A mod without erasing the original design

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  1. batmanacw

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    I really enjoy modifying stuff to make it my own. Especially stuff I'm never going to part with. Opinels are so much fun for this. No guilt if you screw it up.

    This is a Inox no 8. I had lightly dropped the point just after I bought it. I liked the mod I did on my dog chewed no 12 that I wanted to try another.

    This time I wanted to retain as many original design elements as possible. There is a lot right about the lowly opinel. I'm not always about changing just to change.

    I retained the side curves of the original handle. I retained the original hook at the base of the handle. The end of the handle is very similar to the original but rounded but with the tippy tip nearly stock.

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    The result is no hot spots in my very large hands.

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    Looks good, I like it.
     
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    Nice work:dblthumb:!
    I like my no.8. It stays in my haversack, for cleaning small game, fish and making meals.
     
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    Looks good young fellar. joe
     
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    Well done, that looks downright ergonomic!
     
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    I might do my no 9 carbon later.
     
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    Very nice! What did you use to make the handle look so nice?
     
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    Light torching.
     
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    I decided to do the no 9 carbon. So much more comfortable. I can't believe I didn't do this mod long ago.

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    Looks great. Now I want to get another Opinel.
     
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    Nice job.
     
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    I did a couple more Opinels I received this week. One is a no 10 carbon and the other is a no 9 Inox. I didn't get the clean lines like the other two but they still feel really nice in my large hands.

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    The top is the new no 10 carbon. I'm super pleased with it. I didn't drop the point as much as the old no 10 but I also didn't have to contend with having a shorter handle as well. Very comfortable.

    The next one from the top is the one my dogs loved on. I've posted about "the turd" before. :D

    The next one is the no 9 carbon I modded before.

    The next is the new no 9 Inox. I'm almost pleased with it.....the lines on the handle aren't quite right. It's a little rounder in the butt too so we will see if I like that better. The blade shape is spot on.

    The last is my no 8 inox I modded earlier.

    I am very, very pleased with these knives over all. I never imagined modding them would yield such amazing results. :)
     
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    I fixed the no 9 inox and re-torched it. Much mo betta.

    One huge plus to the whole process of sanding and torching the handle is that the heat really opens up the wood to suck in the BLO. I put it on while the handle was hot and it sucked in coat after coat for a good 30 minutes.

    I had to grind off the torched surface pretty deep in a couple spots. The wood was soaked a minimum of 1/8" deep and probably more. I think the handle is quite saturated. Once it dries it should be less susceptible to moisture.

    The handles I modded last weekend didn't soak up nearly as much as the new ones.
     
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    I fixed the no 9 inox and re-torched it. Much mo betta.

    One huge plus to the whole process of sanding and torching the handle is that the heat really opens up the wood to suck in the BLO. I put it on while the handle was hot and it sucked in coat after coat for a good 30 minutes.

    I had to grind off the torched surface pretty deep in a couple spots. The wood was soaked a minimum of 1/8" deep and probably more. I think the handle is quite saturated. Once it dries it should be less susceptible to moisture.

    The handles I modded last weekend didn't soak up nearly as much as the new ones. That tells me they are either full or sealed.

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    I am finding that I prefer the 9 and 10 for carving and camp type chores. They take a stupid good edge and keep it very well in wood working.

    I got distracted by the wife while carving notches with the no 10 carbon. The stick I was holding accidentally caught the knife and pulled it into contact with my right index finger. It barely touched me. I had to super glue my finger between the last and 2nd knuckle.

    Live and learn. No tendon damage.
     
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    I did a little hot vinegar action today. I held the knife so the vinegar did not touch the wood but it still tightened just a bit. It will wear in.

    I really like the look.

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    Both No 9.

    I really don't care for mustard patina. It never seems to come out right.
     
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    I decided to do mustard over the vinegar patina. I kept layering it on really thin to keep it wet and thin enough for the oxygen to get through.

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    I like how it turned out. The vinegar set the over all color and the mustard made it more interesting.
     
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    That patina turned out beautiful. It makes the blade almost look like it's damascus.
     
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