FK2

Discussion in 'Carothers Performance Knives' started by 91bravo, Feb 11, 2019.

  1. Nystagmus

    Nystagmus Gold Member Gold Member

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    Sep 22, 2016
    New to me and I'm really liking these green TT scales. I also made some g10 liners to thicken the handle up a little.
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    But who cares about liners...look at that Penetrator Tip!!!

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  2. ErocSD

    ErocSD Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 21, 2019

    that's a beautiful blade sir.
     
  3. gunslinger387

    gunslinger387 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Aug 31, 2010
    Would you mind doing a separate thread on how you made the liners? I would like to beef up a couple of my knives grips and yours look like Nathan did them.
     
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  4. Nystagmus

    Nystagmus Gold Member Gold Member

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    Sep 22, 2016
    Thanks! You are very gracious. I’ll post some tips later tonight, but essentially I used a drill, belt sander and utility knife.
     
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  5. Nystagmus

    Nystagmus Gold Member Gold Member

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    Sep 22, 2016
    Figured I would post this here since it will be completely underwhelming. Hope that's ok.

    I bought .06 thick g10 liners and used the knife scales as guides, mostly for safety (I was accidentally stabbed by a HDFK two years ago and had a quick ER visit..don't let anyone tell you the HDFK isn't stabby, lol.) Anyway, I drilled the holes and made them a little bigger to account for both CPK precision and also my sloppy work. I then put both liners together between both scales used a belt sander to grind the liners down closely to the scales. I used a dremel for the finger pocket area behind the guard(quillon?). Lastly, I installed them and used a utility knife to scrape the liners down until they were close enough that I couldn't feel them in most areas. There are still a few places where it doesn't match exactly but hasn't caused any hotspots yet.

    I should also say that previously I have used the thin plastic liners from a notebook cover...It only takes a few minutes and you can use just a utility knife. If you do one layer for each scale it adds about 0.02 inches total, feels noticeably different (to me at least) and still fits in the sheath without any mods.

    Hope this helps a little!
     
  6. gunslinger387

    gunslinger387 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Aug 31, 2010
    Thank you.
     
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  7. on_the_edge

    on_the_edge Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 31, 2006
    @Nystagmus
    Did you epoxy the liners to the existing scales? If not, given the slightly larger holes you drilled in the liners for the screws, do the liners move around at all underneath the scales in use?
     
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  8. Nystagmus

    Nystagmus Gold Member Gold Member

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    Sep 22, 2016
    I didn’t epoxy them. There hasn’t been any movement yet, but I also haven’t done any serious batoning. I did do the same thing for my UF and have been batoning that through some hard wood and have not had any issues yet.
     
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  9. Standard78

    Standard78 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 25, 2015
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  10. tinfoil hat timmy

    tinfoil hat timmy Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 21, 2014
    I heard that a file will slide right across delta 3v

    Just line a couple holes up, screw em on and file er down.... right? No?

    Eh. I'm probably wrong.
     
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  11. ErocSD

    ErocSD Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 21, 2019
    Man all these great posts!! I wanted a H&T with swedge and a FK2 with penetrator tip now haha.

    at least I have one FK2

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  12. TRfromMT

    TRfromMT Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Jan 4, 2016
    This might work and is not a bad idea, but speaking from a little direct experience - be very careful. The file, especially a good one, will cut. If you are very careful to hold it flat, you might get away with it. The corner of the file, connecting with an inside radius of the belly of the knife, will dig in. The result can look like someone tried to strip a Busse at home or something ;).

    My approach, again with just having tried this once or twice, is to trace the outline with a very sharp pencil (sharpie will bleed/wick and blurr the actual line). Do ALL of the sanding and shaping with the liners OFF of the knife.

    In the process you trace the line, grind down to the line, check the fit. And repeat about 5-6 times until the fit is perfect. Here is another tip - micarta will leave a fuzzy burr after sanding that makes tracing the line the next time difficult. So lay the liner flat on a flattening plate and sand off the burr around the edge. Trace, sand, check, repeat.

    Always trace the tang of the knife. It seems to work better than tracing the scales.

    The holes in the tang make a perfect drill template. 1/4" drill bit. Drill one hole and use a rolled up piece of sandpaper to open up the hole (the fastener will not go in a drilled 1/4" hole in micarta with out opening it up). Drill one hole. sand. use a fastener as a dowel pin, then clamp the whole shebang down and drill the second hole. Sand, fit a second fastener, clamp, and drill the 3rd hole.

    If it would help, I could do a tutorial someday with pictures.

    Again, just done this myself once, so I could be wrong, too...
     
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  13. Nystagmus

    Nystagmus Gold Member Gold Member

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    Sep 22, 2016
    That is great advice.... I would highly recommend listening to someone with more experience, like TR.

    TR, I'd also like to see any pics/tutorials you would make.
     
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  14. ErocSD

    ErocSD Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 21, 2019
  15. BIGDORK

    BIGDORK Gold Member Gold Member

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    May 27, 2018
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    I got a bad idea..
     
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  16. Burton Knut

    Burton Knut Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jul 26, 2019
    Is this the acid wash finish? I was considering getting it on one of the DEKs I intend to order Friday (if it’s offered,) but I’ve never seen what it looks like after use. I know it’s a surface finish and won’t hold up forever but if it’s as durable as something like DLC I’d be more than happy to give it a shot.
     
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  17. Daverous

    Daverous StabosauROUS Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

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    Oct 31, 2018
    Not even close to DLC. It truly is a surface finish. Great stuff if you're looking to reduce reflection and don't care about long term looks, but if you're a hard user it'll fade fast.

    This is a bk16 I did an acid wash on and have taken camping TWICE. A lot of the marks are from the sheath. If you're a stickler for looks it's not the right choice for you. If you want a dull finish to avoid reflection it's a solid decision. Regardless I think they look awesome, just know it'll fade quick if you're planning on using it.
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  18. Burton Knut

    Burton Knut Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jul 26, 2019
    Thanks, definitely gives me something to consider.
     
  19. Daverous

    Daverous StabosauROUS Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

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    Oct 31, 2018
    Nothing looks better than a well used knife, in my book.
     
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  20. Casinostocks

    Casinostocks Factotum Gold Member

    Mar 20, 2016
    Nathan you are one enabling evil genius, I gotta send you props when its so richly deserved. @Jo the Machinist you are, to use a term from astrophysics, the dark matter (the Universe's invisible scaffolding) of the entire operation which keeps them yahoos over there at CPK together. My great appreciation and gratitude to you both. These are simply phenomenon:

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