How to Replace Handles on a Pocket Knife

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If you are in need of new handles for your pocket knife, you should know the steps involved in replacing them. It can be a tricky task but if you have the right tools and the right knowledge, you can succeed.

Removing the old handles

If you have a pocket knife that needs a new handle, there are a few steps you need to follow. The main idea is to remove the old handle and replace it with the new one. This will help improve your grip and fine work.

First you need to disassemble the knife. Make sure you have the right tools. A good toolkit includes an Allen wrench, a flat head screwdriver, a hacksaw, and a wood file. You can also use a dremel tool with a carbide burr.

Using a wood file can help you remove accumulated debris from the inside of the old handle. To clean the blade, you can also use a thin brush to brush away sand and grit. It is a good idea to take a look at the lock.

You will probably need to remove the safety ring to access the blade. This can be done by placing it on a hard surface with the blade side down. Once the ring is out, you can insert it with a firm pressure.

Applying a power buffing compound

Applying a power buffing compound is an important step in the process of finishing a piece of stainless steel. However, many people overlook this important step. It is also important to know which type of buffing compound to use.

There are two main types of compounds: solid bar and greaseless. Both of these can be applied using either a manual or a motorized buffing jack. Greaseless compounds are more commonly used on felt wheels and muslin wheels.

You can apply the compound by hand, with a lint-free rag. You can also purchase a power buffing wheel. A wheel is a circular metal disk with a hole that is about three-quarters of an inch wide. The buffing wheel is easily mounted onto a bench grinder or lathe.

The most common power buffing compound is white rouge. This compound is designed to remove fine scratches from the surface of stainless steel. Yellow rouge is another popular choice. Using yellow rouge will allow you to cut through the material faster than using white. Similarly, green rouge will produce a glossy finish.

Refurbishing the knife

Refurbishing a pocket knife can be a great way to spruce up an older knife. But before you do anything, make sure you have all the correct supplies.

A metal scratcher can help to remove the rust. You can also use salt or baking soda. After scrubbing the blade, rinse it thoroughly with water. This will prevent new rust spots from forming.

Once you’ve cleaned the blade, you can buff it to a nice finish. If you want to do it yourself, use a soft cloth and a thin layer of oil. The oil will protect the blade and not stain the metal.

Another way to clean a rusted blade is to soak it in white vinegar. Vinegar is a powerful rust remover, and a five-pound jug is likely in your kitchen.

If the rust is heavy, consider disassembling the knife. It’s best to do this as gently as possible, since the work can be messy. First, remove the blade’s outer shell and any broken parts.

Ken Onion

Ken Onion is an innovative knifemaker whose work has revolutionized the industry. Born in 1963, he hails from Kaneohe, Hawaii, and invented the SpeedSafe assisted opening mechanism for Kershaw Knives - earning him a position as Premier Knife Designer with them.

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