Finishing the unfinished EDC 4 (photo heavy)

Discussion in 'Survive! Knives' started by TRfromMT, Oct 14, 2017.

  1. TRfromMT

    TRfromMT Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Jan 4, 2016
    There was some interest in following this, so I' thought I'd start a new thread for you guys. As always, this is in no way a solicitation for work. Just sharing the fun and joy in my hobby. Questions and comments are always welcome.

    Here are some WIP photos of the project I'm doing with the unfinished EDC 4 that recently surfaced. These blanks came from the old oak tree at the end of the movie "Shawshank Redemption". The blanks are pretty wormy and full of holes, but they have been stabilized. I laminated black micarta spacers. The blank I picked was the most solid and had lots of interesting character.

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    The owner asked me to add a little more thickness to the front of the handle compared to a typical S!K handle. After consulting a little bit, we decided to implement more of a bushcraft style handle. I'll put just a little flare to it, and we also decided to fully capture the lanyard hole with the handle, and include a lanyard tube. All pins are stainless and brass mosaic, and the tube is stainless.


    We kicked around the idea of eliminating the back pin but have decided to add it. I'll work on that next. After grinding everything flush I am going to tumble the blade. It was only ever taken to the rough grind so it needs some help. After tumbling I'll glue it all up.
  2. Silver Needle

    Silver Needle

    Jul 14, 2014
    Looking awesome so far! Can't wait to see the progress.

    Thanks for this thread!
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  3. TRfromMT

    TRfromMT Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Jan 4, 2016
    The 3rd mosaic pin has been added. At first I was concerned it was going to get too busy at the tail end, but I think it will look good after adding it.


    With everything only dry fit, I ground everything flush to the tang of the knife.


    Then sanding to polish up the areas that can't be sanded after gluing.

    Last edited: Oct 15, 2017
  4. Psybull


    Dec 31, 2015
    The contouring really brings those grips together, awesome work as usual Tony.
    That spalted oak has a lot going on with an interesting history, heirloom quality.
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  5. Silver Needle

    Silver Needle

    Jul 14, 2014
    Good call on the pins, very classy.

    Looking forward to seeing how the modded front end of the handle looks on the blade.
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  6. palonej

    palonej Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Aug 5, 2015
    Excellent work with a beautifully figured chunk of lumber!
    Looks fantastic!!
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  7. JJ_Colt45

    JJ_Colt45 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 11, 2014
    You truely do some beautiful work. I love seeing your posts showing your personalization or customization of your knives.

    Beautiful wood and work.

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  8. ajvail18

    ajvail18 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 12, 2017
    Beautiful work, Tony
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  9. TRfromMT

    TRfromMT Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Jan 4, 2016
    Before tumbling the blade (I have access to a stone tumbler at work :) ) here is a photo of the handles after all the fit up. The treatment on the front end makes this a completely different knife, IMO.

  10. Silver Needle

    Silver Needle

    Jul 14, 2014
    @TRfromMT Wow! That is looking amazing. The blade shape and new handle make it look very bushcrafty to me!

    I was anxious to see what the lanyard hole would look like. That is a unique feature indeed.

    If you know what's good for you, you'll have plenty of shots from various angles when you're finished :D
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  11. 91bravo

    91bravo Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 2008
    The wood looks really great on top of the micarta!
  12. TRfromMT

    TRfromMT Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Jan 4, 2016
    thanks, @91bravo
    The blank was pretty thin to get a set of scales if I split it, but I really wanted to get a good book matched set. I had another block from the same section of the tree that was a good match, but wouldn't have been a book matched set. Problem was to get the full thickness I had to use 3/16" micarta. Thicker than I would have liked. Anyway, after I laminated everything then split it down the middle, the book matching looks NOTHING alike! Crazy how the grain patter changed on these in just the thickness of my saw blade! Might as well of gone with both the blocks (and thinner micarta liners) and not worried about the book matching.
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  13. tech25


    Dec 20, 2012
    wow beautiful work!
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  14. TRfromMT

    TRfromMT Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Jan 4, 2016
    OK, here is the mostly finished knife. It hasn't been sharpened, and I have a few more steps to finish this up, then it's off for leather. But you get the idea. I have access to an industrial stone wash tumbler :) so I was able to put a simple stone was finish on the blade.







    Last edited: Oct 21, 2017
  15. Silver Needle

    Silver Needle

    Jul 14, 2014
    @TRfromMT you have outdone yourself! Wow! I really like what you've done with the handle contouring and design. Very nice work :thumbsup::thumbsup:
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  16. TRfromMT

    TRfromMT Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Jan 4, 2016
    Thanks @Silver Needle
    It is just slightly thicker than a typical GSO handle, with about the same amount of contouring as the new generation handles (and of course the bushcrafter style front end). I have done this shape and handle front end (just the slightest flare) and have come to really like it. This handle style works so well for me on smaller blades that do not have a guard. Seems to lend itself well to this knife, too. The balance point is just behind the index finger, in front of your middle finger - it is slightly more handle heavy than the original versions.

    I also left it with a sharp spine so it can scrape tinder or throw a spark.
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  17. Silver Needle

    Silver Needle

    Jul 14, 2014
    Sounds great!

    Did you take any pics from directly above to show off the contouring?

    In the eyes of some, it's probably a good thing I won't own this knife. If I did it would live in a glass case somewhere prominent and never feel the exhilaration of prepping a fire or a lunch.
  18. TRfromMT

    TRfromMT Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Jan 4, 2016
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  19. Silver Needle

    Silver Needle

    Jul 14, 2014
    Perfect. That IS contoured nicely.
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  20. Hard Knocks

    Hard Knocks Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 1, 2012
    I love the character and history in those scales. They were definitely put in the right guys hands for this. Excellent work Tony.

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