Work knives, which have to be held for a long time in the hands in the open air, greatly cool the fingers. This primarily concerns hunting, tourist and fishing blades. To solve this problem, you can rubberize the handle. This will make it warmer, less slippery, slightly soft and more resistant to decay.
Materials and tools:
- silicone sealant of the required color;
- stocking or small mesh made of synthetic material;
- masking tape;
- 5 cc syringe .;
- rubber spatula or plastic card;
- sponge for washing dishes;
- stationery clips or small clamps;
To protect your hands from cuts and not to cover the blade itself with rubber, it should be sealed with masking tape.
For rubberizing, silicone sealant is used, which is best squeezed into a syringe, which will allow it to be applied more accurately.
To reinforce silicone, you will need to cut a flap of mesh material. It can be a stocking or an insert from an unnecessary female blouse, dress, etc. One end of the flap should be cut exactly under the ruler.
After degreasing, a little silicone is applied to the back of the handle. It is smoothed and left for 5 minutes for easy drying. For convenience, the knife blade is best secured in a vice.
As soon as the silicone solidifies slightly on the back of the handle, you need to attach and smooth the mesh, placing it with a cut even edge. To proceed to the next stage, it is necessary that the reinforcement holds well.
In order not to wait for a long time, the sealant can be dried with a household hairdryer.
Next, the lower part of the handle and sides are coated with silicone. The fabric is pulled out so that wrinkles do not form, and is applied to it. A load is placed on the hanging end of the mesh so that it is stretched and does not loosen while the sealant hardens. At the blade, it can be hooked in a tense position with a clerical clip.
We are drying.
On the sidewalls, the sealant is applied from above through the mesh. It is liquid enough to penetrate to the handle and attach to it. In this way, you need to apply silicone and glue the mesh in at least 2 layers. If you wrap the handle more, it will become even warmer and a little soft. Be sure to allow the sealant to harden before processing each side.
After you set the desired number of layers, the excess mesh is cut off.
It also needs to be cut off from the side of the handle head, and the remaining folds neatly laid and greased the tops with silicone.
The end face of the handle from the blade is also opened with silicone. The net available there can be stretched and secured with electrical tape, and after smearing it with a sealant and hardening it, do a neat trim.
The final stage of rubberizing will be the creation of a matte texture. To do this, apply silicone immediately to the entire handle and is smeared with longitudinal movements by the hard side of the kitchen sponge.
As soon as the sealant dries slightly, it should be fluffed with light touches of the soft side of the sponge. From this, the coating will become matte.