I'm ready to make my own bali, but first, some questions...

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Okay- I completed the typhoon- skeletonized grips were all that I really did. I've taken it apart, played with it, and I understand the way that a bali works at this point. Now I've got a few questions:

1. I'm going to be ordering titanium and stainless for the sandwhich style handles. The ss slabs for either loaf of the sandwhich are about 1/8" thick- I haven't calipered them yet, but I'm curious to know if this is about the right size.

2. How do the thicker handles feel in the hand for those of you who have experience with both.

3. How do yall normally clean out a space in the material for an insert- mill it?

4. For those inserts, do you glue them or screw them in?

5. Where do you get your G10, titanium, and handle stainless? TKS doesn't have titanium stock in 1/8". I'm not sure which type of stainless is best for handles, and I can find black and tan G10 in 1/16 size. Note- I'm looking for small puchases of titanium: $20-$50 worth.

6. Do yall sodder in tang pins? What material do you use for em?

thanks!
 

fitzo

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Peyton, check AlphaKnifeSupply.com for the Ti. Good selection.

You might want to use 300 series stainless for the handles. 304 or 316. PITA to work. 416 would work but needs to be hardened to get max stain resistance.
 
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Okay- thanks Darrel. Do you know which size I should use for pivots on a bali that's about .375 stacked (1/8 slabs and 1/8" blade)? Or should I got with a different set of sizes? The available screw sizes are .4, .475, .5 and that's it. Will that .025 makes a difference if I stick with 1/8" material? Also- I'm still kind of in the dark about how the tang pins are held in place.
 
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