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Old 12-12-2008, 10:03 PM
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Question hollow handle knives

hi,
does anyone know the best way to join the blade(tang)to hollow handle knives?
would 2 ton or 5min epoxy be good/strong enough?
thanks,
britt
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Old 12-15-2008, 04:00 PM
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no
best way is to make it solid
like chris reeve
any other way is much risky
epoxy will fail for sure
maybe solid threated joint could be enough
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Old 12-17-2008, 01:15 PM
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Why not try a "hard" silver solder--pretty close to welding two pieces together. I would try a project with some scrap-hard silver solder it-and then try to destroy it--you'll learn quick enough whether 1) the hard silver wire solder will work and 2) if your soldering procedure is effective.

I use 55 silver and use mapp gas.

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Old 12-17-2008, 02:04 PM
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Hmm, Les must be snoozing. I doubt he'd know how to do it anyway.

I have never made a hollow handle survival knife, and never will. I find them to be a gadget knife only, without a lot of use. I also believe them to be rather weak. However, some people like them, and that's okay for them!

The weakness comes, in my opinion, from a short tang. The Lile tangs were just 1/4" square tangs that were rounded and threaded with the tube soldered in place. I believe Jack Crain's knives had a tang that was as wide as the inside diameter of the tube. If attached well these would be stronger than the Liles.

I think the best way to attach the tube to the blade would be to make your blade tang as wide as the tube, like Crain. Machine two blocks that form a circle the same as the inside diameter of the tube minus the thickness of the tang. Solder the plugs and tube to the tang. Lastly, drill through and pin it with at least one pin. Other than machining them from a solid bar of steel (Chris Reeve's style) I don't believe there is a stronger method.

You could probably use a good marine grade epoxy instead of the silver solder. Not that 5 minute slop, or anything in a bubble pack at the grocery store or lumber yard for that matter. Use the good stuff!

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Old 12-18-2008, 10:26 AM
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no epoxy much better than accuglas, but I doubt if an epoxy will hold it through rough use


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no epoxy much better than accuglas, but I doubt if an epoxy will hold it through rough use
True, Dan, but it's an alternative to those who are lousy at soldering. It would probably be okay on a small hollow handle knife, but not a large one.

I think the bigger problem is this: is the tang itself, being so short, going to hold up through rough use. Other parts of the knife may give way before a good epoxy did.

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