Awesome idea! Out of all of my ESEE's only 2 of the 3 izula2s are uncoated.
When I remove the powder coat I leave it on under the scales to prevent any moisture that gets under there from doing to much work on the tang.
A few other people suggested this also, it is something to consider. I think it will greatly improve the longevity of the blade. I brought this up in a few other threads talking about stripping ESEE's. I only strip the blade.
Any thoughts on what kind of finish you will have on them? High polish maybe? I like the high polish. In my experience the more polished it is the less likely rust is able to really adhere to the steel, and when it does it seems to be easily wiped off because it has no micro pores, or little crevices to grip into.
It will be interesting to see a prototype, because any one who has stripped an ESEE before , ether with paint stripper or with sand paper knows that the blades are slightly textured beneath the powder coat to get it to adhere well. I usually wind up sanding that down smooth, but on one of my knives I left that on because it makes a cool design.
Jeff would you mind talking a bit about how you guys coat them to begin with? I notice that if you use paint stripper on the powder coat, first off comes the powder coat, then you are left with a greyish rough feeling surface. What is this layer? Is that just the oxidized, texturized layer that is applied so the powder coat will stick? It can then be sanded to reveal nice bright 1095.
Stripping them is also a great Idea for food prep. the texture of the powder coat leaves allot of little peaks and valley for germs to get into, so you really need to wash em well. Though I cant say I have ever had any problems with this. This is just something I heard some one else talking about, I cant remember who though.
Awesome idea Jeff.
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