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Old 02-04-2013, 08:28 AM
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Just getting started. Watched some Youtube videos. Got Wayne Goddard's $50 Knife Shop.
Did some practice grinds with junk steel. Good blade steel is in the mail. I am fascinated by:
Trollsky's "How to make a knife with basic tools" on Youtube.
The only part I'm not clear on is the rivets. It appears as if he just glues them in and sands them smooth. Is that a sturdy enough connection or do they need to be peened?
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Old 02-04-2013, 11:49 AM
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Not to be picky, but he's using pins, not rivets. The application is a little different. Yes, you could peen the ends over if you want to give a little better mechanical attachment but you don't need to. The biggest problem with gluing scales like that is a sharp shearing force as from dropping or a blow to the handle and unpeened pins will protect from that. I just glue my pins in and sand them flush with the handle

If I was wanting better mechanical attachment then I would go to cutlers rivets or bolts made for attaching scales that have heads or nuts that will hold the scales on along with the epoxy. They will hold better than peened over pins.


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Old 02-05-2013, 07:19 AM
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Sorry. My terminology is wrong. I was meaning pins not rivets. Thanks for the information that makes a lot of sense.

P.S. Apologies for the duplicate posts. I thought it wasn't working at first so I reposted.
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