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Custom GSO Handles - WIP thread

Discussion in 'Survive! Knives' started by TRfromMT, May 6, 2017.

  1. Silver Needle

    Silver Needle

    Jul 14, 2014
    @TRfromMT WOWOWOWOW!!!!!!!! That's seriously jaw dropping. My jaw dropped open when I saw that swedge. I'm really looking forward to the details.
     
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  2. Hard Knocks

    Hard Knocks Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 1, 2012
    Wait, did he stonewash the swedged portion too?! That looks good TR.
     
  3. TRfromMT

    TRfromMT Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 4, 2016
    ^^^He stonewashed it, then I had him etch it. Just looking for a little different finish. It is a bit darker than the previous stone wash.
     
  4. Hard Knocks

    Hard Knocks Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 1, 2012
    Very cool. I've held back from modifying the blades much since I didn't want different finishes, but that came out great.
     
  5. TRfromMT

    TRfromMT Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 4, 2016
    Just a quick post so you guys can see the direction this project is going.... By the way, this regrind from @Daniel Fairly Knives is the bomb. He is a fantastic guy and I'm honored to have been able to work with him on a collaboration in the past, and he did this one for me as a huge favor. I asked for a dark etch and showed him a picture of a 7/7. I am blown away by the results. I especially like the way he swept the plunge line on a gentle radius instead of a straight plunge with a sharp inside corner. Also, where the bevel intersects the primary bevel is a perfect match to the original curve. He nailed this!

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    The handles are only rough shaped and consequently don't look like much. There is some premium grade Koa going on there. Also, carbon fiber liners. Wait... WHAT?

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  6. Wood5045

    Wood5045 Gold Member Gold Member

    304
    Feb 22, 2016
    Beautiful work, that looks awesome!
     
  7. Silver Needle

    Silver Needle

    Jul 14, 2014
    WOW! This is a really special little project. The shape and style of the swedge really is nice. The carbon fiber looks outstanding. Can you please put off eating and sleeping until the handles are fully finished because I can't wait to see the finished project!

    What are your plans for the knife once it's complete?
     
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  8. TRfromMT

    TRfromMT Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 4, 2016
    @Silver Needle I really haven't thought about specific plans once it's finished. For now, I am hoping it turns out in execution how I imagine it in my mind.
     
  9. Silver Needle

    Silver Needle

    Jul 14, 2014
    I wasn't looking for anything too specific, but I was thinking because it's a GSO, it's meant to be used hard. Because of all the custom touches it could be the center piece of your household mantle.
     
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  10. Brian77

    Brian77 KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Nov 27, 2014
    Adding custom swedges to some knives brings them alive. And adds a whole other dimension. Looks great I like the change
     
  11. TRfromMT

    TRfromMT Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 4, 2016
    How's that for liners, boys?
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  12. Silver Needle

    Silver Needle

    Jul 14, 2014
    That'll do :D

    I really like look of the patterning of carbon fiber. Sexy!
     
  13. TRfromMT

    TRfromMT Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 4, 2016
    Sneak peek. Plan to take more pictures when the sun is out... 20170624_114056.jpg
     
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  14. Silver Needle

    Silver Needle

    Jul 14, 2014
    @TRfromMT Are the handles now fully finished to your liking?

    Is the sun out yet?!? :D
     
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  15. TRfromMT

    TRfromMT Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 4, 2016
    ^^^yes, they are! This could be my all time favorite project. Still no decent pictures yet.
     
  16. sfrigon1

    sfrigon1

    927
    Oct 2, 2016
    You are a beast Tony, hats off to you. Hope I can own some of your work someday. Thumbsup
     
  17. Silver Needle

    Silver Needle

    Jul 14, 2014
    I'm really glad you're so happy with your final product. For and artist and craftsman such as yourself to be satisfied says a lot about the quality of these handles. I'll be anxiously waiting for some more pics :thumbsup:
     
  18. TRfromMT

    TRfromMT Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 4, 2016
    Here are some photos. Full details on this knife:
    Old spec GSO 4.1 in CPM 3V steel, false edge regrind and acid etch finish by @Daniel Fairly Knives
    Stabilized curly koa handles with carbon fiber liners.
    New torx fasteners.
    Leather by Jason Raratterree on the S!K fan page.

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  19. Fancier

    Fancier

    Jul 1, 2012
    Really nice work TR! A very impressive set of customizations.
     
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  20. Hard Knocks

    Hard Knocks Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 1, 2012
    The only problem I see with that 4.1 is that it's not mine ;) :D Great blade there TR.
     
    Last edited: Jun 25, 2017
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