How to Repair a Knife Handle

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How to Repair a Knife Handle
Knife handles require annual maintenance for a long life. (knife image by apeschi from

Knives are a complicated tool crafted from steel and treated with nickel to become rust resistant. When a knife breaks, it can be a complicated process to restore the knife to its previous state. As with any expensive item that breaks, always consult the manufacturer before attempting repairs yourself, as most knives are under a lifetime parts and blade warranty.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Whetstone
  • Screwdriver
  • Vinegar
  • Large pot

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    Loose Handle

  1. 1

    Remove all the screws from the handle and take the handle apart.

  2. 2

    Tighten the screws on the inside of the handle that hold the blade in place.

  3. 3

    Reassemble the handle and fasten the screws tightly.

    Rust Buildup

  1. 1

    Disassemble the entire knife.

  2. 2

    Place some vinegar on the stove and bring it to a boil.

  3. 3

    Place the knife parts into the boiling vinegar and gently boil the knife for one hour.

  4. 4

    Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.

  5. 5

    Rub off any remaining rust with a cotton cloth and reassemble the knife.

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