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Modified Production Knives (traditional only)

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by supratentorial, Aug 11, 2012.

  1. neal70

    neal70 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 3, 2015
    Hey Ramrodmb-ummm, I've got a knife I want to send you....:D. Beautiful beautiful work man.
    Thanks, Neal
     
  2. BigBiscuit

    BigBiscuit

    Dec 11, 2014
    Nice work Mark. :thumbup:
     
  3. pattyballs

    pattyballs Gold Member Gold Member

    523
    Jan 7, 2015
    So i have been following this thread for a little while now, have been hesitant to start toying with modifying but today i said screw it. Found a pretty good deal on a Klein hawkbill and Camillus. I am new and trying to get a feel for what sort of tools/supplies would be needed to take care of a simple re-handle job. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Kind of excited to give it a go.
     
  4. HeathH

    HeathH Gold Member Gold Member

    536
    Dec 3, 2013
    OK, I'm going to try this tonight... couple questions if you have a minute...

    How did you remove the bail? I'm hesitant to grind the head off the pin, because I imagine that will trash the bail, but if that's how you did it, I'll go for it.

    Also, do you have a picture looking down the spine of the knife? Looks like it'll get awfully thin at the tip... just curious to see before I break out the files
     
  5. Ramrodmb

    Ramrodmb Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 9, 2010
    Thanks bud! Do it!:thumbup:

    Thanks Shawn!

    Neal, Thank you! Send it on over!

    Thanks Bob! :thumbup:


    Go fo it! I'm sure you will get some good advice here!


    HeathH,
    I did grind the head off and like you said, I had to grind into the bail a little. You might be able to reuse it if you were more careful grinding, but you do have to hit it a little.
    I will get a pic of how thin the tip is, and the bail, in the morning. It gets pretty thin up there, but seems consistant with most all other warncliffes that you see.
    Mark
     
  6. HeathH

    HeathH Gold Member Gold Member

    536
    Dec 3, 2013
    Nah, don't sweat it sir! The tip ended up plenty thick. Here's my Ramrodded Navy in poor lighting:

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    I think I'll leave the etch on for now, I kinda like it. I also did a subtle drawn swedge that came out better than expected. Thanks for the inspiration! I love it!!
     
  7. Wurrwulf

    Wurrwulf Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 3, 2015
    Way to go, Heath! That came out great!

    This mod had me eyeing up the bail-less Natural Micarta version for longer than my wallet cared for. Thankfully, I backed away from the dealer's site just in time.
     
  8. Ramrodmb

    Ramrodmb Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 9, 2010
    Great job HeathH ! Looks perfect! Your swedge and pin look great! The swedge was the part I was most worried about.
    Its hard to capture in a photo. I tried to get a shot of the bail too.
    Mark

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    Shawn, I did the same thing!
    Mark
     
  9. HeathH

    HeathH Gold Member Gold Member

    536
    Dec 3, 2013
    Thanks sir, the pin was definitely my biggest worry, I've never peened a pin on bone before, I was worried about cracking it but it came out ok, if not quite as nice as the machine spun pins that are on there from the factory

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    I'd never noticed this before either but the center of the "o" on the tidioute shield is the head of the pin holding it on, very clever touch from GEC
     
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  10. Bighaze51

    Bighaze51

    Dec 26, 2012
    Ooooohhh pretty!!
     
  11. pattyballs

    pattyballs Gold Member Gold Member

    523
    Jan 7, 2015
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    Disassembled my first knife yesterday evening. Now i am just wait ing for the materials to get it back together.
     
  12. derrman79

    derrman79

    100
    Aug 16, 2010
    Looking good. What sort of scales are you thinking? [​IMG]this is the 5th tl-29 I've refreshed and so far my favorite. This one I lightened the spring a bit. The last four have been around 8. This one is a sweet 5. I might not give this one up.
     
  13. Ramrodmb

    Ramrodmb Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 9, 2010
    Looks great derrman79 ! Did you try the acetone?
    Pattyballs, good start there ! Keep us posted.
     
  14. pattyballs

    pattyballs Gold Member Gold Member

    523
    Jan 7, 2015
    Derrman79 I am actually thinking of going with Natural Canvas as you did. I will be honest, your knife is what made me give this a go.

    Question since you have delt with the TL29 a bit, do you usually grind down the spots in the liners were the old plastic scales were mounted to? Without doing so i doubt i can get the scales to sit flush so i am assuming so.
     
  15. BigBiscuit

    BigBiscuit

    Dec 11, 2014
    pattyballs, I think you're going to want to place those liners on the flat of an anvil or similar and hammer them flat. Then you can sand them smooth.
     
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  16. derrman79

    derrman79

    100
    Aug 16, 2010
    Ramrod, haven't had a chance yet, but really I'm fine with it. I think it gives the rather plain handle a bit more depth.
    Pattyballs, exactly as biscuit said, small hammer on a flat anvil. I flipped it over back and forth to get it flat. Be careful though, the more you bang it, the more sanding is needed to clean it up. By the way I like the natural canvas, too. I'm glad you like it. Good luck!
     
  17. pattyballs

    pattyballs Gold Member Gold Member

    523
    Jan 7, 2015
    Derrman, Also i noticed that you added another pin in the top center of the handle. Was it just to secure the scale a bit better?
     
  18. derrman79

    derrman79

    100
    Aug 16, 2010
    So I took in my first "customer" supplied knife to repair (never thought I'd say that!). The blades are quite warped. Any tricks to straighten them or should i just give it back. I'd hate to break someone else's stuff. I've had some bad luck with snapped blades[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
  19. derrman79

    derrman79

    100
    Aug 16, 2010
    Yes I drilled another hole to pin the scales. Originally, like yours, the two plastic melted sprue things held on the scales. I've seen many traditional makers used 1/16" wire to pin the scale, but all I had was 3/32" nickel silver. They look wider than that because I used a larger bit as a countersink and peened to fill it in.
     
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  20. derrman79

    derrman79

    100
    Aug 16, 2010
    This thread needs a bump![​IMG][​IMG]I've been busy!
     
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