Some TLC for a Tomcat

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kwackster
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Some TLC for a Tomcat

Postby kwackster » Fri Dec 29, 2017 2:58 pm

Some TLC for a vintage SOG Tomcat that is the treasured EDC knife of a friend of mine.
The pin on which the lockbar pivots had been seriously deformed over the years due to which the backlock function was compromised.
Also the glue under the Kraton grip panels was dried out leaving the panels almost loose.
Exchanged the old pin for a new one made from a piece of hardened spring steel rod and reglued the Kraton grip panels, and everything works again as it should.
Also resharpened the edge to what i call a standard toothy finish (Rubber Wheel with 230 grit diamond powder, deburred with 1.0 micron diamond compound on a Paper Wheel)

You can click 2 X on each pic for a bit more detail.

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sammy the blade
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Re: Some TLC for a Tomcat

Postby sammy the blade » Fri Dec 29, 2017 4:40 pm

Wow, looks like a new one.
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DonC
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Re: Some TLC for a Tomcat

Postby DonC » Sat Dec 30, 2017 2:55 pm

Nicely done.
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Re: Some TLC for a Tomcat

Postby john » Sat Dec 30, 2017 2:58 pm

Looks awesome as sammy said, "Wow, looks like a new one." That pin was seriously abused. The edge you put on it looks great.
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Re: Some TLC for a Tomcat

Postby trentu » Fri Jan 05, 2018 1:25 am

Great job!

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JimBrown257
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Re: Some TLC for a Tomcat

Postby JimBrown257 » Sat Jan 06, 2018 4:18 am

That looks really good. What kind of glue did you use on the scales?

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Re: Some TLC for a Tomcat

Postby kwackster » Mon Jan 08, 2018 4:21 pm

To glue the Kraton rubber grip panels i used HEMA contact cement, a strong all purpose glue that once cured allows a bit of movement and doesn't dry out.
It's only a home brand, but i've found it to work very well for many materials.
I'm sure there are similar types of glue in the US which would work just as well.

To glue the rubber to the metal on this knife i've used this recipe:
First clean both the metal & rubber surfaces with a piece of microfiber cloth and some acetone, then sand both lightly, then clean again with acetone.
Apply the first coat of glue on both the metal and the rubber, and allow to dry for 20 minutes.
Then apply a second coat, wait 10-20 deconds, and press together thoroughly.
Allow to dry overnight and Bob's you're uncle, 8)


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