I need some advice on this Case rehandle.

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I need some advice on this Case rehandle.

Post by Nev52 » Wed Nov 23, 2022 11:29 am

I just wanted to get some advice and guidance on this handle repair. I have a friend who would like this Case liner lock rehandled in bone. Should I dissemble the whole knife? I was thinking of removing the handles and using epoxy and trying to pin the handle. How would some of you approach this repair? I don’t want to screw this up. You know the saying no good deed goes unpunished.
Thanks for the information
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Re: I need some advice on this Case rehandle.

Post by Meridian_Mike » Wed Nov 23, 2022 12:15 pm

To do it right....
I would say you would at least have to remove the rocker pin and the rear bolster pin. That way, you can open the knife completely and get to the 2 pins that hold the cover on.
I have seen one of Muskratman's videos where he shows how to install new covers without taking the knife apart. I have tried it and it does work. BUT, it does take some skill...... (and luck in my opinion). I would try it on my own stuff before I tried on another person's knife.

NOW, when I recover a knife with a new set of scales, I take it completely apart. That way, I can completely clean it and make sure all parts fit back together well. I can also repair and weak areas. BUT.... that is for a knife with wear. Not a "like new" knife. That knife looks almost new.

I am sure Glenn will chime in because he does do a lot of work like you are describing.
The biggest thing like you have said above, is overcoming the fear of screwing up another person's knife. That is a fear I still live with. I don't trust myself with someone else's property. My fear is that I can not produce a result that will be pleasing to to the owner.
I hope to overcome that some day before I leave this earth.... BUT, until then, I just work on my stuff.... LOL.

Good luck....
NOW, I want to learn from some other mechanics!

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Re: I need some advice on this Case rehandle.

Post by herbva » Wed Nov 23, 2022 3:31 pm

I'm with Mike - I always disassemble a knife completely when I am installing new handle scales. Aside from the aspect of being able to thoroughly clean and straighten all of the parts and do any other repairs and improvements (like smoothing and polishing the pivot contact areas), the biggest thing for me is being able to properly peen and tighten the scale pins. Yes, it can be done without disassembling the knife, but I don't think you can do as good of a job. Any time that I get a knife in with a scale pin that has pulled loose from the inside of the liner I am reminded of this. With that said, If I get a knife with just one loose scale pin, and that one loose pin is all that needs to be addressed, I probably won't take it apart and I will just replace that pin using my improvised stiddy, and hope for the best. I know, maybe I am just a bit anal about this. ::hmm::
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Re: I need some advice on this Case rehandle.

Post by BIGHEAD » Wed Nov 23, 2022 6:22 pm

Take it apart. (Dont loose or bend the bushing in the pivot pin.)

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Re: I need some advice on this Case rehandle.

Post by Nev52 » Thu Nov 24, 2022 1:32 am

Thanks for the advice men. I am intimidated working on someone’s new knife. I just wanted to get some ideas on how I should go about the rehandle I am still contemplating doing the repair. ::undecided:: So if I get up the courage to do it I will post the pictures.
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Re: I need some advice on this Case rehandle.

Post by Reverand » Thu Nov 24, 2022 4:54 am

I have tried to replace handles without disassembling the knife, and I have not figured out the knack for it. I know the process, but have a harder time getting the handle pins to hold, & still not protrude too much on the inside of the liners.
That is much easier to do when the knife is apart.
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Re: I need some advice on this Case rehandle.

Post by Meridian_Mike » Thu Nov 24, 2022 12:19 pm

Reverand wrote:
Thu Nov 24, 2022 4:54 am
I have tried to replace handles without disassembling the knife, and I have not figured out the knack for it. I know the process, but have a harder time getting the handle pins to hold, & still not protrude too much on the inside of the liners.
That is much easier to do when the knife is apart.
Exactly... and when the knife is apart, you can countersink the liner holes so the pin can be "flared" into the hole. Then you can file the pin flat against the liner for a better hold and a better finish.

Much easier when the knife is apart.

Maybe just ask the owner of the knife if he is willing to accept the result of your efforts.
You know.... no guarantees but you will do your best.
Maybe that will help you be more at ease with someone else's knife.

Good luck!

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Re: I need some advice on this Case rehandle.

Post by jerryd6818 » Thu Nov 24, 2022 1:35 pm

I suggest you give the owner the contact information of one of our several "experts" on AAPK. That's not intended to denigrate your abilities. Just takes the monkey off your back.
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Re: I need some advice on this Case rehandle.

Post by glennbad » Thu Nov 24, 2022 4:23 pm

I am with others...the right way to do it is to take it apart. The only thing I would add is that you should probably do your finishes in advance where the liner lock area is, cause it will be tougher to sand and buff once everything is together.

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Re: I need some advice on this Case rehandle.

Post by Nev52 » Sat Nov 26, 2022 12:18 am

Thank all of you for the advice. ::handshake::

Nev

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