TOPS Brakimo custom scales

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  1. I dream in green

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    Does anyone know a source for aftermarket drop-fit scales for the TOPS Brakimo ?

    Or alternatively, anyone know a custom scales maker who I could send the knife to and have a replacement set custom made?

    I'm mostly interested in a micarta material, but am open to other options.

    Thanks in advance !

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    ETA: I know replicating that large lanyard hole in the original scales would be a PITA so I don't care if it gets covered up & replaced with a regular lanyard tube.
     
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    I hope that if someone does this, they show how to use the corby bolts for the removable scales. that would be a neat tutorial.
     
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    Just out of curiosity, what do you dislike about the factory scales?
     
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    They're very thin, and I have giant gorilla hands lol
     
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    Have you thought about taking the handles off and just making liners to go under the scales? Simple plastic material like that from a DVD case or an Ikea cutting board would work well. You would need longer screws but I'm sure you could find something
     
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    Interesting idea... I'll look around for some appropriate materials
     
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    Adding a liner is usually not too difficult on most knives with this type of design.

    The scales on my Saddle Mountain Skinner were too thin for my liking so I added about an 1/8" thickness with liners.

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    One source for materials I use is Maker Material Supply off the big auction site.
     
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    I have the same issue with it. @tobiism That's a good idea. I may look into that as well.
     
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    Joe Snarski at LMF Knives (on Facebook) might be able to help. He makes custom scales. Not sure if he makes them for this knife. I can vouch for his work though.
     
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    I have had Joe make some scales for me also. Since October of 2016 Joe transferred over his scale making business and sold all his jigs to Kevin at GKC Outfitters. So maybe he is the guy to talk to now. I haven't personally used Kevin so I don't know what kind of work he does.
     
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    Try also wrapping the handle in bank line. Made a world of difference with my Silent Hero.
     
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    Thanks to everyone for their great suggestions, I'm considering adding liners but not sure it will add enough thickness. I've contacted a custom scales maker suggested in a PM and am working on a design idea with him as well. Will post pics of the final results
     
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