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calharkins
04-09-2011, 08:24 PM
This is the knife I made. I decided to do a duracoat finish on the blade to prevent light reflection. The camo job is probably adequate, but could be better. The knife is going to my nephew. He is in the 4th Infantry Division "Hellraisers". They will be deploying to Afghanistan soon.

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Justin King
04-09-2011, 09:06 PM
Nice work! Thanks for your efforts on the build, and to your nephew for his service.

Bill T
04-09-2011, 09:19 PM
That looks great Cal . Thank your nephew for his Service .

Carey Quinn
04-10-2011, 11:09 AM
I should have read both posts before asking a question in the other one.

Looks good.

Carey

calharkins
04-10-2011, 12:12 PM
Carey, I will be glad to tell you about the finish of the blades. I bought a camo pak of duracoat and reducer (thinner) from Brownells. First I painted the blade completely back. The next day I took masking tape and taped off some stripe patterns to retain the black. I then painted alternately with the brown and the sand colors. I used cedar branches, sticks, and leaves to block some of the underneath color from being painted. I did this several times and then did a sand color overspray to mute down the black and the brown. I painted this blade last, so the paint job is much better than the first blade. On the first blade, I completely lost the black undercoat. I am not completely satisfied with the paint job, but I feel that it does achieve it's objective of preventing reflection of the blade.

If you use duracoat, USE A RESPIRATOR! This is an epoxy base paint and will ruin your lungs. Use a cheap airbrush as the thinner is really hard on the air brush. Be sure and clean the airbrush completely as we know how hard epoxy gets.

Billy Helton
04-10-2011, 12:46 PM
looks good cal your nephew will love it

Denny Eller
04-13-2011, 05:56 AM
Nice work, Cal. Please tell your nephew thanks for his service and remind him to duck and duck often.

calharkins
04-13-2011, 07:39 PM
Thanks for the compliments guys. I do think he will like it.

Carey Quinn
04-15-2011, 06:02 PM
Thanks for the info Cal. I appreciate it.

Carey

calharkins
04-15-2011, 07:29 PM
Thanks for the info Cal. I appreciate it.

Carey

You are welcome Carey.