Make sure you use oil for ferrous alloys. The reamers that are of 0.001 inches large can also be used. You can use an existing knife and trace it onto the cardboard, or you can design your own. 1. Take the titanium liner, and push the two pins. So you have a folding knife. 5. The fit will be very tight at this point. The line must be 3-inches long using the marker. There is custom made stand-off you can find in the online. For my second knife, the lock up was perfect, but the detent was too weak. The main parts of the lock are the stop pin, pivot, and the liner lock itself. The pattern is not symmetrical, as the back of the sheath has an extension that ultimately will be folded down and stitched in place to make a loop through which your belt will be threaded. Hint: This is around the thickness of a dime. Other sites include Texasknife.com, knifekits.com, alphaknifesupply.com and more. You slip the knife into the pouch from the top, and the friction of the leather keeps it within, even when held upside-down and shaken. In other words, by doing so, you can extend the life of the knife. It won't work well for the pivot, although it can be done. Based on the way you would like to tune the folder, you can use the drill bit up to 0.054 to 0.055 inches. -Titanium (Around 0.060" Thick, for the liner lock) As the blade wears in, more of the liner lock will contact. When closed, a detent built into the lock holds the blade closed. You can generally slide your fingernail off the edge and the burr will scratch your nail. I've posted an instructable about making a fixed blade knife. Subsequently, put the blade at the bottom of the liner with the help of pivot and stop pins in the right place. I usually aim for at least half of the titanium contacting the blade. Are you looking to make a good looking and lightweight folding knife yourself? Too little, and the blade will not have as much room to adjust. -Sharpie However, make sure that the design of the blade must be in sync with the liner so that you can fold the blade and it should fit smoothly within the liners or the handle of the folding knife. Sounds simple huh? Basically, file out the edge. Reply In order to use the knife, the blade must be unfolded to a usable position. # The flipper would comprise of internal stop pin. -Ball Peen Hammer This is just a bunch of little things to finish the knife. These liners have already been profiled with the belt sander. The bare needs for design: The blade, handle, pivot, stop pin (or something that holds the blade open and closed), lock, detent ball and detent hole in the blade. There should only be one line, but if there are two, this means that there's a small difference between the size of the bit and the blade thickness. and on precision parts i'd go oil with no question, ruining hours of work in seconds feels really bad. Make your stitching groove. * The tang end should be coated with carbide. Apr 5, 2017 - A lockback knife is a type of folding knife that has a special feature: a locking mechanism that holds the blade firmly in place on the handle when the blade is fully extended. Stamp your makers mark, fold along the short axis too, folding it in half and set in the sun to dry a little. To double check, flip the blade over, and do the same thing. If you are going to try to do it with just a drill, try to keep it as close to perpendicular as possible, and when you're drilling holes where the same pin would pass through, use the holes as a guide for the next hole to be drilled, that way all your holes can be at the same angle. I usually leave around 1/2", just so it is easier to take the pins out. On this folding knife, the flat ends of the scales fit against these raised metal bolsters here. Today I'm going to make this folding knife using recycled materials, which will be useful in my workshop. You can work harden Titanium. The tactical folders can become thick when you use the washers of 0.20 and 0.40 inches on both sides of the blade. I am a knife knut. 7. This process changes the structure of the metal. Then, make the backspacer. Many will hold their edge for years to come but this is obviously a function of how the knife is being used and how much abuse it has been subject to. 4. Drill out one plate of titanium with 1/16-inch holes. Push the coal around the fire to cook and eventually catch light. If you don’t have some of the tools that I’m using, be creative. 5 years ago Check out out short how to video on micarta to see exactly how its made. Now, it is time for you to countersink the two of the pivot screws. Drill in the same way as liner up to 0.060-depth in the blade. Using a ball peen hammer, smush all the pins in. Since it's hard to get a picture of the lock up, I drew one up on inkscape, which should help. However, other places will work as well, and in fact, Emerson knives drills out a separate lock for their detent ball. Carrying a folding knife inside the waistband is typically effective for added retention. 7 years ago It'll be useful to read that first, because in this instructable, I will not go over those steps again, but merely focus upon the nuances involved with creating a folding knife. Another location for positioning a concealed knife is outside the waistband, on the dominant side of the body. The typical causes are: Rust or aging, goop stuck on the knife, friction and tight hinges. so it will definitely work, just not very uniform. You keep drilling, clamping, and adding pins. Afterwards, the detent can ride on the blade the entire time. For a general idea of what goes into knifemaking this book is about average for the "let's write a book for our fans who aspire to make their own" book. The intersection of the wood and metal forms about a 7° angle, so I crosscut the two ends of my scale blank to this angle. Drill the hole in the lock and blade up to 1/16 inches of the detent ball. Or one can use pre-manufactured pivots and stop pins) (I used 1/8")  A knife can be built using only a blade, handle blanks and pins, as well as a few hand tools. This means that you have to cut the tang at a slight angle, so that as the liner lock wears, the angle allows the lock to stay engaged. 5. The lock can be released to close the knife by depressing the spring-loaded lever on the top edge of the handle. also you're more prone to warping and inducing stresses in the material. The position of the knife needs to be such that the strong hand can grasp it with minimal movement. Plenty of materials make good knife handles, from textured plastic to metal to antlers. The detent is a small ball that keeps the blade closed. 7 years ago DIY Knife Making: The Right Materials Michael is using a 1-1/2-by-7-1/2 inch piece of 1095 barstock. We then used a sanding wheel on the same disc grinder to smooth and finish each piece. Share it with us! All of this most likely doesn't apply since the piece we are talking about is titanium and not steel. A burr is a thin strip of abraded metal which accumulates on the side of the blade opposite the one you’ve been grinding on. Backspacer- A chunk of material located near the end of the handle (opposite the blade). My favorite is the Norseman Cobalt bits from USAknifemaker.com. Then drill the next hole, and then put in another pin. 3. Trust me it will put your work into a higher class ;-). I am a knife knut. Draw the plastic handle on the titanium sheet. Many people mistakenly believe I made them automatic. You can use an existing knife and trace it onto the cardboard, or you can design your own. -Expo Marker Today I'm going to make this folding knife using recycled materials, which will be useful in my workshop. Pins- What holds the knife together. The depression hole doesn't need to be drilled too much, just at least as deep as the height of the ball. Whether you want to make your own pocket knife or looking for a personalised gift, Perkin Knives is your one-stop shop for buying premium quality handmade custom knives. -Good Drill Bits (I used 1/8" and #53) Now, you want to drill the depression just a bit in front of the end of the detent's track. This will prevent the blade from closing too far. Dec 15, 2018 - Explore Desert Moon's board "Folding knife how to", followed by 581 people on Pinterest. Terms to know:  It's probably not perfect, and in fact, the arc may be prevented due to extra material on the blade. Now for the blade. http://www.ehow.com/about_4705418_titanium-knives.html. The top area raises the blade when the knife is opened. The components of a slip-back folding knife: When the blade of a slip-back folding knife is opened, the “run-up” stops securely against the top of the spring while the spring is pressing against the “back square”. Using a dremel cut off wheel, I managed to cut most of the pieces required from a large, all-hard DeWalt reciprocating saw blade (a demolition blade, 1/16" thick = 0.062"). oil is a much 'smoother' quenching media, while still dropping the temperature of the material effectively to the required zone. Thankfully, today’s high-tech knives made from high-end stainless steels are typically insanely sharp right out of the box. 3. This means the lock needs to be filed at a slight angle, so the bottom of the lock contacts the blade. So in this video, I attempt to make a conversion: folding knife to automatic. If the knife is halfway opened the “round end” of the blade depresses the spring. The knife was working fine, but after I re-assembled it, it was difficult to repair. Print the design onto pieces of paper, super glue the paper to your metal and titanium, and then cut out the design. Your knife; your pattern! Let's Design a Liner Lock Folding Knife! Micarta is a less hazardous material. Now, with your lock bar released, bend the lock bar out by securing the back of the liner, and pushing the lock down. The parts of the knife that won't show when the blade is opened can be left somewhat finished. holes were difficult for me. The fillers are available in a wide range of styles, but most often the shoulder ones are used. Making folders is mostly about drilling holes. Feel free to skip this step if you know what a liner lock knife is. In order to make hardened steel less brittle you temper it.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tempering But really it depends on the alloy what process is best to use. By now, you might have understood the process of making a folding knife, which takes efforts, but is worth it. Stack several dozen lumps of coal in a circle around the center of the forge's hearth. See more ideas about knife sheath, leather working, leather projects. Re: How To Make A Folding Knife Nice Job!Im'e just finding out how difficult it is to make a pocketknife.I just did my first complete rebuild-rehandle a few weeks ago,and am currently working on a semi scratch build(I have a box of unfinished but heat treated blades from Schrade)and i have a machine shop at my desposal so I know the challange you have doing everything by hand. Picture 1(Open blade): Point A is where the stop pin meets the blade. Patience is the key. And it safeguards other items in my pocket that can be damaged by the knife. See more ideas about knife, folding knives, knife making. Get some wet & dry, 80 to 400 grit should do it for a nice satin finish. These are placed between the stand-off. If one is right handed, when the knife is cutting edge up, the liner lock would be built into the left side, and will spring towards the right. Also, cut out the handle slabs at this point. Start with a center punch, and drill through the knife. # It is required for you to use the band saw to cut the face properly for the lock. Position it where you want it to be, then use the first scale as a guide again and drill through. You make it by sewing together two pieces of vegetable tanned leather. How you do it is up to you. on Step 9. Then, I take a match, and just heat up the face of the lock bar a few times. The reason for the phosphor bronze washer is simple: Since a liner lock has handles on both sides, the lock cannot move out, or away from the center of the blade. The sheet would be 1/8 inches in its size for the top area of the handle and 0.070 inches for the bottom part. Push it out 1 inch, then 2, and so on. Other than that, the blade should be looking good. SketchUp is good for this, in that the parts can be rotated just like they would be in real life to check for clearance and alignment issues, but doesn’t tell the whole story. On these pages you will learn a simple method for designing a liner lock folding knife. On these pages you will learn a simple method for designing a liner lock folding knife. It’s my first try with a Buck knife. Turn the plate to the other side to drill the other titanium plate neatly. A good liner lock knife though, is harder. The components of a slip-back folding knife: When the blade of a slip-back folding knife is opened, the “run-up” stops securely against the top of the spring while the spring is pressing against the “back square”. There is a lot of good information there but not necessarily written by experts. Now, all you want to do is just file the tang down until the lock bar fits. if you quench in water microfractures in the steel can develop into big cracks. Follow your local laws at all times! The polishing must be done to the screw edges. Otherwise, when closing, there will be a series of bumps as the detent is pushed out by the blade, then comes back in, and is pushed out again. However, the price is decently cheap, and not counting the tools, only costs me around $25 per knife. It will help us to be sure about the size and measurements. After you drill the first hole, line up the two scales and, using the first as a guide, drill through the second. little tutorial how i build the folding knife kit from knifekits. If the detent ball were higher than the washer, than there would be no space for the blade to open, and the lock to move away. Making a folding knife from a worn out saw blade and some scrap aluminum sheet. This way, the drill bit will mark a line right down the center of your knife. You can drill a hole, and use a jeweler's saw, or use a cut off disk, or a band saw. It's purpose is just to be a pillar in the butt of the knife, and make sure the handles don't collapse. You want the angle of the tang to be around 8 degrees. This is just a little piece of material the same thickness as your blade+2 washers. To harden it you want to heat the metal way up then quench it in oil. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Jan 14, 2018 - Today I'm going to make this folding knife using olive wood, steel pipe and an old saw blade. Push the blade in on top of the pivot pin. This should clarify the old hardening process. I added some ideas below for examples. I'm sure hardening and tempering processes are much different. Simple. Cut out and shape the scales. 2. Essentially, you need to cut an L shape in the titanium. Each piece of this lock back folding knife was cut from 1095 carbon steel with a disc grinder. Coat the inside of the blade with a white board marker first. A basic folding knife has a pivot, a blade, a blade channel, and two handle pieces on either side of the blade, all held together by fasteners. So you want to drill  the hole so that the slope of the ball is contacting the hole, and exerting pressure to keep the knife closed. It doesn't really matter how the pins get in. Many people mistakenly believe I made them automatic. I'm going to reference the pictures from here because I think it's easier. was lot of fun. In such a scenario, a cleaning of the blade is required. Looking at the knife edge from both the side, and head on will show what kinds of damage has happened.When looked at from the side you can see small breaks in the line that makes up the very edge of the knife, these are either rolls, or chips… both of which you will be removing. This is okay, just know the center is directly between these two lines. There are many different methods that can be used to design a folding knife, some complicated, some simple, and they all work fine. You make it by sewing together two pieces of vegetable tanned leather. I own two Buck 110 autos. How to make a folding knife: A folding knife is a tool that is carried by many in their pockets. This leaves a very smooth outside line and make the frame pieces the same size. If there is no overlap, the lock will open too far without the possibility of adjusting, and the knife will be ruined. This can be done later after glueing and sanding but if ya cut accurately it doesn't really matter. I drew inspiration from the so-called taramundi knifes, fomous in Spain. Place another plate of titanium underneath the drilled-out plate and clamp the two together. A full-tang knife blade includes a metal blade and a bare metal handle. Also, file the lock bar, and try to match the angle of the blade tang. The light green verticle line is your lock. Clamp the saw blade tightly to the table using the vise or c-clamp. The blade must be around 1/4 th shorter than the length of the frame. If Wikipedia is to be believed, "Water is one of the most efficient quenching media where maximum hardness is acquired," Apparently the Japanese tend to use water the most to quench Samurai swords too. I was successful in concept, but not in the materials I chose. Now, assemble the knife, with the washers. Ah, thank you for clarifying. You want to bend it so that if the knife were assembled, the lock is being pushed towards the center. Either way, I hope to start publishing more instructables, all to do with knives, since I'm a knut (Knife+Nut). Discerning what damage has occurred to the edge is a revealing first step. Also, to help prevent lock rock, only the last 0.125" of the lock should contact the blade. Nice instrucable by the way. There are many different methods that can be used to design a folding knife, some complicated, some simple, and they all work fine. What can be simpler! It protects the knife from debris. In order to make a folding knife without any prior experience may be a time taking process but we want to remind you even if it takes time to be finished, let it take. In this case, I’m designing my own shape based on an old knife used by folks from the fur trade. Start by cutting out the long line, parallel with the open blade. Scales- The handle materials. The authors - Lake, Centofante, and Clay are each well respected knifemakers. Too much, and the lock will slip when any force is applied. The process of making a knife, the forging of steel, and the honing down of the blade is an ancient skill most of us would like to possess. The most important part is to have the two holes. Now it is time for you to prepare a lock for the folding knife to avoid it to open and harm anyone accidentally. Oct 3, 2015 - Explore Scott K's board "Knife sheath pattern", followed by 136 people on Pinterest. Thus, I will be using several different models to demonstrate the steps. You can sink the washers into the scale up to a bit. I also make a groove about a 1/4" above and parallel to the slot. Let's Design a Liner Lock Folding Knife! You must give the heat treatment and polish the blade. I was successful in concept, but not in the materials I chose. This idea came because on one of my knives, I tested the lock by smacking the blade with a hammer. However, this one's D2, and I just send it off to have the professionals heat treat it. Now there are two … For me, I make knives as a hobby, and it takes me around 30 hours per knife. Lock- what keeps the blade open (in this case, the titanium spring) You do a lot of hand work, so this may be right up your alley. Because of the relatively small radius of the pivot to stop pin compared to the pivot to tip of the blade, a small change can make a big difference! Remember, it is important to leave space around the stop pin contact points and the lock area! I use Lansky) It's fitted when the lock can engage the blade and keep it open. Check out the other instructable if you need help. Well, let me tell you one thing, we don’t need to be a professional to giving shape to a foldable knife from scratch. For these next steps, please take your time. Or ask me in the comments. You can make the lock by twisting the titanium liner to ensure that it moves flexibility with the tang of the blade. All of the materials can be purchased from USAknifemakers.com. After this, de-burr and assemble it again. I use this drill guide thing, but a drill press would be much better. With the handle in the right hand, push the file towards the base, or tip of the blade. The orange line represents the parts of the blade that will contact the stop pin when the blade is closing. Drilling needs to be precise. Lay the knife out on your piece of cardboard and roughly trace around the blade and as much of the handle as you want to cover with your sheath. Drill holes to align it with the scales, and make sure you file it enough so there is a clearance for the blade when the knife is closed. Thus, the detent ball can only be as tall as the phosphor washer. Tightness or stiffness in a knife comes from several sources and each needs to be handled a slightly different way. water will work for most work though and i have been using it with success for quite some time. Make or obtain a full-tang knife blade. Basically, I compact the lock, and then "heat treat" it. This is just a pillar of support the same   width as the blade and the washers. If the hole is drilled so that the entire ball sits in the hole, there's going to be a little wiggle in the blade because the ball isn't pressing. Make the holes as close together as you can without having them overlap. that being said antique bronze swords all have hammered edges to increase hardness. So wherever the blade touches the handle (the two stop pin contacts- opened and closed, and the lock), leave a bit of extra space- say 1 or 2 mm. I find it a very nice hobby with the reward of a new knife, custom made to suit my hand, that will fulfill my exact purpose, and costs less than $30 for something the market would charge a lot more for. Punch a hole amidst of the lock. I'm going to try to get this instructable out first, since I can't find another instructable of this type, and then fill in with extra pictures. Now there are two … Again, drill and ream up to 1/8 inches of stop pin. You want to cut the lockbar out with around 1mm overlap with the blade. You can also make the lock sturdy through heating until it turns orange. not really, as it would not be uniform. Now, a liner lock knife needs space to adjust. The folder and clamp must be closed. This tutorial will show you how I make a slip joint pocketknife step by step. Turn it over and drill through the second plate. There will be 3 places to file. Maybe it’s a really old and rusty blade that has an extremely hard time opening. You must sand and polish the knife. From the pictures, you can see that the most typical area for the detent ball is at the top left of the lock. Use a French curve to make sure your curves are consistent and more importantly, pretty. It can be made from paper or material. Make sure to leave extra space around your lock and stop pin areas on the blade. The height of the ball bearing must be equal to the washer thickness. You will file at a slant, so that the knife shape is there. However, make sure that the design of the blade must be in sync with the liner so that you can fold the blade and it should fit smoothly within the liners or the handle of the folding knife. If you want shinier you have to go higher, I find 600 is usually enough for a hand finish, if you use precious metals then you have to go to 3000 for that mirror polish. About: Please visit my blog for more EDC and knife related things! Oil and wet and dry, your hands do get dirty, but it's worth it ;-). Yes, I did this for my other instructable, where I was using 1084 steel. SketchUp is good for this, in that the parts can be rotated just like they would be in real life to check for clearance and alignment issues, but doesn’t tell the whole story. Next, open the blade, draw a line using the knife, and the back of the liner’s tang. There are different types of spacers and stand-offs being used on the folder. Point is, making knives takes patience and time. Like I said, a drill press would be your best bet. 2. Just somehow, get the design cut out. -Stainless Pins(round rods of metal) (For a stop pin/pivot. From here you can make a handle from whatever material you wish. Tools: So is compacting the lock with a hammer the best way to work harden? You should make a tut on how you use inkscape for knife designing. Due to the slight size difference, the ball is now press fitted into the liner lock. I own two Buck 110 autos. These plans are very user friendly which helps in making each woodworking project enjoyable and simple. Prepare a prototype of the folding knife on the paper and move the same onto the plastic. There are three ways to do this – manually, assisted or automatic. This tutorial will show you how I make a slip joint pocketknife step by step. Again, I'm not sure if this works, but it's just a superstition thing. I find it rewarding, but each to his own. How to Break-in and Deploy a Folding Knife Our knives may need a grace period to break in, but the break-in time for each individual knife can vary. It's hard to explain, but check out the first picture. -Files (Round and flat) Lay the knife out on your piece of cardboard and roughly trace around the blade and as much of the handle as you want to cover with your sheath. Disclaimer: I'm not responsible for any injuries(likely) or deaths(unlikely) that may occur as a result of your attempt to follow this instructable, nor am I responsible for what you do with the information you have obtained from this instructable, nor what you do with the knife you have made. 1. Being too rushed would ruin the knife at this point. not very hard. After reaching the pin, fold the blade until the handle and later try to tweak the design as required. This step is just to familiarize those who do not know, and also give an overview of what we will be making. Scratch a line into the edge by putting the blade and the drill bit on a flat surface, and drawing the blade towards you, against the drill bit. (8 degrees). In the picture below, these are the two silver ones located near the blade, and the two brass ones towards the end. In cases like this (or for reasons of your own), you might need to disassemble the knife … That way, it will help keep the grain pattern of the wood running parallel to the knife … This step sounds really easy, but I had some of the most trouble with this. Before you start, put the knife together, and open the blade. It's not necessary, since the lock bar will wear in and match the angle eventually, but having it pre-matched can save the lock bar from wearing in and losing life. tactical folding knife and the pattern for this project. At this point, your blade of the knife, the cutting edge, needs to be finished perfectly. We offer a variety of knives ranging from bushcraft knives to choppers. The lock bar must be bent, and you can do this by grinding in 0.020 inches of dent with ¾ inches of the wheel at the lock end. I usually do the 1084 by myself (other instructable), but for the more complicated heat treats, I send it off to Texas Knifemaker to heat treat it. -Drill+Drill guide/Drill Press Drilling a perfectly placed perpendicular (say that three times fast!) 6. You must use the blade to cut in shape. Re: How To Make A Folding Knife Well, I finally got a chance to start on my knife based on Richard's design! I use drawfiling. Carefully examine your knife. Also, when the blade is being closed, you want to make sure it will cover the detent ball the entire time. This way it ensures a perfectly flat grind. Send me a note at: Few people want to take pride in making their knives. Micarta is a composite made with fiberglass resin. At KnifeInformer.com we know that owning a knife with a dull blade is like a having a gun without bullets! 2. The next big thing to do is to remove the pivot pin for drilling up to 3/16 inches. Each of these is explored in the methods below, providing a solution for you to try. The liner lock was invented by Michael Walker, who altered the electrician's knife to create this folding knife, with a ball bearing as its detent. -> The lock must be bent to the folders mid and grind the tang in 7 degrees using disc grinder. The depth of the chips taken out of the blade will indicate how much metal al… I use 1/8" pivots and stop pins, thus I drill with a 1/8" bit. The knife held, but to my surprise, the lock bar had compacted, and thus wore so quickly the blade developed lock rock (where the blade can move a little bit when it's locked.) -Handles (G10/Micarta suggested) 7 years ago Nothing too dainty here. Begin at the centerline approximately ⅛” … Next, you should lock the table and remove the 3/16 inches at the end and keep it in the 3/8 inches with the help of a dial indicator. It protects the knife from debris. This project is somewhat difficult, and requires familiarity with basic tools, as well as quite a bit of time. Two liners sawn from the titanium sheet above. Don't lose everything because you want to save a few minutes. If you don’t have some of the tools that I’m using, be creative. Your email address will not be published. A liner lock knife is easy to design. I have been playing with a design for a pocket knife in SketchUp, an all metal folding lock-back with a 3-1/4″ blade. With this done simply work the rasp over the edge, pushing the rasp in the direction the edge is facing, from the hilt toward the tip. Thanks for reading this instructable, and enjoy your new knife! All the parts are the same, and the instructions to build them are the same, but just be prepared for a sudden change in the knives shown. You can place the 3/16 inches at the end of the mill into the hole that is on the plate. You can use 3/8 inches of the four-fluted mill. Now comes the moment of truth. One advantage to inkscape is that when you rotate, you can set the pivot point to the actual pivot on the knife, thus allowing you to have some sort of a virtual model of your knife, and watch it swing open and closed. The machine that carried out this welding job is known as a carburizer. When the blade is closed, the detent, and the liner lock, moves inwards a bit, and the detent ball falls in a depression in the blade, thus keeping the knife closed. Benefits Of How Do You Make a Folding Knife. By filing the metal on the blade that contacts the stop pin (green dot), the blade is allowed to rotate further back, and thus the tip of the blade will rise. I was merely just adding my 2 cents. They don't have a locking mechanism, the friction between the wood and the blade works like lock. In a folding knife, the handle also houses the blade when the knife is closed, as well as all of the moving parts, hardware, and any other additions. Don't forget to account for the thickness of the saw! The bottom stop pin area will cause the blade to sit deeper in the handle when closed. Nothing ridiculously hard, but just a few good smacks. You must drill the plate at the bottom and up to 0.70 inches. I buy a lot of used pliers and do it to them. The next thing you must do in making a folding knife is to prepare a folder. Now, try to open and close the blade. Titanium is not usually used in the manufacture of knives so little data is available on the topic.http://www.ehow.com/about_4705418_titanium-knives.html. You slip the knife into the pouch from the top, and the friction of the leather keeps it within, even when held upside-down and shaken. When you file this one, try to line up the knife as you designed it. Do not drill the detent right now. -Hacksaw (With metal cutting blades. My 3rd and 4th folders, that I am currently making, have perfect detents and have just been sent off to be heat treated. 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