There have been questions on a couple threads about where to buy pin-stock for knife repairs. Here are my thoughts on the subject of pin-stock and where I get them.
I like to have as many different sizes of pin stock on hand as I can find.
Many older knives are made with pins that are not standard proportions with the sizes readily available in the local hardware store or through a knife supply house.
Some old knives have damaged pin holes and may need a larger pin size.
Some knives I repair are made in Europe where they use the metric system.
It only stands to reason that a well-stocked repair shop will have metric pins as well as the standard English measurements.
NICKEL SILVER PIN-STOCK
The following nickel silver pin stocks are available from Jantz Supply:
1. .0625” = 1/16”
2. .070” = 1.8mm
3. .078” = 2 mm
4. .0935” = 3/32”
5. .098” = 2.5 mm
6. .118” = 3 mm
7. .125” = 1/8”
Jantz carries the 4 metric sizes that I use a lot, probably more than the standard sizes.
It is a big jump from 1/16” to 1/32”. Consequently I use a lot of 1.8 mm & 2 mm nickel silver pins. Of the knife maker supply houses that I use, USA Knifemaker’s Supply, Texas Knifemaker’s Supply, Knife & Gun (K&G) and Jantz Supply, Jantz is the only one that carries nickel silver in the metric sizes. As a result, I buy most all of my nickel silver from Jantz Supply.
The assortment of brass pin stock Jantz has is a bit more limited.
They carry 1/16”, 3/32” & 1/8”.
I also get an assorted package at Ace Hardware that contains the following 3 sizes:
I use a lot of the .072” & .081” size pins.
Recently I have found some 2 mm & 2.5 mm on ebay from the UK. Apparently those sizes are used in the UK in some RR modeling. The shipping makes them about twice the price of similar sizes available in the US, but I really don’t like to turn down a piece of pin-stock if I can avoid it.
STAINLESS STEEL PIN-STOCK
Jantz carries 1/16”, 3/32” & 1/8” stainless steel pin-stock. You may be able to find other sizes at local hardware stores. Since I mostly work on old knives, I seldom use stainless steel.
I do have some pin-stock larger than 1/8” but I don’t think I have ever used them in a knife.
But it is seldom that I even use 1/8” pins, except for large lockbacks like Buck 110 or Schrade LB7.
If you have other sources for pin-stock and in other sizes, please share them!
I am always looking for new sizes of pins, especially between .065” and .090” in brass and nickel silver.
If you have a source, please share them!
I hope this info helps,