Esee PR4 Kephart Wooden Replacement Scales

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  1. T. Pollock

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    I wish I knew more about photography or how to take better photos. I used my good camera for these but they still didn't turn out that great. It's cloudy out today so I don't know if that's part of it or not. Anyhow... enough whining LOL here's the best photos I know how to take of the finished knife & sheath.

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    I was a little concerned if the sheath had enough material there to re-form to the new scales without showing stretch marks but it did great and fits really nice.
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    Thanks for following along guys!!!
    I hope the lessons I learned on this project will be a help to someone else.
     
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    Great job, too bad ESEE doesn't offer it with wood scales.
     
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    T. Pollock T's Custom Outdoor Gear Vendor Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

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    Thanks bud! True Dat!!! :dblthumb: I know they couldn't sell it at the same price point... but this knife is super nice and deserves some nice wood scales from Esee. :)
     
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    All the hard work is over, now I get to reward myself with some play time with this baby! :4:
     
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    Then send me a daylight pic and I’ll post it. We’re all adult enough to figure out when someone is fishing for business or just showing off their work.
     
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    I have too much respect for another man's knife to use it like I do mine but I did take it to the woods for a short test drive. :4: :14: Did a little chopping, made a few shavings and a few notches. Me Likey!!! :dblthumb:

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    I told you to ‘USE’ that thing. You barely took it out of the garage. :)

    Well here’s how I test mine.



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    LOL Yeah that's how I use mine too. :dblthumb:
     
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    That turned out really nice. It's a major upgrade in appearance (and I'll bet in utility too).
     
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    Many thanks for the kind words!
     
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    I posted photos of my PR4 scales in my WIP thread but thought it might be better to show it here with a little info in case it might benefit some considering making themselves a set for their Esee PR4.

    Just out of curiosity, for mine I wanted to see if I could use the factory hardware and still make it work. As mentioned before the barrel holes in the factory scales are 1/4" so that's what I drilled these. Sorry I didn't think to take any WIP photos this time. The screw head recess (tapered for the factory hardware) need to be 11/32" and a regular drill bit works just fine. The difficult part is setting the drill bit at just the right depth. The screws are only 1/4" long so it doesn't leave a whole lot of room for error ie if you drill too deep the screws won't tighten down on the scales and if you don't drill deep enough either the screw won't catch or won't have enough threads holding the scales on and are likely to strip. I used one of the factory scales on my drill press table to set the depth stop as close as possible to the original scales. I don't like this method as well as I do making the custom barrels because with the factory hardware the scales can move slightly on the tang. It's not severe but it's enough to be uncomfortable to me if the tang or scale is proud of the other and it's difficult to line up perfectly while tightening down the screws.

    Anyhow here's how they turned out. If anyone has any questions that I can answer to help you with yours just give me a shout.

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    What do you think of the idea of only using two bolts at the top and the bottom? I've never really liked a hole in the middle of my palm.
     
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    I'm honestly not sure bud. These are the only two sets of removable scales I've done. It wouldn't hurt a thing to give it a try though.
     
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    That looks like a win/win for you both. Very nice work!

    I really like the look of the PR-4, But the factory scales cool my jets.
     
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    Thanks brother! Some folks don't mind the factory scales but I didn't like them at all.
     
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    Life has been a little crazy lately and I haven't gotten much done in the shop but I need to get back to doing some more stabilizing... as well as a bunch of other stuff. :dblthumb:
     

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