Discussion in 'Fixed Blades' started by Timmer377, May 3, 2019.
Hi folks.. I just finished up this drop point hunter with a royal blue G10 handle with a yellow spacer. My thinking was that I wouldn't lose it in the leaves when field dressing an animal.. but .. I have to say.. I am not really a big fan.. I guess I am much more of a traditionalist that I thought I was.. What are your thoughts on coloured scales??
I am the same. I love figured wood. Something warm and natural about it. I do get dyed stabilized woods from time-to-time which offers some wood and some colour. Natural products can be hit or miss. I recently did a fillet knife with a set of spalted crosscut chestnut scales and a big piece of wood chipped away when shaping the handle. I was bummed.
Great looking knife by the way. Very good grind line.
A bit of wood and a bit of colour. This is dyed stabilized curly maple. The chatoyance is amazing.
I love the look of a real wood handle. I personally don't use anything synthetic. I'm not a fan of brightly coloured handles except occasionally orange and only because it's my favourite colour.
@Timmer377 I saw the knife pic before is disappeared! Wanted to comment, but got sucked down another vortex of thought on here lol! Anyway gorgeous little knife you posted, love that style, also I think the more variety there is the better. Geoff Feder is one maker I have seen sandwiching blue and yellow G-10 on his Chef knives, the look is quite effective. The blue you chose definitely added character and separated it from the traditional look hunters. I think orange liners on that would have made it pop! But not my knife, it was yours, and so in that respect it was what it should have been
I have various stabilized wood, carbon fibre twill, unidirectional carbon fibre, rubberized carbon fibre, stabilized cactus in resin, copper infused carbon, gold infused carbon, some white c-tek and an entire rainbow of g-10 here! You might say with me that quite often handle materials inspire the knives, as much as the other way around, sometimes more so!
For hunting knives or any I’m carrying on a trapline, I’ve grown to prefer bright neon orange scales/handles. Micarta or G10 for materials. Love the feel of wood, but it can’t take the beating synthetics can & doesn’t offer as secure a grip in below zero temps & blood covered hands. The colour ensures I don’t lose it.
for wood handles or stabilized I use 0000 steel wool to texture and then a coat of minwax paste wax. with a bit of tweaking you can get a decent grip
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