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Hi All -

I'm very new to fixing up knives. I've done little more than sharpening, cleaning and light refinish on wood handles.

Well now I have one I want to clean up, but there is a VERY small gap between the tang and wooden handle. Can fit a piece of paper in, but doesn't go all the way through. Do I fill with epoxy, clamp and then sand it down or should I be using something else?

Thanks!
 

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Yep! Epoxy is very definitely your friend here.

If the gap is very small - the warmer epoxy is, the runnier it is. But NB it also sets quicker.
 

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If the handle is already secure, use beeswax. If the structural integrity needs some help, epoxy.
 

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It the handle wa or western? If western, I put the wax and handle in a bag then put it in a 150 water bath to melt the wax. Once melted take it out and massage it in. Repeat a couple times. Every gap should be filled and the wood comes out nicely conditioned.
 

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Will give wax a shot first. Figure if it doesn't work I can remove that and epoxy later. Can't go the other way easily.

THANKS!
Might be trickier than you think going the other way... epoxy won't bond to wood that's been waxed. You'd want to clean it very thoroughly and sand back a fair bit. Which mightn't be a bad idea anyway before doing anything if you can get a bit of sandpaper in the gap, as the tang will almost certainly have rusted.

(Though yep - still easier removing wax than than trying to get epoxy off completely! Which is almost impossible).
 

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I would use thin superglue and accelerator to set it. The accelerator is options.

cover the surrounding area with beeswax/mineral oil, aka board butter. Fill the gap and harden with accelerator. Wipe off the extra, maybe even smooth it out with acetone.
 

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Hi All -

I'm very new to fixing up knives. I've done little more than sharpening, cleaning and light refinish on wood handles.

Well now I have one I want to clean up, but there is a VERY small gap between the tang and wooden handle. Can fit a piece of paper in, but doesn't go all the way through. Do I fill with epoxy, clamp and then sand it down or should I be using something else?

Thanks!
Hey mate, unsure if this has been sorted out now… but I saw that James from Knives & Stones uses silicon? Can be seen at about that 21:30 mark on his video:

 
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