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My new Becker BK9
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Got a new Kabar Becker BK9 the other day. Within a couple hours I already had the finish stripped off and started adding a patina. I tried doing the mustard patina thing which didn't give great results, so then I did boiling vinegar. I masked off a section to make it look sort of like the knife from Counter Strike:

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It looked okay, but not great up close. So I scrubbed it off and started over. I wasn't sure how I was gonna get the patina I wanted, until I saw the bottle of Sriracha hot chili sauce in my fridge. I painted it on with a paintbrush and let it sit for about 10 minutes. The results are awesome!

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This knife is a beast. Chops wood almost effortlessly. The balance is perfect; it's like an extension of your arm. After chopping wood for an hour I can still shave hair off my arm, with the factory edge.
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#2
Do you like the grips? I have been thinking about getting one but I did not think I would like the plastic grips, I know they make micarta grips for it. Right now I have a Tops Tom Brown Tracker as my large knife
Stonewall, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Sep 2012.
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Stonewall;138346 Wrote:Do you like the grips? I have been thinking about getting one but I did not think I would like the plastic grips, I know they make micarta grips for it. Right now I have a Tops Tom Brown Tracker as my large knife

The shape of the grip is perfect, but it's a little slippery. Might be an issue if it gets wet. You can see in the pictures that I put an innertube over the grip which helps a lot. I ended up also cutting an innertube lengthwise and wrapping it around the handle which makes the grip even better. I'll try to get a picture of it tonight.

The only issue with the innertube wrap is now I can't snap the retention strap on the sheath, but I have a new kydex sheath coming in the mail so it's not an issue for me.

I'm also considering stippling the grips with a soldering iron.
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#4
Have you seen the sheath made by Hedgehog Leatherworks? They are really nice but also expensive (300.00). I have been wanting to get one for my Tops Tracker but I have not been able to bring myself to spend the money. http://www.hedgehogleatherworks.com/Shea...p/h-av.htm
Stonewall, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Sep 2012.
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Stonewall;138350 Wrote:Have you seen the sheath made by Hedgehog Leatherworks? They are really nice but also expensive (300.00). I have been wanting to get one for my Tops Tracker but I have not been able to bring myself to spend the money. http://www.hedgehogleatherworks.com/Shea...p/h-av.htm

I haven't, but I did look at this leather sheath which is $119:

http://www.sagewoodgear.com/BK9_Scout_Sheath_p/bk9s.htm

But I went with kydex because it seems more functional to me and it's cheaper. My kydex sheath was only $25. The leather sheaths sure look nice though!
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#6
I guess Im like a bird, attracted to shiny objects so I wouldnt have done that to a brand new knife. You did do a nice job on it though. Contratz on the new beast.
das, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Sep 2012.
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das;138357 Wrote:I guess Im like a bird, attracted to shiny objects so I would have done that to a brand new knife. You did do a nice job on it though. Contratz on the new beast.

Well it was completely matte black when I got it so it wasn't shiny at all. And I knew the paint would wear and chip off from use, so I figured I would just take all of it off and give it a finish that will wear nicely.
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#8
I've never had any luck with the mustard technique, either. What works best for me is boiling apple cider vinegar. I dip the blade in the boiling vinegar, let it sits until the fizzing stops, take it out, wash it with soap and water, and repeat until I get the color/pattern I want. Then, wash it one last time, then rub it with mineral oil until it's a nice, deep blue color.
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#9
Here is one of my blades finished in vinegar.    
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#10
Looks nice. I have 4 Becker knives. Two are the original Camillus line. The BK7 is the original, and i added the micarta grips, veff serrationsn, and a kydex sheath
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