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Copper scales experience?

Discussion in 'Spyderco' started by fanucman, Aug 23, 2019.

  1. fanucman

    fanucman

    166
    Jan 31, 2016
    Those of you that have used or handled copper scales, what do you think? Do they oxidize and get gross? Turn your hands green? Too heavy? ... or are they awesome?
     
  2. Mike45ACP

    Mike45ACP

    764
    Nov 29, 2014
    Weight is the major issue for those that care. The extra heft that comes with some aftermarket scales is usually welcome to me. As far as looks, I think most people that like copper enjoy letting their scales form a natural or forced patina. It's one of the nice attributes of copper as far as I'm concerned.

    Mike
     
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  3. ric75

    ric75

    98
    Jun 2, 2017
    I have a copper flashlight.
    It smells and the hand smells after usage.
     
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  4. BladeScout

    BladeScout Basic Member Basic Member

    May 16, 2010
    Yes, you get a patina.
    As gross as you like. You can polish the scales ....or not.
    Heavy? Depends on the individual. I have a PM2 with brass scales and a PM2 with ti scales. Quality scales and I like them, they have a nice heft to them but at the same time the extra heft sort of negates the idea of the light weight stock PM2. YMMV.
     
  5. blame it on god

    blame it on god Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Feb 21, 2013
    FYI. You can pretty much restore copper to "new penny" color with catchup.
     
  6. ßäD ßöß

    ßäD ßöß

    32
    Jun 17, 2019
    I have a copper natrix and I love the copper handles. They are majorly weight relieved, so it’s not too heavy for me. I do love the patina that’s forms though. It’s always changing depending on where you are, how much you hold it, what you have on your hands when you hold it. It’s also fun to figure out what turns the copper certain colors. Right now my Natrix has a splotchy patina that changes colors between purple and green depending on how you look at it. So yeah copper handles are awesome in my experience. I’ll try to get pictures up if I can figure it out.
     
  7. lieferung

    lieferung Basic Member Basic Member

    May 24, 2016
    They're incredibly odorous, the copper smell was overwhelming to me and it stuck to my hands afterwards. If your sense of smell is bad or you just don't care or you actually enjoy the scent of copper then they are fantastic I imagine.

    Myself, I find brass to be much more bearable and it patinas just as well if not better.
     
  8. fanucman

    fanucman

    166
    Jan 31, 2016
    Yeah brass seems to make way more sense, I was just curious since flytanium has copper but not brass for the delica. Brass would be ideal.
     
  9. Kaibab270

    Kaibab270 Gold Member Gold Member

    123
    Jul 20, 2019
    I love brass and copper (I do prefer brass) stuff but this is the one negative imo. They are pretty smelly. As a side note, the patinas may look gross, dirty and old to some but brass and copper have anti microbial properties so they are relatively clean if that makes sense.
     
  10. ferider

    ferider Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    295
    Jun 20, 2018
    Heavy, soft, and poisonous. Brass is much better. But why not Ti instead ?
     
  11. Mike45ACP

    Mike45ACP

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    Nov 29, 2014
    Poisonous? Maybe if your eating or drinking it! I don't think copper scales on a knife would into play as a danger even in hot sweaty environments! As a matter of fact copper is an essential trace element.
     
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  12. ferider

    ferider Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    295
    Jun 20, 2018
    Copper is fine. Copper oxide (the green stuff) not so much. Can you prevent your scale from oxidation ?

    oo
     
  13. uxo2

    uxo2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 3, 2013
    Too heavy
     
  14. Mike45ACP

    Mike45ACP

    764
    Nov 29, 2014
    Yes you could use spray on clear coat or other treatment? I'm guessing most people that like copper like to see either a natural or forced patina on their scales. Many people that force a nice patina then clear coat it to preserve the colors. I love the look of copper. Especially with a nice patina but it's not for everyone. Different strokes for different folks.

    Mike
     
  15. hhmoore

    hhmoore Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 7, 2014
    I've had copper knife scales and flashlights; and none of them have turned green. I could force that type of patina; but it hasn't happened naturally on mine.
    Copper vs brass? Depends on which patina one likes better.
     
  16. Shotgun

    Shotgun

    Feb 3, 2006
    Or...regular polish. :D

    If copper was so great people wouldn’t have invented brass. I do LOVE a copper tabletop though.
     
  17. lmcq784

    lmcq784

    356
    Feb 5, 2010
    I have a 52100 Para 3 with Cooper scales that I use in my EDC rotation. It's hefty for sure, but I love my patina machine. Forced the patina on the blade with home-made pickle juice, and let the copper scales develop a natural one. I wish the iridescent blue/green phase was more resilient, but they got rubbed down pretty quickly. Still very nice looking tho. I'll post a pic later if I remember.
     
  18. brando555

    brando555 Gold Member Gold Member

    275
    Sep 26, 2018
    Yep, even the aluminum scales will make a PM2 weigh in just over 5 oz, which just feels odd to me. I doubt I'd carry a 6 or 7 oz. PM2, but if the weight isn't an issue then go for it.
     
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  19. lmcq784

    lmcq784

    356
    Feb 5, 2010
    Not the most glamorous photos, but here is my EDC Para 3 with 52100 and copper Flytanium.
    These are just cellphone photos taken at work with puke-green walls...

    Tried to get the iridescence of the natural patina that has formed on the scales (hard to).
    blade had a patina forced on it with homemade pickle brine.

    [​IMG]Patina'd 52100 Para 3 with Cooper Flytanium scales

    [​IMG]Patina'd 52100 Para 3 with Cooper Flytanium scales

    [​IMG]Patina'd 52100 Para 3 with Cooper Flytanium scales

    [​IMG]Patina'd 52100 Para 3 with Cooper Flytanium scales
     
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  20. ßäD ßöß

    ßäD ßöß

    32
    Jun 17, 2019
    NICE PATINAS... love it!
     
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