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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.

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Premium Knife supply - Blade blanks for customization

Started by Brad T.. Last reply by Jan Carter Nov 16. 121 Replies

Over the last week I acquired 4 blade blanks for customization. The materials they use for their "S" line of products are 440C, manufactured in China.The ones I selected are pictured below:…Continue

Tags: Customize, handles, Supply, Knife, blanks

What We Should Know About Toxic Wood

Started by Jan Carter. Last reply by Jan Carter Oct 10. 1 Reply

What We Should Know About Toxic WoodPosted by Isaac Austin on October 20, 2012 at 15:00…Continue

Tags: Toxic, Wood, About, Know, We

Friction Folder .. a Work in Progress.

Started by D ale. Last reply by Greg Riggs Jul 26. 14 Replies

Since the Friction Folder group opened .. I've been reminded of how much I appreciate their simplicity & functionality. I even prototyped one last week. Didn't document much of it though. So .. decided to do another & post the process here…Continue

Staining Leather help

Started by Michael Squier. Last reply by Jan Carter Jun 10. 29 Replies

I have a new leather sheath thats a very light tan color. I would like to make it a dark brown, an uneven aged look would be fine. So, is there a cheap and easy way using something I may have around the house to darken up this sheath? Thanks. Continue

Delta 5 blank & bone handle.

Started by D ale Jun 4. 0 Replies

Putting together a knife for a friend.Acquired a few of the Delta 5 blade blanks from Knifekits.com's boneyard. The grinds are less than…Continue

Tags: handle, bone, blank, blade

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Comment by Derek Wells on November 1, 2015 at 2:21

Thanks Guys!  And I don't think so JJ... Filing that top smooth took forever!

But got to use it for the first time today, dismantled an old Camillus Barlow getting ready for a total make over.

Comment by J.J. Smith III on October 30, 2015 at 22:56

You'll be Taking orders soon...

Just sayin'...

Comment by D ale on October 30, 2015 at 18:52

Sweet anvils there, Derek .. very nice work !!!

Comment by Derek Wells on October 29, 2015 at 19:26

Firstly I must admit I have not been on-air here at this forum very much but I intend to rectify that from now on. I enjoy some of the modern knives but my heart is really with the traditional knives I grew up with.

I’ve been getting into more & more Pocket Knife repairs and restoration and the time had come for a dedicated Anvil Workstation – This is based on the “Steady Rest” described in Ben Kelley Jn’s great little book on Pocket Knife Repair.(ISBN 0-87341-387-3) The old time Cutlers in Sheffield England referred to them as "Stiddies" 

All done the ‘hard way’ with basic tools and lots of elbow grease from a piece of tram line. This is the second one I have made the first was some smaller track and is just a bog standard anvil design.

Comment by Jan Carter on July 29, 2015 at 21:45
Comment by Daniel Howland on July 13, 2015 at 5:32

Hi David,

Nice find!

The pivot pin has issues and the hole is elongated, scales are cracked. What condition is the spring in? How far do you want to go with this restoration? Can you provide more pictures and different angles? 

Comment by David Fenn on July 12, 2015 at 15:38
Hello fellow knife enthusiasts! I have, what I have found with the assistance of some other iknife members, an old kabar grizzly switchblade. Unfortunately, the action is not working. I am looking for any information or suggestions regarding the possibility and cost of repairing this.


Any thoughts are appreciated!
Comment by Jan Carter on July 9, 2015 at 9:11

BTW, I like the idea.  A company that uses these type of woods is The historic Pen Company and they also make knife blanks

Comment by Jan Carter on July 9, 2015 at 8:52

Michael I do that M. Carpenter was using some rifle stocks, see the discussion here  Any Suggestions re knife scales

Comment by Michael Squier on July 9, 2015 at 7:45

Question for you knife builders and moders. Would there be any interest in black walnut cut from genuine civil war musket stocks for use as scales? These would be from unusable stocks, no good guns will be harmed. 


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