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Kapara Upgraded

Discussion in 'Spyderco' started by BilboBaggins, Apr 29, 2019.

  1. BilboBaggins

    BilboBaggins Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 14, 2016
    I recently finished up a collaboration with Josh @razor-edge-knives on a Spyderco Kapara. When I say a "collaboration", I mean that Josh and I agreed at the beginning that we would each work on the parts of the knife that fell most in our wheelhouse. Josh wound up doing most of the easy stuff like making new scales from OD Green Micarta, putting a thumb ramp in, giving the blade a heavy working stonewash finish, adding a sharpening choil, sharpening it to a nice 15 dps, and tuning the lockup and action.

    I had to do the really difficult stuff. I ordered a clip from Spyderco (same as the one from the Spydiechef) AND I installed it AND I rubbed a little oil into the Micarta to darken it up a bit. I'm pretty damn pleased with the results. What say you?






    Thank you Josh!!!!!!!!!
  2. Eljay2


    Sep 25, 2018
    I say: freaking gorgeous! Congratulations!
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  3. lieferung

    lieferung Basic Member Basic Member

    May 24, 2016
    I'd certainly use this kapara as an EDC more than the OG one, which seems like a nice classy out on the town knife cuz of that CF. :D
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  4. Rusty_shackelford

    Rusty_shackelford Gold Member Gold Member

    May 3, 2013
    Really nice.
    That looks awesome.
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  5. PeteyTwoPointOne

    PeteyTwoPointOne Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 10, 2014
    Not a fan of stone/acidwashing blades, but it really adds to the theme you settled on. I would've had Josh blast the torx while he was at it, however if it were mine. Maybe tumble the hi-polish shine off the clip too.

    I like the CF on the stock Kappy, but I L-O-V-E love the Micarta you & Josh crafted. :thumbsup:

    Clutch job on the clip >>> those clip change-outs can be very high difficulty...rivaled only by the dreaded backspacer swap...

    Last edited: Apr 29, 2019
  6. 115Italian


    Nov 13, 2015
    Im not really sure what you paid Josh for, seems like you did all the work. But anyway, it turned out really nice. Love the scales.
  7. mitch13

    mitch13 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 3, 2004
    Nicely done.
    Thanks for sharing
  8. BilboBaggins

    BilboBaggins Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 14, 2016
    Thanks for the comments everyone. I fell in love with the Kapara almost the day it showed up, but I could just not get my big, fat hands to hold onto it well while I disengaged the compression lock. The stock CF scales are certainly beautiful, but they were slick as snot and there is not a huge area to grab hold of since the lock area is the narrowest part of the knife. Josh does stellar work, and the knife is now one I will have (and use) for forever.
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  9. V-1

    V-1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 14, 1999
    That looks amazing! Great job, takes the Kapara in a new direction.
    I've been carrying my Kapara for a few months now. I really like it's ergonomics and blade grind. Carries like a smaller knife and cuts like a laser. I think mine needs this treatment now...
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  10. BilboBaggins

    BilboBaggins Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 14, 2016
    I'm quite pleased with it and I'm sure Josh could take care of it for you!
  11. amateur blacksmith

    amateur blacksmith

    May 19, 2018
    WOW. Home run!

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