Rainy Saturday Special - Yet another Ka-bar Becker BK-16 Modin' Thread!

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  1. City Bushcrafter

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    It's a rainy Saturday and I'm on call this weekend, which means I can't go very far.
    What to do, what to do ... I know! The internet could use another Becker BK-16 modin' thread! :eek:

    Let's get started! :dblthumb:

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    The BK-16 comes with laser etched logos that are not very deep, so before I strip the coating off, I will electro etch them into the metal to preserve them. I've never done this before but thanks to YouTube University, no problemo!

    It looks pretty straight forward. All we need is some salty water, a 9 volt battery, a coupe of wires with alligator clips, and some Q-Tips.

    I stripped a small spot on the blade for the positive contact, and got the rig setup in no time.

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    I was surprised how well it worked. I quickly found out that the key is to saturate the Q-Tip well with the salty water to get a good contact, and to clean the gunk with alcohol in between Q-Tip swaps.

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    For my 1st time at this I was very pleased with the outcome. I didn't have a VAC transformer to electro blacken the logos so I left it at that.

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    It's now ready for stripping.
     
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  3. City Bushcrafter

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    Since I'm all out of sandpaper (and elbow grease), I decided to use the same stripper I used for the ESEE Laser Strike mod to remove the coating.

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    It didn't work as well on the Becker so I had to give it two treatments and scrape a lot harder to get all the coating off.

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    One thing I didn't realize was that since it took me longer to get the coating off, my Harbor Freight Nitrile gloves started to melt. The chemical got to my fingers and started to burn bad! I looked like a jumping bean hopping my way to the water hose while trying to get the gloves off! :4:

    Note to self: Wear proper gloves next time!

    After a second application, I rinsed and dried the blade, and gave it the mandatory 90 degree spine. This one came out sharp! Watch out L.T. Wright you have some competition! :rolleyes:

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    It's looking perty so far! All ready for the Vinegar bath.

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    My wife kicked me out of the kitchen, and since I didn't want to get the BBQ fired up to heat up the vinegar, I had to improvise. Looks like I still have some G.I. ingenuity in me! o_O

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    Once the Vinegar was hot, in it went!

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    I left it there for about 10 minutes, giving it the old pancake flip a few times. Once I took it out, I rinsed it and got it dry.

    I gave it a proper stropping and tested it for sharpness. Ouwee! It's sharp alright!

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    My wife loves the Mange look on my arm! NOT! :18:

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    All that is left now is to put some decent scales on. I like to coat the tang with Fluid Film before applying the scales to keep it from rusting. This stuff works great! It's Lanolin based, long lasting, non-toxic and non-hazardous. I applied it on my vise that sits in the garage in humid Florida like a year ago and it has no rust whatsoever! I then coat the blade with food grade mineral oil and we're good to go!

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    It's ready! Time for a rainy day photoshoot!
     
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  5. City Bushcrafter

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    Here it is sporting custom dyed green Micarta scales, and an awesome custom Kydex sheath by our very own @badglide9705.

    Thanks for sharing this rainy Saturday afternoon with me!

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    All done and finished its a nice looking rig!
     
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    Ya done well young fellar. Nuff said. joe
     
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    Well done, both the mods and the tutorial.
    Fluid Film, eh? Gonna have to check that out.
     
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    The logo etching was a great idea. The whole thing turned out looking real nice.
     
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    I found Fluid Film locally at Lowes.
     
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    Great job, it looks great!
     
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    Cool thread. Now it's really YOUR knife. I love it.
     
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    Great tutorial!

    I really need to get one of these. I also may give that etching a try on my Junglas.
    Thanks for sharing
     
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    Most excellent dude! :)
     
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    Thanks guys!
     
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    That looks great!
     
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    Greetings,

    It looks great and you had a nice time spent doing the work. Well done!

    Regards,

    Christos
     
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    Thanks for sharing! The green scales look great on that knife.
     
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