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Need pin stock 446

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Need pin stock
« on: May 03, 2021, 06:29:41 PM »
Good morning, fellow SAK'ers. I am doing some modding on 91mm SAK's.  The pin stock I've gotten is of poor quality compared to what I used on my first mod, despite being from the same supplier (which I admit was no-brand).  It bends instantly when peening.  Both diameters (smaller and larger) perform the same, yet I had no problems with either size before, so I don't *think* it is my technique.  They also bend in hand much easier than the last piece from before.  It could be quality, brass content, or level of hardening, I suppose.


Anyway, I am in need of pin stock, preferably from a US source so it doesn't take too long, and of a known good, consistent quality.


Can anyone help me out?


Thanks,
David



My Mods: 58mm Workshop, 91mm Picnicker, CyberCompact

Some Fav's: 74mm's in general, Salesman, Pocket Tool Chest, MiniChamp, CyberTool 34/M, Compact
Likely to pick up soon:  Cheese Master, something with a pruner blade
Always keeping an eye out:  stainless with guilloche, interesting inlay logos
If I had a few extra hundred $:  91mm with long file, Wine Master
Full Member Posts: 113
Re: Need pin stock
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2021, 04:09:46 PM »
I’m in the same boat- looking for some good quality brass rod stock for mods. Finding the 2.5 mm seems much easier than finding the 2.2 mm. A good US based source for both sizes would be awesome however I’ve yet to find one That carries both sizes. But I have not searched high and wide as of yet.

I found this 2.5 mm brass rod stock on Amazon made by K&S Precision Metals it’s 2.5mm Diameter X 300mm Long, 4 Pieces per Pack, Made in The USA (i’m not sure if it’s OK to post links to things on Amazon let me know if it’s OK and I will) here is a pic of it.

I’m wondering if anyone has experience with this brand or could possibly recommend a better source for some good brass stock as well so I’ll just be here eating some popcorn don’t mind me...
 :popcorn:
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Re: Need pin stock
« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2021, 06:58:40 AM »
.I have been using K and S brass rod it’s pretty hard that makes it hard to peen. Next knife I mod I am going heat the rod with a torch and let it cool to soften the rod.

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Mike
Full Member Posts: 177
Re: Need pin stock
« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2021, 05:22:45 PM »
.I have been using K and S brass rod it’s pretty hard that makes it hard to peen. Next knife I mod I am going heat the rod with a torch and let it cool to soften the rod.


I would be careful about softening too much, as you may face my issue.  I'm not sure if mine are soft or just not the right/best quality/composition.


Let us know how it goes.

My Mods: 58mm Workshop, 91mm Picnicker, CyberCompact

Some Fav's: 74mm's in general, Salesman, Pocket Tool Chest, MiniChamp, CyberTool 34/M, Compact
Likely to pick up soon:  Cheese Master, something with a pruner blade
Always keeping an eye out:  stainless with guilloche, interesting inlay logos
If I had a few extra hundred $:  91mm with long file, Wine Master
Full Member Posts: 113
Re: Need pin stock
« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2021, 03:11:19 PM »
.I have been using K and S brass rod it’s pretty hard that makes it hard to peen. Next knife I mod I am going heat the rod with a torch and let it cool to soften the rod.
Thanks for that Mike very helpful information
 :cheers:
Full Member Posts: 206
Re: Need pin stock
« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2021, 05:50:19 PM »
One option, if you have the tools, is to take an oversize rod stock and turn it down to fit. This can be done quite nicely using a metal lathe. In a pinch a simple way is to mount a short piece of pin stock in a drill and run it turning the opposite way against a running belt grinder, you  can carefully sand it down to fit. Note this takes some practice to have consistent results, but will work.

Cheers!

 

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