01-31-12 08:47.26 - Post#2437849
In response to SaranacADK
Properly mixed and hardened, epoxy's are unbelievably strong!
I have removed a Sambar handle I had on the NL2.
I worked with a heat-gun to soften the epoxy, but I had to split the Sambar in half and even then it was difficult to get it off the tang.
By mixing the epoxy with differrent fillers, You get differrent property's.
There are fillers like micro-ballons, colodial silica and cottonfiber.
Just to mention a few.
Makers like Jerry Fisk uses micro-ballons.
John White uses collodial silica.
As I'm a former boat-builder I like cotton fiber, as it also adds toughness to the epoxy.
Regarding polyurethan glue, the expanding forces are by no way near, to crack any materials I have used it on.
With this knife, like some of my other big knives, I will not take a hatchet, as I know this knife have more power than I will need in the Outdoors.
That piece of wood was indeed very tough, but Maple is a wood I process on a regular base.
Look at this thin Mora Triflex just after doing a similiar thing a few years ago:
In my book this is nothing extreme as long as the technique, heatreatment and geometry are right.
The interesting answer with this test, at least for me, is that the Large Bowie can take a lot of workloads and beg for more.