Your question is directed to a tiny subsection of the modding community craggus I hope there's an answer on its way for you but very few people have attempted this particular mod .I can't wait to see what you do
Traditionally, the holes for the pivots were drilled with tapered bits, so when peening, there was no risk of pull through. I think countersinking them might work, but I'd be tempted to try counterboring with the next drill size, for a little less extreme step.
I used plumbers solder
It's awesome that you were able to score such a beautiful example of Scott's work Def! Here is some documentation that you might want:This is the detailed documentation that accompanied my Soldier mod: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ek1jwjycl7orc44/Old_School_Victorinox_Soldier.pdf?dl=0This is a snapshot of his website from the Wayback Machine: https://web.archive.org/web/20100513043649/http://knifecooperative.com/Pics of my '05 Knifecoop Oldschool Soldier:(Image removed from quote.)(Image removed from quote.)
Ive been working on some bolstered 58mm scales. Just used regular plumbing solder to solder the bolsters to the brass liners but one fell off as I was filing so I superglued it back temporarily and it seemed to hold up just as well as the solder did to the shaping =O!!Knowing that Im going to pin through the bolsters anyway I was planning on leaving that one bolster glued and relying mostly on the pins. Also planning on opening the very top of the 1.6mm holes up to 2mm and sanding the pins flush afterwards so I will let you know how that goes.Right now though I cant decide if I want to put a bolster groove in or not so its just going to sit on my desk for a while unless some of you can help me decide. Yea or nay to the bolster groove?(Image removed from quote.)
I don't know about a bolster groove, but those are some fine craftsmanship!