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Kinda Liking Dymalux

Discussion in 'Steel, Hardware, & Handle Material' started by dancom, May 11, 2020.

  1. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    Recently I noticed that Canadian Knifemaker Supply was offering DymaLux wood laminate. I bought a couple of 1/4" thick panels in the Buckskin and Camo Supreme varieties to try it out.

    If you are unfamiliar with DymaLux, it is a birch plywood product made by Cousineau Wood Products in Maine USA. Very thin sheets are dyed, then bonded together with phenolic resin resulting in a very tough laminate. If you want a waterproof, impact and heat resistant scale product this just might be for you.

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    This little 4" clipped point is looking good in Buckskin DymaLux.

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    Some of us that have been around a for a while might remember Dymondwood brand laminates from Rutland Plywood. Rutland suffered a fire at their plant and went out of business in 2014. (I think the Dym in DymaLux is paying homage to Rutland.) Thank you Cousineau for picking up the slack.

    This product reportedly cuts and sands fairly easily and polishes well. Sounds like a dream product, so I was off to the shop to check it out. When cutting the material the first thing I noticed was that it has a distinct phenolic smell like Formica or similar counter-top laminates. I cut the scale shapes with a wood band saw without any issues. It is considerably harder than regular plywood. You have to go a bit slower like one would when cutting Micarta. DymaLux shaped easily with a 60 grit belt on the grinder. Wet sanding with 120 and 220 went very smoothly and shaping the finer details was a piece of cake. For finishing, I used abrasive pad with a light buff on a clean cotton wheel. It will get very glossy on the buffing wheel if that's the look you are going for. If you want to tone down the shine and matte it out a bit, try a grey or green abrasive pad.

    I am looking forward to trying out the Camo Supreme.

    Dan
     
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  2. Griff

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    That looks very good and I’ve seen the stuff around, I think it was on knifekits.com.

    Nice knife that Dan.
     
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    Nice work, Dan, and thanks for the review.

    Magnus
     
  4. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    I am doing this knife's twin in Camo Supreme. I will take a few pics when it's close to done.

    At $18 for a 5" x 10" panel of 1/4", I will be buying more. That's enough for 3 or 4 sets of scales, so under $6 a knife.

    Dan
     
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