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Old 12-16-2016, 07:14 PM
nflknives nflknives is offline
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drill bit

so I made a boo boo. I tempered the blade and forgot to drill the pins for the drill bit won't even attempt to drill it...will a carbide bit drill it? I have tried Kovalchuk and titanium plated and neither will ever attempt to drill it :-(. hope I didn't waste a blade
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Old 12-16-2016, 07:40 PM
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Carbide will do it and you can probably make do with a carbide tipped masonry drill from your local hardware store. It will make an ugly, sloppy hole but it should make one.

The correct drill for your problem is called a straight flute carbide drill. They would go through that tang like it was made of butter and the hole would be clean, straight, and the nominal size of the drill you selected. They are pricey and only available from machine supply shops like MSC but they make short work of that problem (which we all have sooner or later) ...


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Old 12-16-2016, 09:45 PM
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Be aware if you drill out your pin hole at the nominal size of your pin stock you will probably have to enlarge the hole slightly to get the pin to fit. I use a carbide bur on a rotary tool for the job. However it a good idea to measure your pin stock first. I had some copper rod that actually was just a little under the nominal size and fit well in the hole as drilled.


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Old 12-17-2016, 01:07 AM
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Use Grainger supply and use, for hard carbide tipped drill bits. Look at a drill size chart like this,
I use a #30 drill bit for 1/8 inch which is .125 and a #30 is 128. Look at the differences for the number drills and fractional drill bits. For the more extreme stainless steels like S30V you want to use the smaller bits if you intend to drill after HT. It doesn't hurt anything to drill a hole before HT. Just use cutting oil like Tap Magic and create no heat. I drill most of my holes before HT.

There should be a Grainger near Decatur. Just remember to look the item up before you call and they will not charge you shipping to their distribution center if there is one near you and you order by phone. If you order online they charge you shipping. Grainger tends to be a little cheaper than MSC, which always charges you shipping.
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Old 12-17-2016, 09:36 AM
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yeh a straight flute is the way to go BUT if this is the only time you plan on making themistake as ray said carbide tiped mason bits will work and are cheaper I have used them in a pinch cause I cant get the right ones locally they work but as ray said the hole will be slightly oversized and a lil sloppy
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Old 12-17-2016, 10:42 AM
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thanks alot guys!! once again, excellent info!
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Old 12-19-2016, 02:24 PM
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the carbide bit did the trick! Thanks !!!
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