April 2021 BOTM - 104 Compadre with 3V steel

timbits588

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Mine arrived today. The finish on the handle tang was not on par with my other three 104s. It has noticeable grind marks that did not get polished out. On the one hand the buffing compound is highlighting it in the photos, on the other hand they are more noticeable with the naked eye. Of course, this is a camping knife, so not a big deal.

The edge grind is on par with the others, but is the roughest of the four. The grip on this one is in between the SK handle (as expected) and the the other micarta handle. I was wiping the blade off with mineral oil and got some on the handle. Now I think I might have to coat the whole handle with mineral oil.

I need to get my DSLR camera out and take some pics after I figure out the lanyard....

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Very nice collection! Did the red come with the option for wood or micarta handles? I had seen both handle style on the red blade and both described as "new in box", but wasn't sure if that was accurate. If you don't know, no biggie, was just curious.
 

Vaporstang

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Very nice collection! Did the red come with the option for wood or micarta handles? I had seen both handle style on the red blade and both described as "new in box", but wasn't sure if that was accurate. If you don't know, no biggie, was just curious.

Thanks! I don't know. The red one is the only one I did not buy new from a dealer or Buck.
 

caquino

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I decided to give it a try and dye my red micarta handles, using Rit "DyeMore" synthetic dye (Chocolate Brown). Pretty easy to do... after taking it out of the dye bath, I followed with a soak in Rit "ColorStay" dye fixative. Then after it was completely dry (left overnight), I gave it a couple of coats of Renaissance Wax. Oh, and just to be clear about it... I did removed the handles from the knife to dye them.

I'm quite pleased with how it turned out!

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While I was at it, I also changed the color on the Web Special 557 Open Season knife I received a few days ago, they were too light for my tastes. I used a Charcoal Grey dye, but it came out looking more like O.D. green due to the original handle color... what the heck, it was an experiment.

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Jeff of the North

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After a very long hold in Customs (17 days) mine has finally arrived. This one mirrors much of what has been said already but with the addition of a rounded tip. So rounded in fact that it won't pierce my skin. No biggie for me though. I had planned on keeping this one as a showpiece but it may just become a user. I'm still satisfied and glad that I purchased one.
 

Makael

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I wonder why these examples had different grinds than what we have come to expect from Buck. I cant imagine the steel type had anything to do with it. But maybe so.
 
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