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Forum topic by deadherring posted 01-22-2021 05:58 PM 245 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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deadherring

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01-22-2021 05:58 PM

Hi folks,

I’m attempting my first knife + cutting board combination. I purchased a bread knife blank from Amazon and it came with the metal pieces that fit through the handle (not sure what they are called—see the pictures below.)

Looking at the knife, and from the youtube videos I have watched, I gather that the way to do this is to put the knife on the wood handles trace the wholes and then drill through the handles.

The metal rods that came with the knife are two different sizes and it seems like the small one is meant to fit into the larger one.

However, as you can see from the pictures below, the small one fits into the larger one, but only a small bit, then it stops, there is too much friction for it to fit in the rest of the way. I tried putting it in a vise and forcing it closed and applied a fair bit of pressure, but not too much, not wanting to break it, and it didn’t close.

Am I missing something here?

Thanks,

Nathan


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#1 posted 01-22-2021 06:23 PM

Those are known as knife rivets or cutlery rivets. Yes, one fits inside the other, and they are then pressed together, typically with a hammer and anvil, to hold the knife scales (handle) in place. Many people also use epoxy along with them for a permanent fixture. The heads of the rivets are thin, so they can be sanded off after assembly. I’m sure there are a bunch of videos and How-To’s out there that can explain it better than me.

Cheers,
Brad

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#2 posted 01-22-2021 06:39 PM

Those look like a press fit rivet. Not sure, I have never used them. However for the knives I make I just use brass rod. Whether you use a rivet or rod, doesn’t really matter they are there just to help position the scales. They don’t provide much, if any, “holding” power. What matters is the epoxy bond. This means you can use just about anything for the pins. Brass is the easiest, if I am not using solid brass, then I “pretty” them up with shop made mosaic pins.

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#3 posted 01-22-2021 07:04 PM

Thanks, so just to make sure I understand, the two rivets I showed should fit together with some force once I have the knife together? Then I can sand off whatever sticks out?

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#4 posted 01-22-2021 07:17 PM

I would skip the rivets and get some brass rod or another decorative rod to use instead.

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#5 posted 01-22-2021 08:53 PM



Those look like a press fit rivet. Not sure, I have never used them. However for the knives I make I just use brass rod. Whether you use a rivet or rod, doesn t really matter they are there just to help position the scales. They don t provide much, if any, “holding” power. What matters is the epoxy bond. This means you can use just about anything for the pins. Brass is the easiest, if I am not using solid brass, then I “pretty” them up with shop made mosaic pins.

- Bob5103

Those are really cool!

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