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0350 Stripped Screw

Discussion in 'Kershaw Knives / Zero Tolerance' started by Eagle10710, Jun 18, 2012.

  1. Eagle10710

    Eagle10710

    182
    Nov 24, 2011
    I de-assisted my 0350 earlier today, and when I was putting it all back together I managed to strip the last body screw. I need advice on how to drive the screw in about another 1/32". I've already searched around the forums and I've tried the hammer trick and the rubber band trick. Any other tips? Thanks!
     
  2. sticktodrum

    sticktodrum Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 16, 2012
    What's stripped? The threads or the head?
     
  3. Eagle10710

    Eagle10710

    182
    Nov 24, 2011
    The head is stripped.
     
  4. sticktodrum

    sticktodrum Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 16, 2012
    I think it would be more prudent to not drive the stripped screw further, as it would be an issue if you ever needed to disassemble the knife in the future. I would personally back it out via pliers or a screw extractor, but maybe sending it to ZT would yield a new screw installed on the blade.
     
  5. jimmer_5

    jimmer_5

    Jan 25, 2007
    I would call customer service and have them send you some new screws. Then, while I was waiting, I would go online and buy Wiha brand T6 and T8 torx wrenches. Most of the stripped screws I hear about are the result of using the cheap torx wrenches from the hardware store. Remove the old screw by grabbing the sides of the head with needlenose pliers and turning. Good luck!
     
  6. orangish ducktape

    orangish ducktape

    904
    Oct 26, 2011
    How could using cheap torx drivers strip the heads of screws?

    -orangish ducktape
     
  7. OvalmanPA

    OvalmanPA

    691
    Dec 5, 2011
    Was that a serious question or are you being smart? :confused: "Cheap" tools are just that, made cheaply and often with inferior materials or sizing. A Wiha driver will probably be ground to a more precise size than a driver you got for .50 at the dollar store. :)
     
  8. turk.919

    turk.919

    Oct 21, 2008
    If that does not work give me a hollar, I'm in garner and have new screws and a quality driver set.
     
  9. orangish ducktape

    orangish ducktape

    904
    Oct 26, 2011
    I still don't get it. Wouldn't a cheap driver use a softer steel then the screw? If it has a softer steel then I would assume that the screw would strip the driver, not the other way around.

    -orangish ducktape
     
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  10. Eagle10710

    Eagle10710

    182
    Nov 24, 2011
    I sent ZT Customer Service an e-mail, if they don't get back to me soon I'll probably see if turk can work me out a deal. I would prefer that this knife gets "fixed" before I bring it camping for two weeks. :thumbup: Thanks for all the help everyone.
     
  11. jimmer_5

    jimmer_5

    Jan 25, 2007
    Ducktape, the cheap torx tools are often imprecise, and being too large or small is one of the chief reasons that people strip out screw heads. They also tend to be softer than a good tool, so the splines wear out quickly. As they wear the fit gets worse. You will rarely ever strip a screw with high quality torx drivers (unless you use too much locktite).
     
  12. turk.919

    turk.919

    Oct 21, 2008
    Just lemme know, I have an 0300 and a ton of parts/screws/etc. Always cool to meet another knife dude anyway..
     
  13. DrFish

    DrFish

    512
    Nov 18, 2001
    Just like using the wrong size Phillips head driver will strip out a screw head. Cheap drivers are often out of spec and will round out the head. Cheap doesn't necessarily mean soft. It can also mean poorly formed.
     
  14. Eagle10710

    Eagle10710

    182
    Nov 24, 2011
    Just an update:

    I called Kershaw and it's all covered under warranty, they'll be shipping me out some screws as soon as they can. The gentleman on the phone was very nice and understood exactly what I needed. I also went out and bought a better torx set because I don't want this to happen again.
     

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