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by Bill DeShivs
Wed Sep 18, 2019 5:49 pm
Forum: Deforum with Bill DeShivs
Topic: Belt sander recommendations!!
Replies: 1
Views: 21

Re: Belt sander recommendations!!

1 X 30s are useful, but are not serious tools.
There are several 2 X 42 units that will work for your needs.
The 2 X 72 grinders offer the most versatility of abrasives and length of belt life. They are also the most expensive. The Grizzly "knifemaker's grinder" is one of the least expensive.
by Bill DeShivs
Tue Sep 17, 2019 1:52 am
Forum: Deforum with Bill DeShivs
Topic: bug bites
Replies: 2
Views: 108

Re: bug bites

A good soaking with WD 40 will kill off any active worms.
by Bill DeShivs
Tue Sep 17, 2019 1:50 am
Forum: Switchblade knives
Topic: Kissing Crane gravity knife
Replies: 4
Views: 170

Re: Kissing Crane gravity knife

They are a little "rattley" and were made until Klaas closed their doors.
Very simple mechanism.
AKC recently made an updated version of this knife.
by Bill DeShivs
Tue Sep 17, 2019 1:48 am
Forum: Switchblade knives
Topic: Have there been any updates on this AGA knife?
Replies: 10
Views: 235

Re: Have there been any updates on this AGA knife?

Lepre actually has the tooling for the original 13" square button Latamas.
by Bill DeShivs
Fri Sep 13, 2019 3:48 am
Forum: Deforum with Bill DeShivs
Topic: Random shop pictures
Replies: 50
Views: 1737

Re: Random shop pictures

Don't know. It has some early and some late traits. The button assembly is one piece like the steel Coricamas. It has a coil button spring, aluminum pins, and a dovetailed kickspring. Traits like this don't always mean an item dates from a certain era. The very fact that they are stainless says late...
by Bill DeShivs
Thu Sep 12, 2019 5:12 am
Forum: Deforum with Bill DeShivs
Topic: Random shop pictures
Replies: 50
Views: 1737

Re: Random shop pictures

I can't really say, because almost all knife leaf springs are carbon.
I have seen 2 of these knives-both with broken springs.
by Bill DeShivs
Thu Sep 12, 2019 3:00 am
Forum: Deforum with Bill DeShivs
Topic: Random shop pictures
Replies: 50
Views: 1737

Re: Random shop pictures

Possibly so. I have replaced springs in at least 2 of these, so I'll say the stainless is pretty hard. I used 440C and pretty much H/T ed like 1095, and it worked well-springy and a little softer than carbon steel.
by Bill DeShivs
Tue Sep 10, 2019 4:22 am
Forum: Deforum with Bill DeShivs
Topic: Random shop pictures
Replies: 50
Views: 1737

Re: Random shop pictures

Here's a fully forged Italian stiletto.
Liners, bolsters, and pivot all forged from one piece of stainless.
Blade, button, backspring, and kickspring are all stainless, too.
The coil spring under the button is original to the knife.
by Bill DeShivs
Mon Sep 09, 2019 4:56 am
Forum: Deforum with Bill DeShivs
Topic: Left handed sear help
Replies: 28
Views: 723

Re: Left handed sear help

The source of your parts is probably to blame. He sells Chinese parts and is a crook.
by Bill DeShivs
Mon Sep 09, 2019 3:51 am
Forum: Deforum with Bill DeShivs
Topic: Random shop pictures
Replies: 50
Views: 1737

Re: Random shop pictures

Sometimes I get strange requests.
This gentleman wanted all the blades removed from an Italian lobster pattern knife, except the cuticle cutter.
I came up with a better idea, and made a new handle/spring for the cuticle cutter.
by Bill DeShivs
Sun Sep 08, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: Deforum with Bill DeShivs
Topic: Random shop pictures
Replies: 50
Views: 1737

Re: Random shop pictures

To be clear- I don't take pictures of most of my work. But thank you for posting another picture of one of my repairs. My job is not that of a researcher. I'm a cutler. I see literally thousands of knives. I'm not cataloging them. I'm saying that I have seen Italian stilettos made with a pin through...
by Bill DeShivs
Sun Sep 08, 2019 4:23 am
Forum: Deforum with Bill DeShivs
Topic: Random shop pictures
Replies: 50
Views: 1737

Re: Random shop pictures

That one wasn't originally done that way.
The ones that were, had a nickel silver pin, finished flush with the outside of the guard.
I was mistaken, but thank you for showing another example of my shop work.
by Bill DeShivs
Fri Sep 06, 2019 10:11 pm
Forum: Switchblade knives
Topic: M Italy how old
Replies: 31
Views: 810

Re: M Italy how old

If there is a modern button assembly, there should be a steel pin between the button and safety.
The old style safety seems to preclude it being too new, but the one piece spring says newer.
by Bill DeShivs
Fri Sep 06, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: Switchblade knives
Topic: M Italy how old
Replies: 31
Views: 810

Re: M Italy how old

One piece springs are more modern. I still can't tell anything from the liner picture.
Is the blade stainless?
If you remove the rear bolster pin, you can swivel the liners open to see what you have.
by Bill DeShivs
Fri Sep 06, 2019 9:18 pm
Forum: Switchblade knives
Topic: M Italy how old
Replies: 31
Views: 810

Re: M Italy how old

Can you see brass tabs that have been peened in place where the D stamps would be?