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 Post subject: how to rehandle a knife
PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2015 10:08 pm 

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Hi I have a masakage yuki bunka that I'd like to rehandle but I don't know how to remove and install the handles, can anyone help me?


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 Post subject: Re: how to rehandle a knife
PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2015 10:15 pm 

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Some are just burnt in or have what's mostly a friction fit. You can cover the blade to protect it, put the blade in a vise, and then put a piece of wood against the handle and tap it off. If that doesn't work, it might be epoxied on. In that case, removing the handle may destroy it.


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 Post subject: Re: how to rehandle a knife
PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2015 11:40 pm 

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Check out these videos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gg3RpeoVO1w
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TLOpxONsh0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcapzGu5tts
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OhhU7tSq1mQ

Note however, that some handles are epoxied in and the handle may need to be split or broken off.

I have not used the burn in method but a lot of that depends on how the handle is constructed, what tools you have, and what method you intend to use to adhere the handle to the knife.


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 Post subject: Re: how to rehandle a knife
PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2015 2:21 am 

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Thanks for all the info, I'll try it out tomorrow. Does anyone know how to install a new handle straight?


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 Post subject: Re: how to rehandle a knife
PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2015 3:16 am 

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Very carefully ...


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 Post subject: Re: how to rehandle a knife
PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2015 3:27 pm 
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werewolfwarlock1 wrote:Thanks for all the info, I'll try it out tomorrow. Does anyone know how to install a new handle straight?


If you're epoxying one into a handle with a loose cavity (what I do for any wa handle's I've made), I made a jig that holds the handle and knife in a fixed position while the epoxy dries.



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 Post subject: Re: how to rehandle a knife
PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2015 11:45 pm 

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Ok so it's glued how can I cut/break the handle off without hurting the blade/tang


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 Post subject: Re: how to rehandle a knife
PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2015 12:08 am 

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Wrap the blade up well with several layers of a rag or dish towel and then tape it to keep it on securely. For the handle removal, a hammer and chisel (or slotted screwdriver) works well, other tools that may help are a saw and file. A wire brush and sandpaper together with some acetone will help to clean up the tang and remove the old glue....use gloves and take precautions with ventilation and safety glasses. Just take your time and you will be fine.



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 Post subject: Re: how to rehandle a knife
PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2015 5:07 pm 
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Some have had luck putting the knife in the freezer overnight; makes the glue more brittle and easier to pop off with the wood trick.


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 Post subject: Re: how to rehandle a knife
PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2015 7:59 pm 

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Ive submerged the handle in boiling water for a couple minutes. The temperature is not high enough to affect the temper of the blade. It loosens up most glue and epoxy so you can them pry it off easyier.
Be extremely careful of the sharp blade and point when working on it. I use painters tape to protect the blade, then sandwich it between cardboard and tape that on. Use an extra piece folded over the tip to protect that.



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