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Posted on Question: how do you glue / epoxy knife scales on ? Mine fell off

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#1 posted 12-28-2009 08:12 AM

The handles are drilled for pins and a lanyard, but I did not put the pins in yet. I wanted to shape the handles with a rasp first, then glue the pins in, then hit it with a final pass over the spindle sander.

The woods are Wenge, Cocobolo, and Chakte Viga. The wenge seems to be holding strong, the chakte popped right off, and I had to pry a little bit to get the cocobolo off, but it was already starting to pull away from the steel.

Here are some pictures of the scales after coming loose. The first two are of the Chakte, they pulled away perfectly clean, not a bit of epoxy stuck to the tang. The cocobolo left some epoxy behind but a good portion was unstuck. The last picture is of the pins and lanyard tube to be installed after I finish getting the handles rough shaped.

You can see the epoxy squeeze out at the top of the handle where it just came right off of the steel. I did wipe down the steel with acetone before putting on the epoxy.

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