Fixed my old pocketknife

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Fixed my old pocketknife

Post by alphawolf45 » Mon May 23, 2011 8:28 pm

Dad gave me a wore out pocketknife 43 years ago and I kept it all these years..I am sentimental sort..You've seen the guns that I built, they are nearly all copies of guns that I inherited from Dad and Granddad.....anyway,anyway............

The old knife was made prior to 1938..By time it was given to me two of the blades were entirely broke off and the main blade was wore down to 2/3rds what it had been..I made 3 new blades for it this weekend..
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This isnt to show knife work but entirely about the satisfaction of working in the home workshop...After you have all the tools and know how to use'em you can do nearly anything , even decide to spend a full weekend making new blades for old knife should have been thrown away 40 years ago..
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It turned out well enough. I will carry it around and use it a while.....
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Re: Fixed my old pocketknife

Post by oldvan » Mon May 23, 2011 10:17 pm

Nice.

Harder to fix the problem with mine, I dropped it into a creek while trout fishing and was unable to find it.

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Re: Fixed my old pocketknife

Post by dly31 » Tue May 24, 2011 7:26 pm

That is nice workmanship in addition to being a really nice thing to do! Congratulations!
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Re: Fixed my old pocketknife

Post by spro » Tue May 24, 2011 7:29 pm

Nice work. I did a few. The steel I used wouldn't be milled out that way, it was cut with carbide blade then mostly ground to shape. one interesting was the Bailey's Tool Co pocketknife (iirc) It had little pliers at one end and the handle for that was also the hoof scraper. A flat blade screwdriver ran the center length as the spine. Anyway I made the sabot or bayonett style knife blade. The pins are important for if they are too soft they can deform and split a stag or bone handle. The main pins in the bolsters shouldn't stand out. I used a certain type I cannot remember now. It was an experiment at the time and 17-20 years later it hasn't discolored or become loose. There is an art to bringing these down to surface and deforming them to hold tight then filing Only the pin without touching the bolster. So that after being in a pocket some years it blends in. :)

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Re: Fixed my old pocketknife

Post by spro » Tue May 24, 2011 7:37 pm

I sortof rambled around to another thing. You really did Save that knife.

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Re: Fixed my old pocketknife

Post by thomas harris » Tue May 24, 2011 8:40 pm

impressive you have held onto a knife that long. I trapped/hunted much in my younger years and my knife was always there. until it got lost and replaced. schrade "oldtimers" were my favorites. skinned many a muskrat with them. usually kept mine sharp as a razor. always had it in my pocket at school. never flashed it or considered using it for personal protection. too smart to put myself in that position. (pat. pat.) Nowadays it's instant expulsion and third degree if found on most public property. what happens to that collection of pocket knives at the airport security anyway? I know the customs in mexico wanted to confiscate my sons unopened bag of beef jerky, and I immediately opened it and dumped it into the garbage can so they couldn't pig-out on it during lunch break. I digress....
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Re: Fixed my old pocketknife

Post by alphawolf45 » Tue May 24, 2011 9:26 pm

Spro
That picture was taken before it was finished.. Everything come out flush and slick and sharp and tight.. As I said though this post isnt about knife making but about the satisfaction of working in ones own home machineshop...These projects give me excuse to play with my toys.
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Yeah like you,I used carbide to cut out the blades.....Also Used my heat treat furnace and Rockwell hardness tester with the project..Could have cut the blades out with my plasma burner or one of my 2 cnc bed mills...I could do a professional job of it if had sufficient motivation but its just an old knife .Now that I got it fixed up I'll probably lose it :mrgreen:

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Re: Fixed my old pocketknife

Post by alphawolf45 » Tue May 24, 2011 9:39 pm

dly31
I certainly appreciate the compliment..Its a lot of satisfaction working in ones own shop..

thomas harris
Times have sure changed
My senior year of Highschool was 1974.We never gave it a thought . Me and friends drove to school with our shotguns in the trunk so we could bust bunnies after school before we went home..Now a hand drawn picture of a gun will get you suspended...??!!..
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Then about 1980 cop stopped me for speeding and I was driving home from a party and so drunk I could barely walk but cop just gave me speeding ticket and told me to drive straight on home..That was big city of Peoria illinois..Nowadays they take you straight to jail...'course thats how it should be ..Drunks shouldnt be driving. :roll:

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