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The Customized Atwood Thread

Discussion in 'Do-It-Yourself & Gear Modifications' started by uni2uniknot, Jun 28, 2008.

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    Every now and then, an ocassion or an idea to customize an Atwood arises. Share your customized Atwoods here. Professional refinishing, added lanyards, engraving or personal modification...show us what you got!

    I will start with an Atwood Goblin that was originally produced with a High Voltage (HV) patterned finish that had been worn beyond recognition. A local metal shop bead blasted and then polished the Goblin to a mirror finish. The Goblin was finished off with reflective orange 550 paracord handle wrap and a hangman's knot lanyard.

    :roof: :roof: :roof:

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    Here is another "customized" Atwood. This is one of Peter Atwood's folders, the UFO (unidentified folding object). CJ Cai in Honolulu, Hawaii engraved the titanium pocket clip. Background astronomy with the familiar insignia...beam me up Scottie!

    UFO is finished with a reflective black 550 paracord lanyard fashioned after the fine work of Brian Colby.

    :roof: :roof: :roof:

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    V10 Ultra green application info!

    This works for Atwoods, Flashlights, knives, refrigerator door handles, bathrom tiles, gear shift knobs, and darn near anything else really!

    Glow Inc's V10 Ultra Green Glow Powder and Devcon 2-ton epoxy mix from Walmart.

    DON"T use anything faster setting unless you have done this a thousand times and know the epoxy you are using well.
    Mix the epoxy in a plastic baggie then pour in the powder. Use as much powder as you like but you will reach a point where the mix gets sludgy and gritty, then you have gone too far and need a bit more epoxy. If you require a mix with zero bubbles in it (I never want bubbles!) try to mix slowly with a massaging or kneading motion.
    It is not a precise operation, you just have to try it and get a feel for it. Don't be afraid of it!
    When you have it all mixed up in the baggie cut off the corner of the baggie and squeeze for application. Remember that the smaller the hole in the baggie the more precise the application will be. As a side note it also means you have to squeeze the baggie harder so don't use the cheap wimpy bags because you will probably burst through them and have a huge friggin mess in your hand! Don't touch it for at least 2 hours and it will look pretty dang good. About a minute after you pour you may find a bubble or two rise up to the surface, don't panic just use a sewing needle to pop them quickly and the mix will slowly even back out where the bubble used to be.
    The key to a good glow job is in the prep work and steady hands. If you screw up just be sure to remove the accident and clean the ares before it sets up totally. You will feel the mix heat up as the reaction happens that totally solidifies it. Another hint for you, say you have a knife scale you want to put a glow dot into, drill the hole and put the clear scotch tape on one side of the hole then pour. Now if you want a really neat flat surface to be on the viewing side of the handle make that the side you put the tape on. I do it the opposite way since I like the glow dots to be a shiny finish and tape makes it a flat finish but I have alot of practice. It also doesn't hurt to take a razor blade and scrape away excess as soon as you finish pouring.

    Don't take too long for application or you'll end up with a glowy pancake in a baggie............. :brickwall:
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    Re: V10 Ultra green application info!

    Don't take too long for application or you'll end up with a glowy pancake in a baggie............. :brickwall:
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    Maybe it can be carved/shaped into cool GITD items. Just use a little imagination.

    uni2uniknot Empty Pockets

    This works for Atwoods, Flashlights, knives, refrigerator door handles, bathrom tiles, gear shift knobs, and darn near anything else really!

    Glow Inc's V10 Ultra Green Glow Powder and Devcon 2-ton epoxy mix from Walmart.

    DON"T use anything faster setting unless you have done this a thousand times and know the epoxy you are using well.
    Mix the epoxy in a plastic baggie then pour in the powder. Use as much powder as you like but you will reach a point where the mix gets sludgy and gritty, then you have gone too far and need a bit more epoxy. If you require a mix with zero bubbles in it (I never want bubbles!) try to mix slowly with a massaging or kneading motion.
    It is not a precise operation, you just have to try it and get a feel for it. Don't be afraid of it!
    When you have it all mixed up in the baggie cut off the corner of the baggie and squeeze for application. Remember that the smaller the hole in the baggie the more precise the application will be. As a side note it also means you have to squeeze the baggie harder so don't use the cheap wimpy bags because you will probably burst through them and have a huge friggin mess in your hand! Don't touch it for at least 2 hours and it will look pretty dang good. About a minute after you pour you may find a bubble or two rise up to the surface, don't panic just use a sewing needle to pop them quickly and the mix will slowly even back out where the bubble used to be.
    The key to a good glow job is in the prep work and steady hands. If you screw up just be sure to remove the accident and clean the ares before it sets up totally. You will feel the mix heat up as the reaction happens that totally solidifies it. Another hint for you, say you have a knife scale you want to put a glow dot into, drill the hole and put the clear scotch tape on one side of the hole then pour. Now if you want a really neat flat surface to be on the viewing side of the handle make that the side you put the tape on. I do it the opposite way since I like the glow dots to be a shiny finish and tape makes it a flat finish but I have alot of practice. It also doesn't hurt to take a razor blade and scrape away excess as soon as you finish pouring.

    Don't take too long for application or you'll end up with a glowy pancake in a baggie.............

    Sgt LED,

    Thank you for the information...the potential for "customizing" Atwoods, Flashlights, knives etc is now unlimited. Glow on brothers!!!

    :roof:

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    Hey I just hope to soon see some pics of what people have made after reading my recipe. Think about this one.......... Take the light switch out of the wall and drill a hole into it then fill it in with the mix. You'll hardly ever be rubbing the wall around the switch trying to find it again!

    DB Kilted Moderator

    Funny you should mention light switches....I coated the entire switch in my garage since I had a small amount left over anddidn't want to let it go to waste. :)

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    Here is my latest "Customized Atwood" project. This is the Atwood UFO pictured below in this thread with CJ Cai's work on the pocket clip. CJ Cai has added his work to the front of the handle with an "Alien" theme. CJ added 24K gold and copper accents. There is just one more customizing step till this knife is finished...any ideas? Pictures of the completed "Atwood Alien UFO" in the near future.


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    Wow, that is wild! I love it! Congrats on a great piece of art...

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    Wow, that some serious engraving work on that knife Uni...hmm whats left? Engraving the blade itself? Tritium?

    Here's my customized Atwood, an originally green honeycomb pattern ti prybaby...now eroded away to something more primal...
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    Wow...that prybaby is awesome! Really unique customized Atwood! Final step on the UFO doesn't involve the blade...thanks for the reply!

    :highfive:

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    Cool Prybaby, but i swear it changed color since the last time i saw it... the chameleon prybaby :roof:

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    Uni2Uni that UFO looks amazing! I'm not familiar with Cai. I want to see more of his work! Knife tattooing, incredible! The pocket clip work was amazing also...

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    BTW, what is the turn around time for Cj Cai to do work like that? I know I can't afford it, but I can totally see myself sending him something to work on. I would love to send him a McGizmo flashlight, but the one I have right now wouldn't be worth sending in.

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    Actual turn around time for the UFO through CJ Cai was about one month...amazing! CJ has a website with contact information at cjcaiengraving.com.

    UFO is currently undergoing further "customizing" by the Master.

    :-X

    Rico801 Loaded Pockets

    Thanks for the info. I can't wait to see it when it's done!

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    Ok, here's mine.

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    After scouring off the original bead blast with scotch bright pad, I decided to take it further by trying to polish it to a mirror finish using my dremel (emery tip, then rubber polisher, then felt cloth and polishing compound). It's an ok job for an amatuer like me, esp, considering that it still rides my keychain every day.

    However, although the finish looks smooth from most angles and the camera can't pick up on it, there are still a ton of tiny scratches that show up in the right kind of light and at the right angle. I cant seem to buff them out. Is there any way to get rid of them? Should I go back and start all over again starting with a coarser tip?

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    hey,

    looks great to me...hopefully one of the forum members can answer your question. the mirror finished goblin I have listed in this post was finished at a local metal shop. thanks for sharing your cool "customized Atwood".

    :highfive:

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    Jodj,

    I think it looks great. Ed knows a thing or two about polishing metal. Maybe ask him?