You can re-centre almost any knife. That's why we have put together some information and a step-by-step plan for getting your blade straight again. Would you rather not tinker with your knife yourself? No problem, you can also send the knife in.
Before we begin, here are a few handy tips! Make sure you use the right tools. In general, every pocket knife requires a Torx screwdriver. Our kits of choice for this are the Böker Plus Toolkit or the Wera Bit-Check 10 Torx.
Do your screws have a coating? Then place a small piece of plastic bag over the screw before putting the screwdriver on the screw. This will minimize any damage to the coating.
Are you ready to get started?
- The screws of the handle need to be loosened first. There is no need to remove them completely from the handle. Are you unable to loosen the screw smoothly? Then stop trying to loosen it. In that case, read the topic How do you disassemble a pocket knife correctly?
- Now loosen the pivot screw (hinge). This also doesn't have to be completely removed from the handle.
- Keep the blade closed. Now push the blade towards the side (scale) that it is furthest from. By doing this, you push the blade over the middle point.
- While holding the blade against the handle, re-tighten the pivot screw. The blade of your knife should now no longer be able to come out of the handle.
- Now tighten the handle screw furthest from the pivot screw first.
- Tighten the other handle screws, but NOT completely. They should be left a little loose — this subtle detail has an impact on your knife's opening mechanism.
- Loosen the pivot screw enough that the blade comes out of the handle and remains in an open and locked position in combination with the knife's liner lock or frame lock.
- Adjust the pivot screw until you find the sweet spot, where the play from left to right is minimal and the knife also opens smoothly. You may also need to adjust the handle screws a little before it's all perfect.
Haven't quite got it sorted yet? Then repeat the steps one more time. Make minor adjustments, such as pushing the position of the blade to the other side of the handle when closed or loosening or tightening the tension on the screws.
If you find that the screws of your knife come loose or if you feel that the screw holes are slightly stripped, use some blue Loctite. Leave this to set for 24 hours before using the knife.
Disassembling a knife is always done at your own risk. Knivesandtools and/or the manufacturer of the pocket knife or the parts you use are not liable for any damage done to the parts, injuries or consequential damage. Also, the warranty for many brands expires the moment you start tinkering with the knife yourself. So before you get stuck in, check the warranty conditions on the manufacturer's website or in the manual that came with the knife.
More information about warranties can be found here.