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Gotcha! Thanks for the info, Andy. Made me scratch my head on that one, but makes sense once explained.
D ale, you're very welcome!
D ale said:
!!! .. THANK YOU .. !!!
Good work! Cost of the equipment makes it a little limited. The short answer on temper is yes. Along the line of attachment, the temper is gone, creating a smal area of the knife with a potential breaking point if the knife is abused again as a prybar.
I think this becomes a great user or display,the value, in my opinion is no less now than it was with the break. As you said there would be prists on both sides of thr fence on this technique.
Looks great, for repairing a rare old knife that wont be used, fantastic. No real worry anout the temper for display purpose. For your own daily user, you know the tip may g dull sooner and thats ok too. Sure beats a broken tip.
I agree Michael it sure does
I am currently documenting the process for replacing about half of a clip blade on an old and abused Schrade "Uncle Henry" model. (Will post pictures soon). This is a good example of a knife most would probably not bother to spend the time or money to have fixed UNLESS it had sentimental value, but it is perfect for this procedural demonstration. The Uncle Henry is a bit of a conundrum as these seem to have been produced for decades, all looking very similar, but with various manufacturers including Schrade, Camillus, and even virtually identical versions made in China- What's worse is that they used various materials for the blades. The one I've got here has clues marked on the tang: S.C.C.+, USA 886UH, and seems to have blades made of 440C Stainless; Arriving at this conclusion required a little detective work including looking at copies of factory "S sheets" posted to various forums, as well as noticing a distinct lack of rust on these blades while the springs themselves had excessive amounts (these likely made of 1095 carbon steel). Stainless should laser weld as well or better (certainly cleaner) than the high carbon blades in my previous examples. I have ordered some 440C stock and it should be here soon. As far as blade temper is concerned, there is no law stating that a person couldn't have the blades re-tempered after this procedure. It's just that I am not set up to disassemble knives and heat-treat blades, both from an equipment standpoint nor an experience standpoint. There are plenty of folks who can do that, however. Given the nature of how laser welding fuses metal together, I see no reason a piece couldn't be re-annealed and tempered once repaired. I will post the photos of the Uncle Henry to this thread hopefully by the end of this week....stay tuned.
!!!!! ... Thank you for doing this, Andy ... !!!!!
This group is my favorite here on iKC.
As such .. I take a personal interest in its "activity".
Andy Jordan said:
I am currently documenting the process for replacing about half of a clip blade on an old and abused Schrade "Uncle Henry" model. (Will post pictures soon).
Andy I am very much looking forward to this one. That is a large bit missing on a knife not in great shape so it will be very interesting to see how it turns out. I too appreciate your sharing this with us, it truly is fascinating and something I have never seen attempted or done
Jan, I should have that steel in here by late this week...hoping to do something worth looking at.....