Cracked Ice/ Pearlex

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JulesVane
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Cracked Ice/ Pearlex

Postby JulesVane » Tue May 01, 2018 1:10 am

Hi all...Speaking on the imitation pearl scales, sometimes when an "older" knife is described, the scales are referred to as cracked ice and "newer" scales are referred to as pearlex. Going along the theory that "they don't make them like they use to", are there any differences at all? Thanks in advance.
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Re: Cracked Ice/ Pearlex

Postby METALGOD » Thu May 03, 2018 12:31 pm

i dont think they are different they are both just plastic , the older "imitation pearl" as i call it looks more like real pearl then the new stuff. someone coined the term "cracked ice" many years ago and thats what some people call it but is really imitation pearl and nothing more, imitation pearl is what the italian makers were trying to replicate not cracked ice LOL.

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Re: Cracked Ice/ Pearlex

Postby john » Thu May 03, 2018 7:39 pm

What Bernie said!
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Re: Cracked Ice/ Pearlex

Postby JulesVane » Thu May 03, 2018 11:17 pm

Thanks Bernie and John. I guess they have never changed the recipe for plastic in all these years lol.
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Re: Cracked Ice/ Pearlex

Postby Viking45 » Fri May 04, 2018 11:16 am

Many years ago (early 60's maybe) there were a lot of companies putting out knives with the "cracked ice" thing. German and US companies.
To me it had a pearlish color but not really pearl grain if that makes sense.
Imitation pearl (Pearlex) is really going for the real pearl effect, where I feel the cracked ice is it's own thing.

This is what I'm thinking of cracked ice. It's all acrylic with variances in swirl pattern etc. Just my 2 cents worth.
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Re: Cracked Ice/ Pearlex

Postby JimBrown257 » Mon Jun 18, 2018 11:13 pm

I have been wondering about this too. I got a really great looking IMOP from one of the supply sites and it smell a lot like fiberglass. like It has that new boat smell. Does anyone know what this stuff is?
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Re: Cracked Ice/ Pearlex

Postby Viking45 » Wed Jun 27, 2018 4:16 am

A polymer maybe?

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Re: Cracked Ice/ Pearlex

Postby Fishtail Picklock » Thu Jul 26, 2018 3:12 am

I have always had a "soft spot" in my heart for the "Cracked Ice" look on a pocket auto. I had a number of folding pocket knives with the Cracked Ice polymer scales when I was a kid, I truly enjoyed them.
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