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chimpy leon

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I learned that I have to put my nicer knives to work straight away otherwise there’s a danger I’ll just reach for a Mora and they will never get used. The skelf was feather-sticking the day it arrived.
 
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I learned that I have to put my nicer knives to work straight away otherwise there’s a danger I’ll just reach for a Mora and they will never get used. The skelf was feather-sticking the day it arrived.
I quite agree. The only knives I don't really carry are a couple of art series Opinels. They both have horn handles and one of them got dinged by being in the same pocket as my keys. I even edc a sebenza and it's hit the odd staple or two. They're made to do a job though!

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That lighter colour looks a lot like what I had on a knife I did for a friend quite a few years ago. With exposure to UV it darkened up to a dark butter scotch brown within a year or two. Alan Wood showed me an early knife done in natural Tufnol that had darkened to the point of the darker examples here. Most of my Tufnol handled knives haven't seen enough UV to darken a lot, but they are certainly darker 3 years after being made than they were when new....and no, it isn't the result of dirty hands! :nana:
 
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I used not to like Tufnol and natural Micarta, but now I find that I am perfectly happy with the colours. As far as which I like better...hmmm...kinda neutral, but maybe leaning towards the lighter one even if it does darken over time, which could be kind of cool, like a patina that has zero implication for rust or wear and tear;)
 
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I used not to like Tufnol and natural Micarta, but now I find that I am perfectly happy with the colours. As far as which I like better...hmmm...kinda neutral, but maybe leaning towards the lighter one even if it does darken over time, which could be kind of cool, like a patina that has zero implication for rust or wear and tear;)
Cool. I've never actually used Tufnol but I hear good things. I've made a lot of my own micarta but i just buy it in now and save my pressure chamber for the resin casting and wood stabilizing. That's interesting about the darkening with UV exposure. I'd never heard that before. Yeah I'll probably end up adding the lighter one to my regular line up. It seems to be well received across a few platforms. I used to just make knives that I would want to own or full customs but now I'm trying to get some input on colour and pin combinations for some variation. Some of the stuff people ask for is not what I'd have personally so I find it really useful.

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I like the warmth of the lighter color, the dark looks dirty.
If the pale color does darken with age, such a signature color change is acceptable.
Different kinds of totem poles change with age. Those changes please me, even in my own works.
 
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Billy-o

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My dad made us a bunch of toys in tufnol when we were kids and he used it for various tool handles, knives etc, axes etc. It is very nice stuff. It is not light though. :)
 
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SCOMAN

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The lighter one would be the natural shade? I like the darker one, it reminds me of the old tufnol blocks we used at sea.
 
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My dad made us a bunch of toys in tufnol when we were kids and he used it for various tool handles, knives etc, axes etc. It is very nice stuff. It is not light though. :)
I think Tufnol is an actual brand. I've never used any of their stuff but I hear that it's good. It is heavy but I try to shape my handles such that the weight is taken into account for balance. I make a lot of handles in full G10 and that stuff is really heavy! I've also just designed a large knife that's a scaled up Skelf for someone that wanted a matching set. In order to balance it I had to use three 8mm brass handle pins! I think it'll be a staple model now.

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I like the warmth of the lighter color, the dark looks dirty.
If the pale color does darken with age, such a signature color change is acceptable.
Different kinds of totem poles change with age. Those changes please me, even in my own works.
Interesting. I'm not seeing the dirty look myself, but that could be from the photo? It's actually a consistant polished chestnut brown. Do you carve totem poles or was that a metaphor?

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Cool. What was it used for?

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Blocks for rigging rope and wire For various uses. My main use of them was for rigging the dress ship lines. In training the boxes with magnetic flags to teach us flag hoists were referred to as ‘Tufnol boxes’. Very off target from the OP apologies.
 
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Blocks for rigging rope and wire For various uses. My main use of them was for rigging the dress ship lines. In training the boxes with magnetic flags to teach us flag hoists were referred to as ‘Tufnol boxes’. Very off target from the OP apologies.
No not at all! I've done a fair bit of rigging and slinging myself on vessels and oil rigs. Some on quaysides too. I've never encountered any tufnol though. At least not to my knowledge. Perhaps I didn't know what to look for!

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