Monday, September 2, 2013

Enlan/BEE L02 and EM-01 Project

EM-01 left, L02 right.
Took me long enough but I worked on the L02 and EM-01 from this post a while back. I'm not really feeling the L02. I didn't have a good plan ... or actually, any plan going into the handles. I actually put a bunch of complex angles on the scales but I can't capture them in pictures to save my life and the contrasting colors sort of camouflage them. I discovered that the stripes appear naturally in the micarta without using different colored material. Apparently just the alternating directions of the fabric weave create stripes and I don't particularly care for the really stripey scales anyway. The EM-01 though, is much closer to what I think actually appeals to me. I like the single color and the earthy subdued tones. I would like to do away with the shiny fasteners especially on this one but it is what it is. I cleaned up the screws and the pocket clip, acid washed everything and sharpened up the corners. It's too bad the fasteners aren't steel, or a steel that will take the acid wash because that would really tie the whole package together I think. 
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I just rounded the scales slightly and put a couple hard lines up top toward the blade.

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I like the look of a smooth curve combined with certain hard lines like the finger notches.

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This image captures the hard bevels near the blade best.

On the L02 I did a lot of playing. It became a test bed I guess. I dripped the vinegar on the blade to see what might happen.
These knives aren't made to the highest tolerances but they aren't too bad I'd say.

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Even if the L02 is a bit ugly, it works. Might make a nice gift.

I am pretty pleased the the EM-01 on top. This is likely a step toward more of the kind of scales I'm going to produce.

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