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New Slip Joint EDC


Aiden CC

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My last EDC knife is the three blades stockman I made back in 2017, and while I like it quite a bit, I’ve wanted to try something different. I just completed a pretty major move, so it seemed like a good time. This stockman isn’t retired, just something else is up in the rotation.
 

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About a year and a half ago I decided to try getting back into making folders, and I cut out these parts for a swayback and a Barlow, that just sat around after heat treat. I decided to finally pick back up at least one of the knives. Here you can see it after finish grinding and soldering on the bolsters. The blade is still 15n20, like the previous one.  
 

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I decided to try out a different adhesive for the scales, one of the spray on activator plus glue ones, I’ve been told it works well for these knives. I also decided to relieve the liners with electrochemical etching, which ended up working fairly well, though one side may be a bit shallow. 
 

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Much simpler construction than the last one, just one blade and only a bolster on one end. I like this scale material, so I’m glad to show off more of it. 
 

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Here you can see it next to the other knife. I wanted something a bit smaller to try out. I also made sure to sink the tang entirely into the handle when it’s closed to be a bit more pocket friendly. I have a few scratches on my phone screen from the other (3-4 in 6 years isn’t that bad though!). 
 

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Thanks for looking!

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Really nice!  I like the sawcut bone.  If I had a tablesaw I might try to make some, the bandsaw doesn't leave the same marks...

 

How'd you like the Loctite?  Smalls terrible, kind of messy, but it does the job fast, in my opinion.

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26 minutes ago, Alan Longmire said:

Really nice!  I like the sawcut bone.  If I had a tablesaw I might try to make some, the bandsaw doesn't leave the same marks...

 

How'd you like the Loctite?  Smalls terrible, kind of messy, but it does the job fast, in my opinion.

Thanks! I like the bone too, though unfortunately it looks like Culpepper and Co. doesn't sell it anymore. Agreed about the bandsaw, I just couldn't get it to work right, even with course blades. I think a big, wobbly table saw blade with unevenly sharpened teeth would be the perfect way to go :D. I think these scales may have actually been made with something like a 36 grit sanding disk, which could be interesting to try. The cuts look a lot deeper in photos than in person.

 

The Loctite worked well! It does smell a lot worse than epoxy. Kind of amazing the directions say you don't even need to remove oil/grease from the parts (I did anyways), I used masking tape on the underside of the liners to try and contain the mess. The peened pins theoretically mean the glue shouldn't have to do much work, but we'll see how it holds up in the long run.

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You may be onto something with the 36 grit disc scratches...

 

And yeah, the activator for the Loctite is also a degreaser, but I also clean everything first.  As for logevity, I've had several knives using it out in the world for the last three years or so, and all are still tight and gap-free.  On one of them the pins are just to prevent lateral movement, too.  It's got horn scales and I was reluctant to peen those pins too hard.

 

5 hours ago, Aiden CC said:

Smells terrible, kind of messy, but it does the job

 

That actually describes me on long shop days...:lol:

 

I'm definitely going to have to make a Wharncliffe style folder now, that just looks too good! 

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