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Discussion in 'Maintenance, Tinkering & Embellishment' started by Rhodies, Nov 27, 2017.

  1. Rhodies

    Rhodies

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    Jul 27, 2017
    Just got off the phone with Spyderco and they are rushing me out replacement Pocket Clip Torx Screws. I stripped one of the screws out and yea, I used a T6. I told the woman on the phone that I didn't think I had the T6 driver set firmly in place and ended up rounding out the screw. Got to hand it to Spyderco, no questions asked and no charges for the screws...

    Not sure if they make an Easy Out Screw Extractor that small?
     
  2. FortyTwoBlades

    FortyTwoBlades Baryonyx walkeri Dealer / Materials Provider

    Mar 8, 2008
    Vampliers work well for those button-head screws. They're pliers made for grabbing a screw by the head to turn it.
     
  3. Rhodies

    Rhodies

    284
    Jul 27, 2017
    Thanks for the tip, looking into it right now...
     
  4. FortyTwoBlades

    FortyTwoBlades Baryonyx walkeri Dealer / Materials Provider

    Mar 8, 2008
    I literally used mine today to grab some small nail heads to pull them up enough to get a nail puller onto 'em.
     
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  5. Rhodies

    Rhodies

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    Last edited: Nov 27, 2017
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  6. Wowbagger

    Wowbagger Basic Member Basic Member

    Sep 20, 2015
    Yes I wish they would up the hardness spec for screws in their knives. Probably because they want stainless. Some times I find other / larger stainless fasteners to be weird too. Weird = soft, odd sized not metric not inch (Ha, ha probably Whitworth . . . joking) . . . some times easy to gaul but that seems to have disappeared for the most part.

    What I am saying is the good old black/rustable/hex key (allen) were so hard you couldn't hacksaw 'em and good deep, hardened, well fitting sockets. I love Torx but I don't love Spyderco Torx.
    I'd put up with a speck of rust to get some real screws.

    PS: hey if you don't get em out with the cool pliers I got some tricks for you.
     
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  7. Lapedog

    Lapedog Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 7, 2016
    Try this. You might have to use one size smaller driver.

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  8. Rhodies

    Rhodies

    284
    Jul 27, 2017
    What is that, a rubber band? I'll try that out tomorrow.
     
  9. Rhodies

    Rhodies

    284
    Jul 27, 2017
    Thanks, I just may need your help.
     
  10. Lapedog

    Lapedog Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 7, 2016
    Yes it is a rubber band. It is also a great technique if you know the screws are susceptible to stripping ahead of time.
     
  11. Rhodies

    Rhodies

    284
    Jul 27, 2017
    I tried the rubber band trick and it was a no go. I used T5 & T6 and the bit just spun around in the fastener.
     
  12. RayseM

    RayseM Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 18, 2010
    Man oh man - another day and another way to spend some money :(. Yet one more "essential tool" that I didn't know I needed. :rolleyes:

    Good grief - give me a break. :confused:

    Thanks for those links though... :)

    Ray
     
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  13. razor-edge-knives

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

    Apr 3, 2011
    Worse comes to worse you can always drill it out :)
     
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  14. Rhodies

    Rhodies

    284
    Jul 27, 2017
    I could but I don't trust myself. Those screws are really small and I risk chewing up the female threads on the knife itself, then I'd be out looking for a miniature Tap & Die Set. :eek: When does the madness stop?
     
  15. gadgetgeek

    gadgetgeek

    May 19, 2007
    It stops when someone starts selling very small heli-coil kits and the binocular microscope needed to install them!
     
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  16. FortyTwoBlades

    FortyTwoBlades Baryonyx walkeri Dealer / Materials Provider

    Mar 8, 2008
    If need be rather than drilling it out I'd use a thin cutoff wheel in a Dremel to cut a flathead slot in the head. Much easier than drilling it out. However, I'd be very surprised if Vampliers didn't do the trick.
     
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  17. uxo2

    uxo2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 3, 2013
    A Dremel is risky.
    Use a jewelers file to cut a slot in it.
    Then a standard tip screw driver to remove it.
     
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  18. FortyTwoBlades

    FortyTwoBlades Baryonyx walkeri Dealer / Materials Provider

    Mar 8, 2008
    It's not too risky if you just use two hands against a braced surface when holding the Dremel, but if you have sufficiently thin files, by all means use them. Even most needle files are too thick for screws that small, though.
     
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  19. Rhodies

    Rhodies

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    Jul 27, 2017
    I just placed an order for the 5" Vampliers. Got a lot of good reviews so I'll find out if those reviews are credible. Pliers supposed to be here by the weekend. I'll let you folks know the outcome.
     
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  20. FortyTwoBlades

    FortyTwoBlades Baryonyx walkeri Dealer / Materials Provider

    Mar 8, 2008
    I got mine for removing a stripped fan screw in my MacBook and they worked a treat. They were very tiny low-profile screws but the Vampliers gripped it without any trouble.
     
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