removing pins/scales

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removing pins/scales

Postby thom » Thu May 17, 2018 10:21 pm

What is the best method for removing scales on a pinned stiletto? I have been reluctant to try. Razor blade between scale and liner?
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Is there a book or someway to learn other than just doing it. How about a tools and parts? I see parts available, is there a standard pin? What tools do I need? etc.
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Re: removing pins/scales

Postby Bill DeShivs » Thu May 17, 2018 10:27 pm

I generally take the knife apart by filing the heads off the backspring and rear bolster pins, and punch the pins out from the inside of the liners.
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Re: removing pins/scales

Postby thom » Thu May 17, 2018 10:53 pm

makes sense. thanks. need to work up my nerve now

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Re: removing pins/scales

Postby JimBrown257 » Sat May 19, 2018 2:12 am

thom wrote:Razor blade between scale and liner?


Don't do that! Always take the knife apart by removing the pins. As Bill said, take the three structural pins off from the back, unless there is some reason it is easier to do from the front (though there rarely is).

To cut the heads off, use a Dremel cutting wheel to remove as much as the head as you can. Then I use a 1/16" drill bit to drill a little bit into the pin. After that, you use a pin punch or nail to pound the pin out enough to grab it from the other side. And when you remove the scale pins, work from the liner side and do the same thing, though there won't be the head to cut off.

When you are ready to put the knife back together, come back here for advice on that. For the steel pins, you can use pieces of wire hangers. If you buy steel ones DON'T get stainless. For the brass ones, get 2mm rods. For the scale pins, you will either have to sand the pin down a little (the existing ones are bigger than 1.5mm but smaller than 2mm) or expand the holes to be 2mm.

One thing: find some POS manual to practice on because the first time you try this you will likely mess the knife up. You want to get some practice removing and replacing pins before you try working on a knife you care about.

So you will need:

Drill
Cutting wheels (the enforced ones are worth the extra cost)
Wheel mandrel
Pin punch or nail
Replacement pins
Flat head hammer

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Re: removing pins/scales

Postby Bill DeShivs » Sat May 19, 2018 2:26 am

Never make the hole fit your pin. Make your pin fit the hole.
Brass pin stock is available in all different sizes. .072, .081, 2mm are all common.
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Re: removing pins/scales

Postby JimBrown257 » Sat May 19, 2018 5:19 am

If you are going for the original look, you don't want to expand the holes but if you are doing a custom there is no reason not to do it.

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Re: removing pins/scales

Postby thom » Mon May 21, 2018 9:34 pm

Thanks guys. If I do attempt it will certainly be on a cruddy knife. I can't imagine doing that without scratching the scales.

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Re: removing pins/scales

Postby john » Tue May 22, 2018 9:42 pm

To help prevent scratches cover the scales and bolsters with duct tape. Light scratches are easily removed. You can try starting with a course to fine polishing cloths/ sponges.
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Re: removing pins/scales

Postby thom » Tue May 22, 2018 10:15 pm

Thanks again for the tips. Greatly appreciated.

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Re: removing pins/scales

Postby Oldreb » Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:49 pm

Thom - thanks for the post - really enjoyed reading through the expert replies - very helpful !!

Wayne


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