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I Am Officially a C Tek Fan!

Discussion in 'Hammer & Tongs' started by redsquid2, Sep 18, 2013.

  1. redsquid2

    redsquid2 KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 31, 2011
    Seems like I first saw C tek on an online supplier site. That was about a year ago. I read the description of the material, and I thought it would be good tough stuff and it looked pretty cool, too. I never bought any, because I did not notice any custom makers here on BF using it. I figured there must be some drawback.

    In the last month or so, I have seen a couple of C Tek handles that just blew my mind. I normally like natural wood and G10 best, but the "tech" look of C Tech really impresses me. A good example is what BA Custom just posted: Viper Hunter.

    Unless there are some serious drawbacks to this material, I will be ordering some.

    What's your take?

    Andy
     
  2. Varga Knives

    Varga Knives

    Aug 12, 2006
    No personal experience but Dan Fairly made a beauty. You can probably find it in his forum. He liked working with the material.
     
  3. DCL Knives

    DCL Knives

    781
    Jun 6, 2012
    I've worked with some, no real drawbacks that I can think of. It might not be as tough as g10 or micarta but I think it is plenty tuff for a knife handle.
     
  4. javand

    javand

    Oct 17, 2010
    It's cool looking stuff, but considering it's just honeycomb core material filled with epoxy, I wouldn't think it would be nearly as strong as a woven composite layup like micarta, g10, carbon fiber, etc.. Of course, those materials are about 1000x more durable than necessary for knife handles, so it probably doesn't matter in the real world.


    Anybody know if the honeycomb material is aluminum or stainless?
     
  5. KCGGBC

    KCGGBC KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    300
    Aug 14, 2012
    Its Aluminum is memory serves.

    The only issue I know of is that it softens quite a bit when heated.
    But it will go back to flat pretty readily so its no big deal.
     
  6. ShepardCC

    ShepardCC

    Dec 4, 2012
    It's 90 resin and resin is good for support strength between two things like a cartilage vertebrae disc but think of it reversed. Your spine is cartilage and the discs are now bone. Much easier to break. More brittle.

    As far as looks go, I love ctek. Looks amazing. But I wouldn't recommend it on a hard use knife.

    I've beaten g10 with a hammer trying to seperate a couple of pieces to no avail. I can snap ctek in half with my bare hands.

    Here's some of my work

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  7. R.Rock

    R.Rock Fulltime KnifeMaker

    657
    Jan 24, 2010
    You need to watch how the scales are applied to the tang because the aluminum hex frame isn't really centered in the epoxy. I have used it and won't be going forward.
     

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