Knife Repair, Modification, Restoration & Improvement


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.

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Straight Knife Build

Started by D ale. Last reply by Jan Carter on Saturday. 13 Replies

I was recently humbled to receive Member of the Year award for 2016..I can recall when Jan first joined. JJ Smith III was my first official "iKC friend" back in early 2010. I've been around here for awhile & it was simply amazing to be honored…Continue

Replacing broken blade tips (not by grinding them off)

Started by Andy Jordan. Last reply by Andy Jordan Mar 14. 22 Replies

I am a jeweler by trade, but enjoy collecting knives and guns. A couple of years ago I decided to try using one of the tools (a laser welder) in my shop to do something a bit unconventional: replacing a 1/4" chunk of the main blade missing from the…Continue

WR Case & Sons, Bradford PA Slim Trapper question

Started by Terry Koch. Last reply by Andy Jordan Mar 9. 27 Replies

Picked up a 100+ year old Case knife. It looks like a slim trapper but the stamp reads"R2049". The 9 could be a poorly struck 8. The celluloid scales are both cracked. The Spey blade is broke off at the choil. Question is, should I repair it to use,…Continue

Teardrop handled small dagger

Started by D ale. Last reply by Jan Carter Mar 7. 14 Replies

I’ve come to really appreciate Osage Orange. It’s a unique wood. The very center is pithy. The outer white wood is as soft as pine. The orange heartwood is so durable it’s legendary .. literally. Documented cases of Osage Orange fence posts…Continue

Spring replacement on a 6" leverlock

Started by D ale. Last reply by Jan Carter Jan 12. 1 Reply

After a bit over a yr & a half of constant use .. the spring broke..The closed OAL of 3.58” is about what I consider ideal for pocket carry. The blade steel has proven itself. And .. I’d already put some time into this one when I reversed the…Continue

6" leverletto clean-up for EDC

Started by D ale. Last reply by D ale Jan 10. 4 Replies

I have a longstanding, deep-rooted, almost inherent interest in autos. After dissecting every locking approach I can find ..  I've been specifically attracted to the leverlock design for its inherent safety.I've MIKOV's , Microtech Mikov clone's ,…Continue

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Comment by Steve Scheuerman (Manx) on March 20, 2017 at 18:45

Comment by Michael Squier on February 9, 2017 at 8:55

mr. clean magic eraser will scuff the surface. 

Comment by Andy Larrison on February 9, 2017 at 7:50

Unfortunately I picked this knife up at an antique mall/flea-market so I don't have much history on it.  I know I had seen this knife a few weeks back and I believe it looks about the same now as when I had first laid eyes on it.  If it is from the gas, is there anything I can do to stop the erosion?  I've heard of it's nasty effects, just not experienced it first hand.  If it's not from the gas...any thoughts on cleaning it?  I've not got much in this knife, just liked the looks of the handles and noticed the blades were full so I thought it'd be a good EDC, just wanted to try and clean it up a little bit better.

Comment by Ron Cooper on February 9, 2017 at 6:54


Does this knife, or any knives that were stored near this knife, have celluloid handles? If those blades were clear a week ago and suddenly became as they are seen in those pictures then I would have to think that they were exposed to a celluloid handled knife that was gassing out? That would be my first guess, anyway.

Comment by Andy Larrison on February 9, 2017 at 6:09

Not sure how this happened, as I have just acquired this knife a week ago.  Here are some closer shots of the blades in question.

Comment by Jan Carter on February 8, 2017 at 21:31

first let me ask, do we know how the rust happened?  I have to agree with D ale that it appears they have been near a celluloid that gassed.

The reason I ask that is simple, they tend to just continue to corrode and that can make a difference in how you clean it.  Baking soda has a slight abrasive property.  That would be where I start, mix it with a little oil and rub it with your fingers in the effected areas.  When that is done and cleaned off you may to do a soak in oil for an hour or so and then clean it lightly.

Comment by Andy Larrison on February 8, 2017 at 11:00

I had someone recommend using a Mr. Clean magic eraser to remove some pepper spots and/or light pitting.  What say you all to this?  Anyone tried it before?

Comment by Michael Squier on January 29, 2017 at 9:16

Stephen, Ill start. If they were mine I would simply clean off the rusty areas, claen any crud oil them and be happy. To clean off rust without damaging original finish or patina I soak the rust in oil, 3in1 is good, or any good penetrating oil, or really any oil I can reach. let it soak an hour or a gew days, cany hurt it. then I scrape it off using a piece of copper that I have a filed sharp edge on. The copper will scrape the softened rust but not scratch most other metals. Scrape it untill smooth. The rusted area will leave a dark spot but thats ok, its patina now. Please wait for other advice to see which is best for your project. 

Comment by Stephen Curry on January 28, 2017 at 19:11

Hi group.  I have two knives that would be highly collectible if they weren't in such bad shape.  I have a 1925-32 Queen City Swell-Center, Opposite-End Jack knife and a Bulldog Stag Handle Baby Sunfish.  The pictures are in my image page. I am thinking about restoring/repairing them and I'd like some input.20170128_192222.jpg 20170128_192401.jpg 20170128_192401.jpg 20170128_192450.jpg 20170128_192517.jpg 20170128_185949.jpg 20170128_190151.jpg 20170128_190236.jpg 20170128_190334.jpg 20170128_190414.jpg

Comment by andrew fowles on January 18, 2017 at 12:53

Thanks Much guys I will get in touch with him.


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