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Utility Fighter Appreciation Thread

Discussion in 'Carothers Performance Knives' started by Josh K, Jul 5, 2020.

  1. Seanieo

    Seanieo Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 4, 2020
    Correct! I didn't see any pics posted so I had to put one up.
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  2. Nathan the Machinist

    Nathan the Machinist KnifeMaker / Machinist / Evil Genius Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 13, 2007
    That is a particularly nice set of rag micarta. Jo and I are sitting out on the deck enjoying a lovely afternoon and I had just commented to her about them.

    I'm going to stop using the material because it is challenging to work with and it has an unacceptably high scrap rate, but it is pretty cool looking
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  3. CoryMc


    Sep 3, 2016
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  4. Siddhant

    Siddhant Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 25, 2018
  5. Casinostocks

    Casinostocks Factotum Gold Member

    Mar 20, 2016
    An OG and very old school. Feel fortunate to have gotten the 1st dibs back on this UF:



  6. Josh K

    Josh K Pirate

    Sep 29, 2008
    Damn that's pretty @Casinostocks. I didn't realize Elmax was part of the OG run, maybe I should write off finding one of those..
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  7. Casinostocks

    Casinostocks Factotum Gold Member

    Mar 20, 2016
    When I researched this subject a while back, I discovered that Nathan had made a dozen or so UFs in Elmax circa 2014. In fact most of the UFs made in Elmax were "satin" finished with fancy scales and there were a few which were even the original dagger grind (not to confuse with the DEF grind). I used to own one of those beauties which came from one of our friends who had attended the 2017 Blade Show, but I in hindsight I foolishly traded it:


    I had never seen an Elmax UF with a tumbled finish till OI came across this one from Bob. B. Looking at its condition, it has changed hands quite a few times with me being its owner twice! At some point if Jo gives me the green light and Nathan doesn't protest with screams, I may send it back to the Mothership for a refinish.
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  8. donscpoo

    donscpoo Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2013
    My UF first kill is a Wagyu Tomahawk :D

    It made an excellent steak knife.


  9. Grenock

    Grenock Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 7, 2016
    Hot damn! You got that one cooked just right Don! Outstanding.
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  10. 000Robert

    000Robert Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 28, 2020
    My new ECAM scales for my UF came in! Here are some photos of them with the black fasteners and the blued Titanium. I like the black fasteners better, but the blued look nice as well. What do yall think?

    UF-ECAM-1a.jpg UF-ECAM-2a.jpg UF-ECAM-3a.jpg UF-ECAM-5a.jpg
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  11. XtianAus

    XtianAus Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2016
    Blued titanium is nice but the black suit the ECAM much more
    Nice knife, it is my favourite in existence
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  12. woodysone

    woodysone Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 21, 2005
    I’m with you on this, black seams to go better with ECAM. Blue works better with the red micarta. Just my opinion for what’s it worth.:rolleyes:
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  13. 000Robert

    000Robert Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 28, 2020
    I love this UF! I love the design of it and everything. My DEK1 might become my favorite when I get it. I went ahead and mounted the black fasteners with blue Loctite last night.
  14. Josh K

    Josh K Pirate

    Sep 29, 2008
    That black is perfect with the edge-cut-antique handles. The blue fasteners look classiest (to my eye) on double black buffed. I appreciate that Nathan is offering titanium fasteners now. I'm sure it's extra work just to look a little different. Little personalizations are appreciated.

    I wouldn't say no to some "plain" polished 18/8 screws though. Maybe I can off the shelf something from McMaster.
  15. 000Robert

    000Robert Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 28, 2020
    My plain silver fasteners are not very good looking. I will sand and polish them up one of these days. But I like the black better with the ECAM scales anyway.
  16. Brummie

    Brummie Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 13, 2007
    Here’s my old thing, with new pants.
  17. 000Robert

    000Robert Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 28, 2020
    I'm working on some new pants for mine as well. Here is a photo of the eagle I'm tooling for it. I'll probably get back on it tonight.

  18. woodysone

    woodysone Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 21, 2005
  19. 000Robert

    000Robert Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 28, 2020
    LOL! Thanks. I need to finish tooling it and try to make the feathers look more real with my Hair Blade tool. Then I'll paint it.
  20. Josh K

    Josh K Pirate

    Sep 29, 2008
    Could have sworn I posted this a few hours ago. Great hiking companion

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