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Old 11-25-2021, 10:24 AM   #1
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I havenít posted on here lately, I'm so busy I quit taking custom orders several months ago. I concentrate on selling at least one knife a day. Lately Iíve gotten in to casting my own handle materials, mostly with cholla cactus, and pinecones, Iíve done a few live edge wood hybrid scales. Handle materials are expensive enough as it is, especially Hybrid Scales, so I decided to start making them myself. Here are a few Iíve done lately.





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Old 11-25-2021, 11:01 AM   #2
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Old 11-25-2021, 11:26 AM   #3
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Old 11-25-2021, 11:26 AM   #4
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Those do look good, I really like the top one.
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Old 11-25-2021, 11:40 AM   #5
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Pieces of art is what you are creating SeŮor!
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Thank you my friends.
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Old 11-28-2021, 08:14 PM   #7
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Those are really nice. I really liked the look of the pinecone scales, but I stopped using them because they're not very solid. Or at least the ones I used weren't. I don't think the resin gets into the pinecone enough.

Those are beautiful, though! Have you tried prickly pear? I've seen people make gorgeous handle material out of that.

BTW, I understand now why you like making Bowie's so much. I made one recently (my second ever), and I got more enjoyment out of making that knife that any knife I can remember.
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Those are gorgeous, Bob! I'ma sucker for blue. And those pinecone scales reek "Buy me". I'ma try-n to re-strain-n my self!


Having said that, there used to be a feller at the Ft. Worth Gun show that worked with that cholla almost exclusively with all kinds of knives; folders, double folders, fixed blade, ect. And I always enjoyed his work. Just never could afford it. . But you dude, got it kick-n with that yeller n cholla, and red n cholla!
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Old 11-28-2021, 08:50 PM   #9
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Bob. Your work is amazing as always. PM me when you have free time. I need to add to my collection. Looking for a Clever
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Old 11-29-2021, 10:51 AM   #10
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Very nice as usual.
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Thanks guys. I appreciate it.
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Old 12-03-2021, 08:25 AM   #12
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Those are really nice. I really liked the look of the pinecone scales, but I stopped using them because they're not very solid. Or at least the ones I used weren't. I don't think the resin gets into the pinecone enough.

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Sam I've tested my pine cone scales and they do just fine. It all depends on the epoxy used. I use Alumilite Clear Epoxy Resin and put them in the pressure pot over night. I also stabilized whatever I cast, can't take any chances. I sell over 300 knives a year and I can't afford any to come back.
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Old 12-03-2021, 08:37 AM   #13
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Very nice looking scales.
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Old 12-03-2021, 08:35 PM   #14
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Very nice looking scales.
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Old 12-03-2021, 08:53 PM   #15
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Sam I've tested my pine cone scales and they do just fine. It all depends on the epoxy used. I use Alumilite Clear Epoxy Resin and put them in the pressure pot over night. I also stabilized whatever I cast, can't take any chances. I sell over 300 knives a year and I can't afford any to come back.
I think the pressure pot must make the difference. I suspect the ones I made were just done with vacuum, and no pressure, so it didn't get good penetration.

Also, I kind of like the outside of the cone to be on the outside of the knife instead of the inside. I made one knife that looked like a fish. The pine cone looked like fish scales. It was pretty cool.
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I think the pressure pot must make the difference. I suspect the ones I made were just done with vacuum, and no pressure, so it didn't get good penetration.

Also, I kind of like the outside of the cone to be on the outside of the knife instead of the inside. I made one knife that looked like a fish. The pine cone looked like fish scales. It was pretty cool.

Sam with the Alumilite Epoxy Resin I use a vacuum will not work, they have to have about 45 -50 pounds of pressure, I leave them in pressure for at least five hours. Pine combs have too many voids that need the pressure and get rid of the bubbles.
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Old 12-04-2021, 09:42 PM   #17
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It sure is pretty!
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Old 12-10-2021, 12:20 PM   #18
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I will take the first one in the first picture. Take my money. VENMO or check.
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Old 12-15-2021, 08:11 AM   #19
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I will take the first one in the first picture. Take my money. VENMO or check.
Sorry bro, all those knives were sold. I don't sell on here very much anymore, I occasionally put one on here every now and then. I'm pretty busy these days, I make and sell over 300 knives a year.
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