First off, thanks Gareth for your very useful post
on an intro to SAK modding.Enter the Tinker
The Tinker is a great little SAK. It's crazy that Victorinox don't seem to think the Phillips driver is important. It's excluded from almost every model. It's the most commonly used tool on my Leatherman. The one thing the Tinker is missing is the scissors. So why not add some?
After using a centre punch to mark the middle of these pins I drilled them out with a drill press using a 2.5mm drill bit.
Then once I punched the pins partially through using a nail (I don't have a punch that small) I pulled them through with the Leatherman.
Then once the pins were out (and I taped the knife together) I needed to file the last little pin away.
Then I carefully laid out the bits in order.
Making the pins was by far the hardest bit. Not bending them, while peening them properly was awkward,
And making the 2.25mm pins involved using my new hight tech lathe…
Then starting to put things together
Not trying to make everything fit off the bat is important. You can get everything lined up with the springs later.
I'm nearly there
I was crapping myself at this point. I was scared I was going to make the pin too long or short. You don't get a lot of chances at this point.
You can see I've made an error here. I put a little spacer in the wrong way which meant the knife kept getting stuck. So I had to file it. No was I was taking this apart again!
Tadaa… super tinker… sort of.
I know it's nothing flash or really that great… but I'm pretty chuffed with how it turned out
I've just put my tweezers and toothpick down somewhere and lost them. They'll turn up.