Replacing pins yourself…….. A “How to” guide.

Sooner or later it happens to all of us. You’re flyin’ through your favorite Balisong moves (ever notice it’s always when you’re at your best…… I hate that!) and all of a sudden one of the handles falls at your feet. What an empty feeling. Well, fear not. Most of the under $100 models (my favorites) are very easy to fix.

What you’ll need:
~Ball peen hammer (It has a round head on one end)
~ Hack saw
~Hard metal surface (anvil section on a bench vise for example)
~Finishing nails (Don’t laugh, I’ve been using them for years and they work. More on the size later.)
~Grinder or metal file
~2 old type razor blades (optional, but recommended for your first few attempts)
~ Nerve (… start bashing on your favorite toy, under the premise of “fixing” it.)

Right….. here we go!

1) Clear any sections of the broken pin out of the affected handle. Line the handle holes up with the holes in the blade, and look through. Make sure there are no obstructions, or metal particles. Blow it out if you have to. I also use thick yarn, with a “dental floss” type motion through the holes. Anything stuck in there could bind on you later.

2) Here is where the finishing nails come in. If you have a shop in your cellar, or happen to have a bucket of nails lying around, finishing nails are the ones with the small heads (the part ya’ hit). Try inserting a few through the holes. You want the fit to be as snug as possible. The nail should take up all the space of the holes. OK, found it? Push the nail all the way through, until the head is against the handle. Notice, in most cases the “stock” pins on your knives are “mushroomed” over (so they don’t fall out obviously). Thats why I use the finishing nails…… one side is already mushroomed!

3) Now take the hack saw and cut the excess part of the nail about 1/2 an inch from the handle. Relax……you’re doing fine.

4) OK, now for the razor blades. You might want to dull the edges a little before you start. Slide the razors between the blade and the handle, on both sides. This will act as a spacer in case you go a little overboard with the hammer in the next step.

5) Here comes the finesse part. Lay your balisong down on the hard metal surface (or anvil) with the head of the nail facing down. It will not lie evenly because of the head of the nail, so make sure before you start banging, that you hold the knife so the nail is straight up and down. You don’t want it on an angle, because instead of mushrooming, it’ll just bend ……..not good!

6) Bashing time! Now, hit the pin in the center a few times, with the ball end of the hammer. Take a close look at the pin, from a side view. Repeat this process, making sure the pin is mushrooming as you hit. Start pulling and pushing the hammer as you hit, this will help broaden the mushroom point. Always look closely after 2 or 3 hits to make sure you’re getting the desired effect (something that looks like a pin). When the pin snugs up to the handle, take the razors out. A few more light taps, and you’re done….. well almost.

7) This is it! With your grinder, or metal file, Shave the head of the nail down to an acceptable level. Then do the same with the end you were tapping on.

With any luck, you’re back in business

Thanx to Juliusv for the Question!

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