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.
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.
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.
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 $25.
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.
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.
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.
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.