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What Epoxy Do You Use

Discussion in 'Fit & Finish' started by Flinders Adventures, Oct 15, 2015.

  1. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    Thin should work
     
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  2. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    I have not used the thickened 655 before. I have used the 650 on lots of knives.

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  3. Shadnuke

    Shadnuke Disabled dreamer...

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    I use whatever they have at home depot, usually gorilla glue. I will eventually buy a bigger container, but I can get a few handles mounted with the 2 part syringes.
     
  4. Wishalot

    Wishalot New Member

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    Using G2 Flex from Lee Valley as well - works great with primitive bows and so far on my rejuvenated, rehandled butcher knives also working great. Seems to handle temperature variations with the wood more efficiently. Used JB Weld as well, which also seems great - brittle though. I have always found the long cure epoxies more suitable and stronger.
     
  5. Shadnuke

    Shadnuke Disabled dreamer...

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    Just curious, but what is the cost of that stuff at Lee Valley? I have not been able to wrap my head around spending the exorbitant amount of money they ask for stuff that costs a fraction, just about everywhere else. I mean Lee Valley does have some amazing kit, and a lot of stuff you have trouble finding online that actually shops to Canada. I have a couple whittling knives from there, but that was LONG before I decided to get into knife making haha, but I normally only go in there to dream about a lot of their overly priced stuff.
     
  6. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    Some time ago, I discovered that not all epoxies are waterproof. In knifemaking, epoxy is meant to be used as a sealant, so buying waterproof products make sense. I make mostly kitchen knives where I know they are going to be submerged in water from time to time. Gorilla epoxy and many others are rated as "water resistant" and "should not be fully submerged." Marine grade epoxies are waterproof and can be submerged all day long.

    I get G/flex from BoatCraft. It's $31.22 for 8 oz. This will make about 25 knives at two teaspoons (10ml) per knife on average. Actual amount depends on handle style and size. That's $1.30 per knife for peace of mind.

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  7. Wishalot

    Wishalot New Member

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    Kinda like Dan here with the coverage of the G Flex, finding the same, mind you still have lots of epoxy left, since I will likely only ever do a few of them. Not sure what I paid Lee Valley, in the $30 range, however, which is certainly pricey, but I feel pretty positive using the stuff and did not have to go far to get it. For the record Shadnuke, I feel pretty special when I can step up the computer at Lee Valley, do up my order, walk up to the counter, get my order and leave again knowing it will be another year or two before I can do it all again. Way outa my range but some of their stuff is just plain necessary. That is what I tell my wife anyway.
    When you put it into perspective with that $1.30, Dan, it really doesn't seem that bad
     

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