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Old 08-29-2002, 01:30 PM
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From factory to 'Custom'...!

Guys,

Here's a knife I have just worked over for a fellow. He had seen my kit's and inquired about me customizing his Microtech LCC D/A folder. I gotta say, as production knives go this one is a great value. But--it is all beadblasted metal. Not very pretty. VERY good fit and finish from the getgo, and the engineering is incredible.
Anywho, I am posting this here because it doesn't seem to fit into any of our other forums guidelines! Hijacked!



As you can see, I spent a bit of time doing my now-standard 'filework' ( I have YET to actually use a file, he he!). Nonetheless, I used a number of styles and techniques to achieve this look. Full coverage, too, on the liners.

Look close and you'll see my .016" red spacer accent. Plastic plate--thanks Dennis!!

What came out especially nice was my polishing of the beadblasted bolsters completely, then I taped them up and 'framed' them and re-beadblasted the center.

Also the backspacer was just SO busy, that I decided to paint the hollows to accent the top pattern. WOW!

So, I thought I'd just show you what this rookie can do to a good knife if he takes his time and get's creative. I even got a few bucks for the project. The owner (Jerry Shipman) is real pleased, too!

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Old 08-29-2002, 01:42 PM
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Coop,

Nice Job! The spacer looks like a shark bite! I like the bolsters, too.

A very nice update to a decent knife! Kinda like a custom job on a bike.

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Old 08-29-2002, 02:33 PM
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Flashy job Coop!
Thanks for posting it here.
A paying customer to boot!! Way to go!

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Old 08-29-2002, 04:38 PM
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Very, very cool!

Kinda makes me give a second look to the S&W HRT that I carry daily...


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Old 08-29-2002, 04:39 PM
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That is one cool customising job on that knife!!!
Tha black in the file work really lets it stand out.
Yes sir, I like that !


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Old 08-29-2002, 08:47 PM
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Coop,
If you are not using files what are you using, please enlighten us.
I think a tutorial is in order. That is a great customing job. Gib


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Old 08-29-2002, 09:33 PM
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Beautiful work once again Jim......you've got the "knack", keep at it........ :cool:


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Old 08-29-2002, 10:05 PM
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Thanks guys!

Glad you liked it. I'm pretty bold posting in the same forum as the engravers with this clunker, but HEY, That's all I got! ;)

Bob, you and another pointed out the relationship with the filework and the shark logo. I never knew it till it was over, and it's near perfect! Some things just fall into place....

Gib, I use 1/8" rotary stones and sanders with a Foredom shaft grinder. I DID do a tutorial on my work. It was posted in the Kit Forum and here's a look once again: Kit Tutorial w/filework Click on the first pic and hit the arrow from then on....

Like I need to give lessons here! Anyway, you asked.

Thanks again all!

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Old 08-29-2002, 10:36 PM
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Boy you tackled this one really fast and really good! Seems like yesterday that you were first telling me about this...

I think my favorite part is the inovative frame treatment to the bolster...I like that a lot! I know you've got access to all those juicy tools at the motorcycle shop...what did you use as a "bead" blaster?

The paint in the filework is a very nice touch. I've been confronted with a similar problem on filework I just completed on my latest "EV"...and was thinking of testing out a solution much the same as you used here. Wasn't sure what to use to darken the negative spaces...what did you use for paint that is of a permanent enough nature?

I've always had a high regard for microtech...just too darn industrial looking for my taste...you've dressed it up real nice!... Now Jerry's going to have to take it out for a night on the town.

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Old 08-29-2002, 10:43 PM
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Coop......

You da man!

How the hell did you get so good.....in such a short period of time.

You do fine......fffffiiiiiinnnnneeeee work.
Jim
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Home run baby!
Hey, you've been going "yard" a lot lately! What's up with that? Where are you learning all of this killer technique? :evil
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Old 08-30-2002, 07:11 AM
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You are one bad motor-scooter! Great work and imaging!
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Hey Coop..........

Awsome........ Some body should be danged happy with that one!

Never thought about re-working a factory job that extensively. Ya did Good!


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Hey Coop..........

Awsome........ Some body should be danged happy with that one!

Never thought about re-working a factory job that extensively. Ya did Good!


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Old 08-30-2002, 04:45 PM
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Hi Folks ,

I have this knife in my hot little hands now . I just can't believe what a difference in the looks of this knife Jim has made . All of his work is outstanding and his attention to the little things is amazing . I am completely happy with the knife and with Jim , he was a total professional and a great guy to deal with . I would recommend him highly to anyone looking for someone to do custom work on their knives .

Again Jim , thanks for the outstanding work and I look forward to sending you more when you are ready .

Later,
Jerry
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