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Modify your DX knife and lets see!

  • cantstopshopper Tuesday, August 3, 2010 7:35 PM Reply
    Here's a sweet DX favourite: SKU#32577

    Here's what I did to it:

    img src: http://i673.photobucket.com/albums/vv94/too-many-pets/knives/fullheated.jpg

    img src: http://i673.photobucket.com/albums/vv94/too-many-pets/knives/fullpolished.jpg

    img src: http://i673.photobucket.com/albums/vv94/too-many-pets/knives/scaleslastone.jpg

    Heat coloured one scale, sanded and polished the other.

    Polishing was done using a series of higher/finer grit sandpapers then a polishing cream.
    All sanding is done with wet sandpaper. I dip it in water for just a few seconds before using, and again as needed throughout.
    1. 600 grit sandpaper in a straight back and forth motion across length of scale
    2. 800 grit sandpaper in a straight back and forth motion at about a 60 degree angle to the last direction.
    3. 1000 grit- sanding as before and another (about)60 degrees over
    4. 2000 grit- same process, another 60 degrees around, bringing you back to moving across length of scale
    5. Polish as per product directions with a cream polish- I use Mothers Mag & Aluminum polish.
    I got the sandpaper and polish at an auto parts/repair store.

    Heat colouring is done with a butane torch and vegetable oil. I used sku#6824, and filled a small metal pot with enough vegetable oil to cover the scale completely. I held the scale up with a piece of wire and fired it with the torch. You have to be careful and pay close attention to the colour changing. Don't heat it up too much, watch for the colour and move the flame evenly. As soon as it hits the orangey/gold move the heat away. Once it's all coloured drop it into the oil to quench and set the colour. Let it cool a bit in the oil. If you heat it too much you'll move past the colour I show here and into blues purples and reds- but stainless steel like this does not have a bright 'pop' to those colours. I found them to be plain and washed out. If you go too far with the heat you can polish it away.
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    post edited by cantstopshopper on 8/18/2010 at 8:27 PM
  • gregwalton Wednesday, August 4, 2010 4:41 AM Reply
    I modified one of my sku.28878 ceramics by chipping the blade - I don't thinks this counts, though :o)

    I like the polished side - how does it feel in comparison to the original?
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    post edited by gregwalton on 8/4/2010 at 8:16 AM
  • cantstopshopper Wednesday, August 4, 2010 9:25 AM Reply
    the edges of the scale are rounded a bit but it still has great grip- actually I think it might have improved the grip because the smooth surface kind of 'sticks' to my hand now... polishing certainly did not make it worse.

    I went: 600 grit, 800, 1000, 2000, then Mothers Mag Polish
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  • flashin Wednesday, August 4, 2010 1:43 PM Reply
    i thought about doin' the exact same thing to mine.

    i lost a couple screws out of mine [because i was usin' it like a hammer] and i used a piece of heavy guage copper wire and mushroomed the ends into the holes in the scales and made a rivet to hold it together. drove the wire in further with one of my small gun smithing punches.
    it holds great and looks fine, but takin' it back apart is a pain.
    i think i can still polish it without takin' it apart.

    i'll probably use 600 then 1500.
    Howdy from Ohio!

    (john 3:15-18)
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    post edited by flashin on 8/4/2010 at 9:41 PM
  • cantstopshopper Wednesday, August 4, 2010 5:57 PM Reply
    flashin- what knife?
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  • flashin Wednesday, August 4, 2010 9:41 PM Reply
    same knife..... sku.32577
    Howdy from Ohio!

    (john 3:15-18)
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  • cantstopshopper Saturday, August 7, 2010 1:32 AM Reply
    ya, on this one it's pretty easy to polish even as one piece because of the flat profiles for each scale.
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  • cabfrank Sunday, August 8, 2010 5:33 PM Reply
    cantstopshopper, i like your idea, but all too often modify your knife turns into ruin your knife :) .
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  • cantstopshopper Sunday, August 8, 2010 10:01 PM Reply
    I know it's possible but with +25 knives from DX I figured it'd be ok to try. Besides, at these prices it's fairly inexpensive if there is a mistake-perfect for practicing. before doing this I checked out advice online too.
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  • cabfrank Monday, August 9, 2010 10:17 PM Reply
    fair enough, and i agree. what else can you get for 8 or 10 dollars theses days, huh?
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