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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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 Bruce Zenge on December 17, 2019 at 19:46

Questions are always useful when trying to figure out a problem.  I think we worked the problem well.  I think the only way to make the marriage work and come out with a good knife will be to take them both apart and use the best parts.  It may be a little tricky to fit the scale from one to the frame of the other, but that's a bridge to cross when it is met..  My thought is to drill out the center pivot and then the blade axle.  Any thoughts about this approach?

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Comment by D ale on December 17, 2019 at 12:45

Thanks for the response, Bruce. Feedback keeps me doing this.
I'm glad to hear the H&B w/ MOP worked out for you. I know I queried a # of questions before giving an actual response. I just wanted to insure of providing the best possible approach. Again, pleased to hear it worked out just fine for you !
Yet another question, will you be completely dis-assembling the LB7 w/ used up blade ?
Thanks again for the feedback, I personally appreciate it ..plus.. other members can also benefit from the "it worked" point. 



D ale

Comment by Bruce Zenge on December 16, 2019 at 20:20

Hi D ale,

Sorry I haven't gotten back to you sooner.  I tried the epoxy route on the H & B MOP knife and it worked a treat!  The scale is tight and no damage to anything.  I still have to do the clean up on the whole knife, but now I will definitely feel it worth the effort.  

I also ordered the Schrade LB7 with the used up blade.  The frame is slightly bent, but I think it is totally repairable.  Will start on this one soon and let you know how it progresses.  Thank you for the reassurance I needed to tackle these projects.  I'm not one to shy away from a new challenge, but just wasn't positive I was headed the right direction.  Thanks, again.


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Comment by D ale on December 7, 2019 at 19:07

While pearl is simply beautiful, it is also quite fragile. 

I believe this to be the safest approach.

D ale

Comment by Bruce Zenge on December 7, 2019 at 18:49

D ale,

Guess I will have to get some epoxy.  I have used a good deal of it over the years, but have none currently.  Also just picked up a couple of small clamps today that will be perfect to hold everything together.  Thanks for all the help and suggestions.  This should be worth the effort when done.  


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Comment by D ale on December 7, 2019 at 15:41


That's exactly where I was headed. I would NOT use superglue, as it sets up way to quickly. I would suggest a good 2-part epoxy w/ a 5 min cure time .. min.


NOTE: Rule of thumb is the longer the cure time .. the stronger the bond.


I would not mix up very much of the epoxy as you will not be needing much. I would suggest a toothpick or a sharpened bamboo barbecue skewer to insert the epoxy into the area of the gap. Squeeze it together enough to remove the excess epoxy. Then, one could hold it in place till it sets up. Personally, I use a padded clamp to hold it tight for an extended period to insure a complete cure time. Also, I'd suggest wrapping it in wax paper during clamping.
Addendum: I sent you a "friend request" to facilitate PM'ing you some links to where others have done the same on some of the other forums I belong to.
D ale

Comment by Bruce Zenge on December 7, 2019 at 7:43

Yes, it does.  I cleaned the pearl and the liner as much as I could with 400 grit abrasive in the gap, but don't know if epoxy or some other adhesive will bond the two together.  I assume that if I had some way to peen the brass pin that would probably hold.  But I am not about to attempt that and have the pearl break. 


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Comment by D ale on December 6, 2019 at 18:09

Re: pearl knife.

?? does the gap close up if you squeeze the effected area of the knife between your finger & thumb ??

Comment by Bruce Zenge on December 6, 2019 at 16:49

Got it.  Thanks for the pointer.  It should be fun and informative to marry these two and come up with one usable knife.  Any thoughts on the MOP?  I am very aware of the fragile nature of this material.  Am also aware that working with it can be risky healthwise, so don't plan to do any abrasive work with it.  Had a custom knife maker friend in Illinois years ago that warned me about the potential health risks.  He has since gone to his reward, but was a knife maker of the first order in my opinion.  Thanks again for the help so far.    


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Comment by D ale on December 6, 2019 at 16:29

Also Bruce .. the bold letters on my most recent comments are "LINKS" that will take you direct to the pertinent data.


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