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    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!

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    I imagine you could shorten the handle from the butt end with significant results in balance.

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    Drill it out and inject helium?
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    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.
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    lol.... "the fastest safe way"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Delbert Ealy View Post
    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.
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    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?

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    Does the handle have any fat that can be trimmed? Lots of stock handles are already too thin to begin with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tk59 View Post
    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?
    Sometimes belt grinders remove alot more material than one might wish, and the difference between perfect and OH F&%$!! can be a matter of a second or two. Fresh belts are real eaters and dull belts are burners.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wenus2 View Post
    lol.... "the fastest safe way"
    I will readily admit that I am the sort of guy that should have a shop assistant named Igor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Delbert Ealy View Post
    Sometimes belt grinders remove alot more material than one might wish, and the difference between perfect and OH F&%$!! can be a matter of a second or two. Fresh belts are real eaters and dull belts are burners.
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    also there is a LOT more dust to deal with and that adds respiratory protection to the equation

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