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Leather handle eaten by packrats.

Discussion in 'Maintenance, Tinkering & Embellishment' started by Bill Sanders, Jun 30, 2018.

  1. Bill Sanders

    Bill Sanders

    Aug 18, 2003
    Friend gave me a knife, made by Ontario. It's a kabar style knife, that he found in the woods while hunting. The leather handle has been chewed on by pack rats and is pretty much shot. The rest of the blade is in good shape. I want to replace the leather, maintaining the classic look. The leather part is not likely that hard, just stacking leather washers. The part I need to sort out is, how to get the butt cap pin out. Hammered on it for a bit, with no results. Should I resort to a drill?
  2. David Martin

    David Martin Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 7, 2008
    It should have moved using a narrow punch. Since it didn't then you have to resort to the vise and drill press. Did you try soaking it in Break Free? DM
  3. Bill DeShivs

    Bill DeShivs KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jun 6, 2000
    Leather replacement handles are available from Ontario Knife or Cutco.
    Last edited: Jul 1, 2018
  4. Bill Sanders

    Bill Sanders

    Aug 18, 2003
    Got the pin out. Had to partially drill a bit of one side. New leather from KABAR is here, just need to glue and clamp things, and make a new butt cap pin from some steel rod.

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