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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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Mosaic pins

Started by D ale. Last reply by D ale Jul 9. 28 Replies

Mosaic pins can add SO0o very much to a knife.Such as .. expense !!!Note: The…Continue

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Electricians Knife Clean Up (Klein WWII Era)

Started by Andy Larrison. Last reply by Andy Larrison Jun 21. 6 Replies


Straight Knife Build

Started by D ale. Last reply by J.J. Smith III Jun 17. 34 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

Left handed MIKOV

Started by D ale. Last reply by D ale Jun 2. 2 Replies

I got a rare treat over the week-end. I had the chance to clean-up, slightly modify, & sharpen a knife I’d made 5 yrs ago. Once I gift them .. I rarely see them again..One of my brothers is left handed & I made him a left handed auto about 5…Continue

Colonial Barlow build

Started by Jon Linville. Last reply by Michael Squier May 10. 6 Replies

I picked up a mess of knives awhile back for next to nothing.  I think I may have had $0.25-$0.35 per knife invested in the lot.  In it was a Colonial Barlow with a broken scale.  I didn't feel like gluing it back together, so I did this,…Continue

Uncle Henry (Schrade) half blade

Started by Andy Jordan. Last reply by Andy Jordan Apr 17. 3 Replies

As promised in an earlier post, here is the Uncle Henry that had a half of a blade missing.  After some effort procuring a 1/16" piece of 440C stainless steel (what research had shown me these Uncle Henry blades were composed of), I finally got to…Continue

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Comment by Terry Waldele on May 1, 2010 at 3:06
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
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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Comment by Terry Waldele on April 24, 2010 at 1:17
Dale, thanks for providing me some sources of knife handle pins. I'll check them out.
Comment by D ale on April 23, 2010 at 23:39
Terry .. you might try some of the industrial supply houses .. like Grainger\MSC\McMaster Carr ..

.. didn't see any NiAg on McMaster Carr .. found some brass pin stock though .. metric & std .. http://www.mcmaster.com/#brass-round-stock/=6sloj4
Comment by Terry Waldele on April 19, 2010 at 1:35
Thanks, Daniel, for the tip about using a metal lathe to turn the pins to the proper size. I'll look into it ASAP.

P.S. Welcome to our group!
Comment by Daniel Howland on April 18, 2010 at 6:54
Greetings folks, Thank you Terry and Dale for making me aware of this new group. I was reading about your pinning problems Terry, If you own or know someone who owns a metal lathe you could turn the pins to any size you need. I have had the same issues when repinning balasongs, you never know what size pin your going to see.
Comment by Terry Waldele on April 12, 2010 at 20:38
I finished restoring the multi-blade knife made in Europe (don't know which country, but it is stamped "C/H" with the letters superimposed like an old cow brand. I used an acrylic pen blank to make the handle slabs, because pen blank "bricks" cost about one-third as much as celluloid. The restored knife is beautiful, but the blades don't have as much snap as before because the new pins aren't perfectly matched to the holes in the blades and springs. I'll probably never restore another metric-sized pinned knife again. Oh well, live and learn!

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