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Should I try to fix this inlay?

ca Offline Marty754

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Should I try to fix this inlay?
on: July 03, 2021, 05:59:07 PM
Should try to fix this inlay? I was thinking of using food grade silver leaf and clear epoxy.

I'm not opposes to replacing the scales but I'd like to avoid it for sentimental reasons.
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Re: Should I try to fix this inlay?
Reply #1 on: July 03, 2021, 09:51:31 PM
I'd look at replacing with the real thing. If you can get a spare scale, it's easy to pop off the inlay with a drop of acetone and a little pressure from behind with a toothpick (there's a small hole). The acetone will destroy the scale but wont damage the inlay.

No guarantee it will be a perfect match size wise, but if it fits, will look more authentic than trying to fill it.
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ca Offline Marty754

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Re: Should I try to fix this inlay?
Reply #2 on: July 03, 2021, 10:04:57 PM
Excellent idea, much easier and more authentic than what I had in mind. Thanks 👍


nl Offline EMZ

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Re: Should I try to fix this inlay?
Reply #3 on: July 04, 2021, 07:06:06 PM
Or you can install new scales and keep the old ones in a bag with a note, stating which knife they came from, and why you kept them.
Then in de future you can pass the knife + its story on the next generations!


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Re: Should I try to fix this inlay?
Reply #4 on: July 05, 2021, 12:19:03 AM
Where are you? I have several spare inlays so I could send you one if you still need it? PM me


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Re: Should I try to fix this inlay?
Reply #5 on: July 05, 2021, 04:09:33 AM
Should try to fix this inlay? I was thinking of using food grade silver leaf and clear epoxy.

I'm not opposes to replacing the scales but I'd like to avoid it for sentimental reasons.

I’d fix it. I’ve done worse.

What year is it from? c.’80s? Could you post pics with the tools open both sides?  Might be able to find you a correct donor if I can put a specific date on it.

It looks like it was a stainless shield and not nickel silver?
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ca Offline Marty754

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Re: Should I try to fix this inlay?
Reply #6 on: July 05, 2021, 05:27:20 AM
I’d fix it. I’ve done worse.

What year is it from? c.’80s? Could you post pics with the tools open both sides?  Might be able to find you a correct donor if I can put a specific date on it.

It looks like it was a stainless shield and not nickel silver?

It has the clip point blade and the tang stamp is vssr/blank, so probably 70's
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us Offline kamakiri

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Re: Should I try to fix this inlay?
Reply #7 on: July 05, 2021, 05:47:02 AM
It has the clip point blade and the tang stamp is vssr/blank, so probably 70's

Yeah, that certainly is ‘70s. The clip points were used in some cases later than ‘73.

Can you also post a picture like that tools open from the back/reverse side? One from the top of the tools closed might help too.

Most likely it is ‘73, but the top view will help confirm. As well as finding a tweezer with the ‘correct’ fit.

 

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ca Offline Marty754

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Re: Should I try to fix this inlay?
Reply #8 on: July 05, 2021, 05:57:48 AM
Yeah, that certainly is ‘70s. The clip points were used in some cases later than ‘73.

Can you also post a picture like that tools open from the back/reverse side? One from the top of the tools closed might help too.

Most likely it is ‘73, but the top view will help confirm. As well as finding a tweezer with the ‘correct’ fit.

Photo shoot!

I'm confident that it's from the 70's so I went ahead and ordered aluminum tweezers already. I hope I'm not wrong lol  :think:
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Re: Should I try to fix this inlay?
Reply #9 on: July 05, 2021, 07:35:42 AM
Photo shoot!

I'm confident that it's from the 70's so I went ahead and ordered aluminum tweezers already. I hope I'm not wrong lol  :think:

Much nicer pics!  :tu:

There are a couple of main types of aluminum tipped tweezer in the ‘70s. When you put them in, if the tip protrudes a lot from the face of the scale, then you got the later version when you need the earlier version which would fit close to flush. That’s probably the easiest check to perform.

Your knife is later half ‘73 production.

I believe the correct shield is stainless, but the ‘rare’-ish early version which is also magnetic. I think most ones you’d find as donor parts should fit, but might look a bit thin for the available space.

I’ll try to get some composite pics posted later that might help show what I mean about the shields.
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ca Offline Marty754

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Re: Should I try to fix this inlay?
Reply #10 on: July 05, 2021, 02:41:35 PM
Much nicer pics!  :tu:

There are a couple of main types of aluminum tipped tweezer in the ‘70s. When you put them in, if the tip protrudes a lot from the face of the scale, then you got the later version when you need the earlier version which would fit close to flush. That’s probably the easiest check to perform.


Is it a long vs short situation for the tweezers? Or of s it more to do with thickness?


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Re: Should I try to fix this inlay?
Reply #11 on: July 05, 2021, 05:53:47 PM


Is it a long vs short situation for the tweezers? Or of s it more to do with thickness?

It’s all the dimensions of the tip. In a nutshell, a new die/mould was used so they’re totally different in my view.
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