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First attempt at making scales 368

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First attempt at making scales
« on: October 12, 2017, 07:41:28 AM »
Hello, gents. I've been lurking for quite a while now, absorbing all your ample wisdom, but now's as good a time as any to officially appear. One of the things I like best about SAKs is the ability to customize the scales. A couple of weeks ago I decided to create some of my own. I bought some "inlace acylester" blanks on ebay, traced the pattern of factory scales, and went to work. The inlace acrylester hates to be sawed or drilled, but it doesn't mind being carved. The stuff loves to be sanded and filed. The scales you see below were made entirely by hand, no power tools involved. Once I got the scales roughed out to size, I used progressively finer auto body sandpaper (600 grit to 2000 grit) to smooth the surface, and then Brasso as the final step to raise the shine.


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Re: First attempt at making scales
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2017, 07:55:06 AM »
Classy  8)

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Re: First attempt at making scales
« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2017, 08:01:14 AM »
Wow! Beautiful and nice work :drool:

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Re: First attempt at making scales
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2017, 08:32:02 AM »
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Re: First attempt at making scales
« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2017, 09:42:12 AM »
Well done king_doodle!  :tu:
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Re: First attempt at making scales
« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2017, 10:08:19 AM »
Wow, that pattern...  :o
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Re: First attempt at making scales
« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2017, 10:15:19 AM »
 :drool: :drool: They are great
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Re: First attempt at making scales
« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2017, 10:24:18 AM »
Lush dude!  :cheers:

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Re: First attempt at making scales
« Reply #8 on: October 12, 2017, 10:37:42 AM »
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Re: First attempt at making scales
« Reply #9 on: October 12, 2017, 11:00:37 AM »

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Re: First attempt at making scales
« Reply #10 on: October 12, 2017, 05:20:46 PM »
They look beautiful, I love the shimmer to them.  Great job and welcome to the board.


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Re: First attempt at making scales
« Reply #11 on: October 12, 2017, 08:23:31 PM »
Wow, that pattern...  :o
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Re: First attempt at making scales
« Reply #12 on: October 12, 2017, 08:25:29 PM »
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« Reply #13 on: October 12, 2017, 08:32:54 PM »
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Re: First attempt at making scales
« Reply #14 on: October 12, 2017, 08:47:59 PM »
Lush dude!  :cheers:
That's the word I was looking for... I'll add "slick" as well though. Professional appearance :tu:
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Re: First attempt at making scales
« Reply #15 on: October 12, 2017, 09:54:57 PM »
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Re: First attempt at making scales
« Reply #16 on: October 12, 2017, 10:25:56 PM »
Beautiful work! Congrats!

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Re: First attempt at making scales
« Reply #17 on: October 12, 2017, 10:28:10 PM »
Hello, gents. I've been lurking for quite a while now, absorbing all your ample wisdom, but now's as good a time as any to officially appear. One of the things I like best about SAKs is the ability to customize the scales. A couple of weeks ago I decided to create some of my own. I bought some "inlace acylester" blanks on ebay, traced the pattern of factory scales, and went to work. The inlace acrylester hates to be sawed or drilled, but it doesn't mind being carved. The stuff loves to be sanded and filed. The scales you see below were made entirely by hand, no power tools involved. Once I got the scales roughed out to size, I used progressively finer auto body sandpaper (600 grit to 2000 grit) to smooth the surface, and then Brasso as the final step to raise the shine.

That is absolutely beautiful!

Welcome to the forum.   :like: :tu: :tu:
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Re: First attempt at making scales
« Reply #18 on: October 13, 2017, 02:40:41 AM »
Thanks for the warm welcome and kind words. It's great to be here. I thought of a few lessons learned about my scales project.

1) I used JB Weld to attach the scales. It's super strong, but super messy. If you're not careful it will get everywhere.
2) I bought the JB Weld epoxy that cures black. Clear would have been better.
3) If you get any epoxy on your blades, get it off before the stuff fully cures.
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Re: First attempt at making scales
« Reply #19 on: October 14, 2017, 08:33:13 PM »
Very nice looking sak you ended up with

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