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The ESEE 5 Gear Selector

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by NorthWoods, Jul 1, 2013.

  1. Jul 1, 2013 at 4:42 PM
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    NorthWoods

    NorthWoods [OP] Well-Known Member

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    So, I'm a huge fan of ESEE Knives, they're some of my favorite outdoor tools. So I got an idea one day to turn an ESEE into a gear selector (or shift lever, gear lever, shift knob, whatever you want to call it.) The 5 was the obvious choice as it's the fattest of their knives at 1/4". Took me about a month and a half to find a used one, I just couldn't cut up a brand new one.

    Ready to meet her fate.
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    First cut, man this thing is thick!:eek:
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    Cut two, working towards the end.
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    Cut three, down to the handle. I wonder if the warranty is still valid?:confused:
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    I then cut the channel when the piece of gear rod goes and cut out a space for the nut.
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    Cut out a space in the handles for the side of the nut.
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    Sanded out a small channel as the gear rod is about 3/8 think.
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    Epoxied the nut into place. I also took a bluing pen to most of the exposed metal.
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    The 98% finished product. Just need to cut the other two handle screws and glue them on.
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    Mounted. :cool:
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    It was a great project, probably only took about 10-12 hours all together. I'm really happy with how it came out too! Definitely one of the more unique gear selectors out there. All it took was a Dremel, some zip wheels, A tungsten carbide cutter and an engraving cutter.
     
  2. Jul 1, 2013 at 4:50 PM
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    ABregenzer

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    Looks sick.

    But poor knife :pout:
     
  3. Jul 1, 2013 at 4:51 PM
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    Unique! I kinda like it! I used to make aluminum pistol grips shifter knobs back in highschool. Wish I had made a few more! I do think you should rotate it 180 degrees though, that way your hands holds it a little closer to how it was designed. Just my $.02
     
  4. Jul 1, 2013 at 6:31 PM
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    92dlxman

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    your a beast with a dremel! nice work!
     
  5. Jul 1, 2013 at 8:00 PM
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    jmg256

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    I'm curious as to why you cut the blade into three sections, when all you were after was the handle? I agree with turning it 180° as well...
     
  6. Jul 1, 2013 at 8:02 PM
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    The dremel can only cut so far down the blade until the end of the blade would get in the way not allowing it to cut.
     
  7. Jul 3, 2013 at 5:22 PM
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    NorthWoods

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    Thanks man, I honestly had no idea what I was doing and made it up along the way.

    This.
     
  8. Jul 3, 2013 at 8:39 PM
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  9. Jul 4, 2013 at 6:01 AM
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    Looks cool.
    You can buy ESEE grip plates and just use flat stock underneath them.

    I just hate to see a good knife die.
     
  10. Jul 4, 2013 at 5:41 PM
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    good advertising though! got me looking at them, ill have one someday!
    if I remember right they boast a Rockwell rating like 56-60 or something. sounds good
     
  11. Jul 4, 2013 at 5:49 PM
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    I cried a little.


    But it looks cool, and if you ever get trapped in your truck, unscrew it and you have a glass breaker.
    The 5 is my favorite of the ESEE line. Glass breaker, thick blade, and the round divot on the side for use as a bow-drill bearing.
     
  12. Jul 4, 2013 at 7:51 PM
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    I did too.

    This will be the next knife I buy.
     
  13. Jul 4, 2013 at 7:59 PM
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    If you order direct, don't overlook the $200 survival pack. It includes an ESEE-6. I keep one behind my seat.
    But the -6 is no replacement for the -5. The 5 is a monster.
     

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