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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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Premium Knife supply - Blade blanks for customization

Started by Brad T.. Last reply by Brad T. Sep 25. 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. 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. 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. 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

Auction Knives - Vintage Knife Blades Available!

Started by Bryan W Dec 10, 2018. 0 Replies

please come take a look!Continue

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Comment by Cece Moulins on June 22, 2019 at 16:30

Thank you D ale!

Comment by D ale on June 22, 2019 at 14:24

Hi CeCe .. Welcome to our Repair & Mod Group. Thank you for joining !

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JJ Smith is likely the man to talk to on Re: Victorinox. He has replaced numerous scales on his collection of SAK's. I believe he has a fair collection of them. However, I also believe his scale swaps have been from prefabricated scales. Nonetheless, he's the most knowledgeable, Re: SAK's, among our group.

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As far as adhesive goes .. I'd recommend most any quality 2-part epoxy. Note: longer cure times are generally the "strongest". I do "rough up" the mating surfaces before adding adhesives. I'll use a scribe to "scratch up" the metal surface & do the same for the mating wood surface. Re: wood .. a coarse grit will do the same.

Wish I could be more helpful .. am just not that familiar with SAK's.

D ale

Comment by D ale on June 22, 2019 at 14:24

Hi CeCe .. Welcome to our Repair & Mod Group. Thank you for joining !

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JJ Smith is likely the man to talk to on Re: Victorinox. He has replaced numerous scales on his collection of SAK's. I believe he has a fair collection of them. However, I also believe his scale swaps have been from prefabricated scales. Nonetheless, he's the most knowledgeable, Re: SAK's, among our group.

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As far as adhesive goes .. I'd recommend most any quality 2-part epoxy. Note: longer cure times are generally the "strongest". I do "rough up" the mating surfaces before adding adhesives. I'll use a scribe to "scratch up" the metal surface & do the same for the mating wood surface. Re: wood .. a coarse grit will do the same.

Wish I could be more helpful .. am just not that familiar with SAK's.

D ale


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Comment by Cece Moulins on June 20, 2019 at 20:10

Hi All, I want to replace the scales on a Victorinox SD Classic. I have some redwood burl I want to use. Can anyone give me any advice on what type of glue to use? Thanks!

Comment by Jan Carter on June 12, 2019 at 19:45

Comment by Dewey treat on Sunday

Can anyone share their method of helping rid a knife of the "gritty" feeling when opening and closing the blades?  I've tried scalding hot water, Dawn dishwashing soap and a toothbrush and sometimes it will work, but other times.... meh!

Also, is there any PRACTICAL way of lessening the main spring tension short of disassembling the knife?  I have two knives that are absolute nail breakers!  Other than that, they're primo.

Thanks for any suggestions,
Dewman

Dewey,

For the tight spring I usually just "play" with that one.  If I am watching the news or a movie I usually have a knife there that I can open and close.  Sometimes it helps me loosen any grit remaining and usually will help make the knife easier to open, after time

Comment by D ale on June 9, 2019 at 18:28

Dewey

Your last comment might be better posted in the "comment" portion of your "My Page" area ..or.. at the top of the "Latest Activity" column on the right ..as.. it seems posted as a remark to all. Currently .. your last comment was posted only to the "Repair & Mod" group ..as opposed to.. the "entire iKC group".

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Note: Just cut-n-paste the last comment into the top of the "Latest Activity" column on the right & everyone will see it.
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Your more recent comment referencing the rough areas of the tang may be as the result of galling. Quest: does it appear like my last posted pic ?

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If so .. that is unfortunate. No matter how or if you manage to get it smooth again .. the galling will always return. I'm sorry.

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Re: particles between the tang & liner.

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!!! .. BEWARE .. !!!

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Brake cleaner would likely remove particles from between the tang & the liner ..BUT.. beware possible damage to other components i.e. scales. 

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Afterwards .. "Oil the Joints" !!!

Comment by Dewey treat on June 9, 2019 at 18:01

Hello all.  I'm a new member here on the IKC forum.   Over the years, I've tried to re-haft a few knives with questionable success.  Some O.K., some are hidden so no one will ever see them!

I live in Idaho and I have quite a bit of elk antler (could be made into some wild looking "stag") as well as some very wild grained wood (fiddleback maple, purpleheart, redwood burl and apple wood, beech and walnut burl.  If any of you would like a few pieces, PM me and we'll talk.

Comment by Dewey treat on June 9, 2019 at 17:53

I looked very carefully and I can see the rough areas on the tang where it rides on the spring.  It's rough.  I tried a small machinist's file and was able to improve it about 50% but.... meh.  It's not galled as such, but rather poor manufacturing.  On another one, I think it's the spring itself that's "not smooth."  On the ones that feel "gritty," it's in the friction area of the bolster and tang.  Gunk left from assembly I suspect as the knife was new.   It's a curse to be so OC about things like that but that's what separates us from the rest of the crowd I suppose.

Just curious.... have any of you ever tried STP as a knife lubricant in the tang-bolster area?  I haven't but wondered about it.

Thanks for your reply.

Comment by D ale on June 9, 2019 at 15:22

Engine Oil Treatment Additives - Are They Any Good?

Another pic of metal galling.

Galling often happens when there exists force (lots of it) applied to 2 frictional surfaces. e.g. opening a blade riding on strong springs. Especially in the absence of a lubricant.

Comment by D ale on June 9, 2019 at 15:15

Dewey .. Thanks for joining the Repair & Mod group !
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gritty feeling in the joints .. after thorough cleaning

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Observe the joint end of the blade .. where the spring rides over. If the joints have not been oiled regularly .. galling of the metal may have occurred. It should be observable with a loupe. 

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If that's the case ... I'm sorry !


Re: nail breaker. There's no "practical" method short of dis-assembly to fix really strong springs that I'm aware of. 

just an opinion .. mine

 
 
 

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