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Corby bolts: Brass, Copper or stainless

Discussion in 'Shop Talk - BladeSmith Questions and Answers' started by knife chop, Jun 12, 2015.

  1. knife chop

    knife chop

    Feb 11, 2014
    I wanted to know which one of those materials are best to use to secure handles on a knife. What are the benefits and cons of using those materials? Thanks.
  2. Matt Rochester

    Matt Rochester Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 28, 2014
    I only use stainless. I don't want to have to worry about tarnish or corrosion bleeding on to my handle material. I'm not sure if that's possible but I'm not taking any chances. The other two just depends on the look. There really isn't any mechanical advantage to any one material. I think corbey bolts are the way to go. I did see some pictures of some black ones but haven't been able to find a supplier. If I can, I am thinking of doing an all black/dark knife and those would be nice.
  3. james terrio

    james terrio Sharpest Knife in the Light Socket

    Apr 15, 2010
    I've used all three, and I think they're all plenty strong. Stainless is easiest to keep clean, of course, but it's not that big of a problem either way.
  4. jtwodogs


    Feb 1, 2009
    What about micarta pins? I think they can give it a destinctive look, not sure about their strength??
  5. AVigil

    AVigil Adam Vigil knifemaker working the grind Platinum Member

    Feb 17, 2009
    All three work just fine

    Brass and copper will take on a patina which currently is very popular with some customers
  6. knife chop

    knife chop

    Feb 11, 2014
    Thanks a lot guys!
  7. Ilovetoolsteel


    Jul 28, 2003
    The black ones were probably brass treated with birchwood Casey brass black
  8. rustyrazor


    Oct 13, 2011
    I use all three on whatever knife i'm making depending on the desing and the look i'm going for... obviously stainless would be stronger, but if you can break apart brass rivets, you've likely already ruined the handle material long before
  9. Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith

    Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith ilmarinen - MODERATOR Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 20, 2004
    You have to be careful grinding the stainless Corbys. They can heat up quickly and make a burned ring around them.
  10. knife chop

    knife chop

    Feb 11, 2014
    What would be your guy's preference in terms of looks, strength and overall reliability. Brass or copper?

    Here's a sample of a knife with copper tubes and bow drill divot.


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