Knife Repair, Modification, Restoration & Improvement


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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Started by Jan Carter Jul 12, 2020. 0 Replies

Best steel guideJust thought this would be a great place to house this linkContinue

Tags: steels

an old butcher knife...

Started by Dan Neyhouse. Last reply by D ale Dec 17, 2019. 4 Replies

Hello everyone, Merry Christmas! I found an old Robeson ShurEdge butcher knife awhile back, in a flowerbed of all places. Cleaned it up a bit, it's still pitted, and from what I've been able to find online, not worth much. I would like to reuse this…Continue

Premium Knife supply - Blade blanks for customization

Started by Brad T.. Last reply by Brad T. Sep 25, 2019. 133 Replies

Over the last week I acquired 4 blade blanks for customization. The materials they use for their "S" line of products are 440C, manufactured in China.The ones I selected are pictured below:…Continue

Tags: Customize, handles, Supply, Knife, blanks

Mikov kit

Started by D ale. Last reply by D ale Aug 23, 2019. 56 Replies

 Here's a place to share resources.The pics will provide something to aspire too.Share a little about your kit experience !!! …Continue

Scale replacement of a factory pinned knife.

Started by D ale. Last reply by Flint Bone Feb 23, 2019. 37 Replies

My Sweetheart asked me for a knife .. made my day !!!Specifically .. she wanted a Doctor's Knife .. for the inherent pillbuster feature.I showed her the ones I have .. a Kinsfolk (by Queen for Case) .. a couple Queen std # 96 .. a Case Baby Doc…Continue

Becker BK7 handle

Started by Laura. Last reply by Laura Jan 21, 2019. 7 Replies

I replaced the black plastic scales with aftermarket ones, then cut, sanded and glued orange liners from a sheet of .06" G10.https://photos.app.goo.gl/9KuWJrJHz2fUJKtH70Continue

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Comment by Andy Larrison on May 7, 2021 at 16:16

I did this piece this morning.  Pretty darn pleased with it.

Comment by Jan Carter on September 16, 2020 at 9:11

Just some info good to know


Comment by Jan Carter on July 19, 2020 at 21:53


Thats a pretty sweet tool

Comment by J.J. Smith III on July 19, 2020 at 15:12

I was out looking for some torex bits , the other day, and found this instead.  Looks handy enough to do adjustments on my few tactical style knives.

Comment by Bruce Zenge on December 27, 2019 at 16:09

Hi D ale and anyone else interested. 

I finished the H & B knife with loose MOP scale.  Using your suggestion of 5-minute epoxy, the scale is now firmly attached and the knife cleaned up.  Pictures attached.  Thanks for the advise and support.  I now have a pretty, solid and functional addition to the accumulation of cutting instruments.

Always good to have folks to ask questions when there is a new challenge afoot.


In Memoriam
Comment by D ale on December 22, 2019 at 1:15


I sent you an email.

D ale

In Memoriam
Comment by D ale on December 21, 2019 at 22:30

DRSPB8 = .5 long x .125 diameter
(includes 2/2-56 BHT 1/4 screws)
Thread = 2-56
Material = 303 Stainless
(1 Package = 1 Pivot + 2 Screws)

Note: All KnifeKits.com pivots are heat treated for low wear.
Their LINK came back up.


However, should you experience any difficulties ... I've still got one in the wings for you.
While on that subject .. you might consider "washers" through the pins & between the blade & liners. Although, the above linked washers  are 0.015" thick ea. This set is slightly thinner @ 0.012" thick ea. 

... ... ... BUT ... ... ...

imo .. I'd skip the washers because the threaded fasteners of the hardened pins allow for an infinite adjustment for your desired fit. Further, once threadlocked into place .. they stay there. Well, till you might desire removal for some purpose or an adjustment @ a later date anyway.


Again, if you experience any difficulties through Knifekits .. I've a hardened SS pivot pin in the wings for you.
Note: I've sourced a lot of parts through knifekits & never experienced a problem !



D ale

Comment by Bruce Zenge on December 21, 2019 at 21:58

OK, that computes.  I would be tickled if you would lend me a fastener.  I can see this also making it easier to leave a slight clearance for smooth blade movement.  You must, however, allow me to replace it when the web site comes back up.  How would you prefer I send you my home address?  My email is brucensherry@gmail.com.  Thanks


In Memoriam
Comment by D ale on December 21, 2019 at 21:03

* 0.500" in overall length

In Memoriam
Comment by D ale on December 21, 2019 at 21:01


Most makers or master cutlers in the repair business use either Brass or NS for handle pins .. as shown here for securing handles, bolsters, and guards. Often, for pivot pins too. I've also seen others use std nails of the appropriate size.

However ..I apologize.. I'd forgotten about these. 
They are machined hardened stainless steel pivot pins. I use them mostly in my leverlocks. The are 0.125" in OD & 0.050" in length. The are machined threaded over the entirety of the internal length & come with the required threaded fasteners. These may be ideal for your intended purpose. 

Note, if you prefer that the heads of the threaded fastener are flush w/ the bolsters .. you will need to drill them to just the required dia of the heads & only to a depth that would make them flush. I have used them both exposed (they have a pretty low profile as is) ..or.. have recessed the heads just to the point of being flush.


You may need to sand their OAL of the pins to match what is your required purpose. I've also had to sand/file the overall length of the threaded fasteners for best fit. Once I'm happy w/ the fit .. I add threadlocker to insure they do not creep out w/ time.

I purchased them from knifekits ..however.. their link is currently down -{maintenance or some such}- or I would have attached a link.  I currently have 4 of them in stock & could part with one if you need.



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