Making a Folding/Pocket Knife

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Blog series by bobasaurus updated 03-24-2013 02:43 AM 3 parts 16530 reads 5 comments total

Part 1: Layout, stock removal, and mechanisms

03-17-2013 07:26 AM by bobasaurus | 2 comments »

(This is mostly metalworking, though it does use wooden jigs and scales eventually) After building a cheap folding knife kit from Woodcraft (which was just making some scales, bolting things together, and sanding/finishing), I became interested in making one myself from scratch. I talked to a coworker who makes knifes and did some internet research before placing an order for lots of knife stuff from Jantz supply: This includes a flat bar of O1 tool steel for the blade and mechanis...

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Part 2: Working the bolster, improving the locking bar, and adding a spring

03-20-2013 04:47 AM by bobasaurus | 1 comment »

My design calls for two thin (.010”) washers around the blade for easy movement. Unfortunately, this spaces things weirdly on the rest of the parts. To get the width more uniform, I tried to epoxy some brass shims to the bolster but the bond didn’t hold up to grinding: So I tried using some superglue and fixative / fast cure spray (recommended by my father). This worked great: The parts held up when grinding everything flush. Next I did the superglue trick for sh...

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Part 3: Scales and lots of shaping

03-24-2013 02:43 AM by bobasaurus | 2 comments »

Still working on this thing: Hand planing a bocote knife scale flat on one face and one edge. I’m going to resaw one scale into two on the bandsaw, and this needs two flats square to each other for good results. Resawing the single bocote scale into two thin bookmatched scales on my bandsaw. Bookmatching the grain looks pretty nice. Gluing a brass liner to one of the scales. I used the super glue with curing spray trick again… it has been working great so far. I cut...

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