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Knife Repair, Modification, Restoration & Improvement

This group is for knife enthusiasts who are interested in repairing, modifiying, restoring or improving knives, including fixed blades, folders and automatics of all types.

Location: Hillsboro, OR
Members: 161
Latest Activity: Apr 13

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cold steel paragon

Started by greg weber. Last reply by greg weber Apr 7. 34 Replies

well i took it apart to do the mod, and never completed the mod and can't get it back together, which shows my skill level is look don't touch.anybody good at doing the paragon mod and re-assembly let me knowthanksContinue

MODIFICATIONS .. personalizing our knives !!!!

Started by D ale. Last reply by Jan Carter Mar 19. 114 Replies

Many of us have dreamt of  "improving"  our knives.Some have even implemented their improvements.Here is a place to share and document those modifications.Before & after pics are great .. I realize this isn't always possible .. I did some of…Continue

Buck 112 Project

Started by Derek Wells. Last reply by Jan Carter Feb 19. 14 Replies

I have an end result in mind - started this weekend (with heart in mouth) Continue

Glad to join this group

Started by Wolfgang Loerchner. Last reply by Chris Sievert Feb 10. 9 Replies

Being new to this community I have to thank those who directed me to this group. I have been making knives for almost 40 years. I started out with fixed blades, but have concentrated on lock back folders in the last 20 or so years.A few moths ago I…Continue

Box cutter replacement

Started by D ale. Last reply by D ale Jan 26. 19 Replies

This knife is intended to be a “shop knife” .. replacing an obscenely mundane “box cutter”. The young man for whom this is being made prefers a tanto grind. He's also the front man for a local heavy metal band. From there .. I believe .. comes the…Continue

Scale Replacement

Started by D ale. Last reply by Mark Erickson Jan 23. 22 Replies

I'm putting different scales on a lever-lock.Thought I'd post some picsThis…Continue

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Comment by Michael Squier on April 13, 2016 at 17:24

Alanm, that reminds me of a small Remington I have in simular condition, these knive were made to be used. I soaked my leather washers with mineral oil, after a while it did tighten up. Good luck with it. Dont foget to share the before and after pictures. 

Comment by Jan Carter on April 7, 2016 at 19:12


Comment by J.J. Smith III on April 7, 2016 at 19:10

"So Far".

Comment by allanm on April 6, 2016 at 23:30

Thanks JJ - I planned to be sure it is well treated all the way through, but worth reminding since I am a newbie. Now looking more seriously every day at tools, blanks, raw steel, finished blanks, and the list is growing. :-) At least my wife is ok with it. So far!

Comment by J.J. Smith III on April 5, 2016 at 23:04
Which ever treatment you use, Allanm, you need to make sure that it is fully absorbed by the leather. I've seen the surface looking nice, but the inside was still dried out.
Comment by Bryan OShaughnessy on April 5, 2016 at 21:36

Softens my hands, too!

Comment by Jan Carter on April 5, 2016 at 19:16


Great call in using some sandpaper on the edges to get better absorption!  Also on baseball glove oil.  I have never tried it on a knife but DUH!  I should have LOL.  I have seen it do wonders for old gloves

Comment by allanm on April 5, 2016 at 17:23

Thank you Bryan, good ideas to try also. I had not thought of coated edges. With age I had just guessed the disks were just totally worn and dried out but you may be right in possible coatings.

Jan, I was also halfway surprised at the proxy allowing me to the site, bit not entirely, What surprised me was it allowed me to get to the site but some things don't work, like attaching / embedding images, and when I post a comment, after posting, the proxy whines and cries that I am attempting to go to a social media site and blocks me. But we can get to facebook and twitter, because businesses use them too. Go figure. :-)

Comment by Bryan OShaughnessy on April 4, 2016 at 21:35

Note to allanm: Regarding the leather disks on the handles, I would suggest examining the edges of the disks to see if they have been coated with grease or oil or paint or just "polished" smooth by use.  If so, take a medium sandpaper and rough-up the edges so they will absorb oil; several coats of oil will cause the disks to swell up and close up the gaps.  Second, I would suggest that you use baseball-glove oil on the leather.  Rawlings or Dunlap or whatever brand you can find is ok; they are made especially for treating leather and will have the best chemical compound.  I've used 3-in-1 oil on sheaths and it improves the look and softness of the leather, but it never seems to soak in deep: it always feels oily and slippery. 

Comment by Jan Carter on April 4, 2016 at 20:57

I am surprised work lets you even see us!  Most places block anything to do with knives



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