How To Make New Handles For A Picklock

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Re: How To Make New Handles For A Picklock

Postby Rubens Blades » Fri Nov 21, 2014 2:23 am

Next I lay the whole thing flat on a small anvil and peen the top of scale pin. I do this by tapping around the head until it mushrooms.

Then I flip the whole thing over to pin at the inside of the liner. I do this by tapping around the edge as well as the center of the pin.

I use a 6 ounce ball peen hammer. I almost never use the flat end,because using this method ,I feel I have more control overall. I can apply pressure to whatever "side" of the pin I want.

Once it feels tight,try to pull if off the liner with your fingers. If it stays tight,you are good to go on all of your other handle pins.

Once I complete all of the handle pins,I buff the inside of the liners.
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Re: How To Make New Handles For A Picklock

Postby Rubens Blades » Fri Nov 21, 2014 2:24 am

Now it is time to assemble the knife. The pinning process is the same as the handle pins,except you have two ends to peen.

Keep tapping around the edges of the pins,and flipping the knife over until all the the heads are nice and mushroomed and you feel it is tight,but not over tight.

You don't want to pin things so tight that the bolsters start denting in,or the handle material cracks. Pinning knives is almost an art in and of itself,even more so at the pivot pin. So the only other thing I can recommend is lots and lots of practice.
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Re: How To Make New Handles For A Picklock

Postby Rubens Blades » Fri Nov 21, 2014 2:28 am

After all the pins are complete,check your action on your blade and make sure it fires good,but is also tight with no side to side wiggle. If it is loose tighten it. If it is too tight,loosen it until you like the way it feels and fires.

Then give the whole thing a polish,which will smooth out the heads of the pins,and it should look something like this when finished
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Re: How To Make New Handles For A Picklock

Postby Madmarco » Sat Apr 18, 2020 3:23 am

Great tutorial Chad, thank you! 8-)
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