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Old Swiss Army Knife Restoration for a Friend

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Project by DMiller posted 10-16-2018 02:52 AM 445 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a fun and skill challenging project that I have had the privilege to restore. This is an old Swiss Army Knife that I replaced the grips on, which had broken off sometime in the past. After receiving the knife (picture 6), I used a dremel type tool with a sanding wheel to remove the glue and old grips. It was a challenge because I couldn’t remove the rivets that held the knife together. I used some thin wood (picture 4) and trimmed around where the rivets go, also making a slot for the tweezers. (In picture 4, the white wood is a copied picture of the black base layer, which has holes for the rivets. The wood was died black using a sharpie.) Once the base layer was made, I made the real grips from Olivewood and glued them to the black base layer. It was a challenge to glue the grips to the knife because I wanted a durable joint that moisture would not penetrate. The super glue I used seemed to be continually getting to where the blades were, attempting to lock them in place. The external finish is thin ca glue and shellac. Thanks for looking and reading- sorry if this article is too wordy! Thanks!

-- Dale Miller Modesto, CA "I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13. "Woodworking minus patience equals firewood."





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acove

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#1 posted 10-16-2018 03:00 AM

Looks great

-- Woodworking is neat

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#2 posted 10-16-2018 04:40 AM

Very Nice Indeed! Well Done Dale!

-- It is not necessary for Some People to turn OFF the LIGHT to be IN the DARK! (Ontario, CANADA)

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#3 posted 10-16-2018 01:33 PM

Nice work on the scales.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#4 posted 10-16-2018 02:17 PM

nice save on that old knife,it will live on for many more years thanks to your restoration.nice work.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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DMiller

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#5 posted 10-16-2018 02:21 PM

Thanks for the encouraging comments, guys! I appreciate them!

-- Dale Miller Modesto, CA "I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13. "Woodworking minus patience equals firewood."

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#6 posted 10-16-2018 05:01 PM

Looks great to me.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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DMiller

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#7 posted 10-18-2018 01:51 PM

Thanks Ralbuck!

-- Dale Miller Modesto, CA "I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13. "Woodworking minus patience equals firewood."

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#8 posted 10-18-2018 03:33 PM

Fantastic! I lived in Switzerland as a child, so I have several Victorinox SAKs.

Shortly after moving back to America, we got a golden retriever – he got a hold of and chewed the plastic off of more SAK’s than I’d cared to admit.

I’ve been thinking about doing something similar; I was very excited to see this!

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DMiller

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#9 posted 10-19-2018 02:13 PM

Thanks! Glad this post could give you some ideas!

-- Dale Miller Modesto, CA "I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13. "Woodworking minus patience equals firewood."

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#10 posted 10-22-2018 02:53 PM

Great job. I love it.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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DMiller

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#11 posted 10-22-2018 09:18 PM



Great job. I love it.

- Rwolinski

Thanks!

-- Dale Miller Modesto, CA "I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13. "Woodworking minus patience equals firewood."

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