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Knife Repair, Modification, Restoration & Improvement

This group is hosted by D ale, 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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What type of epoxy/glue to use for attaching scales

Started by Wally Guittard. Last reply by Wally Guittard May 15. 12 Replies

  Its been a while since I posted here. My question pertains to my project Buck 317. Where I'm replacing the factory scale with Black Walnut wood scales.  So far I have the scales fitted to the knife frame but they still need to be trimmed for the…Continue

Slipjoint Repair Tutorial

Started by D ale. Last reply by D ale Mar 6. 5 Replies

I came across a good tutorial for repair of slipjoints & am re-posting here for all to use.NOTE: I attached said tutorial in an *.html format ..which.. should be view-able by…Continue

Restoring scales

Started by Scott Giacoppo. Last reply by Scott Giacoppo Mar 5. 3 Replies

just wondering if anyone has any suggestions on how to bring back the luster in the various types of old scales. I really enjoy shining and polishing old beat up knives but haven’t been able to really do much with the scales.Any advice would be…Continue

MODIFICATIONS .. personalizing our knives !!!!

Started by D ale. Last reply by Jan Carter Mar 4. 119 Replies

Many of us have dreamt of  "improving"  our knives.Some have even implemented their improvements.Here is a place to share and document those modifications.Before & after pics are great .. I realize this isn't always possible .. I did some of…Continue

Cleaned and shined

Started by Scott Giacoppo. Last reply by Scott Giacoppo Mar 2. 6 Replies

found this in a box at a thrift store, scrubbed her clean and polished. Next time will get before pixs…Continue

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Comment by D ale on April 9, 2017 at 2:42

I never make the same mistake twice.

I make it like .. 4 or 5 times.

You know .. just to be sure !!

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


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