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Penny Knife (Conversion)

Posted: Sun Jun 10, 2012 1:21 pm
by Joolz
Like a lot of you out there, over the years I have picked up a couple of Opinel No.7 & No.8 folding pocket knives. This morning, I thought I would do an easy little conversion job on an old No. 7, to turn it into something more period correct - a penny knife.

There's no disassembly needed, except to pop off the locking collar (which takes seconds with a flat-bladed screwdriver). The grip was remodelled (a bit of whittling/sanding/staining is needed) and the blade reshaped (a few minutes with a dremel-type tool and cutting disc) to give it that broke-back shape without the fingernail groove. A little polishing, and it's done. Obviously, it still has the Opinel touchmarks (on the left side) but at least they are more 'traditional' than a 'Made in Taiwan' stamp! The blade is not deep enough to get a good grip on it to unfold it, so I designed it to be flicked out with a thumbnail under the point, then unfolded. Works very well, and looks pretty, but judge for yourselves:

(shown alongside some trade knives I made from old carbon steel kitchen knife blades I pick up in junk/thrift shops)

Re: Penny Knife (Conversion)

Posted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 9:47 pm
by Grymm
Nice!
Have you seed the joke version, sort of a Georgian variant of the arrow through the head?

http://www.museums-sheffield.org.uk/col ... rick-knife

Re: Penny Knife (Conversion)

Posted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 10:27 pm
by Grymm
Just zoomed the joke knife and it looks like it has or had an Opinel style locking ring!?

Re: Penny Knife (Conversion)

Posted: Mon Jun 25, 2012 2:23 pm
by steve stanley
All nice work!...Mine has "Made in Pakistan"...... :envy: