Knife Repair Tools List

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Knife Repair Tools List

Postby orvet » Sat Jan 20, 2018 12:48 pm

I thought it might be nice to start a thread about tools we use that make working on knives much easier.

This summer I lost my good pair of end cutters, end nippers, or what ever you wish to call them.
Having lots of arthritis in my hands so I really missed my good pair of end nippers as my backup pair, made by Boker USA are nowhere near as good as my old pair. My wife got sneaky this year at Christmas and gave me a $100 cash certificate to Salem Tool, a local independent tool store and my go to source for tools and abrasives locally. The reason I like the store, aside from the fact that it is independently owned is that they try to provide excellent quality at a decent price.

Normally I have no problem spending $100 or so at Salem tool, but when I walked in with the $100 gift certificate I had trouble deciding what I wanted to spend it on. I knew I needed a good pair of end nippers, so I ordered a pair of 8 inch M Klein end cutters. They were $54 and that was the most expensive pair they had. They also carry Knipex and their best end cutter was near $75US! I was tempted but knowing the quality of the M Klein pliers and other tools I have I went with them.

Long story short, I got my M Klein end cutters and use them this week. They went through 3/16 nickel silver like a hot knife through butter! I was very pleased, especially when there was no jarring slam when they cut through the pin stock. Even though I consider $54 to the a pretty hefty price for a good pair of end cutters, I am so pleased enough with them that if I lose this pair I will order new pair right away!

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ATTENTION KNIFE MECHANICS: Especially you old timers;
How about posting some of your favorite tools, even home made tools that work well. This might be a good way to share information with one another and provide a service to some of the new guys just starting out as knife mechanics.
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Postby LanG » Sat Jan 20, 2018 1:42 pm

Great idea, and thank you for taking the time to make the post!
I enjoy reading about and seeing the results of the fine knife repairers on here, and am inspired by the results.
I'd love to have the ability to repair a loose blade, or restore a broken-down knife back to a working tool again.
Two things stop me- lack of skill, and lack of proper tools. Maybe this thread can eliminate one of those hurdles! ::tu::

What are your thoughts on this end cutter, Knipex 68 01 160?
https://www.ebay.com/itm/KNIPEX-68-01-1 ... SwJs1ZwHgP


Also, if I may, what is the tools needed for a beginner to remove the old pins to take apart the knife?
Thanks in advance for any response(s).
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Postby bestgear » Sat Jan 20, 2018 2:05 pm

LanG wrote:Also, if I may, what is the tools needed for a beginner to remove the old pins to take apart the knife.


You should get a copy of this book (KNIFE REPAIR & RESTORATION - by Adrian Harris) from Dales AAPK store - it's a wealth of knowledge on tools and techniques for only $10!
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Postby muskrat man » Sat Jan 20, 2018 4:46 pm

I have a feeling this thread will need to be a sticky ::tu::

I love a good pair of end nippers but i have always used vintage ones, I like the compound kind since it makes the job a bit easier.

A set of flush cutters are nice to have around but my last pair broke and i hvent gotten around to orders a new pair.

Backspring compression device, priceless.

hammers are a must, I like a couple, one rough hammer for beating on stuff, and a polished face hammer or two for pin peening and operations where i dont want to mar any surfaces.

pin punches, you will break some, especially the thinner ones I finally made my own with replaceable tips

A Vise, a smaller one will do but a mid size one or a couple different ones is nice to have around

An anvil or stiddy of some sort is a must. I like a stiddy but if you don't plan on trying to peen scale pins on an assembled knife they are pretty much an unnecessary expense, you can get by with a couple chunks of steel large enough they won't bounce around when you hammer on it. I used a machinist vise for years as a vise, anvil and stiddy and it worked fine. A purpose made stiddy just simplifies things a bit.

Files, a hobbyist can get by with a few files, I suggest a 6" and/ or 8" mill file, a 6" slim taper triangle file, a chainsaw file or two and maybe a half round. I have dozens of files I use but I do a lot of filework and other specialty stuff that require them.

A scratch awl is indispensable for marking things.

Rotary tool, dremels work fine, used them for years, eventually upgraded to a foredom with foot control, excellent investment.

Then you have your bigger power tools that make things go much quicker, a belt sander, disk sander, drill press, band saw and buffer.

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Re: Knife Repair Tools List

Postby just bob » Sun Jan 21, 2018 2:40 pm

If someone is considering starting to repair knives I would suggest start slow. Kind of like deciding your going to start playing golf and buy a thousand dollar set of clubs that you sell in a rummage sale 6 months later because you have found golf just isn't your game. You can start knife repair with basic tools and supplies you can get at Harbor Freight or used on Craig's List. Wait at least 6 months before making major purchases. You may decide knife repair just isn't for you. The one book I really enjoyed and have looked at over and over again is the Goddard book on the $50 knife shop. He has a lot of great, inexpensive ideas on tools for heat treating etc. and he does it all on a shoe string. I loaned this book to a friend of mine at the knife club a year ago and he still has it. I'm going to have to find me another. Here is a link to the CD. There are a lot of these books out there.
As far as what I use the most now much of it has been listed above. A couple of things I would be lost without are the scotch brite beburr wheel on the grinder, Back spring decompressors, and a 5/0 pin reamer. I was shown the pin reamer early on and when you get used to using it you can ream holes to the size you want in a few seconds. I was breaking drill bits right and left and that gets expensive. If you have an exisiting hole the pin reamer pays for itself in no time - just buy a good one.

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Re: Knife Repair Tools List

Postby jerryd6818 » Sun Jan 21, 2018 3:39 pm

just bob wrote:If someone is considering starting to repair knives I would suggest start slow. Kind of like deciding your going to start playing golf and buy a thousand dollar set of clubs that you sell in a rummage sale 6 months later because you have found golf just isn't your game.

Very true Bob, however I have found from a lifetime of working with my hands, good tools make the job easier. If you can be patient, you're better off buying used high end tools at Harbor Freight prices. Flea markets and yard sales for the hand tools. Craig's list for the power tools. JMO, your mileage may vary (but I doubt it).
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Re: Knife Repair Tools List

Postby Brumbydownunder » Sun Jan 21, 2018 8:52 pm

Nice Idea for a thread orvet ::tu::
Got to admit I am a 'tool junkie' ... like knives you just cannot have too many of them.
For anyone starting out at this caper I'd suggest get yourself some clamps all sorts & sizes ... and when you think you have enough ... get some more.
Also storage ... tins, tubs, boxes, whatever you can lay your hands on and label the outside - other wise you'll spend half your time looking for stuff.
This is my main work area...
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Also if you don't have it ... have a go at making it.... under all this is my Home made stiddy. Made from a small gauge railway track.
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@muskratman ... "Backspring compression device, priceless." Any chance of a pic or two?

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Re: Knife Repair Tools List

Postby orvet » Mon Jan 22, 2018 12:25 am

@Brumby
Derek, here is one spring compression device:
viewtopic.php?f=38&t=10069&p=82961&hilit=knife+vise#p82961
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Re: Knife Repair Tools List

Postby Landersknives » Mon Jan 22, 2018 2:22 am

Not necessarily a tool but Bandaids.....plenty of bandaids. Lol. Most of the tools I use have already been covered. Great thread! ::tu::
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Re: Knife Repair Tools List

Postby Brumbydownunder » Mon Jan 22, 2018 7:36 am

@ orvet ... thanks for that link to the compression gizmo ... I do remember them now. At the time the vice I had wouldn't accommodate them... but I've since changed to a swivel vice that swings outside the edge of the bench ... Guess what I'll be making tomorrow :lol:
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Re: Knife Repair Tools List

Postby Dinadan » Mon Jan 22, 2018 1:32 pm

Duct tape - lots of duct tape to cover surfaces that I do not want marred and sharp edges that I am not working on! Double sided duct tape to give a better grip on small pieces while I am sanding.
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Postby orvet » Tue Jan 23, 2018 7:12 am

Brumbydownunder wrote:@ orvet ... thanks for that link to the compression gizmo ... I do remember them now. At the time the vice I had wouldn't accommodate them... but I've since changed to a swivel vice that swings outside the edge of the bench ... Guess what I'll be making tomorrow :lol:


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