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  1. Raoul Duke

    Raoul Duke Completely out of fucks to give Brigade Member

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    I started to prepare some strawberrys for my children with the bali I happened to have in my pocket. I usually use a pointy knife of some sorts to remove the green stalk; I dont just cut the top of the strawberry off...I dig in to the fruit and cut out a coned shaped part thus removing the white part of the friut and the green stalk in one, leaving only the red part of the strawberry to serve...

    anyroad...with the strawberrys prepped and served I came back to clean up and I noticed that the blade was tarnished...It didn't look all nice and shiny as it did when I started...

    I thought to myself, shit...that doesnt look good...It must be carbon steel...I mulled it over for a second or two and then thought 'fuck it'...I may as well force a funky patina on it.

    So I stabbed it through 3 limes. I put some heavy books on top of it to squash the fruit onto the blade tightly...left it over night and came back to this...

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    The Patina came out slightly darker than this straight out of the fruit, I ran it under the tap and washed off alot of black oxidation...maybe I should have left it on to get a better contrast, but I thought that I should wash of the rest of the lime juice to stop it all turning the same colour

    I could just polish it up and start again...but I quite like it how it is for now...
     
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  2. laughingbuddha

    laughingbuddha JDBA4L JDBA Official Member

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    Wow! that's looks awesome.... I like it!:thumbsup:
     
  3. Andy T

    Andy T Gentle Giant JDBA Official Member

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    Who made that? Is that a Santiago? Looks great!
     
  4. Jimdo

    Jimdo JDBA4L JDBA Official Member

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    That's pretty bad ass.
     
  5. Icceal555

    Icceal555 Huge member

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    I believe that's a Chuck Gedraitis custom.
     
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  6. j.nailz

    j.nailz JDBA4L JDBA Official Member

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    Nice outcome. I'm thinking of doing the same thing to my Arc Angel.
    What type of Bali is that? :ropeman:
     
  7. Raoul Duke

    Raoul Duke Completely out of fucks to give Brigade Member

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    Yup...its a Chuck G...

    The choil on it is good for choking up on the blade...good for close up work...like cutting strawberrys up...the top choil, or whatever you want to call the dip on the spine is great for chaplins...really locks them in, and the differently sized spacers are cool as the safe handle spacer is larger then the bite handle spacer, (bite handles are usually heavier as they have the additional weight of the latch)...this one is well ballanced...
     
  8. Andy T

    Andy T Gentle Giant JDBA Official Member

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    Thank you for clarifying, that's a beautiful knife.
     
  9. Raoul Duke

    Raoul Duke Completely out of fucks to give Brigade Member

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    I think the lime that was put on first closest to the choil/ handles came out the best....that lime was stabbed off centre if that makes sence...

    Or you could try a grape fruit...Limes are all I had to hand...

    The third lime only just went on a little way on to the tip...I didnt want a shiny tip... :)
     
  10. accurate

    accurate Accurate Devil JDBA Official Member

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    Nice recovery, that looks cool!
     
  11. PS-RagE

    PS-RagE "R" for Adventure JDBA Official Member Brigade Member

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    Woah - what did the blade look like originally?
     
  12. Glenn

    Glenn Sol Invictus Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    Way different when I had it #74.

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  13. PS-RagE

    PS-RagE "R" for Adventure JDBA Official Member Brigade Member

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    What an awesome outcome :thumbsup:
     
  14. buddy

    buddy Slide to unlock JDBA Official Member

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    This is actually what I thought as well when first seeing the picture in terms of his damascus style and thought it was already done. This is the best decision "mistake" I have seen all week. I think I need to purchase some limes and run some experiments :madaddy:
     
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  15. tx101

    tx101 Stuck in the middle with you JDBA Official Member

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    IMHO, it looks a little unfinished


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    The arrow areas need a patina as well otherwise they look like bald spots
     
  16. Raoul Duke

    Raoul Duke Completely out of fucks to give Brigade Member

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    Arrow...You mean Tang...?

    As I say I could Re do this...may need some tips on polishing this back up/ removing the patina...

    Or I might take it apart and pushing the tang through a lime also...

    Its actually got a bit more of a patina when you look at it...The camera makes it look like bald spots...or should I say my poor Iphone Pics make it look that way...I did rub some lime juice on the tang also to get an even colour all over...
     
  17. WyldStyl3

    WyldStyl3 Never gunna give you up JDBA Official Member

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    I kinda agree with tx101, but other than that I think it looks awesome too! Nice save! :thumbsup:
     
  18. OnceBitten

    OnceBitten Momma said I'd go blind Brigade Member

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    Hell, J, I'd just leave it as is....I love it. I think it's better than the original.

    :thumbsup:

    You could take an Ultra-Fine Scotchbrite pad with some oil on it to lightly smooth the surface and "fade" the the patina slightly.

    I would also leave the pivot areas untouched. An etch might be a little rough on those super-thin washers Mr. Gedraitis uses.
     
  19. tx101

    tx101 Stuck in the middle with you JDBA Official Member

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    Mask off the areas where the washers sit with nail varnish
     
  20. BigD.Supreme

    BigD.Supreme Little member

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    wow thats awesome! is it just my imagination or can you make out the 2 distinct limes on the blade?
     

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