Customized knives

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  1. keyman

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    Hi all,
    Most know, I am scale crazy.
    I love to customize my knives, to make them unique and in turn hopefully better.
    It is quite obvious that in this, I am not alone. Here's a thread to post pics of all those special touches we all do to our already capable knives to make them ours.

    Here's a start....

    Instead of those plastic feeling handle scales, I have made new scales out of Python canvas micarta and a cogged back spacer out of brown canvas micarta. There is truly nothing wrong with the original factory scales.
    However, I must say....this definitely better.

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    really?

    No one else?

    Ok, fine then. I guess I will have to chime in myself.

    When to ZT 0566 was released I picked one up hoping it would be the as advertised mini 0561 to go along with the excellent full sized model I had..

    Unfortunately, the 0566 was only available with black G10, so rather than kibbize about it I decided to go ahead and make a scale to match my 0561.

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    And with it's big brother

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    Unfortunately, I found the 0566 was nothing like the 0561 other than being a frame lock with a similar blade profile so I never carried and ended up selling it a while ago.
     
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  3. backwater-otter

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    On a side note, your avatar bro-

     
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  4. lightning

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    Hahah, yup, that;s the one :D
     
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    Good grief, I fell in instant love with those scales, never knew they had Python scales!! I have a Benchmade Griptillion that would look awesome and would make me lean to it being my EDC! AWESOME!! You are very gifted craftsman! Thanks for sharing.
     
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    @keyman - did you do the work yourself or did you buy the scales. I really like the back spacer on that


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  7. lightning

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    He does his own work, and much work for others as well.

    He was kind enough to make this one for me

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  8. keyman

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    Yup, my friend lightning is correct.
    Thank you that is my work.
    Custom scales on a already great knife = Awesome.

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    Would something like these be available? If so, I could PM you to coordinate if not too cost prohibited.
     
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    I can vouch for Keyman's work. He's made two custom scales for me.

    Mini Grip

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    Spyderco Southard

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    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
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    PM the man.

    in a world of costly custom work and parts, his rates are more than reasonable IMHO
     
  12. keyman

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    Thanks Guys!

    Here some more......

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  13. Gunsmoke609

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    Outstanding!!
     
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    Ahhhh yes @keyman , the Dragon Scale 806

    How is that material standing up?



    (still looks awesome BTW...)
     
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    I don't want to repeat what has been said already, but this knife is awesome! :D
     
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    It's all good, in cases like this it's worth repeating... ;)
     
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    Was working on this one today and hit a moment where I just had to say, wow.
    Thought I'd share..........


    (now that's traction)
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    I wouldn't say this is truly customized in the sense, but I stippled the scales on my Becker BK3. I hated the smooth ones that were provided and decided to get the wood burning kit out. I like the outcome.

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    I forgot about this one.

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    This old Mtech fixed blade that was rattling around with me for years. I ground the thumb ramp off (carefully), and sanded the bead blasted finish down to 220 grit (I think). Either way, you'd hardly recognize it.

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    Figured I'd take a swing at contouring handles.

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    Came out pretty well.
     
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