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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: Amazon 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 … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
I love my Opinels, but I was feeling a bit guilty ignoring any USA made blades.Old Hickory Knives by Ontario Knife Company are a great way to start knife modding.They are inexpensive- buy a 2 pack on Amazon for under … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
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). … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
This was my first try at this. I added nice patina to this brass Higonokami knife. Trying to figure out what to do with the lanyard hole. I really like the blue green that came out in the ammonia chamber.
I get a lot of questions regarding the thumb studs on some of my mods: I order them from USAKnifemaker, along with some of the shields I use.