|The knife in its original condition (top).|
|Again in original condition (top) - note 3 individual back springs.|
|I broke down both knives but so far have only worked on one.|
A couple final notes. There are a few good videos on youtube so watch them. The pins on these particular knives are all the same size (except the cover pins of course) which is nice. You'll only have to buy one size pin stock unless you plan to remove or replace the covers. I didn't use anything to prevent the knife from getting too tight as I set the pins, I just went slow and probably got lucky, but it came out perfect. I disassembled the knife with a utility knife blade. I put the utility blade between the tang and liner on the knife, set the two down onto a slightly open vise, and drove the knife down gently into the utility blade, effectively cutting the knife apart. It's actually very easy and effective. Get yourself a properly sized punch to get the remains of the pins out once it is all in pieces. And glue, I used super glue and I probably wouldn't do it again. I know epoxy takes forever, even the quick stuff, but super glue just is not forgiving at all. I glued the bolsters in place and with your fingers in there and trying to clamp stuff, well let me just say it's really not worth being in a rush about it. Epoxy will allow you to get things just the way they should be, clamp them, allow a little extra to flow out and fill cracks, and best of all, not attach your fingers to anything.
|The final product. Swedge added and seen here with a couple others for size.|
|If you look closely you can see the pivot pins in these pics.|
|I expect that a lot of luck found its way into this project but even the blade centering is excellent.|