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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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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

What type of epoxy/glue to use for attaching scales

Started by Wally Guittard. Last reply by Jan Carter Mar 4. 8 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

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 May 1, 2010 at 6:55
I love the diversity of this site .. one gentleman post's another's approach to "making it functional" .. another replies "Oh, man .. UGLY" .. yet another "I like function" .. yet another "I tried this" ...

!!!!!!!! Love this place !!!!!!!!!
Comment by D ale on May 1, 2010 at 6:48
I thought the lines flowed too ...

.. again .. something to be said for those inexpensive imports .. cost effective prototyping platforms ..
Comment by D ale on May 1, 2010 at 6:45
.. went for functionality .. my thumb would just slide into the slot ..

.. w/o the "spydie hump" ..
Comment by D ale on May 1, 2010 at 5:47
Re: JJ's .. "it doesn't have to be pretty"

Look @ what happened to those fle mkt auto's .. wasn't pretty .. but, I learned a bunch !!
Comment by D ale on May 1, 2010 at 5:00
I tried this ..

.. I was very happy w/ this mod .. very ergonomic ..

.. radiused a few surfaces ..

.. I could never understand the spydie hump .. the idea's OK .. just .. blend it in a bit ..

.. another one from the chinamen .. love these take apart knives .. I was able to completely remove the blade for "machining by dremel" ..
Comment by Terry Waldele on May 1, 2010 at 3:06
J.J.,
I agree with you that an EDC does not necessarily have to be pretty. After all, it's going to get a little beat up if you use it much, anyway. On the other side of the coin, though, "beauty is in the eye of the beholder", and IMHO style counts big time. To me, the EDC's finish, rough or not, is not nearly as important as its overall style/lines. Maybe I'm too much of a traditionalist, though.
Comment by J.J. Smith III on May 1, 2010 at 0:21
Terry,
Not a tactical person, myself, but I can say that the spidy hole is right ugly, but that;s Spiderco. IMHO.
However, a mod to an EDC does not necessarily have to be pretty, as long as it works. Some of my wharnie mods are a mite rough looking, but they do the job that I intended them to do.
Comment by Terry Waldele on April 30, 2010 at 23:28
Jake, really? You don't think the zip tie is an improvement? ;-) Maybe you have to be someone like me who is royally turned off by the Spidey hole blade opener. Actually, I once converted the main blade of a slip joint folder with a nail nick to a Spidey hole type opener. by grinding the nail nick all the way through the blade into an oval-shaped hole. It didn't work. Maybe the hole wasn't big enough. Anyway, I ended up putting a thumb stud at one end of the oval hole, and that worked fine. NOT PRETTY, BUT VERY FUNCTIONAL. ;-) (I couldn't resist. My bad.)
Comment by Jake on April 30, 2010 at 13:34
Good video, personally I just could put a zip tie o a knife it just throws the good looks for me.
Comment by Terry Waldele on April 30, 2010 at 5:16
My message to members about modifying a Spyderco knife opener failed again. Here's what I was trying to send:

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