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Repairing a knife handle

My ancient Victorinox knife has finally decided to discard its handle. Any idea how I can re-rivet it.

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  1. That's a tough one! To do it right, you'd probably be unable to repair it yourself... not saying that I could either. Try asking around the restaurants for a local knife sharpener that might have some experience in repairs. Other than that, depending on how ancient it actually is, it might be time to look for a new knife.

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    1. re: HaagenDazs

      The blade is perfect - but I guess you're right.

    2. A Google search will turn up any number of custom knife makers who I'm sure could do the work. Whether they'd be willing to take time away from their primary business, and if so whether the price would make sense is another question however.

      1. for the price of repairing it, you can probably get a new one. the fibrox handles are nice too. forschners are among my favorite knives

        1. I'd contact Victorinox about getting it repaired. Even if it's not covered under their warranty, I'll bet they can replace it for you.

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          1. re: Jennifer_B

            lee valley tools, ask an associate for help

            1. re: Jennifer_B

              Forget Victorinox....I had a watchband link from a Swiss Army watch break and they wouldn't give me a replacement.

            2. Look on the internet sites for suppliers for knifemaking. Or, contact a local knifemaker. There are screw-together alternatives for rivets like: http://jantzsupply.com/cartease/item-...
              If you are up to drilling the handle pieces you could do it yourself. You will need to order the drill listed below the hardware.
              They also sell rivets, but you will need a setting tool to flare the rivets.

              1. I just read yesterday on a knife forum about how someone used Gorilla Glue to fix this kind of thing, but there were lots of cautions posted below about how you need to use very little because expanding glue may actually crack a wooden or composite handle as it dries. If you are bent on fixing it, these knife nuts were mostly concerned about glue expansion, not having the handle fall off again. Also, I assume that you wash the knife by hand and not in the DW, so it goes without saying that you shouldn't put something with Gorilla Glue repairs in the DW either.

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                1. re: RGC1982

                  I doubt either is true. Gorilla glue is single component urethane, activated with moisture. If clamped properly it will only expand as allowed. It is tough, but if I were to go this route, which I don't recommend, I would use a clear epoxy, available everywhere in twin tube dispensers. Cleans up easily with isopropyl alcohol or strong solvent.
                  I don't really recommend either as it is fairly permanent, if done correctly, and if done incorrectly, you are trying to glue to metal and sticking is problematic if not prepped perfectly. They may not stay glued together because of dissimilar coefficients of thermal expansion if it goes in the dishwasher. I like the rivets or screw-together rivets.

                  1. re: Scargod


                    This is Fred's Cutlery Forum, and you don't have to register to read the posts. It is used primarily by professionals who earn a living with their prep knives, and knife collectors. People like me rarely have input, just questions. If the OP looks for the knife handle repair thread that was posted a day or two ago, there will be several suggestions about glue. The person who started the thread was trying to repair a very expensive Japanese knife, and the comments posted after it are from people who have tried.

                    Personally, I would toss the knife and use this as an excuse to buy a new one. A Forschner isn't a $1000 investment, and Gorilla Glue, epoxy or whatever is just a temporary fix.

                    1. re: RGC1982

                      I don't want to beat a dead horse, but I would not toss a good blade because the handle rivets popped. I am pretty-much an expert on adhesives and I have suggested that they reattach it with the screw-together "rivets".
                      Another suggestion for anyone listening: If you have a porous handle you can seal it with super glue. Get the very low viscosity version that sloshes around like water. Apply this to the surfaces and sand smooth. This acts as an acrylic sealant for the porosity.

                      1. re: Scargod

                        No worries here -- I am not going to be in the business of gluing handles back on knives!

                        I don't think this was a case of popped rivets, however. He/She said the handle came off. Any pictures I see of Forschner Victorinox knives do not seem to have rivets and full tangs. they are stamped knives. You are more knowledgeable about glue and adhesives, so maybe you can recommend a best way to repair this.

                        Me? I once re-glued the handle on a favorite spatula. It lasted about two weeks. I tossed it. I probably used Crazy Glue.

                      2. re: RGC1982

                        I have followed your advice and bought a set of shuns. But I am glad to read the additional info. In the end I popped the rivets and 'built' a fairly comfortable but seriously irregular handle out of fibreglass. I wrapped lots of stuff round, then gently squeezed the material to the shape of my hand, allowed it to dry and sanded it. It is completely unusable by my partner. It has been relegated to utility status including breaking bones, attacking frozen meat etc. It has coped with these vicissitudes well.

                        1. re: Paulustrious

                          That's cool... and ingenious. What did you do with the pooped rivets? Talk about vicissitudes.

                          1. re: Paulustrious

                            Wow. This kind of stuff is way out of my league.

                            Agree with Scargog -- it's ingenious.

                            1. re: RGC1982

                              Perhaps he is/was involved in modelmaking, props or the like, as I was. Working with thermoset materials was fun. Make a quick mold or catch the hardening mix in a malleable state and form it before it hardens.
                              Fish molds, anyone?

                              1. re: Scargod

                                By popped, I meant I just sawed them off, drilled them out and removed them. I have mainly used fibreglass for car panel and boat repair. The only models I would like to make are inappropriate here.

                    2. 4YI, I just sent a chef's knife to Kitchen Conservatory for handle replacement. They did great work. Cost was $35 plus shipping.