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Finding repair parts for pocketknives

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jan Carter Oct 9, 2014. 1 Reply

My hobby is restoring old pocketknives.  Blades and springs, I got.  But I bought a few broken switchblades recently, and all need new springs.  Does anyone on the forum make/stock/know where I can…Continue

Beyer Bros. Sheffield

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bryan OShaughnessy Sep 6, 2014. 3 Replies

Found an old folder recently: barehead jack, spearpoint main blade with a long nail pull and a pen-blade, 3-1/2" folded, tang stamped Beyer Bros. / Sheffield.  Never heard of this so I'm just…Continue

 

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Bryan OShaughnessy replied to Andy Jordan's discussion Replacing broken blade tips (not by grinding them off) in the group Knife Repair, Modification, Restoration & Improvement
"Interestng experiences.  Questions: I assume you had retained and used the broken piece for both knives.  If not, what kind of steel did you use, and how did you heat-treat it?  Also, would you share the name of the laser welder, so I…"
Mar 8
Bryan OShaughnessy replied to Bryan OShaughnessy's discussion vintage English soldier's pocketknife in the group Knife Repair, Modification, Restoration & Improvement
"D ale: Thanks for the explanation for adding links; next problem I have, I'll use your advice.    Yes, this is the knife I'm fighting with..er, trying to improve.  I can't imagine the usefulness of these knives to…"
Nov 19, 2016
john6553 replied to Bryan OShaughnessy's discussion vintage English soldier's pocketknife in the group Knife Repair, Modification, Restoration & Improvement
"They are made that way. All of my sailing knives are not easy open. Nevertheless, they are awesome knives. They're well made. They are one of my most favorite folder styles."
Nov 19, 2016
John Bamford replied to Bryan OShaughnessy's discussion vintage English soldier's pocketknife in the group Knife Repair, Modification, Restoration & Improvement
"I was told that these knives are always hard to open , never had one myself so I don't know if that is true . I never fancied one cos they were all over the place when I was young , usually covered in paint and rust . They had likely been WD…"
Nov 19, 2016
D ale replied to Bryan OShaughnessy's discussion vintage English soldier's pocketknife in the group Knife Repair, Modification, Restoration & Improvement
"I believe this ..or something quite similar .. is what you are referring to. Is this correct ???"
Nov 19, 2016
D ale replied to Bryan OShaughnessy's discussion vintage English soldier's pocketknife in the group Knife Repair, Modification, Restoration & Improvement
"Bryan .. I suggest using the "LINK" feature @ the far left of the toolbar @ the top of this comment box. Otherwise .. the link gets truncated & becomes unuasable. If you were to respond with just the word .. link .. then highlight that…"
Nov 19, 2016
Derek Wells replied to Bryan OShaughnessy's discussion vintage English soldier's pocketknife in the group Knife Repair, Modification, Restoration & Improvement
"Bryan, like D ale I cannot get the link to work. A stab in the dark but considering everything you have already done it seems the pivot pin could be tight in the blade and the back spring is perhaps exerting too much pressure on the blade. One of…"
Nov 19, 2016
D ale replied to Bryan OShaughnessy's discussion vintage English soldier's pocketknife in the group Knife Repair, Modification, Restoration & Improvement
"Bryan .. I can't get the link to work .. can you post a pic ???"
Nov 19, 2016
Bryan OShaughnessy added a discussion to the group Knife Repair, Modification, Restoration & Improvement
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vintage English soldier's pocketknife

I recently picked up a couple of these pocketknives and plan to clean and make them usable for everyday carry.  I own probably ten of these things (see the clasp-knife in the link below, not the bayonet) and none of them are easy to use; all the accessories are just too hard to open.  I have used penetrating oil, 3-in-one oil, silicone grease, frog-lube... lube doesn't work.  I've put an open blade in my bench-vise and bent the knife back and forth on the plane of the pin, trying to spread the…See More
Nov 19, 2016
D ale replied to Bryan OShaughnessy's discussion Marbles safety knife in the group Knife Repair, Modification, Restoration & Improvement
"Bryan I'm definitely with Derek on this one. Set the knife down & walk away for a while. . Were it were an actual (early~mid 1900's) Marble's fish knife .. I'd seriously leave it "as-is". You've identified it…"
Oct 30, 2016
J.J. Smith III replied to Bryan OShaughnessy's discussion Marbles safety knife in the group Knife Repair, Modification, Restoration & Improvement
"My guess is that even with a new pin, it would still be loose. Without a spring to assist in holding the blade, the geometry of the design doesn't give ample support to the blade."
Oct 30, 2016
Derek Wells replied to Bryan OShaughnessy's discussion Marbles safety knife in the group Knife Repair, Modification, Restoration & Improvement
"I don't think you did anything particularly wrong Bryan - in fact what you did should have worked - it's more like the flimsy design of the knife is to blame. I find with jobs like this you need to be in the mood (right frame of mind) one…"
Oct 29, 2016
Bryan OShaughnessy replied to Bryan OShaughnessy's discussion Marbles safety knife in the group Knife Repair, Modification, Restoration & Improvement
"Derek: You are correct, the thumb-stud is merely a grip to pull the blade/middle-piece away from the outer shell.  The pin that holds the blade to its connection actually passes through a U-shaped rigid spine that is tucked up inside the…"
Oct 29, 2016
Bryan OShaughnessy replied to Bryan OShaughnessy's discussion Marbles safety knife in the group Knife Repair, Modification, Restoration & Improvement
Oct 29, 2016
Derek Wells replied to Bryan OShaughnessy's discussion Marbles safety knife in the group Knife Repair, Modification, Restoration & Improvement
"Bryan, unusual knife It looks like the blade pivot pin doesn't have much to "hold on to" in the sheet metal either side. Without seeing detailed pics of your knife - in its current condition - its very difficult to offer an opinion.…"
Oct 29, 2016
Bryan OShaughnessy added a discussion to the group Knife Repair, Modification, Restoration & Improvement
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Marbles safety knife

I found a Marbles Safety knife (I think it is made to be a fishing knife, because it has jimping on the back of the blade, sort of like "scalers").  This design has three separate pieces pinned end-to-end, to make the blade fold inside the middle piece, then the folded assembly folds inside the stamped, U-shaped handle.  Here is a link to show the knife (this is not the knife I own; I think mine is a Chinese knock-off of the original design). …See More
Oct 29, 2016

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User/Collector
How did you hear about iKnifeCollector?
internet search
Do you currently subscribe to any knife publication (offline)
Yes
How long have you collected knives?
41 to 45 years
Favorite Kind of Knives
vintage folding knives
About Me
Hobby is repairing old knives and sending them to American servicemen in Iraq and Afghanistan, approx 1,000 in past seven years. I have forged a large bowie-style knife from an automobile leaf-spring. Carry a different pocketknife every day, own approx 400 folders.
Interests
History of knife companies, unique designs, unique tools on pocketknives, methods of repairing broken knives.
Other Hobbies
Vintage motorcycles, history, van/camper traveling,target-shooting pistol, rifle, shotgun, Zenith Trans-Oceanic Radio,WWII aircraft,history of printing, blues music, napping.

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At 15:46 on August 27, 2014, Steve Scheuerman (Manx) said…

At 16:57 on January 23, 2014, Sue OldsWidow said…

At 5:46 on January 23, 2014, Ken Spielvogel said…

Welcome to IKC Bryan

At 3:54 on January 23, 2014, Ron Cooper said…

Bryan, I would like to thank you for what you are doing for our brave men and women who are serving in harms way -- Thank you, sir! And welcome to iKnife Collector! Allow me to extend my offer of friendship, also. Please let me know if I can help you in any way as you get settled in around here.

Cheers, mate!

At 23:36 on January 22, 2014, Charles Sample said…

Welcome to iKC Bryan!  With your interest in guns and shooting, we need you in the iKC Arsenal group.  As host of the group, I invite you to join.  We love to talk about and post pictures of our guns and shooting experiences. I look forward to seeing your posts in the group.

At 23:26 on January 22, 2014, D ale said…

I haven't yet Bryan .. just finished a leverlock for my daughter & have a few other irons in the fire. Intend to finish the presto up w/ black linen micarta scales. The spring is the hold-up @ the moment. Intend to order a couple mikov replacement springs & modify those to implement into the presto. Will certainly post pics when I make some further progress.

Thanks for the interest.

D ale.

At 20:37 on January 22, 2014, Billy Oneale said…

Welcome to iKC!

At 20:34 on January 22, 2014, J.J. Smith III said…

At 19:49 on January 22, 2014, Jan Carter said…

Brian,

A personal thank you for the efforts to send knives to our soldiers!

At 19:46 on January 22, 2014, Jan Carter said…
 
 
 

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