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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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Mikov kit

Started by D ale. Last reply by D ale yesterday. 54 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

Cleaned and shined

Started by Scott Giacoppo. Last reply by Kenneth W. Hill Nov 8, 2018. 7 Replies

found this in a box at a thrift store, scrubbed her clean and polished. Next time will get before pixsContinue

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Comment by D ale on May 2, 2010 at 9:05
JJ certainly has a valid point .. most of my modifications fall under research & development .. a little R&D before implementing the change into a higher quality EDC .. taint pretty !!

Terry also has a valid point .. everybody loves a pretty face !!

Form .. fit .. function.

This mod thing I do .. part of it stems from an inate curiosity ...... I'd also like to think this "practice/R&D" allows me to get a more "finished" look when implementing into a higher quality knife ..

also .. honing those skills for when I build my first knife .. completely of my own manufacture !!!!!!!!!!
Comment by Terry Waldele on May 2, 2010 at 6:15
Chris, my shop is 'bare bones" essentials, so my method of refinishing a blade is to sand out the pits with progressively finer grit sandpaper on a sanding block. Using the sanding block ensures that the surface is sanded flat and true. I get all the pits and scratches out of the blade and "polishing" it with metal-sanding sandpaper, finishing up with say 400 or 600 grit metal sandpaper. Then, I put a buffing wheel in my drill and buff the blade with buffing compound. (I have my drill mounted in a drill clamp that attaches to my workbench, and the drill has a lock on the trigger so both of my hands are free to hold the knife or blade.) More advanced iKCers probably have some better suggestions, though.
Comment by Terry Waldele on May 2, 2010 at 5:55
Dale, beautiful job on the modification of the spidey opener! I agree, your modification made the beast into a beauty.
Comment by Chris Taylor (CTAYLORMAN) on May 1, 2010 at 22:59
I have always been interested in knife repair/restoration but just havent jumped in and tried. I would like to know how to basically restore a finish to a knife blade that has some slight pitting and spots etc. I have purchased a couple books but the way they explain it you have to have a fully functioning shop with grinders, lathes, drill presses etc...Surely there is a simpler way of bringing that "shine" back to a knife blade. Ive seen many knives that have been "cleaned up". Ive been told dremels will do the job and I have also been told dremels will burn up the blade because of their speed. Any help would be appreciated. Look forward to learning something from joining this group.
Comment by D ale on May 1, 2010 at 19:41
Everybody loves a pretty face .. .. .. .. ..

Yup .. nail nick is usually the first to go .. I've tried w/ a dremel & those little 1" cut-off wheels .. takes a steady hand .. how do you cut a new one ?? what method ??
Comment by D ale on May 1, 2010 at 19:33
.. just push the button ..
Comment by D ale on May 1, 2010 at 17:23

Comment by J.J. Smith III on May 1, 2010 at 17:17
Got nothing against a "pretty" knife. All I was getting at, in my experiance in modifying blades the nail nick is the first to suffer. A few of mine I had to cut another to be able to open them. Others don't have one at all.

(Funny that all this is about methods of opening a knife.)
Comment by D ale on May 1, 2010 at 6:55
I love the diversity of this site .. one gentleman post's another's approach to "making it functional" .. another replies "Oh, man .. UGLY" .. yet another "I like function" .. yet another "I tried this" ...

!!!!!!!! Love this place !!!!!!!!!
Comment by D ale on May 1, 2010 at 6:48
I thought the lines flowed too ...

.. again .. something to be said for those inexpensive imports .. cost effective prototyping platforms ..

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