Back burner project

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Big improvement!
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A small update on this one, too.
I started out planning on sanding the bolsters for a brushed finish, then heating the bolsters and use the coffee ground method to try to darken them.
Instead, when I heated the sanded bolsters, they started to turn a brass color. What the…??
I thought they were stainless, but they must have some zinc and copper mixed in somehow. 🤔
Anyway, I went with the brass color, looks good against the brown scales, I think.
Now I’m unhappy with the button color. The button is some kind of painted/coated zinc alloy, so not sure what to do about that.
Looks like I’ll be coming back to this one.
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Looks good, I have an 11" one in snakeskin.
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I can't tell you anything about the metal's reaction in regards to coloring but I can say that I like it!

The contrast between the scales and the bolsters as it sits now compliment each other very well. Very cool work brother!
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Anyone who may be interested in one of these be aware that they are HEAVY! I'm sure nobody on the forum would carry one of these as an every day carry but you never know.
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Thanks, the bolster color change was a bit of serendipity. Usually when I try something different it turns out not so good.
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It is a chunk, that's for sure. Even the 9 inch version is heavy.
But, I have carried it, not EDC, but quite a few times. It's rare for me to buy a knife that I don't intend to carry.
You get used to the weight, but you never really forget it's there. The ones with a pocket clip are easier to manage.
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Mine was advertised with a clip but it showed up without one. I just bought it for the WOW factor, plus it was on sale! You're doing some nice work on yours!!!
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sammy the blade wrote: Mon Nov 28, 2022 4:16 pm Anyone who may be interested in one of these be aware that they are HEAVY! I'm sure nobody on the forum would carry one of these as an every day carry but you never know.
Very heavy, indeed. I picked up one of the 13 inch variety last year and it's easily as heavy as one of my Campolin batwings, may even be heavier.

Likely it's cheaper to produce them that way than spending time shaving excess metal away. But hey, if the blade doesn't deploy you can use it as a nightstick! :)

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Or a boat anchor.
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