knife rescaling

Discussion in 'Shop Talk - BladeSmith Questions and Answers' started by Henry_L, Aug 24, 2020.

  1. Henry_L


    Aug 4, 2020
    I have a couple of Barlow knives I want to rescale. Once the old scales are removed I'd guess it's not good to reuse the pins.

    Is there a standard pin size for pocket knives? If not how do you gauge?

    Thanks all.
  2. razor-edge-knives

    razor-edge-knives Moderator Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Apr 3, 2011
    I would use a caliper to check once you get it apart
  3. Signalprick

    Signalprick Jason Ritchie Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Apr 3, 2009
  4. Drew Riley

    Drew Riley Riley Knife and Tool

    Oct 17, 2007
    3/32 to 1/8 is probably a pretty good guess for many, but a set of calipers is the best way. Just make sure you're measuring a good spot, as the ends are often peened larger, or there might be wear in the middle, so you might have to average the readings a bit.
  5. Hengelo_77

    Hengelo_77 Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 2, 2006
    or re-ream the hole to a known size and use that size pin stock
  6. Signalprick

    Signalprick Jason Ritchie Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Apr 3, 2009
    I ream GEC up to 3/32 but to do it with Case, namely CV steel you'll need to use carbide bits and fast speed. If your using carbide bits I'd highly recommend secure work holding for your blade and a very accurate drill press or you'll have an exploded drill. Another option, but it sucks IMO is to buy larger size pin stock and sand it down to size. I've done this a couple times early on by chucking it in my dremel.
  7. Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith

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

    Aug 20, 2004
    I'm guessing by Henry's question he doesn't have any of the equipment or skills you guys are recommending.

    Fill out your profile with your location and some info and maybe a nearby maker will help you.
    BTW, opening three threads on this knife repair project isn't a good idea. Pick one and close the others or ask me and I will close them.
    Bill DeShivs and Ken H> like this.
  8. TheEdge01


    Apr 3, 2015

    I’m rescaling an old German Barlow myself. As your can see, I have my work cut out for me. My original pins appear to be fine, so I’ll probably just leave them alone and epoxy the scales on.
  9. Henry_L


    Aug 4, 2020
    Think I'm set Stacy -- ok to delete the threads.

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