan » Wed Mar 06, 2019 7:11 pm

I am still waiting on a translucent orange Manix (yellowish orange would be neat).
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Re: Clear Knife Scales

Postby Doeswhateveraspidercan » Wed Mar 06, 2019 8:40 pm

I like it, FRN was way to cloudy with the texture but undoubtedly the superior material.

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Re: Clear Knife Scales

Postby zhyla » Wed Mar 06, 2019 8:58 pm

Nice display piece. Too bad acrylic scratches pretty easy.

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Re: Clear Knife Scales

Postby Frozenspyder » Wed Mar 06, 2019 9:13 pm

If they were on a knife that had liners, clear scales could be used like the sweetheart grips on 1911 pistols. Not my cup of tea, but still a neat idea.

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Re: Clear Knife Scales

Postby gundamaniac » Wed Mar 06, 2019 9:19 pm

As mentioned above, if it's actually carried and used then every bit of dirt or dust it encounters is gonna get trapped in there and make it look pretty gross after a while. That being said, it does look gorgeous. Very nicely done.

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Re: Clear Knife Scales

Postby TomAiello » Wed Mar 06, 2019 10:32 pm

I would totally buy that.

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