Knife Repair, Modification, Restoration & Improvement


Knife Repair, Modification, Restoration & Improvement

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Case Vault Release Razor rehandled in Mammoth Ivory

Started by Andy Larrison. Last reply by Andy Larrison Jun 12. 4 Replies

Had to try one out, so I sacrificed a jigged black synthetic handled razor and added some mammoth bark ivory that had some great character.  First razor I've ever done, very easy pattern to work with.…Continue

Schrade 194OT Rehandle

Started by Andy Larrison Mar 13. 0 Replies

Had a customer reach out wanting me to barehead and add stag to this great Old Timer.  Original handles and box can be seen in the pictures.…Continue

1972 Case Sodbuster Rehandle

Started by Andy Larrison. Last reply by J.J. Smith III Feb 25. 5 Replies

Recently removed the original black covers and replaced them with European red stag on this 1972 Case Sodbuster.  Original covers can be seen lying to the left of the knife.…Continue

Buck 547 Skinner: Rehandle Project

Started by Andy Larrison. Last reply by Andy Larrison Feb 13. 4 Replies

I recently completed this rehandle project for a client.  A Buck 547 skinner, the client is a huge fan of sambar stag, but it is getting hard to find stag the size of which we needed for this project.  I should also add that he likes for his knives…Continue

Case Clasp Recover

Started by Andy Larrison Jan 30. 0 Replies

I recently was commissioned to replace the shrinking covers and add some filework on this Case Classic Clasp.  Here are some before, during and after pictures of this project.  I used inlace acrylester material for the new covers.…Continue

Case Trapper Mod

Started by Andy Larrison. Last reply by Andy Larrison Jul 31, 2023. 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

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Comment by George R Naugle on June 9, 2024 at 7:52

I have an original Remington bullet knife, model 1253, that needs repair.  It is a single blade lockback, but the blade does not lock in the open position.  Any suggestions as to a competent repair shop that could fix it?

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.


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