View Full Version : Finishing Masecraft Blue Carbon Fiber

Ray Rogers
01-15-2003, 07:03 PM
I was wondering if anyone had any good ideas and/or experience for finishing tjis particular material. What I am interested in is methods for bringing out the blue color.

When you receive the material it has a very blue surface but when you start to grind it down to the desired thickness the usual black carbon fiber is mostly what you see with a few blue specks in it. The material appears to be made of many layers of black and a few layers of blue and each layer seems to be very, very thin.

I thought of reducing the thickness by working down the back side of a scale but the original blue that comes on the surface looks very 'commercial' and isn't what I want. Sanding down to a blue layer without sanding through the layer seems almost impossible. I've been able to get large areas of blue on a scale but not the whole scale.

Do I just need to work with this stuff some more or is this the best I can expect?

Kelly Carlson
01-15-2003, 09:54 PM
I had the same experience (and disappointment) with both the blue and the red carbon fiber. Tried different approaches to sanding and contouring, also tried bead blasting, and could not obtain uniform colors - finally gave up and sent it back.

Ray Rogers
01-17-2003, 09:16 AM

Thanks for your reply. I guess I was hoping somebody had discovered some miracle cure for this material. I guess, if you are going to use this material, you just have to be satisfied with intermittant color.


Jason Cutter
02-05-2003, 06:11 PM
I bought one piece of carbon fibre some time ago and haven't used any since. Same troubles as you guys. I had a look at the "commercial" carbon fibre knives and most companies leave the surface flat, not ground and left fully polished. This avoids cutting through different coloured layers. Those that do contour eg.- on bolsters, seem to be using dead black CF - I suspect its the batch quality that makes a difference. Also, the finishing I think is done byhand to avoid burning / turning brown.

Like anything else, its a "specialist" thing. The guys who use CF do it well because they use so much of it, and probably buy lots of it as well so they know what they're after.

Too much trouble for me and its expensive stuff. For that "type" of look, I use black G-10 and black linen Micarta. Even black canvas Micarta has an interesting look for bolsters when ground, but taken to a very high grit finish - 2000grit then polished up. Quite different from the usually tactical look you get when left with a coarse finish or beadblasted.

Hope this helps. Cheers.

02-07-2003, 04:12 PM
i have been keeping an eye on this subject on another forum. seems that there may be a carbon (black) - kevlar (several available colors) combination material in development that could solve all of these problems. details have not yet been released as to availability in forms suitable for knife handles. if i hear any news, i will be sure to share it in the supply forum. 8o