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How-to Filework a
Liner Locking Folding Knife

 

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This page is created for those that have been wanting to know
how to go about doing filework on a liner locking folding knife.
This is a short archive of most of the
steps involved with the process.


Please keep in mind that this is only one way out of very many ways
to accomplish the same thing.


What works for me may not work for you.
This is intended as a guide to get started and assist in basic knowledge. Have thoughts or ideas??? Let me know.

Rocket Fine        Handmade Knives Tutorial on How-to filework a liner lock finished

Above shows the finished filework done for this tutorial.
This is the mini tactical model.
Scroll down to see the steps taken
to make the filework on this piece possible.


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The first photograph shows the knife as nearly completed.
Only filework and etching a logo on the blade remain.
To learn how this knife has made it to this point,
go to "How to make a liner locking folder".

Is there a certain tutorial that would be of interest? Please let us know .

Rocket Knives Filework Tutorial shows all parts This shows all of the parts of this piece.
The part circled in red is the part
that will be fileworked.
This part is called the
buttspacer or backpiece.

Here are the supplies needed to accomplish the task.
A machinists' scale (any measuring tool will work), a 3-corner or handsaw file,
a 1/8" round chain saw file,
some scrap wood pieces to hold the backspacer in place and
the vise to hold it with.

Rocket Knives Filework Tutorial shows tools needed
Rocket Knives Filework Tutorial shows how to start the process

The buttspacer is locked-up in a vise
between two pieces of wood to
prevent scarring the piece.
Marks are made 3/16" of an inch apart.
This will be where the
initial cuts are made.

The initial "V" cuts are made with the
3-corner file and the backspacer is
turned around on the other end of the
vise. Marks are made 3/16" apart here
as well.
Rocket Knives Filework Tutorial shows initial cuts
Rocket Knives Filework Tutorial shows middle cuts

The "V" notches are cut in this end.
Between each of those notches,
the chain saw file is used to make the "half moon" cut.
The piece is turned around and the
pattern is repeated on the
opposite side of the backspacer.

This is what the backspacer looks like
when the filework is completed.
This is a very basic pattern and really quite
common. Very easy to do.
Rocket Knives Filework Tutorial shows finished side view
Rocket Handmade Knives Filework Tutorial shows finished rear view The same piece turned up on its' side to
get an idea of what will be seen from the
back of the finished piece.
Marks are still on the backspacer.
Slight sanding will remove these marks.
The backspacer is made from
stainless damascus steel and is
etched after the piece is filed.
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