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.

Location: Hillsboro, OR
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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 D ale on November 21, 2016 at 16:01


I .. like you .. don't do it for the money.

I do it for the knowledge I gain in the process.


I find something very self rewarding when I succeed

i.e. when the final result is .. nice.


I learn something EVERY time.


I add just a lil bit more to my skill set.

That is my reward for doing the projects ... some of which I've posted here.


I can relate

Comment by Derek Wells on November 21, 2016 at 13:39

 D ale .... why?  You are correct I didn't ask I guess he just has a 'thing' for micarta.

I'm actually asking why I said yes right now... I am a bit apprehensive that this last little bit of the build will test my skills. I don't do this for money ... just for the challenge.

Comment by D ale on November 21, 2016 at 3:48

Nice job, Derek !!

Why'd the guy want micarta .

I mean

What's wrong with the originals ??


Not ours to ask.


Comment by Derek Wells on November 21, 2016 at 1:44

Got "Side Tracked" (it happens a lot)

Fella asked me if I could put some Micarta handle scales on a Victorinox Solo

I like a challenge soooo....  (All pics are reduced file size) 

Comment by Jan Carter on November 17, 2016 at 19:10

It is really beginning to come together!

Comment by Ron Cooper on November 17, 2016 at 14:41

Wow! That looks incredible, Derek! Good show, mate!

Comment by Derek Wells on November 17, 2016 at 14:16

At the test fit-up stage with this project...

Comment by Derek Wells on November 12, 2016 at 15:41

Pottering with another TL 29 refurbishment project. This time going with bone (Bovine) for the handle scales... a first for me...

In the bottom of this pic an experiment with coloring the bone with Condy's Crystals

Comment by Michael Squier on November 10, 2016 at 16:54

looking good Derek. 

Comment by Derek Wells on November 8, 2016 at 21:47

Thanks Jan, I always wanted a nice Bowie but the usual story with me. Champagne tastes and a beer budget ... so this was my way of getting one - just how I wanted it - without too much expense & a bit of fun along the way.

Dale yep that is the little wooden vice "thingie" very handy it is too.


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