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Another pimped Opinel .

This one is for Andrew from Valleydeepmountainhigh .  When we discussed the pimp on the phone  He asked to keep the locking ring on and for it to have a tanto type tip .

 As this was a carbon steel No.6 Opinel I decided against a stone wash finish which may aid rusting and chose a deep dark etch in ferric chloride instead.The whole knife was dipped including the locking ferule as there was no need to take the knife apart .

 The original curved tip was flattened into a tanto'ish angle which was then resharpened at 25 degree’s to make a slightly thicker edge to the tip relative to the the thinner straight cutting edge  and I thought it gave it a shark like appearance .

 The original varnish to the beach wood handle was removed and then the sides flattened on a belt sander . As I was still thinking on a shark theme I then sculpted the sides with a small Dremel sanding drum to represent gills

The wood was then buffed on a medium grit abrasive wheel to round off any sharp corners but to also give some sharkskin like texture before dying the wood with black ash wood dye . The dye was then rubbed back using wire wool for an aged effect .

 I hope he likes it .

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My Wife was gifted this beautiful French Laguiole folder by a good customer and took a shine it as a kitchen knife .

However the back spring was very strong and She was cautious about closing it and it snapping shut on Her hand . She was also concerned about the build up of food in the handle so asked if it was possible to turn it into a fixed blade !

I first disengaged the pivot and flooded the pivot and the insect motif with warmed epoxy and allowed it to cure for 24 hours .

I then cut 3 kydex shims to fit in the slot  leaving a 2mm gap and filed it with epoxy to cure .

Then I created some copper dust on my grinder and filled the 2mm gap with a copper dust / epoxy mix . This was then sanded back and polished up creating a copper channel .

Simple job but it works .


A few pics up just to show the differences between the original No.6 and the recently pimped one I did .

 Removing the locking ring (for UK legal carry ) and flattening the sides of the beech wood handle has generally made for a much lower profile carry .

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Pimped War Toad .

Following on from this thread here  here’s the Pimped /modified War Toad friction folder from Boker knives.

 The Customer requested me to replace the factory G-10 scale with a solid bronze 5mm thick scale . This was shaped then hammered and then etched / blackened before being stone washed for an aged effect 

Ive also etched and stone washed the 440c blade as the customer preferred the look to the original satin finish and have added some  jimping to the Titanium spine spacer which was then heat anodized and then further stone washed to mute the heat colors .

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Pimped Opinel no.8 .

 Following on from the N0.4 which I recently showed here is the larger locking version .

 Same Nessmuk inspired bull-nose tip which will hopefully offer better protection against possible tip loss as the steel in these blades is quite thin

The blade and locking ferrule were etched in FC  and the beech wood handle was flattened  ,sculpted and dyed with a copper lanyard ring added .

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Another Copi-mod .

 On its way to another US customer

Soviet era copper from ammo crates hammered , etched and stone washed fitted with an etched and stonewashed high carbon steel Opinel no4 blade  surrounded by my treasures found on the coast .

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Peasant pimped .

 Svord Peasant pimped up for a US LEO .

Having removed the rather distasteful multi -colored traffic light stain from the wood scales these were sanded back and dyed dark brown with leather dye , the brass screws were aged before stone-washing the wood scales .

The blade was etched dark in ferric with some jimping added to the spine and tang of the friction folder with a small amount of GITD  / epoxy mix in the tang hole as asked for by the customer  and to me it now reminds me of an old seadogs clasp knife . . 

original svord  via @heinniehaynes

available here in UK  

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Opi tanto .

Opinel no8 modified to a Tanto with etched and stonewashed blade for a customer in Canada . The beech wood handle has been sculpted , a brass lanyard added . It was then dyed dark brown with leather dye and then rubbed back with wire wool to reveal the grain .

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Ready to pimp.

I bought these 3 Opinel’s yesterday from with the intention of pimping them up for re sale .

 Ive seen pics of the folding saw before but was quite surprised by the over all size of it in the flesh , the middle one is a No.8 locker and the smallest a No.4 non locking .

The only thing I can’t settle on is whether to pimp them as a set ie all 3 in the same style or to do them individually in contrasting styles?


Knife in the sky with ferric chloride .

Not quite as catchy as ’Lucy in the sky with diamonds ‘ but Ive started to pimp up that big TOPS Tahoma field knife . It was too large a blade for my normal dip tank so had to use a plastic tray outside hence the clouds in the picture .

At the customers request the black coating was removed , the blade then etched and stonewashed , I still have to sort the scales out but wanted to show the customer the WIP so far  .

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Another US made blade blank I handled up for former British SAS Armorer Gary Wines of Wines knives  .

 Gary re designed the boot knifes handle profile and asked that I scale it up in black peel -ply G-10 with removable Torx bolts so that they could fully test out the daggers over all design .

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Stone washed Kershaw OD-2 .

Following on from these 2 older posts

and then some work done pimping here

 I decided to go the whole hog and stone -wash my Kershaw flipper .

The knife was dismantled ,all metal parts were dark etched first and then individually stone washed with marbles in a tumble drier as was the sculpted back G-10 scale .

 I’m still planning on replacing the torx screws and the frame lock override circle for some antiqued bronze ones as soon as I can find some or get some made up .

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