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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
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Leather Handle Resteration Leather Rejuvinator

Started by John w schmidt. Last reply by John w schmidt Feb 17. 13 Replies

Hi folks. I'm new to this group but not the site. Usually knee deep in Kabar,m-3,m-4 military knives. I was wondering if you folks ever tried Leather Rejuvinator,Leather Honey, or Leatherique treatments. I tried the Rejuvinator on. Dry,…Continue

Does anyone know if this is real?

Started by John w schmidt Feb 15. 0 Replies

I can buy this with a Kabar but is it real? Anyone know?

Modifying my anvil for pocket knife work

Started by Jack Haskins, Jr.. Last reply by Jan Carter Jan 23. 16 Replies

I've seen pictures of an anvil with a thin side for sliding into the handle of a pocket knife so you can peen pins on scales. This was about a year or two ago when I was thinking about learning to work on traditional pocket knives. My interest is…Continue

Corneta Wotan mod - Tactical brute to Civilized Beaut

Started by Brad T.. Last reply by D ale Dec 14, 2014. 25 Replies

10/21/2014I had recently seen a picture of Peter Hammer's last Wotan build. It was a high polish blade with a wood handle. I have requested he allow me to use it and I will post here if he does.What I did so far was remove the Kraton handle and…Continue

Premium Knife supply - Blade blanks for customization

Started by Brad T.. Last reply by Brad T. Dec 14, 2014. 102 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

Knife coating removal & Forcing Patina

Started by Brad T.. Last reply by Brad T. Oct 28, 2014. 4 Replies

I for the most part don't like Blade coatings. Yeah, I know I have another discussion out there about those coatings. But that was before I discovered/warmed up to the beauty of a properly forced patina blade.I recently came into possession of a…Continue

Tags: Patina, Forced

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Comment by Mike Botts on Friday

   I've always wondered why pocket knives were never handled in briarwood.  Briar is used to make tobacco pipes because of it's toughness, and its crack resistance.  A pipe stem is wedged very tightly into the rather thin extension of the briarwood bowl without cracking it.  Briarwood used in pipe making is a burled block of the root of briar, taken from under the ground.  It is then boiled and dried for as long as 27 years in some cases.  I bought a couple of these briar blocks for the purpose of trying it for knife re-handling.  The briar blocks I bought are Algerian briar, and the type of block I got are called plateaux.  They have the rough surface or the briarwood burl (the skin).  I thought the result would be a look similar to genuine stag.  I've always admired the look of briar tobacco pipes with this natural gnarled surface.  I also watched a YouTube video showing how briar pipes are finished, using special cotton buffs combined with rouge at first, then carnauba wax.  I also bought the buffs and wax.  I already have the right polishing compound.  I can't see any reason that briarwood would not make an excellent knife handle material.  Any ideas or comments?

Comment by Mike Botts on Friday

   I just acquired a 4 line Camillus sunfish from an Ebay seller.  It was an advertizing  handled in clear celluloid, with a paper backing.  Barely readable, it advertized Star Brand Seeds.  The cell was gassing out. and was causing oxidation and rust damage to the double pull master blade, back spring, and one bolster which are steel.  The blades have never been used or sharpened, and look very nice.  I immediately removed the handles to avoid further damage.  I bought the knife for the purpose of re-handling it.  I have never taken a folder apart, but have seen it done on YouTube.  I have ordered nice stage scale material for this.  The steel bolsters are thinner than I would like for a stag handled sunfish, and I really prefer nickel silver.  I've ordered pin material from Jantz, but I'm thinking about getting nickel silver bar stock to make thicker bolsters.  Now that all of you know my intentions, I want to get as much advice as I can before doing the work.  I have a bunch of tools, being a retired home builder and remodel contractor.  I've also built a lot of furniture and cabinets.  I even built a nice flame maple 5 string banjo neck for a 90 year old banjo that originally had a 4 string neck.  However, I need help on finding or making more of the tools necessary for folding knife repair.  I would like to get my hands on one of those little stepped anvils, or stiddys.  Also, do folks buy those slackners, or does everybody make them?  If they are hand made, what material is used, and in what thickness?  What kind of knife makes the best shearing knife?  Any advice about peening hammers?  The stag scales I'm getting are really for fixed blades, and are too thick for a sunfish.  Do folks use a band saw to cut them to the proper thickness?  If so, how do you then make them perfectly flat on the side toward the liners?  I cold use some sdvise on cutting the scales to perfectly fit between the bolsters.  In general, I'm just fishing for any and all tips, tricks, and sage advice I can get about doing a project like this, from all of you experts out there.  I'm as confident as I can be about my own skills, having done fine close work on furniture, banjo necks with pearl inlays, etc..  I think being a life long musician has always helped me be a better craftsman.  I just need more specific help in the field of knife repair, having never been around anyone who dose this work.  I've always learned quickly and well by watching and listening, and then doing.  I also have a smaller, cheaper jackknife i could re-handle first for practice if that would be advisable.  So if anyone has advice or comments about the work, or where to find tools, how to make them, and from what materials, or how to use them, Please just let 'em fly.  I'm looking for all the help I can get.  Thanks for having the patience to read this, and I hope to see many responses to my rambling bushel basket of questions.                

Comment by Bob Robinson on Friday

I dug out this old corn knife that I found quite a few years ago and thought I might try to clean it up and re-handle. I think it will make a great display. It will be awhile before I get to start this project though. Anyone else collect harvest style knives?

Comment by Jan Carter on September 9, 2014 at 6:44
Comment by Jan Carter on September 7, 2014 at 11:45

anyone have projects in the works?

Comment by D ale on July 5, 2014 at 7:49

Nice scale material .. amazing first project .. major kudos to Donnie !!!!

Comment by Jack Haskins, Jr. on July 5, 2014 at 7:47

Really beautiful.  Great work.

Comment by Ron Cooper on July 4, 2014 at 22:30

Kudos, Donnie! Nice job on the pins ~ Overall it looks great!

Comment by J.J. Smith III on July 4, 2014 at 21:18
Well done, Donnie.
Comment by Bob Robinson on July 4, 2014 at 20:30

He should be proud also. It's hard to believe that was first. Fantastic!

 
 
 

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