Atwood Stone washed .

 The Stone wash fest continues .

I etched the bead blasted CPMS30V Pry Baby in ferric chloride first to darken it up (you can see in the first small pic there was quite a few marks to the original bead blast finish from use over the years ).

It was then stone washed leaving a pleasant all over pebble dash effect that’s realy starting to appeal to me for stainless and aluminum kit  .

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Stone washed  UST capsule.

Ive been having fun stone washing several items of my kit of late  varying different media in an attempt to get the mix right so expect quite a few stone wash posts from me .

 The original Ti color of the anodized aluminum UST  B.A.S.E case capsule was fine as it was, I just wanted to make it mine rather than looking like it had just come fresh from the factory .

 As you can see its come out well (not everything does ) and Ive replaced the knackered split ring and clip with a simple technora tether and have replaced the O ring with a GITD version .

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Well I cant quite believe it but Ive just passed 2000 Followers.
I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who’s following my little blog  for their continued support and hope that you guys appreciate my odd creations to keep on following and re-blogging my work .
 I’d also like to take this opportunity to personally thank some good folks such as
Andrew from Valley deep mountain high ,.
Alex from Alphabushcraft.co.uk,
 Bones of Bones knives
Joe from Lumisafe.co.uk
 for all their support ,  testing , services ,products ,free samples and most of all friendship .
 As I originally promised some time ago there will be a competition very shortly  so please stay tuned .
 Cheers .
  Ru .

Well I cant quite believe it but Ive just passed 2000 Followers.

I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who’s following my little blog  for their continued support and hope that you guys appreciate my odd creations to keep on following and re-blogging my work .

 I’d also like to take this opportunity to personally thank some good folks such as

Andrew from Valley deep mountain high ,.

Alex from Alphabushcraft.co.uk,

 Bones of Bones knives

Joe from Lumisafe.co.uk

 for all their support ,  testing , services ,products ,free samples and most of all friendship .

 As I originally promised some time ago there will be a competition very shortly  so please stay tuned .

 Cheers .

  Ru .

Another pimped Opinel .

This one is for Andrew from Valleydeepmountainhigh .  When we discussed the pimp on the phone  He asked to keep the locking ring on and for it to have a tanto type tip .

 As this was a carbon steel No.6 Opinel I decided against a stone wash finish which may aid rusting and chose a deep dark etch in ferric chloride instead.The whole knife was dipped including the locking ferule as there was no need to take the knife apart .

 The original curved tip was flattened into a tanto’ish angle which was then resharpened at 25 degree’s to make a slightly thicker edge to the tip relative to the the thinner straight cutting edge  and I thought it gave it a shark like appearance .

 The original varnish to the beach wood handle was removed and then the sides flattened on a belt sander . As I was still thinking on a shark theme I then sculpted the sides with a small Dremel sanding drum to represent gills

The wood was then buffed on a medium grit abrasive wheel to round off any sharp corners but to also give some sharkskin like texture before dying the wood with black ash wood dye . The dye was then rubbed back using wire wool for an aged effect .

 I hope he likes it .

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Etched Bug .

 The smallest of my Spyderco’s the cute little Bug was recently etched in some ferric chloride .

The handle scale has taken a great deep gray color leaving the pins silver and its hardly changed the stainless  blade steel at all .  I like the effect and may yet stone wash it too .

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A big shout out to Joe at Lumisafe Ltd http://lumisafeltd.tumblr.com

Lumisafe are now stocking the Cyflect versions of the Ru Titley knives Glint &Glow MK3 & MK4 personal markers, ‘Strip lights’ and the magnetic backed variants  .

These are handmade by me with time served design input and real world testing from Andrew Isherwood at VDMH http://valleydeepmountainhigh.tumblr.com

Joe has kindly made me up a page relating to these products which can be found in the scroll down Products menu under packs and other http://www.lumisafe.co.uk/ru-titley/ru-titley.shtml

Please note these are not a Cyalume Technologies product , we choose to use the Cyflect tape made by Cyalume which is supplied to us via Lumisafe Ltd .

Lumisafe Ltd http://www.lumisafe.co.uk

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UST B.A.S.E. case first time out .

 As I was out and about back down on the Jurassic Coast again I took along a few new items kindly sent to me from Alpha Bushcraft .

 Full specs on the UST container can be seen here http://www.reveresupply.com/2013_ust_site/Root/2_base_case_1-0.html

 I managed to stash in a few useful items in the generous 23mm wide (internal ) capsule  from a Leatherman ‘Style’ multi -tool, x3 10 hour mini chem lights, x4 of my fire circle tinder tabs, a folded £20.00 note , a micro fire-steel / needle and a jute cord tinder warped fire sparker .

In the screw threaded lid I managed to stash one of my double sided Cyalume Cyflect MK3 mini markers and underneath a Silva SERE GITD compass.

In use through out the day clipped via the carabiner to my belt I was surprised to see that the connecting split ring had started to pull apart . This was replaced instantly with some technora cord from my pack and I’m glad I spotted it before I lost the container but then a split ring is always going to be the weakest link .

 Apart from the issue with the split ring the container performed very well in the water . UST rate the case as waterproof and it certainly showed no signs of ingression in either of the rock pool dunks or the 10 minutes left in a seasonal waterfall .

 Having replaced the split ring I’ve also now pimped the tube a little more to suit my own tastes more to follow later .

UST B.A.S.E case available here in UK http://www.alphabushcraft.co.uk/ustbasecase.html

Back in black .

Black sheathed Kevlar trace lanyard from Twinline USA with fire-steel toggle and tungsten carbide circle striker with Cyalume Cyflect mini marker.

Safety break away cord locks at the neck end for safe use with secondary interchangeable cord lock ends so the user can interchange need to carry items .

 Twinline USA http://estore.twinline-usa.com/collections/kevlar

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