I continue to learn more and more about stone, knives and carving stone as I progress in my artwork. The latest upcoming improvements come from things I have learned from Ken in Florida and Eric, of Arks Knives.
I have found that many factory Buck 110's have blades that rattle a bit from side to side with the knife closed or have uncentered blades from the factory. I have learned how to correct these minor issues and I thought a few photos of what I do would be of interest.
Now, I can see a lot of people are viewing my posts but heck it would be nice to see a few comments. I do not know if my ramblings are helpful or even of any interest so please let me see a few comments!
I pulled 12 knives for the next series of knives I will be doing and this was the worst of the 12 as I received them from the factory. It has a blade that rattles a bit and the blade is far from centered. The metal polish is just a bit lower than it would be leaving my shop too if you look at it closely....
The knife is in the vise in this photo and I can actually hear a "pop" when the knife tightens. This gets rid of the blade rattle issue but can tighten the knife to the point is does no longer "snaps". So, If it does not "snap" I need to tweak the tension a bit until it does again.
This photo shows how much the pin pivot was tightened to get rid of the rattle.
After doing the needed steps to cure both rattles and off centered blades here is what they now look like. They are all centered and still snap closed and have no closed blade rattles.
In all of the stress I put the knives through in doing the actual stoneworks they may end up just a bit off centered on the blades but the rattle issues are usually gone for good. Once the stone is in place the frame is so stiff that the techniques used to center the blade with factory scales are not possible.