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Old 10-21-2003, 12:36 PM
ToxicSteel ToxicSteel is offline
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DDR3 Scales?

Dumb noob question here, but what exactly does "pre-machined" scales mean? How much finishing is required? Thanks in advance!
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Old 10-21-2003, 01:01 PM
Jakedog Jakedog is offline
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Pre-machined scales mean that, for the most part, they are pre-cut to a rough fit of the knife handle profile. All curves and angles are cut for you but some material removal will be required to get a nice fit with the liners/bolsters.

The scales can be "finished" with as little as sand paper or a $1000 worth of fancy equipment that some people have aquired (coughdenniscough)(insert smile here).

Read over the past postings and they will give you a good idea as to what may be required, mostly that will depend on the extent you may want to embellish your work. Hope this helps


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Old 10-21-2003, 01:54 PM
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If only all my new equipment did cost just a mere $1000....Thanks to my being sucked into knifemaking thanks to the kit knives (and in turn, exposed to a whole new world made up of power tools, exotic woods, and lots of steel), my workshop has gone from 0 to 180 mph in under 2 years!

One of the biggest advantages of starting off with the pre-machined scales is that the screw holes have been pre-drilled. Without access to a drill press trying to make your own scales can be a bit tricky...

May I strongly suggest you take some time every day to read through these forums. Here in the kit knife forum alone there is a wealth of info...and it's all free for the taking! There are many threads here that talk at length about finishing the scales...and the rest of the knife...which sandpaper grits, files, torx drivers, respirators, various types of embellishment, the list goes on. You can get by with just a few, varied sheets of sandpaper, a paper toxic dust respirator, and some torx drivers...and as you get sucked in, you can buy all sorts of goodies in support of this highly addictive narcotic we call knifemaking.

Good luck. If you have any questions, you know where to post 'em.

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Old 10-21-2003, 02:11 PM
ToxicSteel ToxicSteel is offline
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Ahhhh... nice.

My dad's a machinist so I could always make the trek up to his house to borrow the use of some of his machinery.
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Old 10-21-2003, 09:31 PM
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You lucky dog, you better be sucking up to Dad real good.

Cause as you get more and more sucked into knifemaking, you're going to find out that access to lathes and mills and most important the setup knowledge to use these tools will be invaluable!

Good Luck with your projects,

Bob Sigmon
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Old 04-22-2015, 11:23 PM
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For the most part, power tools let you do the job - or screw up the job - faster than doing it by hand.

The DDR3 only needs some basic hand work to finish it out.

God bless Texas! Now let's secede!!
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Old 03-16-2016, 04:51 PM
Neil McCauley Neil McCauley is offline
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Since we're on the topic-- What pre-machined scales are available for the DDR3-BL? Is it just the Macawood ones listed on Are there any in other materials elsewhere? Haven't been able to find any.
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