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Rehandle a half-tang?

Discussion in 'Maintenance, Tinkering & Embellishment' started by incaorchid, Sep 10, 2012.

  1. incaorchid


    Jul 28, 2011
    I intended to put a new handle on a kitchen/chef's knife but after I removed the old material I found it was a HALF-TANG!

    What are my options besides throwing it away now that I removed a perfectly functional handle?

    Can a half-tang blade be securely integrated into a wood handle and then get back to work?

    (I cannot weld a piece onto the half-tang because I don't have the tools)
  2. Huntsman Knife Co.

    Huntsman Knife Co. KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Sep 10, 2010
    I would use the method that Phil Wilson uses. Get a piece of micarta and cut it to the length you want the remainder of the tang to be. Then epoxy it to the back of the tang. Next pick the slabs you want and epoxy and pin them over the composite tang.

    Borrowing a picture of google. You can see the orange G10 is there in place of the tang.

  3. bdmicarta

    bdmicarta Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 16, 2012
    The traditional method is to cut your block of wood in half, carve some grooves into the inside part of both halves to fit around the tang, glue it all back together, then shape the outside.

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