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Expensive lesson learned

Discussion in 'Maintenance, Tinkering & Embellishment' started by Kaibab270, Aug 24, 2019.

  1. 115Italian


    Nov 13, 2015
    Very nice work. Look great.
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  2. Rykjeklut

    Rykjeklut Basic Member Basic Member

    May 23, 2018
    I bet you can get a comfy four-finger grip on that.
    What did you use to make the choil?
    I have a 0450, but I've got fat hands, so it's too small.
  3. Kaibab270

    Kaibab270 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 20, 2019
    I used a dremel with a 5/8" grinding stone. First I used a sharpie to draw the rough shape I wanted to grind to so I could try and keep it a decent shape. I have the variable speed dremel so I used a slower setting and a spray bottle of water to constantly keep the blade and bit cool. Little bits of removal at a time or you'll ruin the heat treat. I removed the blade from the scales as well to visually ensure I didnt grind too close to the detent track by the flipper tab. I finished up with some wet 600 grit paper by hand to nock off any sharp edges. I can comfortably get a nice 4 finger grip on it now where before my pinky would land off the back of the scales.
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  4. Rykjeklut

    Rykjeklut Basic Member Basic Member

    May 23, 2018
    Thanks a bunch. Now I've got a project to fiddle with in the winter :D
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  5. ol' smoke

    ol' smoke

    Apr 26, 2011
    I put a sharpening choil on all the blades I reconfigure.
  6. Kaibab270

    Kaibab270 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 20, 2019
    Little update: since doing the choil mod I decided to tinker a little more. 50/50 muriatic acid and water solution for about an hour and fifteen minutes (pocket clip was about an hour) and came up with this acid wash. I heard a recommendation to put fingernail polish on the parts I didnt want washed (tang, detent track etc) and that kind of worked. It bubbled off after about 45 minutes so I had to polish those spots up a little by hand. All in all I'm happy with it. I guess I just cant leave factory things alone :p now to put a fresh edge on it and hope I dont do what started this thread in the first place :D

    Last edited: Sep 28, 2019
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