J framers I need some help...

J framers I need some help...

This is a discussion on J framers I need some help... within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I have an interest in seeing Wicked Grips branch out and make Damascus grips for the S&W J Frame. Mainly my 442. IMO this type ...

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    J framers I need some help...

    I have an interest in seeing Wicked Grips branch out and make Damascus grips for the S&W J Frame. Mainly my 442. IMO this type of grip on a J Frame would be extremely popular and would pair up well with a Tyler T-Grip. What do you think?



    If you agree (or if you don't) can you please send an email expressing interest in Wicked Grips making and carrying these.

    Their contact page is here. Thanks to all.

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    They state that their Damascus grips are all hand forged and finished one at a time.

    Have you contacted them about just making you a custom set?

    I don't know how much money you would be willing to toss in with your request though.

    The regular 1911 Damascus grips start at $375.00.

    You should expect them to charge you at least a few hundred more than that for them to halt their regular production and tool/jig up for something else.

    That's a lot of $$ to spend on a pair of grips.
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    In my view a J-Frame needs grips that help tame recoil, such as the Pachmayr Compact.
    I also would not spend that kind of money for any grips. I am happy with nice wooden grips for my 1911s.

    So that is my view.

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    They had no interest in my request. Expensive yes but was hoping there were some takers along with me. Worth a shot!
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    While they are truly magnificent looking grips, I am afraid they would be too pricey for my 431PD. However if someone owned an engraved and gold inlaid J frame that was rare and very valuable I could see outfitting it with these one of kind grips. JMHO.
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    Actually they wouldn't be all that difficult to make for a J-Frame.

    More difficult than softer materials to be sure but, do-able.
    Certainly more than a few solid hours of work.

    You would need to find a knife-maker that forges pattern Damascus.

    Have two oversize rectangular billets forged.

    A fine hacksaw blade on a band saw would easily and quickly rough profile them out.

    Then a belt and disk sander for rough shaping followed by some file work and added work with a Dremel.

    You could skip the milling on the gun side faces by just carefully flattening them and then Silver brazing on plain steel panels to exactly fit the grip frame recesses.

    Lastly would be some careful hand sanding and the acid etch bath to enhance the pattern.

    Not impossible but, labor intensive enough that you'll likely not get away with spending less than a few hundred plus the added cost of the Damascus and that is not cheap either averaging $100 an inch for nice pattern material that thick.
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    I bet my 340 would kick like a sledgehammer with some of those

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