Beckerhead Knife Making and Modification Thread

Discussion in 'Becker Knife & Tool' started by granitestateofmind, Oct 5, 2014.

  1. daizee

    daizee KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 30, 2009
    Some progress on the Kepharts. Decided to whip up some "oh I just have some koa kicking around" scales for the Auk5, and attempted some straight scales for the Auk4s in Zebra. The straight zebra scales were a miscalculation, as you can see. But it did give me a better sense for the handle width.

    The factory Ka-Bar scales are really thin, and material that thin and contoured is very difficult to work with using my tools. CNC is the way to go if making bolt-on scales this thin. Pinned or bolted-onto the balde would be way easier, but I didn't want to kiss the tangs with abrasives. This pretty much confirms that I shouldn't be making scales for this blade pattern, and I'll happily wait for TKC and/or Ka-Bar to come out with accessories. I'll likely go back and thin my homemade scales some more (and refinish *again* :p), but ran out of steam for the day.

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  2. daizee

    daizee KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 30, 2009
    Did I forget to mention the blind lanyard hole? Yup:

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  3. daizee

    daizee KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 30, 2009
    Glutton for punishment: went back to the shop and got the koa scales within striking distance of the factory ones. Not quite, but satisfied. Torch-colored the stainless hardware on that one too. Rebated the goofed zebra scales to await replacement sometime in the future. Looks all late '90's now. Ok, that's enough play-by-play for this week. :rolleyes:

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  4. GeofS

    GeofS “Nostra-bladus” Platinum Member

    Mar 9, 2018
    I was wondering why there was an extra hole on the blade blank, now it is clear. The hidden lanyard hole is a nice touch. :)
     
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  5. daizee

    daizee KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 30, 2009
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  6. GeofS

    GeofS “Nostra-bladus” Platinum Member

    Mar 9, 2018
    Beautiful work! :thumbsup:
     
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  7. daizee

    daizee KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 30, 2009
  8. 1066vik

    1066vik Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 28, 2009
    nice!
    I like the minimalist shipping scabbard, too.
     
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  9. daizee

    daizee KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 30, 2009
    Kephart as Leuku?!?
    Won't know unless we try! :D
    This will have a full finger's space ahead of the waddle for big hands and choking up, but will still have the same scales as the "standard". Trying this in the same 0.165" stock that was a little thick for the much shorter AuK4s.

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  10. GeofS

    GeofS “Nostra-bladus” Platinum Member

    Mar 9, 2018
    Daizee, Daizee, Give me your answer, do! :D

    And he did agree to construct me a knife. The link above is what made. It’s exceptional! :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:

    Daizee is quite the craftsman, his fit and finish are second to none. This knife feels good in the hand, it’s solid, and it’s nimble. Dang sexy too! :D

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    Thank you, @daizee! :D
     
  11. daizee

    daizee KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 30, 2009
    You're welcome!
    Now go get it dirty! :D
     
  12. daizee

    daizee KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 30, 2009
    A study in Kepharts, with the AuK3,4,5,6 and the BK-62 for reference. Big ones are all handle-compatible. The long ricasso on the AuK6 is an experiment. It reminds me of the long ricassos on Ed Fowler-style blades, which I generally don't love the look of, but am appreciating its utility here. The little guy is 3/32" A2, which should be a sweet little EDC or neck knife. The long ricasso makes that short handle usable. I haven't decided if I'll extend the scales up to the plunge or stick with the current pattern.

    Comments welcome - this is a research project!

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  13. Aikiguy

    Aikiguy

    Aug 28, 2013
    Awesome work Daiz; looks like a fun project. Lovin’ the different sizes; especially the Kepper nekker size. Looks good!

    Not sure I’m feeling the ricasso on the larger ones tbh. Just looks like a lot of unsharpened real estate. Dunno, might feel different in the hand, so take my very amateur opinion with a grain of salt.

    Are you/will you be tapering the blade and the handle? Hard to tell from the pics. Looks like your well on your way to dialing these in. Great work!
     
  14. GeofS

    GeofS “Nostra-bladus” Platinum Member

    Mar 9, 2018
    Great work, @daizee. Those koa scales are beautiful! :)
     
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  15. daizee

    daizee KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 30, 2009
    Yeah, the ricasso does look a bit odd on the AuK6, but the balance point is right at the peak of the guard, and if feels super natural to choke up around it to get control of this fairly long blade. I suspect this will be a love-it/hate-it feature, but will have to get some in-hand feedback. It may very well be that I'm messing with something that should be left alone! :rolleyes:

    SO FAR, I'm thinking that ~5/16" of ricasso between the scales and plunge is the right amount on the 4-5" blades.

    Yes, the tangs on all the 4,5,6's are tapered. There's another AuK4 in AEB-L still unground in a drawer that will get the same treatment - next heat batch. The little guy above is only 3/32" thick, and I really needed parallel surfaces to plate quench that skinny thing to keep it straight. Came out great.
     
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  16. daizee

    daizee KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 30, 2009
    See if it makes a little more sense in context (both now marked and sharpened, each wearing the factory scales).
    The AuK6 swings nicely... a little bit of poplar in the shop got the rough end of the test.

    The AuK5 in AEB-L below has the best overall balance of attributes so far. It's the right thickness, right grind before the edge, and has 0.5" if ricasso, which I'm revising as my favorite from my prediction above. The AuK6 is for big mitts for sure.


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  17. knifejunkie1928

    knifejunkie1928 Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 15, 2015
    Daizee this is some cool stuff! I have really been digging your work! Do you do custom stuff?
     
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  18. GeofS

    GeofS “Nostra-bladus” Platinum Member

    Mar 9, 2018
    Beautiful custom work! Check out my post, eight posts up. :thumbsup:
     
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  19. daizee

    daizee KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 30, 2009
    Felt the need to smash something, so...

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  20. GeofS

    GeofS “Nostra-bladus” Platinum Member

    Mar 9, 2018
    Nicely done, daizee! :thumbsup:
     
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