Knife Repair, Modification, Restoration & Improvement


Knife Repair, Modification, Restoration & Improvement

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Case Trapper Mod

Started by Andy Larrison. Last reply by Andy Larrison Jul 31. 1 Reply

Removed the yellow synthetic scales from this Case trapper yesterday and fit it with green streaked smooth buffalo horn, nickle silver cigar band and a strip of black and gold webbed onyx.  Also fileworked the blades and back springs.  Oh yeah, i…Continue

Case Utlity Knife Rescue

Started by Andy Larrison Jul 26. 0 Replies

Recent rehandle on a Case Utility (Scout) piece from the !964-1969 era.  Knife came to me with the jigged synthetic handles that are prone of deteriorating over time.  We purchased some amber stag scales from Culpeppers.  The rest is history.  I…Continue

Case Jack Knife Lives to Cut another day

Started by Andy Larrison. Last reply by J.J. Smith III Jun 26. 1 Reply

Recent project I completed for a customer.  Case jack knife received some new giraffe bone scales, filework and cleaning.…Continue

Reliable suppliers of brass and nickel silver pin stock for pocket knives.

Started by Mike Botts. Last reply by Mike Botts Apr 4. 5 Replies

    I have been getting most of my supplies for my pocket knife work from Jantz Supply.  But lately so much of their stuff has been out of stock.  I don't think they ever had anything smaller than 1/16" for pin stock, in either brass or NS.  I'm…Continue


Started by Kevin D. Last reply by Kevin D Jan 12. 6 Replies

Good Evening!I just acquired a USN MK2 knife a couple of days ago.  The grip's leather discs were horribly dehydrated, and the guard was a bit bent; but for the most part, it was in pretty good shape.  It really needed some cleaning and just a touch…Continue

restoration of a bayonet?

Started by Kevin D. Last reply by Kevin D Jan 12. 3 Replies

Good evening everybody!I have a question that will probably have as many answers as there are opinions on it.I recently came into the stewardship of a 1888 Prussian bayonet.  Before actually taking possession, I thought it was a 1940ish bayonet,…Continue

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Comment by Mike Botts on March 8, 2023 at 11:43

That's a good idea Andy.  I hadn't thought of epoxy.  For a while, I was leaning toward sweating them on with solder, you know, like sweating copper water pipe.  I have sweated brass tubbing before, and NS is just white brass I guess.  But epoxy would be a lot less involved.  It's something to think about, and I do value your input Andy. 

Comment by Andy Larrison on March 8, 2023 at 5:36

Oh, my bad.  Well, I've actually never put new bolsters on.  I have however added a cigar band in the middle of the liner, which is pretty much like adding a bolster and I drilled and pinned those.  an alternate would be to use an epoxy to keep it steady during the build.  The scales and pivot pins "should" prevent the bolsters from moving upon completion.

Comment by Mike Botts on March 7, 2023 at 23:41

That is some top drawer stag isn't it?  I got it just for doing this knife.  Actually, my question for you was more about attaching the new bolsters I intend to make for this knife.  As I said, the stag will be thicker than the cell that was on the knife.  So I will make new bolsters from NS bar stock.  My question is, should I just pin the bolsters to the liners like I do the scales, or is there a better way?  When they mold bolsters at the factories, I think they have pins molded right onto the back of them.  Mine of course won't.  I would have to drill and pin though the bolsters, just like the scales.  Is this what you would do?

Comment by Andy Larrison on March 7, 2023 at 13:55

Yeah Mike, a friend on another platform said the Hobo that would be carrying that piece would be wearing a 3 piece suit...LOL.

I pin my stag.  I'll thin the back of the stag to fit also.  After getting it to the desired thickness I use some super glue to hold the stag in place while I drill it and set the pins.  I treat it like bone handles, just need to be easy on peening....don't want to crack it.

Hope this helps.  That's some STAG-gering looking stag you have there by the way!

Comment by Mike Botts on March 7, 2023 at 11:30

Thanks Andy.  I'm real happy with the outcome too, being so new to this hobby and all.  Say, that's one fancy hobo.  I doubt there are many hobos out there  carrying knives like that.  On the subject of stinking animal bone.  I do have an old 4 line Camillus sunfish that I'm planning on using some sambar stag on (pictured).  This had real thin celluloid handles that disintegrated.  The steel bolsters are also thin, so I'll have to make thicker ones from NS bar stock to accommodate the stag.  I'll have no problem making the bolsters, but do you have any tips on attaching them to the liners?  I could pin right through them just like scales, but I don't know, maybe you'd have a different way of doing it.  I would appreciate any input you may have on attaching bolsters.       

Comment by Andy Larrison on March 6, 2023 at 6:08

rehandle and filework and then some.  5-6 hours into this one for a customer in TN

Comment by Andy Larrison on March 6, 2023 at 6:04

That looks amazing Mike.  Yeah, the smell of bone, mammoth, ram, and then the real nasty sea cow bone....blehch! ! !  But the end result is worth the smell.

JJ, start at the beginning...LOL.  Watch some Youtube tutorials and go to town.  That's how I started.

Comment by J.J. Smith III on March 4, 2023 at 11:19

Pretty nice work guys.

I wouldn't even know where to start.


Comment by Mike Botts on March 3, 2023 at 21:28

That's some nice work Andy.  Very professional looking.  I've also been trying my hand at knife restoration and rehandleing.  I just finished this old Case coke bottle jack.  This was handled in bone.  When I got it, the back scale was shattered, and the front scale was loose.  The blade was pretty rusted, and very badly scratched.  It looked like someone tried to sharpen it on their driveway.  I step sanded it down to 3000, then used some metal polish on a rag.  I didn't use a wheel at all.  Some shallow pits remain.  I didn't get them all out because I thought there would be too much blade loss.  I decided to handle it in ebony just because I don't really do bone.  At least not yet anyway, with all the jigging and the dyeing.  Not crazy about the smell of burning bone.

Comment by Andy Larrison on March 1, 2023 at 5:14

Thank you Jan.  It's definitely someting I'm enjoying.  I never ever thought I'd be doing something like this, but hey...here I am .....LOL


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