Making the RC-5 Mine (aka EESE-5)

Discussion in 'Edged Tools' started by ksquared, Mar 27, 2012.

  1. ksquared

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    Back when I bought an RC-5 from what was then Rat Cutlery, I had already bought an RC-3 which I loved, but I felt I needed something a "little" bigger. I thought the "5" would be in similar proportions to the "3" only longer....Well it wasn't, it was a beast. I remember it being referred to as a tactical crow bar on one site. It has been one of those knives that wanted to love but just didn't.

    The thick squared off scales did not fit my less than manly proportioned hands and it always felt unwieldy to me. SO as I've been experimenting with knife making, I thought I would take a shot at moding the the RC-5 and make it the knife I wanted it to be. I must say I am pleased with the results:

    The original:
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    Remove scales and decided on a new profile:
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    Grind new profile:
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    Remove that nasty epoxy and my first attempt at a convex grind:
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    Some new scales with a nice contoured shape- fits me nicely:
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    I think with the few changes to my old RC-5 - It'll be accompanying my on a few more trips this season !

    Thanks for looking

    -kk
     
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    Wow! Nice job.
     
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    Looks nice. Ive got a ESEE 5 that I use for the heavy stuff. I use my BHK models for smaller chores. Great job.
     
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    Looks great , nice work .
     
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    that looks real nice.
    I want one.
     
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    That's pretty dang cool man.
     
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    WOW, that looks amazing. Nice job.

    Thanks Bill
     
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    Very nice metamorphosis!

    Edit: Posted this over at Jungle Training Forums in case you were interested.

    Jungle Training
     
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    That came out awesome, I like everything about the work you did there. Great job!
     
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    Man, that is a killer transformation. Well done!
     
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    I have two of them myself...one with serrations, the other without.

    What would it take to have you do one of mine like that? You definitely have something there!

    AC
     
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    Very nice work.
     
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    Is that the same knife?! Phenomenal. Major improvement in my eyes! :dblthumb:
     
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    Nice looking a whole different look for sure.
     
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    wow...that's just an amazing transformation!

    congrats on making it your own!
     
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    Thats pimp. I got the ESEE and am now kicking myself for getting the combo edge instead of plain. Dammit!
    Why did you get rid of the glass breaker?
     
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    Good job! I really like the way it turned out.
     
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    One of the many reasons I love this forum! Its great to see the creativity at work here.
     
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    That looks so great!
     
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    Excellent work, turned out very nice. Thanks for posting.

    ~JohnP
     
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    Great work! I really like what you've done with that one.
     
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    Do you have a before and after on weight? In my opinion you took what was a great knife and made it into near perfection! It looks stunning and I doubt it suffers at all performance wise. And the topper is now it will be used more by you. Great job!
     
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    Great work! From useless to very useful survivalknife.
     
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    Oooooooooh, the preeeeesciousssss! The shiny....oooooo!
    Love it man, great transformation.
     
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    Wow great job. I think you have the makings of a small buissness i just ESEE 5 custom jobs. Very impressive.
     
  26. ksquared

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    Sorry man, I got lucky it came out as well as it did. I'm not good enough yet to be messing with other peoples stuff. Thanks though....

    They say that the esee-5 was designed so that you could hack your way out of a downed helicopter (and you probably could) I didn't quite need that level of functionality.

    No weights but i wish i had. I did however (purely by luck) maintain or improve the balance of the knife....IMHO.

    Thanks all for the positive feedback.....
     
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    Outstanding work. I particularly like what you did to the butt. I want to like the ESEE5, but I don't like the glass breaker/kidney punturer pommel at all. Its much better the way you've modded it, and convexed to boot!:dblthumb:
     
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    Fine work. It looks to be more useful and comfortable.
     
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    that's kewl. i am not a fan of the rc-5 but you made it a completely different knife. excellent.
     
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    Looks GREAT! I like the non coated look much better anyway. :53:
    -Bruce
     
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    Truly impressive man. Awesome work.
     
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    Now I'm tempted to try that with mine. Nice work.
     
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    Nice! Did you use a belt sander to re-profile it?

    Erd
     
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    Yes. I have coote 2x72 belt grinder. Love it.
     
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    its a shame when you spend that kind of money for a knife and it still isnt what you want.
     
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    Awesome job. Done like a pro!
     
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    I'll use my first post to say..that looks sick, awesome work!
     
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    Amazing transformation, thanks for sharing.
     
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    that looks sweet
     
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    Great job! Love the mods.
     
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    I love my ESEE 5 but I must say that is a fine looking knife you have made yourself!
     
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    really nice!
     

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