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How hard would it be to put a new grip/handle on a knife?
In this case an older Cold Steel Trailmaster. How tough to lose the Kraton and switch to Micarta?
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Ok so it can be done
Now... How
I see rivets but did he drill through the tang or...?
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Ok so it can be done
Now... How
I see rivets but did he drill through the tang or...?
I think you would have to drill through the tang unless you want to try to glue it. I'd use removable hardware, so you can clean under the grips or change them in the future.....

These cats seem to have most everything you may need.
https://www.knifekits.com/vcom/index.php
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You could probably get away with using modern epoxy, which is probably all that's holding those kraton grips on.

Most guys would drill a few holes for pins or Corby or Loveless type screw fasteners to help the epoxy. The tang should be a good deal softer than the blade so good quality, sharp bits will do the job. Here are the Corby type:

http://www.texasknife.com/vcom/produ...roducts_id=955

The screw fasteners are easier to get right if you are doing it for the first time. You just need to measure carefully, and inlet the scales to the proper depth. Maybe grind the screw a little shorter.

You trace the shape of the tang on each of the scales, and then inlet each of the handle scales to one-millionth of an inch more than half the thickness of the tang so the scales fit over the tang like a clam shell. Then use the tang holes as a template to drill for whichever fasteners you're using through one scale, then the other. Rough shape the scales, degrease everything, mix up your epoxy, and put it all together!

The hardest part is inletting the handle scales, and it is not really that hard. I do that before I do any shaping of the scales, simply because it is easier to do the inletting on a larger, squarish work piece that you can clamp in place or secure in a vise. I use a Dremel rotary tool in a gizmo like this:

http://www.stewmac.com/Luthier_Tools...uter_Base.html

Here is a simpler and cheaper version:

https://www.amazon.com/Carving-Rotar...el+accessories

You could also use a drill press with the right bit.

Thanks to the miracle of modern epoxy, the inletting doesn't need to be terribly precise. The epoxy fills any gaps. The screw fasteners hold everything in place, and when everything is cured you finish shaping the grip to fit your hand.

After you install everything and get the epoxy and fasteners in place, you grind the slotted screw heads down flush when you finish shaping the grip, and they look like giant pins. It all makes for a very secure and sturdy tool.

If you use epoxy and screw fasteners or pins, you won't ever have to clean under the grips. Nothing's getting under there! They are not coming off without some violent attention, though!
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