Modified my 212

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  1. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    Love this blade, but I just did not like the handle at all.
    It was fat and chunky and made this knife feel not small but more stubby.
    I decided to reshape the handle and it feels better now but I'm not too happy with how it looks.
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    I really love the handle shape / profile on the horn or lucite models, and I'd love to just rehandle it but I have no clue where the pommel pin is.

    If anyone knows it's exact position I'd love to know, because I would definitely prefer to rehandle it.
     
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  2. sportingspecialist

    sportingspecialist

    Dec 11, 2014
    This may give you an idea as to where the pin that holds the butt cap in place is located.

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  3. jbmonkey

    jbmonkey Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 9, 2011
    ya took a bunch of it off. looks little thin to me, now. if ya like it doesnt matter what I think, but yeah rehandle it in wood and get it perfect for ya.
     
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  4. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    I'm thinking maybe stacked leather or stag.
     
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  5. Makael

    Makael KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Platinum Member

    Oct 17, 2015
    Stacked aluminum and leather. 20181126_165202_zpsbox5meti.jpg
     
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  6. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2016
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    I'm thinking of something like this, but theres only so much material I can take off this piece of stag so I may have buy some mor and go with a smaller piece.
    I just do not want a fat handle on this smaller blade, ideal a 102 woodsman handle would be perfect.
    Theres also the issue with the pommel where I messed up drilling out the pin.
    I could not actually see it and well you can see that what drilled was not centered on the pin.
    Other side went fine of course because I just punched it out.

    I don't really have much to loose, so I may try some stacked leather, I'll just have to make a tool I can punch the disks out with.
     
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  7. jbmonkey

    jbmonkey Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 9, 2011
    looking good there but like ya said fat again. yeah thinner piece ain't a bad idear. how ya gonna deal with the end cap pommel issue. what's your plans, curious?

    is the tang stock same size on 212 as the 102? find a broken blade 102 cheap maybe on ebay and do a swap over parts and all?
     
  8. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    I don't know what I'm gonna do with the pommel, probably pin it and pour in a little aluminum to fill in that gap.

    I've decided to go with stacked leather.
    I might have to remake a few of the washers due to a few low spots but I really love the size and shape.
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    I really want to use the Buck pommel, but I was also thinking a stag pommel of some kind would be cool.
    A Buck shaped pommel made of stag would definitely be cool.
     
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  9. jbmonkey

    jbmonkey Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 9, 2011
    gotcha. looks real good with stacked leather...really digging it.

    yeah that could work, the aluminum idear. maybe. not sure how it would hold up though. yep, make your own like ya said. that would be kinda cool and unique.

    regardless its turning out real nice.
     
  10. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    If I poured the aluminum in just to mould it but actually glue it in place this could work.
    I could also possibly drill it out and put in an insert.
    There are a number of ideas I can do, but I will definitely try making a stag pommel if I've got a big enough piece.
     
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  11. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    Still got a lot of work to do, hopefully I'm not too tired after work tomorrow.

    I drilled out the pommel hole and made this stepped brass pin and bushing I guess you could call it.
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  12. DeSotoSky

    DeSotoSky Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    Question. When you removed the pommel, how difficult was it to remove the phenolic handle? Did it just slide off? Is it epoxied?
     
  13. RAZORBLADES

    RAZORBLADES

    Aug 14, 2006
    I have one and I love the handle on it,I've compared it to my 103 skinner and all the parts seem to be the same size,handle and pommel both match the 103 skinner perfectly.I like The leather handle idea,they make a nice secure grip.
     
  14. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    Theres a little glue of some kind on the tang, I couldn't slide it off so I just put in in the vice and it was surprisingly easy to crack off.
     
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  15. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    I know I'm just weird or something, but I simply find the handle too big for this knife.
    I'd probably find it just fine on the 119.
     
  16. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    Btw I did try to make a stag pommel, but there was just too much pith inside the piece I had to work with.
     
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  17. Makael

    Makael KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Platinum Member

    Oct 17, 2015
    Nice job
     
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  18. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    It's getting there.
     
  19. Makael

    Makael KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Platinum Member

    Oct 17, 2015
    Time for some burnishing. Joe H 20200524_202020.jpg did a great job on this mini vanguard.
     
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  20. eveled

    eveled Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 11, 2016
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    I like what you are doing to it to make it uniquely yours.

    I have a bunch of 212’s they all have different handle shapes and the Buffalo horn one is by far my favorite to use. The handle is very flat and narrow yet tall. It works well for this knife.
     
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