Pivot pins... choices...

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Pivot pins... choices...

Post by kugr » Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:35 pm

Mr. Bill, I'm in need of your guidance.
Pivot pins... I tracked down an old thread where you suggested a common nail can be made into a pivot pin. Do you recommend this over a SS pin? I ask this because I attempted peening a SS pin I cut... after varying hammer weights and force for over an hour, I pretty much got no where. No recognizable shape was forming. Before true frustration set in, I stopped.
How important is the material choice (SS vs "carbon") for the pivot?
Thanks again.
-Clark
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Post by Bill DeShivs » Wed Mar 13, 2019 12:36 am

Stainless just doesn't peen well. Common nails-sized exactly to the pivot hole work exceptionally well.
Brass and nickel silver work well, also. It depends on whether you're doing a repair, or a custom knife.
If a repair-use the same material as the original.
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Post by kugr » Wed Mar 13, 2019 1:45 am

I have a good selection of various sized brass, SS, and NS... I'll pick up some nails also.
Yes this is for a repair, it is for an old Kerper (under it, made italy) on opposite side, made italy.
I gingerly took it apart for a good scrubbing, even taken apart with the pivot still intact, the blade was, well, grindy. So felt further dismantling was needed. On either side of the pivot hole on the blade, it was full of gunk. The wd40 bath didn't clean it out.
I'm honestly not sure what the original pivot material is, it was fairly easy to file down, so that leads me to believe it isn't stainless. It's obviously not brass either. So my conclusion leads me to think its a carbon pin. Would this be the correct conclusion?
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Post by portlandmike » Wed Mar 13, 2019 2:41 am

I’m always learning something from reading your questions kugr... please keep them coming

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Post by Bill DeShivs » Wed Mar 13, 2019 2:48 am

Yes. It was low carbon steel-the most common pivot material for Italian stilettos.
Occasionally, you see brass.
If you don't have a lathe, you can use a drill press or a hand drill with a file to turn pin stock to the proper diameter.
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Re: Pivot pins... choices...

Post by kugr » Wed Mar 13, 2019 3:25 am

Again Mr. Bill, thank you! It is awesome that you take the time to help me/us newbies learn the trade.
Looking for those un-repairable, lost cause stilettos.

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