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iconnumber posted 09-03-2005 11:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for FWG     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looking at TBC's knife made me wonder if anyone has analyzed the materials used to set blades in handles?

I've seen at least two major classes over the years, one a black pitch and one a brown/amber resin. But I've never looked into it consistently to see if there might be patterns of usage, either spacial or chronological, and can't remember ever seeing anything published on it either. I suspect that chemical analyses could reveal useful information -- not that this would be practical for most cases, but it could be an interesting study.

And I suppose since this is the New Members Forum it's perhaps worthwhile to note that blades can be reset in handles fairly easily, with either type of mounting material noted above, by heating the handle in hot or boiling water to soften the pitch/resin. There are caveats:

  • - wear protective gloves, as silver is an excellent conductor of heat

  • - watch carefully and don't overdo the heating, as it's possible to melt the filler and have it come oozing all out of the joint -- which is much harder to repair! (yes, I speak from experience on this, from the second time I tried it, over-confident from the first successful test)
Personally I wouldn't do it on a very valuable piece, but it can be handy if a blade is a bit out of line. And of course this is the reason one should NEVER put such a piece in a dishwasher!

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