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2 Vs 3 Pins

Discussion in 'Design' started by Nieman Knives, Oct 9, 2020.

  1. Nieman Knives

    Nieman Knives New Member

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    As a noob to knife making (only around 15 finished knives under my belt) I switched from 3 pins to only using 2 on the last batch of SS knives that I sent for HT for simplicity sake.

    Is there any major reason why this would be an issue? None of these knives I will be making are intended for any heavy use such as chopping but perhaps there is more to using 3 pins than being able to “handle” the abuse (see what I did there lol). Does handle warping/shrinking/swelling play a role as well? Is it mainly for looks and craftsmanship?

  2. Scott Kozub

    Scott Kozub Active Member

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    2 pins should be fine. The pins are there for shear force. I use corby bolts on everything now which provide a better mechanical connection but good epoxy and pins should be incredibly strong.
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  3. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    It is possible to use no pins and still have a strong handle.
    There was a survey done in the late 70's early 80's by a knife manufacturer that was looking at what consumers thought.
    2 pins was seen as weak
    3 pins was ideal
    4 pins plus assumption was the handle material was weak and needed more support
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