Posted in Airplants, Opinel Modification

Air Plant Obsession

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.bath-aie-jlgphoto

Posted in Copper, Patina

Copper Pencil Cup

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.
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Posted in Copper, Patina

I Love Copper!

I have been working with copper more and more.  Sometimes I need to take a break from the Opinels and try something different. I started heating and hammering and drilling beads and little pry bars. I call these Apocalyptic Dog tags.

Posted in Old Hickory

Old Hickory Knife Modification getting very exciting.

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.

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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.

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Ready to glue

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Posted in Opinel Modification

Stag Antler Knife Mod

Here is something a little different for me. I have had these parts for many years. The blade was bought ground and polished. It is quite sharp. The knife came out beautiful. More of a decorative piece than something I will be using. I have no doubt that it would be a great camping knife.

 

Posted in No. 7, opinel, Opinel Modification, Patina, woodcarving

The Boxer | Opinel Modification No.7

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.

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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.

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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.

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Posted in ebauche, No. 8, No. 9, No.10, opinel, Opinel Modification, Patina, woodcarving

Opinel Modification Holding Platform | 7 Mods on Deck


So I usually don’t have more than 5-7 OpinelMods going at once. Some just seem to hang around a little longer until I fully commit to something. From left to right ( I am going to give them all names).

1. The Persain Dagger: Opinel No. 9 that I put these scales on. I got them at the only knife show I ever went to, about 14 years ago. They were black when I started, and now they are green after sanding. I am not really sure if they are supposed to be black or green. I am pretty sure this was a mediocre save of a botched job.

2. Onion Breath: Opinel No. 10 In my kitchen. It is now black handled and full black- out patina on the blade. My wife is allergic to onions. This is the only blade that I cut onions with when there is an onion emergency.

3. Evolving: Opinel No. 8 Ebauche. It has a mosaic pin and the shape is getting refined with hand sanding.

4. Opi-Opal: Opinel No.10. My sister has this in her kitchen on her yacht in Florida. It has a turquoise inlay that surrounds a real white opal that I ground into a mystical triangle shape.

5. Caroline: Opinel No.8 Olivewood Ebauche. This one has changed a lot. That back cutout gets another piece of exotic hardwood (don’t know what it is). I will probably give this to a mother at my son’s school. She is the only person at the Shabbat service that showed any interest in fine cutting utensils.

6. The Opi-Defender: Opinel No. 10. The defender is the evolution of the Opi-fighter after the back of it broke off. It is a nice size one handed work knife. Fits nice in pocket of my Knife & Flag apron.

7. Untitled for now. Not quite done with it. As of now it needs some minor refinements. Polished up the blade. I have used this around the studio. The size is really comfortable. Not a hard use knife, but very light.

Posted in No. 7, Opinel Modification

Opinel Modification on a No. 7

This little No. 7 is a useful pocket knife.  It has a nice big hole in the back that you can attach all kinds of cool lanyards to.  It is a great little box cutter.  The blade shape is somewhere between a Wharncliffe and a Sheepfoot.  It feels safer if you leave it open on a desk.

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