Which category would the Camo scales be in, maybe 23? Some are like screen prints, but some are more like stickers that have a texture like the Black Ice series.Edit: That #1 SAK is so beautiful!
Good point - mentally I had them in the "screen print" category but you're right - the wrap/sticker is different enough that I probably should've had it in there. I was running out of room in the frame though
Do you consider the blue alox knives made for the Dutch air force to be a different variaton, or do you discount them for being non-standard?
Some more scale variants. First one is original tortoiseshell
I consider them to be a proper variation and different from the #3 aluminum scales in the first image since they are anodized and the pre-war aluminum stuff is not. I didn't include it in this shot because I don't have one unfortunately.
So about the scale deterioration mentioned in my first post - take a look at this image (click here for higher res). It shows most of the major forms of scale deterioration I know of in the 84mm/91mm lines.
Cool thread! Lots of interesting information here. Thanks!In my experience, scale deterioration isn't limited to scales made of synthetic materials. In particular, horn scales often exhibit significant issues as well.
Tiffany series sterling silver scales( not solid to my regret)
Now I'm under the impression that the horn scales are a lot like the fiber scale - damage/degredation tends to be environmental vs inherent in the material itself like the early plastics.
In other words, if kept in a cool, humidity-controlled, bug-free environment, is there any reason to worry about degradation of horn scales in a collection?