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Wenger Minigrip Mod 1966

Admin Team Zombie Apprentice Posts: 19,613 mmmmm SAKrelicious
Wenger Minigrip Mod
« on: May 06, 2012, 01:39:09 PM »
I have a used Wenger Minigrip. The pliers didn't quite shut when locked and in trying to remedy this I snapped the pin embedded in the pliers handle which the lock catches on to. I have the pliers closed with a cable tie at present, but it's taken the glamour out of the tool for me now.

As I see it my options are to try to fix the pliers, to leave it as it is, or to take it apart and remake it without the plier function. I'm quite enamoured with the idea of the Blade, wood saw, metal file, cap lifter and can opener combo.

I've never modded a knife before and don't have any specialist tools, but I consider myself to be a practical person (despite knackering the minigrip!)

Would this be a straight forward repair or mod?

I've looked at the mod stickies but they only seem to refer to Vics - Has anyone got a link to modding Wengers?

Cheers, Magentus

'Use the force Harry' - Gandalf

'Derail a thread and we'll come at you like a block of cheese'. Captain Mags and Sergeant Fuzzbucket of the Anti Derai.... mmmmmmm cheese
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Re: Wenger Minigrip Mod
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2012, 03:53:56 AM »
Well, I've never had a Wenger or a Vic apart myself, but hopefully someone will be along shortly who can help. :)

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Re: Wenger Minigrip Mod
« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2012, 04:06:31 AM »
Have you inquired about getting it repaired under warranty?
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Re: Wenger Minigrip Mod
« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2012, 04:32:32 AM »
I have modded a few Wengers but I never had a minigrip so i don't know how it looks "naked" and on which pin the handle rides/pivots. (that's the one that broke, right-I just skimed through your other thread) could you post some pics of it without the scales and the problem area?
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Re: Wenger Minigrip Mod
« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2012, 05:51:36 AM »
Howdy all,
I've modded a few Wenger's but I generally prefer not to. Here are a couple of pics showing a Wenger and a Vic with scales off. The Victorinox is much easier to put back together if you where carefull to save the bushings when you took it apart. The Wenger's are a litttle tougher to get the tightness just right (imo). If you are going to use factory scales once it is modded be sure to stay clear of the raised clips on the liner. A tip for anyone who is making custom scales for Wenger's, Since you will need to epoxy them on any way either cut off the tabs from the liner or while the knife is disassembled (if you are changing tools while modding) flatten them into the liner on a flat before reassembly. Also be carefull the epoxy will go right through the holes in the liner and onto the blades and the liner. Then it becomes a wenger fishing weight.
Admin Team Zombie Apprentice Posts: 19,613 mmmmm SAKrelicious
Re: Wenger Minigrip Mod
« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2012, 10:44:24 AM »
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Then it becomes a wenger fishing weight.
   :rofl:

Thanks for the advice people. Seeing as I made such a snafu with this originally and the Wenger contact I have here in the UK seems very approachable I may try the warranty idea first. Left to my own devices I will end up with the fishing weight!

'Use the force Harry' - Gandalf

'Derail a thread and we'll come at you like a block of cheese'. Captain Mags and Sergeant Fuzzbucket of the Anti Derai.... mmmmmmm cheese
No Life Club Posts: 2,143
Re: Wenger Minigrip Mod
« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2012, 12:50:22 PM »
Is the pin that sheared, just a plain round pin pressed into the jaw? Maybe it could be drilled out and another pin pressed or hammered in?
Admin Team Zombie Apprentice Posts: 19,613 mmmmm SAKrelicious
Re: Wenger Minigrip Mod
« Reply #7 on: May 08, 2012, 01:22:12 PM »
The problem is the amount of clearance needed to get a drill in properly. I've looked and there doesn't seem to be enough room.

I think I'm going to take the cowards way out and go begging to Wenger with my tail between my legs.

That'll teach me to meddle with things.

'Use the force Harry' - Gandalf

'Derail a thread and we'll come at you like a block of cheese'. Captain Mags and Sergeant Fuzzbucket of the Anti Derai.... mmmmmmm cheese
Admin Team Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 8,959 Wearer of the Cloak of Band-aye-eed.
Re: Wenger Minigrip Mod
« Reply #8 on: May 08, 2012, 01:35:03 PM »
It's always better to use the warranty while you can rather than fubar it beyond all *free* repair.   :tu:

Sean

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