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cardoso5fr
02-02-06, 01:13 PM
Nick has contact me to give a new life to a sentimental opinel blade.

I share (with nick agreement), the evolution of the work.

http://dremeltingpotes.free.fr/SHORT/creation/manofthewood/manofthewood02.jpg

Monday, the blade arrived par air mail at home. I've discover in live the level of blade damaged (nothing very serious)

http://dremeltingpotes.free.fr/SHORT/creation/manofthewood/manofthewood03.jpg

Tuesday, i have bought a new N10 in order to change the blade and make a new opinel.

http://dremeltingpotes.free.fr/SHORT/creation/manofthewood/manofthewood05.jpg
The comparaison between the two blade, the new one on the top and the nick blade

http://dremeltingpotes.free.fr/SHORT/creation/manofthewood/manofthewood06.jpg
Wenesday, i've begun to dismantle the new opinel, i keep off the ring with two dart point.

http://dremeltingpotes.free.fr/SHORT/creation/manofthewood/manofthewood07.jpg

After to have cut the steel pin with dremel cut wheel, i use the dart point to keep of the pin (with a little hammer)

http://dremeltingpotes.free.fr/SHORT/creation/manofthewood/manofthewood08.jpg
The new opinel totaly dismantled with nick's blade.

http://dremeltingpotes.free.fr/SHORT/creation/manofthewood/manofthewood09.jpg
Nick's blade in her futur handle.

http://dremeltingpotes.free.fr/SHORT/creation/manofthewood/manofthewood10.jpg
Nick's blade after a first state of restauration (belt sander grit 120). I've remove a little of rust steel.

http://dremeltingpotes.free.fr/SHORT/creation/manofthewood/.jpg
http://dremeltingpotes.free.fr/SHORT/creation/manofthewood/manofthewood12.jpg

Two focus on the blade after that first state.

That afternoon, i will attack the blade profil change. A wharncliff, in order to keep a good sharp surface and a usefull point.

Other photo of the next state of evolution in few day.

@ + ben

http://dremeltingpotes.free.fr/SHORT/creation/manofthewood/

manofthewood
02-02-06, 09:37 PM
Ben, this is fantastic stuff:D , a little history about this blade.

I started my working life after i got kicked out of a couple of universities, :P as a woodman, doing a six month 'apprenticeship' with the 'coppice association...

I started to make Charcoal for a living, and bought two seven foot steel kilns. I also bought a Zippo lighter and an Opinel no10.

i used the knife for everything and anything, and it travelled with me everywhere, one day i lost it, and couldn't find it for a good three months, until one day i was emptying the 'kiln' of charcoal, and cleaning the 'lip' of the lid, and this tar log, fell out , i broke it open, and inside was my opinel, bruised burnt and battered.

I continued to use it and after ten years it still smelt of burnt wood.

Unfortunately, i tried to modify it and clean it up, and broke the handle, i was gutted, but after seeing Ben's excellent modifications of opinels, i asked if he could do something with mine at a cost.

Ben, is a top fella, who only received the blade this week, he won't take money for it, and sends me emails everyday [in english] on the progress, and different ideas he had. He is really happy to modify this for me, and to get my old opinel back fully fit....Cheers ben;)

rapidboy
02-02-06, 09:54 PM
Great thread, looking forward to seeing this progress.

rb

neill116
02-02-06, 10:00 PM
Great stuff Ben and Nick,
this is like an opinel restoration tutorial...
should be interesting...:)

cheers
Neill

cardoso5fr
03-02-06, 09:02 AM
The yesterday night work.
After work, i' have take my bus and think about the profil. The wharncliff seem to be the best way to 'save' the edge and avoid the file work on the nail cavity. (I've discuss about that with michel (you know i always promote is web site and his work:) ), and we are agree on the solution:D )

http://usera.imagecave.com/cardoso5fr/manofthewood13.jpg
The blade before to be cut, i've begin with dremel and finish with right angle driver. (my dremel was a little just to cut the tremped steel of n10). You can see the futur design of the blade (draw with a cd pen). I've always draw the profil on the blade, it's easier to work after.
http://usera.imagecave.com/cardoso5fr/manofthewood14.jpg
The blade after to have been cut and retouch with belt sander (grit 80). I cut 3 mm above the final profil and after i use belt sander to make the sweet curve. The blade has been passed to sand paper (grit 180-320-600). I have polish with polish paste on the dremel felt. The result is good, we can see some trace of the time, but the blade is clean and shine. If you want i can change a little the profil in order to have a point more aggressive. (but personnaly i prefer that sweet curve)
http://usera.imagecave.com/cardoso5fr/manofthewood15.jpg
The blade in not pinned on the handle it's just to see the design with handle (before i work on it).
http://usera.imagecave.com/cardoso5fr/manofthewood16.jpg
Focus on the blade with standart handle.
http://usera.imagecave.com/cardoso5fr/manofthewood17.jpg
On that photo with half closed position, you can see a little pen draw, it symbolize the point where will be the heel.
http://usera.imagecave.com/cardoso5fr/manofthewood18.jpg
The guilloched blade, Nick you can see that there was no problem, the first work has been conserve (and a little improved). The prehension is great, no risk to slid on the blade with that litlle "guillochage"

For the plate, i thought to use bamboo as on my opi bird 3, but i've find some wood in my stock.
I can propose a white wood as ash (i don't know the name of the wood that i've), a dark brown wood as palissandre, bambou, a grey wood with brown part on it. Or a wood a little as rosewood, not rose but not brown.
The white one or the bamboo have my preference.
If you post a choice before 5 o clock that afternoon, i take if, in the other case, i will choose for you :D.

I hope the little evolution is interresting for you.

@ + ben

manofthewood
03-02-06, 02:52 PM
Love the shape of the blade ben, and the filework is brilliant especially after the 'mess' i made.:D

cardoso5fr
06-02-06, 08:21 AM
The evolution during that sunday.

http://usera.imagecave.com/cardoso5fr/manofthewood19.jpg

The handle a little sanded in order to keep out the orange color, and the wood for the plate.

http://usera.imagecave.com/cardoso5fr/manofthewood20.jpg

The white wood bloc is cut with a metal saw, the cut is not always totaly square, i use the belt sander for make perfect square plate.

http://usera.imagecave.com/cardoso5fr/manofthewood21.jpg

The two plate before to be sanded and the handle.

http://usera.imagecave.com/cardoso5fr/manofthewood22.jpg

The blade on the two plate sanded.

http://usera.imagecave.com/cardoso5fr/manofthewood23.jpg

The handle is worked to receive the two plate.

http://usera.imagecave.com/cardoso5fr/manofthewood24.jpg

The plate on the handle, they have been re cut and i will profil it tonigh or tomorow.

For the heel i've been thinking about ebony, rosewood or aloha (a red wood).
I think ebony will be great a will create a contrast between the white of the plate.

@ + ben

beowolf762
06-02-06, 08:44 AM
This thread should be "stickied" as a tutorial. Excellent job Ben. :cool20:

Otto
06-02-06, 09:08 AM
Very informative. Good pictures too.

cardoso5fr
06-02-06, 01:00 PM
Thanks 'a lot, i'm happy that you like the info. I will post next week end a little tutorial for make an opi bird and for make a restauration of pradel. (The tutorial for opi bird will be in the same way as the developpement of the manofthewood opinel project).

@ + ben

Hepotec
06-02-06, 01:14 PM
A very interesting thread and a genuinely generous action. I like the filework too. I'm looking forward to seeing it finished.

ANDYLASER
06-02-06, 01:38 PM
What a superb thread. I also agree this should either be stickied or put in the tutorial file. I am impressed not only by the detail here, but also by Ben's generosity. Well done Sir, have some Rep!

manofthewood
06-02-06, 05:00 PM
Its coming along fantastically ben, i am really excited about seeing your latest developments daily, Ben inspired me to have a go at 'Modding' opinels, with his various projects especially his 'sheepsfoot' blade mod. whats really cool about ben as well is he is generally as excited as me about making this. This will be without doubt the most important knife i own....and definately the most special.

i agree with the others this needs to be a sticky on modding, i'm sure danny when he comes along again will sort it, this being right up his street.


Thanks again ben, you are a true gentleman...:D

ZDP-189
06-02-06, 05:17 PM
Done!

ZDP-189
06-02-06, 05:20 PM
I think this is an excellent project and a useful tutorial.

I am sure the reprofiled wharncliff will make a handy blade for years to come. If you're planning on another restoration of a similarly heat damaged blade, consider annealing, requenching and retempering the blade, because you can save more steel that way. You might still consider it, as the temper has probably been affected by the fire.

Bogflogger
06-02-06, 05:58 PM
I'm glad to see this is now Sticky. This is a good introduction for novices to knifemaking, and cheap to do. I am looking forward to seeing the finished result.:D

manofthewood
06-02-06, 06:30 PM
I think this is an excellent project and a useful tutorial.

I am sure the reprofiled wharncliff will make a handy blade for years to come. If you're planning on another restoration of a similarly heat damaged blade, consider annealing, requenching and retempering the blade, because you can save more steel that way. You might still consider it, as the temper has probably been affected by the fire.


This is an odd one dan, when i pulled it from the kiln, and lets say three months two burns a week, average 35 hours burning reaching 500degrees celcius, when the knife was resharpened it seemd to last a lot longer sharp and held a better edge, i always thought it had been re-tempered, but didn't know enough about it. what do you think is this a possibilty..:?:

ZDP-189
06-02-06, 07:44 PM
It's not likely to have been good for it! At 500°C, you're well higher than tempering temperature for most carbon steels like 1095/W1. Even assuming the carburising atmosphere didn't decarb your blade, you'll have severe grain growth. Normally I'd bin it, but given the sentimental value, I'd try to save it with a full spheroidising anneal and then heat treatment. Failing all that effort, you could etch it and look at the grain.

The good performance you report probably says something about the original HT. Anyway, don't bent it too much and don't use too hard or stake your life on it, and it might be OK for what you need any way. And it doesn't mean this isn't a cool project.

manofthewood
06-02-06, 08:18 PM
I will clarify that, the lid of the kiln at the top would not reach anywhere near that temp, 500c would be the heart of the 'burn', at the most i used to put a frying pan on the lid, when the burn was at its peak, and would cook an egg and some bacon 'slowly', I have used the blade for many years after this, and it has never let me down.....so i'm hoping it will be a 'user' for years to come:)

cardoso5fr
07-02-06, 08:13 AM
Thanks to have made a stickie of that post:D

Yesterday i'have worked 2 hours on the new restauration.

http://usera.imagecave.com/cardoso5fr/manofthewood25.jpg

the stick of ebony for the heel. It's a triangular section, not very easy to work, but that's all that i have under my hand.

http://usera.imagecave.com/cardoso5fr/manofthewood26.jpg
Ebony is very hard, i use metal saw in order to cut it.

http://usera.imagecave.com/cardoso5fr/manofthewood27.jpg
The stick after to have been plane with belt sander (grit 40).

http://usera.imagecave.com/cardoso5fr/manofthewood28.jpg
At this level, it's no glue, it's just to have a vision of the totaly of the handle.

http://usera.imagecave.com/cardoso5fr/manofthewood29.jpg
The handle after the heel has been glu with epoxy two composant for steel.

http://usera.imagecave.com/cardoso5fr/manofthewood30.jpg
Another view, we can see that the plate are larger and longer that the definitive version. Now i can work:D

http://usera.imagecave.com/cardoso5fr/manofthewood31.jpg
The heel is very imposant (triangular base, i will resize it and reform it with beltsander (40-80-120) and dremel sand wheel (120).

http://usera.imagecave.com/cardoso5fr/manofthewood32.jpg
The form is now in the good way. (Beltsander grit 40) with a lot of precaution because it very aggressive with the wood. I won't "hurt" the definitive structure of the plate.

http://usera.imagecave.com/cardoso5fr/manofthewood33.jpg
At that level you can see that the final design is really not very far.
the next stage will be realize with dremel (grit 120) and with metal file and various sand paper.
I have to made the cavity to catch the blade. To pin the blade and make together all the component. I hesitate between about copper or steel pin.
If you want nick i can re tremped the blade, but it's seem that steel aren't detremped. For my file work i've used some diamond file and not metal file. A metal file slide on the steel as on a new opinel. (i've test). If i retremped i had to repolish but it's not a problem, one litlle hour and it will be great.:)

Tonight, the next stage, file work on the plate and heel to have a nice and sweet form.

@ + ben

manofthewood
07-02-06, 08:21 AM
That is looking 'Awesome' ben, i really like the inlay and the ebony 'plate' will set it off a treat, i dont think it will need tempering, but then i am not an expert, i mislead Dan a bit with the temperature it was subjected to, but if you think it will need it by the 'feel' of the blade, then you do it. :D

Hepotec
07-02-06, 11:25 AM
This thread just gets better. Great info.

At the risk of being a trifle offensive, when I first read of the concept of Opinel modification I thought Ben was a loony. I will happily eat my words and say I was woefully wrong. I'm going to buy another Opinel and engage in some monkey business. Thanks for putting me straight Ben.

Basemetal
07-02-06, 11:36 AM
when I first read of the concept of Opinel modification I thought Ben was a loony

You've got to love this place..:lol: :lol: :lol:

cardoso5fr
07-02-06, 01:21 PM
I know that opinel modification is strange, for me 7 month ago, opinel was the grand father knife. With the tuan Luong idea of dremeltingpotes play, (he is writer at the "La passion du couteau" one of the two french book about knive edit every trimester. ), i've beguin to rediscover opinel ( with michel web site). The idea was to customise a knife (opinel on base) with only the tool that you have, (dremel or copy for most people). The opinel is a great knife, it's a real pleasure to modified it. It's really easy to obtain a little knife with personnality. I 'm happy that my little game and work with opinel put you on the straight way. :).

And for my vocabulary, i've don't find the term loony, it's as "looney tunes", it's means "crazy" or strange or something as that?

Tomorow, i hope that handle will be finish, and maybe the blade pin.

I placed that morning a little stick of the white wood and of ebony in a lin oil bath in order to see what the reaction of the wood. That afternoon i try the bee wax. (I would like to protect the handle, but keep the actual color :)).

Thanks for seeing

@ + ben

Hepotec
07-02-06, 01:34 PM
I know that opinel modification is strange, for me 7 month ago, opinel was the grand father knife. With the tuan Luong idea of dremeltingpotes play, (he is writer at the "La passion du couteau" one of the two french book about knive edit every trimester. ), i've beguin to rediscover opinel ( with michel web site). The idea was to customise a knife (opinel on base) with only the tool that you have, (dremel or copy for most people). The opinel is a great knife, it's a real pleasure to modified it. It's really easy to obtain a little knife with personnality. I 'm happy that my little game and work with opinel put you on the straight way. :).

And for my vocabulary, i've don't find the term loony, it's as "looney tunes", it's means "crazy" or strange or something as that?

Tomorow, i hope that handle will be finish, and maybe the blade pin.

I placed that morning a little stick of the white wood and of ebony in a lin oil bath in order to see what the reaction of the wood. That afternoon i try the bee wax. (I would like to protect the handle, but keep the actual color :)).

Thanks for seeing

@ + ben

My apologies, loony is not that common a word. In French it is something like "fou", I think.

But as I said, I am happy to admit I was wrong.

cardoso5fr
07-02-06, 01:40 PM
That one of the way that i've understand (crazy for me has the same meaning but i m maybe wrong and the meaning can be more subtle.)
There is no probleme, i was'nt upset, i take that for a compliment and i'm happy to have succeed to change your first impression. :)

@ + ben

ZDP-189
07-02-06, 01:44 PM
Loony is softer, and more cuddly.

I have enjoyed this thread a lot. I never knew that you could pop the ring off so easily. I think a lot of people will follow you soon.

cardoso5fr
07-02-06, 01:56 PM
http://www.absa.asn.au/images/circlip%20picture
With a circlip grip as on the photo it's easier. With two dart it's a system D for people who won't want to pay 5 euros for a grip especialy for dismantle opinel. ( or repare a car :)).

More people will play on that way, more i will happy, for all those who want to play the website of (Michel (http://michel.montlahuc.free.fr/idees.htm)) will be happy to received all you production, modification. In 3 month he received more than during all 2005 years, (113 model are show in realisation (there is a new of judas :)).

@ + ben

ANDYLASER
07-02-06, 02:21 PM
Thank you Ben for posting that link to "Michel" web site. There are some stunning examples of Opinel customisation shown there. I didnt realize how popular this is. Thank you.

French Kiss
07-02-06, 03:03 PM
Great job, Ben is developping a talent of his own and that's even greater :)

manofthewood
07-02-06, 03:37 PM
i think bens designs are some of the best, the inlaid wood coupled with the wharncliffe/ sheepsfoot blade are unique....I cant wait to see the finished article....

Hepotec
07-02-06, 03:44 PM
I'm pleased that you did not take offence Ben, as I certainly meant none. As I said, I'm really looking forward to seeing the finished article.

I've been wondering about a handle made from buffalo horn slabs. Does that seem possible?

DagueHaubert
07-02-06, 04:18 PM
Congratulations, Ben, what a tremendous succession of posts, I'm so eager to see the knife completed ! (just registered myself to congratulate you, after months of anonymous readings).

Since I felt we miss you in our little european knife community, I just put there a link to this topic, so everybody can enjoy your job without waiting you to find a way to log in - hope this won't bother you.


Ah, tell me, did you old loony boy take yourself the pics or was it some patient little wife of yours standing aside waiting your signal ? :rolleyes:

bardster
07-02-06, 05:43 PM
I'm pleased that you did not take offence Ben, as I certainly meant none. As I said, I'm really looking forward to seeing the finished article.

I've been wondering about a handle made from buffalo horn slabs. Does that seem possible?
http://michel.montlahuc.free.fr/opinel2.htm

Hepotec
07-02-06, 07:17 PM
http://michel.montlahuc.free.fr/opinel2.htm

I guess that's a Yes then.....Cheers Bardster for the link. Fun and games tonight, family permitting.

dtalbot
07-02-06, 11:31 PM
This is fantastic, I'm learning a lot here!

cardoso5fr
08-02-06, 08:14 AM
Hi DH and FK, it's nice to meet you hier. I can't connect to BF because of my FAI (ALICE ADSL) is not be able to reconnect my new house since two month. (It's horrible). And BF is lock at my work.:(
DH, I take my photo alone, i make the mod and take the photo. Thanks to post a link on BF, it great to see that i'm not forget :D .

Hepotec i would have answered the same thing as bardster :).

To return to Manofthewood project i've a little advance yesterday (i'm return at home very late because of bus driver stricke (greve).

http://usera.imagecave.com/cardoso5fr/manofthewood34.jpg
To beguin the stick of white wood after the bath in lin oil, the golden color is nice, you can compare with the original color plate.

http://usera.imagecave.com/cardoso5fr/manofthewood35.jpg
Yesterday i pinned the blade, you can see the original dark pin, and the pin after mod in order to be functionnal in the ring.

http://usera.imagecave.com/cardoso5fr/manofthewood36.jpg
The steel pin has the good size :D

http://usera.imagecave.com/cardoso5fr/manofthewood37.jpg
An illustration of the tool that i used to pin the blade.

http://usera.imagecave.com/cardoso5fr/manofthewood38.jpg
http://usera.imagecave.com/cardoso5fr/manofthewood39.jpg

Two illustration of the hand position to catch the knife, the pin, the tool in the same hand in order to have the other hand free to use hammer.

http://usera.imagecave.com/cardoso5fr/manofthewood40.jpg
The steel ring pinned after a little time of polishing

http://usera.imagecave.com/cardoso5fr/manofthewood41.jpg
The plate have been one more time resize and work. That's not finish but it beguin to have a good grip sweet and robust. (dremel with sand wheel 120 and metal file and a little sand paper grit 100)

http://usera.imagecave.com/cardoso5fr/manofthewood42.jpg
You can see that the ring is in position. It's functionnal but i'm going to remove it one more time to polish the pin a little more and maybe place a little teflon piece in order to give a sweeter movement. I' don't know. Nowaday, it's also funtionnal as an opinel new in box.:D

http://usera.imagecave.com/cardoso5fr/manofthewood43.jpg
The restauration is on the good way, i evaluate the time at 5 hours of work now to obtain what i want. But it's already a very sweet little knife with a great grip; i jhave to make the cavity and retouch the heel, to resize and finish the plate. (Lin oil bath if you like the new color) and finish with bee wax, or only beewax. I've forget the polish time with all the grit of sand paper.:)

@ + ben and very happy to meet some friend of another forum hier (French kiss has made me discover BB;) )

manofthewood
08-02-06, 05:24 PM
Ben, as it nears completion, im thinking its one of the finest 'mods' you have made, to completely take an old knackered blade, and turn it into something of beauty as you have done is a great 'testament' to you, and your ever increasing 'skills';) Im sure from this you have shown everyone how pleasurable it is to take an opinel and 'mod' it to look something completely different.

Biggup to you sir, i cant wait to se the finnished article.:D

ZDP-189
08-02-06, 05:36 PM
It's certainly shaping up.

cardoso5fr
09-02-06, 08:14 AM
Thanks.

The great part of work is finish, it stay only the finish stage.

http://usera.imagecave.com/cardoso5fr/manofthewood44.jpg
The knife on the "operation table" before to be open (i attack the cavity to catch the blade:) )

http://usera.imagecave.com/cardoso5fr/manofthewood45.jpg
I don't make the cavity in one time, i make a lot of try, i beguin to the heel and i advance in the blade direction. deeper and deeper in the wood but with care. Dremel is a little aggressive if you don't care.

http://usera.imagecave.com/cardoso5fr/manofthewood46.jpg
The cavity is made, enough deep to take the blade..

http://usera.imagecave.com/cardoso5fr/manofthewood47.jpg
if there are little hole not full of glue or something wrong with the piece ajust i use wax in block. It filled the hole with a piece of wax that i warn with finger, after i use sand paper to egalize.

http://usera.imagecave.com/cardoso5fr/manofthewood48.jpg
When i make a little restauration i like to resharp the blade, for that i use my 204 with ceramic sticks.

http://usera.imagecave.com/cardoso5fr/manofthewood49.jpg
Nick you have a new razor. (Only one passage with the blade shave my arm)

http://usera.imagecave.com/cardoso5fr/manofthewood50.jpg
As it become a tutorial, i present three version of the opi bird, the first is nick one, the second has not nowaday find acqueror, and the third was a present for my wife. It's just to show the various way of treat the "subject" various wood, blade and size (10-8-6).

http://usera.imagecave.com/cardoso5fr/manofthewood51.jpg
The three bird open (whancliff, modified drop point, and modified recurved)

http://usera.imagecave.com/cardoso5fr/manofthewood52.jpg
The handle is soon finish, (i've take two hours of sanding with 60-80-100-120 and dremel felt (without polish paste)

http://usera.imagecave.com/cardoso5fr/manofthewood53.jpg
The knife closed, you can see the evolution of the cavity, sweeter than before, the heel is design and polish with polish paste.

http://usera.imagecave.com/cardoso5fr/manofthewood54.jpg
The blade in my little hand. The grip is sweet.

http://usera.imagecave.com/cardoso5fr/manofthewood55.jpg
the bird position.

It stay to treat or not with lin oil, and wax. That you're choice nick, if you want to make yourself the finition, the knife is finish (a little modif to make to the right plate because of a little aggresive hit of dremel. But nothing serious.

@ + ben

manofthewood
09-02-06, 08:24 AM
Wow...:D It looks amazing ben, better than i could ever expected, i am happy with you finishing off with oil and wax, a great tutorial, well laid out aswell. many thanks ben, i will take some pics a do a reveiw on the site...;)

ANDYLASER
09-02-06, 09:18 AM
That looks really amazing. Well done Ben and thank you for such an informative tutorial. Manofthewood, you are indeed a lucky chap. :D

cardoso5fr
09-02-06, 10:19 AM
Happy that you're pleased, i will finish the work that afternoon and post the photo tomorow or saturday.
Nick the time to wait reduce :).

Thanks at all.

@ + ben

Hepotec
09-02-06, 04:37 PM
It gets better and better. Good show.

manofthewood
09-02-06, 08:41 PM
Happy that you're pleased, i will finish the work that afternoon and post the photo tomorow or saturday.
Nick the time to wait reduce :).

Thanks at all.

@ + ben


Cant wait ben, looking forward to holding the beauty...:D

cardoso5fr
10-02-06, 08:11 AM
After more than 15 hours of work and more than 700 photo (to post 64) The finish stage of that adventure. :D

http://usera.imagecave.com/cardoso5fr/manofthewood56.jpg
A lin oil bath of 10 mn in order to give the golden color to the white wood. And to improve the resistance again humidity variation.

http://usera.imagecave.com/cardoso5fr/manofthewood57.jpg
just after the bath, the handle is not clean, after i cleaned it with a coton tissu.

http://usera.imagecave.com/cardoso5fr/manofthewood58.jpg
Comparaison with the original color of the wood. I like the contrast between dark part of the white wood and the golden one.

http://usera.imagecave.com/cardoso5fr/manofthewood59.jpg
i've used floor encaustic (therebentine, lin oil and bee wax), wait a little that the product dryed. And polish with dremel felt. I've made that opération three time, to protect a little the wood.

http://usera.imagecave.com/cardoso5fr/manofthewood60.jpg
After i've used bee wax on the dremel felt, as i used the polish paste. The opération has been made three time. The wax with the heat of the felt movement is easy to apply on the wood.

http://usera.imagecave.com/cardoso5fr/manofthewood61.jpg
The final product, i'm a little proud of that one. (I've a failed to erase the little trace of dremel sand wheel but nothing really serious).

http://usera.imagecave.com/cardoso5fr/manofthewood62.jpg
Bird position with the finish product.

http://usera.imagecave.com/cardoso5fr/manofthewood63.jpg

Closed position

http://usera.imagecave.com/cardoso5fr/manofthewood64.jpg
The other side.

I hope that you enjoyed the little adventure with nick opinel and me:D .

This one will return to england tomorow or monday( Nick i haven't your adress).

If you're interressed, i've prepar a little thing in the same way about the pradel restauration that i've post, and the opi bird bamboo.

If you want, i could post it.

I'm very happy and proud to have share that expérience with you, and i thank everybody for your active reaction and participation.

@ + ben

PH the fox
10-02-06, 10:01 AM
Very nice work Ben! :biggthump

cardoso5fr
10-02-06, 10:18 AM
Thanks pierre :D

@ + ben

Hepotec
10-02-06, 10:27 AM
This has been an excellent set of posts, my loony friend. Many thanks.

neill116
10-02-06, 11:32 AM
thanks ben for sharing your hard work with us!:)

look forward to seeing another tutorial from you, especially the opi bird bamboo:)

cheers
neill

cardoso5fr
10-02-06, 11:42 AM
Thanks you two, i will post the bamboo version tutorial tomorow if i don't have technical prb. :).

@ + ben

Bogflogger
10-02-06, 03:05 PM
Nice Work Ben! I have really enjoyed watching this.:biggthump

ANDYLASER
10-02-06, 03:31 PM
Superb work. I congratulate you on your tutorial, the level of detail and excellent photos. Thank you for sharing with us.

richardw
10-02-06, 05:10 PM
Fantastic work and a great tutorial.

I'm really looking forward to the next one.

Richard

manofthewood
10-02-06, 06:00 PM
Thanks ben for all the hard work and effort put into this project, this means a lot to me as you know. I look forward to holding and using it, after many years 'rested'. Good luck and 'Godspeed' in all you do my freind..:D

Michel 84
10-02-06, 10:20 PM
Hi all,
Really great job youve done Ben, both for the Opinel and the tutorial.

Its my fist post on this forum, but Ben told you about my web site concerning customs Opinel knives. Ill try to translate the Opinel section into English during the next months.


I've been wondering about a handle made from buffalo horn slabs. Does that seem possible?

Hepotec : To answer on your question, all the customs viewed on the link given by bardster have a full cattle horn handle. You can see it on the second and the last pictures. The achievement is quite difficult and the handle is able to reduce when its done. It represents much work for a hazardous result. But for buffalo horn slabs, no problems. You just need to cut the slabs a few weeks before assembling to let them dry slowly (you can of course buy slabs to save time). Then you just have to sand them before mounting with two components epoxy bond. It may be useful to realize thin grooves on the inner part of the slab with a point to enhance assembling resistance.

Best regards
Michel

Knife-Man
10-02-06, 10:33 PM
great little thread this thread was the main reason why I bought my fisrt two Opi's and have started modding one ...and screwing it up!!

great and infomative cheers

manofthewood
10-02-06, 10:44 PM
Welcome Michel, nice to see you here, enjoy your site very much and the modifications you show and do.:D

Michel 84
10-02-06, 11:04 PM
Welcome Michel, nice to see you here, enjoy your site very much and the modifications you show and do.:D
Thanks manofthewood !

Habaki
11-02-06, 06:10 AM
That's really nice work, Ben!!
Regards,
Simon.:)

cardoso5fr
11-02-06, 02:43 PM
great little thread this thread was the main reason why I bought my fisrt two Opi's and have started modding one ...and screwing it up!!

great and infomative cheers

That is the best thing that i could hope with that little adventure, i'm really happy that my "loony" work for nick have contaminate someone with the opi virus.:D

Nick, I need your adress for send the knife :D

@ + ben

benp1
04-09-07, 10:45 AM
excellent thread, really informative

Random Roadkill
24-01-08, 09:59 PM
Nice work, I'm considering an opinel mod myself, which is why i have revisted this thread, but the pictures have gone! have the photos disappeared for any else? O_O

Knife-Man
24-01-08, 10:00 PM
Nice work, I'm considering an opinel mod myself, which is why i have revisted this thread, but the pictures have gone! have the photos disappeared for any else? O_O

probably cleared out to make room for new photo's .

Michel 84
24-01-08, 10:18 PM
Maybe some accounts on image hosting sites have been deleted. You can see Ben's work (Cardoso5fr) here : http://michel.montlahuc.free.fr/bcardoso.htm
The others galleries show different work from more than 50 customisers (that should give you some ideas for future Opinel mods).

@+
Michel

cardoso5fr
29-01-08, 12:00 PM
I suppose the site where i uploaded my photo at that time destroyed the picture (i'm almost sure my account has been deleted as michel said.. I will change the post soon with the picture that i have on my website.

During the time you will see the picture here
http://dremeltingpotes.free.fr/PAGES/Manofthewoodopi.html?bcsi_scan_D19156521C437272=0&bcsi_scan_filename=Manofthewoodopi.html

cardoso5fr
17-02-08, 02:53 PM
I don't understand, the picture are OK now, and i changed nothing. I suppose imagecave have had some problem.

beachcaster
20-02-08, 10:30 PM
really interesting project and a great finished product.

Well done

Barry

manofthewood
20-02-08, 10:32 PM
I will take some pics of the knife tomorow...

revolvergeek
21-02-08, 05:02 PM
Very interesting and great work! Thanks for sharing the process!.