The data knife is done and dusted! Though I’m probably going to make a second version to try a few other painting ideas. The carbon fiber texture was painted on with spray paints, but I’m pretty sure I could do better at this point, so I’m going to try for a finer texture on my v2 knife. Still, I’m really pleased with how it came out – the clear resin lens over the display in the handle looks better than I expected. I polished it a bit with a headlight cleaning kit and it’s optically clear now, and has a bit of a lensing effect which makes the numbers in the center of the display stand out nicer.
Of course, all of this is somewhat wasted in still imagery, so I went ahead and recorded the video for Youtube up at the top of this page. Moving pictures tell the real story.