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Discussion in 'The Custom Shop: Services Offered' started by Rose and Thistle Custom, Jul 1, 2019.

  1. Rose and Thistle Custom

    Rose and Thistle Custom Josh Mead Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 9, 2018
    I've been doing a number of Proper grips lately.
    They are handmade and handshaped not by a CNC so each set is unique. I can fit them exactly on your knife or use grips from mine as a guide which will result in a slightly oversized set. Prices run from $60 shipped to $95 averaging about $75. I can also get a knife, fit grips and mail it to you as a completed package.

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    Here's a review from the feedback forum
    I had the pleasure of commissioning custom scales for my Benchmade Proper from @Roseandthistlecustom. I'll start by saying how pleased I am with the finished product, and how pleasurable was the entire experience of working with Josh. I'm dividing the review into two parts: 1) Communication, 2) Product Pros & Cons.

    1) Communication.

    I discovered Josh's work through his posting of a benchmade proper with ironwood scales and a Spyderco Dragonfly with ironwood scales. I was initially interested in having my dragonfly modified, but my version didn't have scales under the FRN, so it wasn't workable. Instead, I mentioned my proper and Josh said he could definitely make that happen. Josh was very up front about his pricing, dividing it by parts and labor. He emailed me several samples of ironwood that he had along with some other materials. He also told me about his supplier's own website and IG page, in case there was a set of scales I'd prefer to get on my own. This turned out to be best for me, since I wanted enough to have another modification done on a separate knife. Once I had the scales, Josh informed me of the final labor costs and I marked out what part of the wood to cut and shipped him the wood and the knife (he said he could do the scales without the knife, but that ensuring the best fit would be more feasible with the knife in his hands. Besides, I had ground down part of the butt of the knife, so it had to be sent his way).

    Once Josh received the knife he kept me informed of the process throughout and asked me questions to ensure that I got what I wanted. For example, there was a small crack that showed up during shaping, and he asked whether I wanted it filled or left alone if it didn't get removed by final shaping. He also asked whether or not I wanted to keep the lanyard hole. He also made a point to ask how thick or thin I wanted the scales to be shaped. This all seems like standard stuff, but it is the details that are important to make sure you get what you really want, and I think Josh did a good job of ensuring just that.

    When the knife was finished Josh sent pictures and made sure I liked what I saw before he shipped it back. I had asked specifically for him to use the same packaging that I sent to him, and that's just what he did.

    2) Product Pros & Cons

    Although Josh didn't supply the ironwood, he did point me to his supplier and WOW is it some excellent ironwood! The scales I purchased were acquired on one of the IG auctions, but the website also had loads of really good samples, with a variety of price points. I got some really nice scales and Josh did a great job of leaving as much as possible for me to save for another knife.

    The craftsmanship on the scales is really good. I love the extra thickness of the wood and the contouring makes it melt right into my hand. Josh had been doing some G10 liners to reinforce the stability of his modifications, but we agreed to just go with good on this example, because the slab might be a little too thin or the handle too thick if we added G10. The overall symmetry of the contouring is excellent. I scanned the scales very carefully and could only find one noticeable different at the top of the knife on the spine where one side is slightly (and I meant ever so slightly) thicker than the other. You can't feel a difference, and you can't see it either unless you are nit picking. The polishing job is also excellent. There are no noticeable differences in the look or the feel of the scales. I believe Josh polished up to 2000 grit, and they really pop in the sunshine, as you can see from the pictures. Another very minor nit picking detail is that during the polishing, the liners got polished in a few places, leaving some shinier areas on the liners as you look along them. Again, it isn't noticeable at all to the touch, and only visible when you are scrutinizing. This bothers me not one bit, since my own modification to the butt of the knife did the same exact thing. I mention it here only for full disclosure.

    To wrap things up, I ended up with an outstanding set of scales with precision craftsmanship and excellent communication. I don't know if Josh is doing peened knives, or if he's only working on knives that disassemble with screws, but if you've got a knife that he can modify, I think you'll be pleased with the finished product. As for pricing, I think it is very reasonable for what I ended up with. Way to go Josh, and thanks for making some outstanding scales for my proper!
     

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  2. Rose and Thistle Custom

    Rose and Thistle Custom Josh Mead Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 9, 2018
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    (The knives other than the Proper were not done by me).
     
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  3. jbib

    jbib

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    Sep 21, 2012
    Am I to understand that you make custom scales for a wide variety of knives. If so I'd like to see if I could get a pair made for me.
     
  4. Rose and Thistle Custom

    Rose and Thistle Custom Josh Mead Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 9, 2018
    What knife are you looking to get scales for? There are a few I can do and if I can't do it I probably know someone who can.
     
  5. jbib

    jbib

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    Sep 21, 2012
    Thank you for your reply. I would custom scales for a couple kaba r folding knives.
     
  6. jbib

    jbib

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    Sep 21, 2012
    Please excuse my sloppy text. I would like custom scales made for several of the Chinese made KaBar knives I own.
     
  7. Rose and Thistle Custom

    Rose and Thistle Custom Josh Mead Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 9, 2018
    Sorry not really interested in working on KaBars.
     
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    Rose and Thistle Custom Josh Mead Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 9, 2018
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  9. Fred Z

    Fred Z

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    Sep 14, 2020
    I would like to set up one of my Aurillac knives with American chestnut. I have the wood (from an old flooring sample) and I will have blanks cut to 3/8" x 1-1/2" x 5" long. Any interest?
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  10. Rose and Thistle Custom

    Rose and Thistle Custom Josh Mead Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 9, 2018
    That's funny, I was just looking at your posts about opinels and wooden boats (I've worked on a few) earlier. I doubt I will take it on but don't mind talking and maybe I can help you find someone.
    Text 541-735-1229 or email [email protected]
    I work tonight and tomorrow but start a few days of vacation Tuesday so will be more available then.
    Josh
     

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