Last 3 Morakniv builds. 2 wood handle, 1 leather and wood handle.
2 with stainless Number 1 blades, other is a carbon steel Number 3.
Got my leather discs here: USAKnifemaker
I guess it isn’t really a mod, but actually a build. I ordered some Mora blades on Amazon:
Here is a little story board of a build. I think it is ironwood, then a small piece of ebony and a copper spacer. I put in a copper tube for a lanyard hole. I normally would not put a lanyard hole in this, but I want to balance out the other copper.
Model Number 7. Lime Patina. Some funky file work and blade mod.
Schmucktelli Co Kiko paracord bead.
Very impressed with the quality of this product for the price:
Let’s see how it holds up.
So in my typical way of obsessing over new creative interests, I have been really getting into airplants. Photographing them is a blast, and I can see a book coming out in the future. Opinelmod.com may have a number of airplant posts. Or possibly a new blog will arise.
First time working on a tiny Number 4 Opinel. I made the tip blunt to be used a an emergency little flat head driver. I will probably patina the copper chain.
Continuing my obsession with copper craft. I made this pencil cup for my son on his 12th birthday. Hand hammered, soldered, forced patina. Exotic wood bottom. I then sanded it to show the raw copper and sealed the patina with 3 coats of Everbrite.
In 2014 I knocked off 11 finished Opinel Modifications
A number 10, 9, and 8 arrived. Love the walnut for hand carving.
Using my Flexcut mini pelican for some woodcarving on the handles.
New carbon steel Mora Blade. I gave it a 3 hour white vinegar soak.
This one is nearly finished. The mosaic pins look great. It has inspired me to try to make my own mosaic pins. I’m sure I’ll have a blog post on that. I haven’t quite gotten it razor sharp on my Lansky yet. I will have to give a few more rounds.
Worked the handle down to the pins.
I decided to cut a Kephart profile.
I’m going to patina the blade next and do some more handle shaping.
On to step 2. Got me a mosaic pin. Learned a bit about the difference of hardened vs non-hardened steel. Could NOT get the bit through the hardened side. Went though the other side like butter. Makes me feel good about the blade durability.
Drill bit got stuck here for a while. I decided to go through this hole with a smaller brass pin. I hope it looks good.
Ready to glue
If you are getting serious about Opinel modding, then a pair of Snap Ring Pliers for under $10 is a great investment.
The pair I have came with an assortment of tips, however, I only use the bent tip. Sure, you can easily pry the Virobloc collar off, but why risk scratching the metal or somehow prying it in a way that damages its integrity.
The Boxer: A No.7 Carbone. It went through quite a transformation. The hammered texture came as I tried to save a bad metallic silver paint job. I carved the paint off with a Flexcut Mini Pelican knife. Then I refined the texture with the Dremel.
Ebony wood stain and a coat of semi matt polyurethane. Black paracord with a diamond knot. One off Apocalyptic Dog tag copper bead.
Originally the tip wasn’t going to be so square. I tried a few patina patterns. The handle shrunk along the way. I do use it everyday to open boxes. Instagram gave it some love.
I eventually changed the lanyard bead to a smaller, more squared shape. I also wanted to show the little curve in the back of the handle, so I went with the single strand instead of the full loop through.