Tweaked Full Size Trapper

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Tweaked Full Size Trapper

Postby Lansky1 » Sun Jan 27, 2019 4:26 am

I've never been a fan of the full size trapper ... not sure if its the butter knife looking spey or the rounded trapper style clip that is instantly recognizable as its own. Anyways, I finally figured I ought to have at least 1 trapper in my collection, so when I got it, I liked the pronounced radius on the spey even less than I thought I would and the clip seemed to just have way too much belly in it near the tip. So the wheels start turning & I figured it wouldn't be too much trouble to put my take on it. After a few hours of careful fiddling, I reshaped the spey and the clip - kind of looks more Queen or GEC-ish now. The differences are subtle, but if you look closely you can see the mods ... I kinda like it now

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Here's the "before" picture for comparison ... most time consuming part was removing the etching (I thought it was going to be a silk screen etch that is easy to remove with lacquer thinner - unfortunately it was laser engraved, so I had to run the grits from 150-1500 & then buffed it to get it to like new shine ... just takes time). Man, this one was a PIA to work in ... bet I opened and closed each blade a few hundred times (good aerobic exercise) - the bolster got so hot I could barely touch it ... it was extremely tight & had no snap when I got it - snaps better than average now. Anyways, nice project for a cold saturday afternoon when there's no fishing or golf to be had ...

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Re: Tweaked Full Size Trapper

Postby TW200 » Sun Jan 27, 2019 4:32 am

I like that. Nice custom look.

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Re: Tweaked Full Size Trapper

Postby Colonel26 » Sun Jan 27, 2019 5:05 am

Usually, I’m not a big fan of this type of modification. But in this case I heartily approve! I like the shape of both much better.

Did you use power tools or just sandpaper?
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Re: Tweaked Full Size Trapper

Postby Lansky1 » Sun Jan 27, 2019 5:25 am

Colonel26 wrote:Usually, I’m not a big fan of this type of modification. But in this case I heartily approve! I like the shape of both much better.

Did you use power tools or just sandpaper?


Thanks guys ::tu::

Colonel26 - I used files for reshaping the blades, a dremel tool to round over the top edges, and a stationary disc sander to flatten out the little angled tip of the spey. Sand paper for removing the etching. Buffing wheel to bring out the shine after 1500 grit paper. Here's a side by side with a newer Case trapper I forgot I had - can see the clip blade mod better ...

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Re: Tweaked Full Size Trapper

Postby Doc B » Sun Jan 27, 2019 11:19 am

Especially like the spey mod. I think your neutering processes will go smoother.
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Re: Tweaked Full Size Trapper

Postby Lansky1 » Tue Jan 29, 2019 4:49 pm

Doc B wrote:Especially like the spey mod. I think your neutering processes will go smoother.


LOL - about the closest I will get to neutering is watching Dr. Pol's TV show (and I usually change the channel when he gets ready to get his hands dirty ::oh_my:: ) Although, I'm thinking this knife will get some belt time when fishing season comes along ... I bet that spey will fillet pan fish right nicely...
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Re: Tweaked Full Size Trapper

Postby Doc B » Tue Jan 29, 2019 11:18 pm

Lansky1 wrote:
Doc B wrote:Especially like the spey mod. I think your neutering processes will go smoother.


LOL - about the closest I will get to neutering is watching Dr. Pol's TV show (and I usually change the channel when he gets ready to get his hands dirty ::oh_my:: ) Although, I'm thinking this knife will be get some belt time when fishing season comes along ... I bet that spey will fillet pan fish right nicely...


Now that's one of the best uses I can think of...fish fillets ::nod:: ::tu:: ::tu:: ::tu::
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Re: Tweaked Full Size Trapper

Postby doglegg » Tue Jan 29, 2019 11:23 pm

John I like it when you have a little time mixed with a little dissatisfaction. It turns into some knice. I like the mods. ::tu::

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Re: Tweaked Full Size Trapper

Postby Lansky1 » Wed Jan 30, 2019 4:35 pm

doglegg wrote:John I like it when you have a little time mixed with a little dissatisfaction. It turns into some knice. I like the mods. ::tu::


LOL - you've got me pegged Floyd, thx ::tu::
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Re: Tweaked Full Size Trapper

Postby Eye Brand Man » Sat Feb 02, 2019 3:56 am

Nice job ::tu:: looks way better. I like case trappers, but like you the blade profiles always bothered me. There just not sleek and sexy like some other brands notably queen and Boker. I don't know why case has to put that much belly right at the end of the clip blade ::shrug:: almost doesn't have a point. I like my clip blades with a nice sharp point.
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Re: Tweaked Full Size Trapper

Postby Lansky1 » Tue Feb 12, 2019 3:42 pm

forgot to include pics of spey compared to a non-modified version ...

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