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    kirilpetkov, love that simple black double stitch sheath with the X-Loop horizontal carry on the back. Did you design for the mule?

    Looks simple and very effective for EDC...

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    Quote Originally Posted by dtoad View Post
    kirilpetkov, love that simple black double stitch sheath with the X-Loop horizontal carry on the back. Did you design for the mule?

    Looks simple and very effective for EDC...
    Friend of mine made. Here are some of his things and his coordinates.

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    Very nice wrap
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    Agreed & nice pics too.


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    My s110v Mule was a pleasure to work on. One thing the Taiwanese producer did was improve the finish of the tang and edges of the Mule. They were smooth and polished - and didn't show the irregular grind marks that were left on many of the Golden Mules. Nice touch - it saved me some work polishing them myself!

    The wood I chose for this one is stabilized Hawaiian Silky Oak with a 1/16" dark green linen micarta liner. Silky oak is actually related to the sycamore, and was brought to the islands from Australia in the 1880s. It is prized in the islands as an ornamental tree with fern-like foliage and colorful flowers. The wood is often called "lacewood" and is used for inlays and furniture. The wood works and finishes well, but needs to be stabilized to be good for knife scales. Personally, i just love the multiple colors, patterns and grain weaving throughout the wood - extremely interesting to look at.

    I attached the micarta with West Systems epoxy, then cut and shaped the scales by hand using coping saw, files, rasps, and a variety of sandpaper. I finished the scales to 1200 grit and topped the wood with four thin coats of TruOil and a polish with Ren Wax.

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    Very nice work, Ted. I love the irregular appearance of the grain and the notched look. It's hard to tell without having it in hand what is actually 3-dimensional irregularities, whether caused by the softness of some grain when sanding or by your file and rasp work. In any case, the final product is very interesting to look at.
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    Thanks, Doug. Actually, the scales are smooth - I sanded them out to 1200 grit. All the "3D" things you see in the wood are characteristics of the wood itself. It is almost holographic - the larger flecks seem to float on top of the grain and the underneath grain shimmers and moves in the light. Fascinating stuff.

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    It's amazing stuff. I thought some of the 3D effect might be an illusion from grain, but am really surprised that all of it is.
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    Simply stunning I must say.


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    TedP, those may be the most beautiful Mule scales I've ever seen! Just jaw-dropping!
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    Phillipsted- I think we might frequent the same vendor. I just got a package that has some of that Silky Oak from the oregon coast. I was thinking of using it on my mule, but you seem to have been there, done that.
    Still, the odds of us ever running into each other toting the same knife and handle might be pretty rare

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    Cuscadi glow scales

    Just received my K390 Mule with the green "glow in the dark" scales, and some extra blue scales for the S110V (installed them myself). Glow is extremely bright for the first few minutes, then slowly fades off. Still bright enough to find it in the dark Wood (if exposed to light when leaving the car).
    Thanks to Luke who did an excellent Job attaching and evening out the grips, also very good communication.

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    Nice Ted, lovely wood! I really like that combi of wood and resin-stuff!
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    Ted, that is a very unique grain structure on there. Thanks for trying out all these different woods and sharing your experiences with them. You've certainly given me a lot of materials to consider.
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    Ted - I like those scales! Well done sir!
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    Ted,

    Your wood work, choice of woods, and photography always blow my mind! That is beautiful work. Thanks for sharing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dtoad View Post

    Well done! Is the grey G-10 from Halpern as well?
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    Quote Originally Posted by phillipsted View Post
    My s110v Mule was a pleasure to work on. One thing the Taiwanese producer did was improve the finish of the tang and edges of the Mule. They were smooth and polished - and didn't show the irregular grind marks that were left on many of the Golden Mules. Nice touch - it saved me some work polishing them myself!

    The wood I chose for this one is stabilized Hawaiian Silky Oak with a 1/16" dark green linen micarta liner. Silky oak is actually related to the sycamore, and was brought to the islands from Australia in the 1880s. It is prized in the islands as an ornamental tree with fern-like foliage and colorful flowers. The wood is often called "lacewood" and is used for inlays and furniture. The wood works and finishes well, but needs to be stabilized to be good for knife scales. Personally, i just love the multiple colors, patterns and grain weaving throughout the wood - extremely interesting to look at.

    I attached the micarta with West Systems epoxy, then cut and shaped the scales by hand using coping saw, files, rasps, and a variety of sandpaper. I finished the scales to 1200 grit and topped the wood with four thin coats of TruOil and a polish with Ren Wax.

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    See the quality work is still coming Ted that's a lovely MT right there .
    Been out of the game a while what # MT are we on now 18.? .
    Nice choice of liners compliments the scales to a T ATB fella .

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