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#49958 - 09/10/17 03:41 AM My Rodent 3 is a bit different than yours...
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Years ago (predates any attempts at leatherworking) I got the scales off with a plan of stripping and stonewashing the knife.
After stripping I decided to sand down the CNC grooves from the blade and thin it out a little. Sorry no progress pics, but this is what I got from my efforts after sanding and stonewashing



Then, for a time I had too much free time on my hands (and booze) and I came up with another modification idea... Out comes the Dremel...
And this happened (sorry, again no progress pics, this is taken after the mod, ferric chloride bath [yes, got my hands on that in the mean time] and stonewashing:


The dodgy jimping and ferro rod scraper (all eyeballed and done UI)


Then for a long time nothing happened because I could not find standoffs locally, and didn't want to pay 6 times in postage what they'd cost from US

Finally, recently had a look on eBay and got some brass standoffs from China (they needed a bit of sanding...) and the screws I bought were about 1/4 inch too long (each!!! more Dremel time) and a few days ago I assembled this fruit of my pain, blood, frustration and joy and put an edge on.



Here is a close up on edge, I've used nail polish as a resistor for ferric chloride (two baths, that's why there is the faded lines along the edge



Overall, I'm happy with the result, knife is definitely lighter, etch came out much darker on other steels, but I'm happy anyway, blade isn't shiny.
Now, need to finish off some leather projects that I have promised to people before I get to make a sheath... work is just such a killjoy...


Edited by elof_alv (09/10/17 03:52 AM)
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#49959 - 09/10/17 04:16 PM Re: My Rodent 3 is a bit different than yours... [Re: elof_alv]
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Nice work,elof.
What are you going to make in the way of pants for that little fella ?
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#49960 - 09/10/17 05:36 PM Re: My Rodent 3 is a bit different than yours... [Re: elof_alv]
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Most likely same thing you have for yours wink
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