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    Senior Member Danzo's Avatar
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    Options when wa handle hole is bigger than tang.

    So this new Tanaka I got has a small tang, and my handle has a big hole. Do I just fill the thing with epoxy and hold it in straight? Or can I shove something in the hole to fill the gaps, then epoxy?



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    The risk with using straight epoxy is that the blade shifts as it sets and the handle doesn't end up in line with the rest of the blade. I would recommend making very small wedges, either one or two to go on the top and bottom of the tang in order to tighten up the fit.
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    I use blue painters tape around the tang to position it, then epoxy.

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    You can wrap the tang in paper towels or painter's tape and fill the hole with wax to make the knife fit and then add epoxy only for the last part (a few mm). Or use sugru for that last part. https://sugru.com

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    I prefer a slight of bed linnen over paper.

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    Sausages & hallways!

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    Lol tape seems like my best option. Thanks gentlemen

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    Worked like a charm, I'll pick up some epoxy tomorrow and fill the top few mm to really set it in

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    glad it worked. The epoxy should help keep the water from getting in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jklip13 View Post
    I would recommend making very small wedges, either one or two to go on the top and bottom of the tang in order to tighten up the fit.
    Wooden matchsticks or toothpicks - then, once seated, snap off to length.

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