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Offline crashdive123

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Gator Skull
« on: December 07, 2014, 03:47:01 PM »
Finished this one today.

Steel - D2.
Blade length - 4".
Overall length - just shy of 9"
Handle is stabilized gator skull filled with polyester adhesive resin.

Price is $225 $200 plus shipping.










« Last Edit: December 26, 2014, 03:10:17 PM by crashdive123 »

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Re: Gator Skull
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2014, 04:13:30 PM »
Wow, Nice piece Dave
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Re: Gator Skull
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2014, 05:19:07 PM »
I like that one.  Very interesting handle.
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Re: Gator Skull
« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2014, 05:33:48 PM »
Man!  That is way cool!
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Re: Gator Skull
« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2014, 05:37:01 PM »
NICE knife, as always, but I'm curious how you keep from getting bubbles in the casting resin?  Vacuum bag, perhaps? ???
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Re: Gator Skull
« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2014, 05:43:10 PM »
That there's a beaut, Crash.
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Re: Gator Skull
« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2014, 05:52:10 PM »
NICE knife, as always, but I'm curious how you keep from getting bubbles in the casting resin?  Vacuum bag, perhaps? ???

I use a large (1 gallon jar) as a vacuum chamber
---put the cut up skull (or other material) in smaller container with the resin
---put the smaller container in the jar
---seal the jar
---turn on vacuum pump (must cycle it several times to get desired results)

The trick (learned through trial and error is to shut off the vacuum pump before the resin starts foaming.  If it does - its ruined.  Usually 3 to 5 cycles with the vacuum pump is enough.

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Re: Gator Skull
« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2014, 06:01:28 PM »
Thanks, crash.....I was thinking there had to be SOME trick to it.
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Re: Gator Skull
« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2014, 06:41:25 PM »
Okay. Now that's different. Just saw some gators at the Reptile Zoo last week with my Cub Pack. That's got to be solid stuff. Neat process. Thanks for sharing.


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Re: Gator Skull
« Reply #9 on: December 08, 2014, 08:35:20 AM »
Beautiful knife Crash!
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Re: Gator Skull
« Reply #10 on: December 08, 2014, 10:26:15 AM »
Love the gator skull.  8)

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Re: Gator Skull
« Reply #11 on: December 08, 2014, 10:33:27 AM »
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Re: Gator Skull
« Reply #12 on: December 26, 2014, 03:10:43 PM »
Price drop to $200.

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Re: Gator Skull
« Reply #13 on: December 26, 2014, 04:34:15 PM »
Thought I gave this one a thumbs up earlier but I guess not... Awesome!


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Re: Gator Skull
« Reply #14 on: December 26, 2014, 09:36:45 PM »
Again, with a "holy cow" moment! Man, I bet that doesn't stick around too long!!!


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Re: Gator Skull
« Reply #15 on: December 26, 2014, 10:09:52 PM »
That is super cool :hail: what part of scull did you use?
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Re: Gator Skull
« Reply #16 on: December 27, 2014, 05:19:26 AM »
That is super cool :hail: what part of scull did you use?

Part of the brain cavity.

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Re: Gator Skull
« Reply #17 on: December 28, 2014, 02:44:53 PM »
Nice one Dave. I'm bring you some deer jawbones when I get back from Tn.
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Re: Gator Skull
« Reply #18 on: December 28, 2014, 02:48:15 PM »
That's a beauty of a handle, and a great conversation starter. I like the bolster and leather spacers as well.

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Re: Gator Skull
« Reply #19 on: January 04, 2015, 11:27:23 PM »
Very nice man!  :shocked:
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Re: Gator Skull
« Reply #20 on: November 21, 2016, 03:08:31 PM »
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Re: Gator Skull
« Reply #21 on: April 05, 2017, 06:34:28 PM »
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Re: Gator Skull
« Reply #22 on: April 05, 2017, 06:43:47 PM »
It may just be me Dave, but your original pic links are not showing up  :shrug:
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Re: Gator Skull
« Reply #23 on: April 05, 2017, 07:01:25 PM »
It may just be me Dave, but your original pic links are not showing up  :shrug:

I've had some Photobucket "issues".  I'll take some pics tomorrow.

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Re: Gator Skull
« Reply #24 on: April 05, 2017, 07:10:02 PM »
It may just be me Dave, but your original pic links are not showing up  :shrug:

I've had some Photobucket "issues".  I'll take some pics tomorrow.

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Re: Gator Skull
« Reply #25 on: April 06, 2017, 03:14:22 PM »
Not sure what happened to the first set of pics....






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Re: Gator Skull
« Reply #26 on: April 06, 2017, 05:18:41 PM »
I like the blade shape and the bolster.  The handle material is really neat.  What is the black part of the skull? 
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Re: Gator Skull
« Reply #27 on: April 06, 2017, 06:24:09 PM »
I used polyester adhesive with a black dye (similar to fiberglass resin, but a bit tougher IMO) in a vacuum chamber to fill the voids in the bone.

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Re: Gator Skull
« Reply #28 on: April 06, 2017, 07:10:41 PM »
Well it certainly came out well IMO.
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Re: Gator Skull
« Reply #29 on: April 06, 2017, 07:21:14 PM »
I always liked that one, too.....figured it was long gone by now.  Pretty thing! :thumbsup:
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