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UNscrew this... but how?

Discussion in 'Knives' started by dinola, May 9, 2016.

  1. dinola

    dinola Empty Pockets

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    What ARE the most common screws used to manufacture knifes.. I have a few SRM's and other stuff i'd like to disassemble but i am not sure what driver i need. I'm not even sure if they are hex or torx? what are the common sizes? Nothing in my tiny collection of tiny tools is tiny enough to fit.
     
  2. cole3418

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    I have a Husky HD-74502 torx set. I am able to disassemble every knife I own with this single screwdriver torx set. (they have recently changed the handle design but the bits are all the same). Well worth the money!
     
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  3. Moshe ben David

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    Wiha brand tools for me. I made the mistake ONCE of buying a 'cheap' Torx set from an electronics place. Never again. Bits were mis-shapen and fell out of the tool. Once again, lesson learned. We get what we pay for...

    Moshe ben David
     
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  4. callforfire
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    I'll second wiha tools. Well worth it if for no other reason than to avoid stripping out a screw with a poorly fitted bit. Then you'd really be screwed.
     
  5. Adahn

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    Usually SRM and other China made knives use Torx T8 for the pivot screw and T6 for the rest
    Very rarely I had anything else, like a T5 on the thumb stud of a Camillus knife.

    The best way for me to release a screw that's held by Loctite is to stand the knife in a glass and pour boiling water in it (this way one end is cold enough to hold it with one hand fixed on a surface).
    After 1 minute every thread lock, even the tough stuff that Ganzo uses, is soft enough to remove the screw.

    On older knives Hex screws were used but they are uncommon now as Torx is the better solution.
    Torx is also an international standard whereas Hex is available in Imperial and metric sizes (Tx often fits in Imperial Hex heads but not so well in metric ones).
     
  6. Dombe

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    Most of manufacturers use torx screws and most common sizes are T6 and T8.
     
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  8. EveryDayBeer
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    Picked up two of these Kobalts on sale for about three bucks each? Not bad long as you're easy on them. If you don't know sizes they're good as feeler gauge kinda things.

    For the stubborn stuff I have Wiha and Wera proper screwdrivers. Learned my lesson with the cheapies as well. :p
     
  9. Mumbojumboo
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    Bought a great set from Canadian tire. Cost me 7 bucks on sale.

    Sent from my Nexus 6P using Tapatalk
     
  11. dinola

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    Thanks guys, just what i needed to know.
     
  12. brokenoldman

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    Got the torx Dewalt tamper resistant set from home Depot. $10.

    Sent from my Nexus 6P using Tapatalk
     
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    Next time you are a public restroom check out all the funky screw heads. Now you can take the stall apart. ?why you want to do that.....I have no clue, but you can. :)
     
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    Willy Hahn (Wiha) make excellent quality tools; unlike the stuff you'll likely find at places like Frys or Radio Shack. Expect pay a premium unless you're just looking for something to use a few times and discard them.
     
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    iFixit bit kit, originally for electronics it has all the small crap ;)
     
  16. 017

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    First choice: Wiha SoftFinish screwdriver handle drivers.
    Second choice: Wiha or Bondhus L wrenches.
     
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  17. dinola

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    ohh. i had forgotten about electronics places.. yeah. thanks
     
  18. Moshe ben David

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    I urge caution when looking for small screwdrivers at electronics stores. The Torx set I bought at an electronics store is the one I ended up trashing. Bits were not made precisely; did not stay in the driver handle very well. Actually, I should just say they did not stay in the handle. Period.

    Problem as I see it is that the screws on many if not most electronics equipment are not torqued down as tight as on knives. So not as much force is felt by the drivers when working on electronics.

    YMMV of course.

    Moshe ben David
     
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  19. klepto

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    I bought the Wiha 75965 65 bit micro socket set, excellent workmanship and very compact. If I show my dad this set then he'll 'appropriate' it for his use and I'll have to buy a second set. That happened to my edc flashlight and other things.
     
  20. Moshe ben David

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    klepto: hmm. Couldn't be anything to do with your forum 'handle' could it?

    Ah well. Just tell him its an early (or late) Father's Day gift...

    Moshe ben David