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tk59
09-03-2011, 07:22 PM
I'm repurposing an old knife for a friend and it is handle heavy. It is only getting worse as I grind off more metal. Is there anything wrong with grinding the handle down to size too? I'd like to keep the knife intact as much as possible. Thanks!

El Pescador
09-03-2011, 07:27 PM
I imagine you could shorten the handle from the butt end with significant results in balance.

SpikeC
09-03-2011, 07:31 PM
Drill it out and inject helium?

Delbert Ealy
09-03-2011, 07:39 PM
The fastest safe way to do this is with a big flat file. You can take off what you want relatively quickly without it being too fast. I would say you can reshape(or lighten it) in an hour or less and then some 400 grit sandpaper will clean up the scratches from there.
Del

wenus2
09-03-2011, 10:06 PM
lol.... "the fastest safe way" :goodevil:

tk59
09-03-2011, 10:21 PM
The fastest safe way to do this is with a big flat file. You can take off what you want relatively quickly without it being too fast. I would say you can reshape(or lighten it) in an hour or less and then some 400 grit sandpaper will clean up the scratches from there.
Del

Thanks, Del. ...and I appreciate you looking out for my safety and that of anyone that happens to read this. I take it the unsafe way to to take a belt grinder to it? :D

Dave Martell
09-03-2011, 10:39 PM
Does the handle have any fat that can be trimmed? Lots of stock handles are already too thin to begin with.

Delbert Ealy
09-03-2011, 10:46 PM
Thanks, Del. ...and I appreciate you looking out for my safety and that of anyone that happens to read this. I take it the unsafe way to to take a belt grinder to it? :D

Sometimes belt grinders remove alot more material than one might wish, and the difference between perfect and OH F&%$!! can be a matter of a second or two. Fresh belts are real eaters and dull belts are burners.
Del

Delbert Ealy
09-03-2011, 10:48 PM
lol.... "the fastest safe way" :goodevil:

I will readily admit that I am the sort of guy that should have a shop assistant named Igor.
Del

StephanFowler
09-07-2011, 01:28 PM
Sometimes belt grinders remove alot more material than one might wish, and the difference between perfect and OH F&%$!! can be a matter of a second or two. Fresh belts are real eaters and dull belts are burners.
Del

also there is a LOT more dust to deal with and that adds respiratory protection to the equation

Benuser
09-07-2011, 01:52 PM
Does the handle have any fat that can be trimmed? Lots of stock handles are already too thin to begin with.
I guess at the back of most yo-handles there is enough that can be removed to correct a displaced balance, wouldn't you think? One or 2mm will mostly do.

kalaeb
09-07-2011, 04:36 PM
To keep the balance the similar when I re-handle (stabilized wood is generally heavier than the pakawood)., usually grind the tang beneath the last rivet, right where your pinky would rest...then I usually carve out some of the wood around the side of the scales right above where I just ground the tang. It generally looks pretty natural.

Benuser
09-07-2011, 05:11 PM
With a Herder I did it by removing some steel and natural wood at the end - or beginning - of the handle, shortening some of the curve. Very little was just enough. Wat's about pakka vs. stabilized??

tk59
09-07-2011, 11:08 PM
Well, I ground off a few mm of the end of the handle and reshaped it with a little belt grinder. I'll spend some time hand-sanding it down this weekend and see what happens. Thanks for the input!