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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Daniel Whittingstall, Nov 17, 2016.

  1. Daniel Whittingstall

    Daniel Whittingstall New Member

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    My name is Daniel, Ive just started to play around with some old files to make into bush craft knives. I live in the Fraser Valley area of BC. Anybody know where I can get hardware for handles? I want to make a handle similar to the Rat series from Ontario Knives Co. Ive been looking around at hardware stores and online and I can't find anyone local that supplies anything to make knives out here. Anyone have any ideas?
     
  2. SDMay

    SDMay Active Member

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    Welcome to the Forum!! Lots of good people on here. the handle material appears to be micarta or G-10. My beginner eyes have a hard time telling the difference still. You can order most of what you need from Knifemaker.ca.
     
  3. Daniel Whittingstall

    Daniel Whittingstall New Member

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    Thank you for welcoming me here. The handles for the rat series is micarta and the bolts are hex pan head that fit into a steel female connector on both ends. What Im trying to find out is if anyone might know if there are some retail stores in BC that might stock some of this stuff so I could go in and take a look at what they have and not just buy everything online. Im a bit of a visual kinda guy. Im gonna make the handle out of teak wood to start out with since I have a whole bunch left over from a couple wrecked patio chairs. The blade I've made out of an old file with I plan to heat treat and temper. Ive got most of the tools I need and material except the hardware and kydex. Gonna make a kydex sheath. Im guessing I will need to order the kydex online and the resin for the micarta when I get around to doing that, but it would be nice if anyone might know if and where there might be some supply stores locally.

    Thanks
     
  4. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    Hi Daniel and welcome to the forum.

    I believe that RATs use canvas Micarta for scales. I don't think Rob at Canadian Knifemaker has any showing online, but it wouldn't hurt to ask. CKSL has some scale attaching hardware. https://www.knifemaker.ca/Hardware/Fasteners/JP-Bolts

    You can always make your own Mycarta. I'd recommend using a good epoxy like West Systems, saturate the material and press.
    One caveat. Buffing with compound will be a mess as the compound can get embedded in the material and never want to come out.

    Enjoy and let us know how it goes.

    Dan
     
  5. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    Chicago Screws distributes out of Quebec and they have a wide selection of fasteners.
    https://www.chicagoscrews.com/Home-Page

    Kydex I ordered in bulk (sample pack) from http://www.holstersmith.com/vcom/index.php
    they also sell starter kits with everything included.

    Have not dealt with these guys but they are industrial suppliers
    http://www.professionalplastics.com...6VpH9ZgOlKHvhbA5QvAwFtVF3Dz93XWNa3xoC6IXw_wcB

    for G10 and phenolic paper sheets there is a company in Alberta that sells full sheets.
    http://www.johnstonplastics.com/industrial-laminates/

    or an American supplier
    http://www.eplastics.com/Paper_Phenolic_Sheet

    If you find a gunsmith they may have the fasteners for holster use if they make them.


    Oh and welcome to the addiction
     
  6. Prevenge

    Prevenge Member

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    Welcome! I dont know that we have any retail knife supply type places on our side of the Rockies . If you aren't going to pin and epoxy the handle scales then I assume you are looking for Corby or Loveless bolts....both of which I'm pretty sure are fairly specific to knifemaking. I dont know if there is an industrial equivalent that could be purchased at a local supply place or not.
     
  7. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    If you search Binding Post you get more hits than if searching Chicago screws, some of the fasteners have industry specific names but multiple uses. In this case binding of large publications was the first use of Chicago Screws.

    https://www.fastenal.com/products/binding-post-screw-products?term=screw&r= ~|categoryl1:"600000 Fasteners"|~ ~|categoryl2:"600051 Screws"|~ ~|categoryl3:"608632 Binding Post Screw Products"|~
     
  8. 4MDesigns

    4MDesigns New Member

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    Welcome. Let us know how that knife turns out!
     

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