View Full Version : Friction Folder Finished

07-12-06, 11:05 AM
Following this thread: Friction Folder project (http://www.britishblades.com/forums/showthread.php?t=29108) I would like to show you the result.
There was some bright sky today at last, just in time when I finished the poach.

I will just place few pics here:







Thank you Mozzy for nice blade. I wiped her thoroughly this time before taking pics. :)


07-12-06, 11:09 AM
Top job mate, looks lovely :biggthump

Quick question...when its closed does the blade just rest against the rear wooden spacer?


07-12-06, 11:10 AM
Lovely job!

07-12-06, 11:11 AM
Very well executed "is the handle Cocobolo?" looks great man!!

07-12-06, 11:15 AM
truly a nice knife. I am actually quite envious :rolleyes:

I want to make a friction folder but some of the build details i cant fathom out. Like how to drill the holes for the pivot pins...there must be a special drill or something so the pin is not proud of the surface.

Shrugs shoulders :huh:

ps....your Ti slice was posted yesterday mate;)

07-12-06, 11:22 AM
Thank you guys for nice comments. I am glad you like her :)

The blade just rests against the wooden spacer when closed.
It is truly made from cocobolo.

Mik, I just drilled the pivot and all other holes with normal drill bit. I made those washers from 0,8 brass and the recession for them with dental tool in dremel. Yeah, it was pita to make them and not skate the tool around. Two attempts covered it. I had to sand the front of the handle down for the first time. :D

07-12-06, 11:25 AM
That is very nice Karel and one of your lovely sheaths to compliment it :)

07-12-06, 11:28 AM
thanks for info Karel......i will give it another try;)

07-12-06, 11:31 AM
Ho Yus!!! That is the way to do it. Top piece Karel - and in cocobolo too!


07-12-06, 11:32 AM
super work, fit and finish look excellent and a very suited sheath too.

07-12-06, 11:41 AM
Thats a well executed piece you have there and a great sheath too

Mik you could try using normal drills or you could try usind step drills for the pivot holes

pic borrowed from knifekits

07-12-06, 01:44 PM

Why does it matter if its proud? many folders I have arent countersunk on one or both sides for the pivot. You could use a step drill, but as lonh as you have a pilar drill then you should be able to do it by eye, drill the main hole first then just change up a drill size or two and turn the drill handle by the central huhb rather than by the spokes (gives you more control and you can feel how far its going in better).

If you need some washers by the way, ive got some 3.2mm brass ones coming in that delivery from Brisa, grab a couple if you want.


Lord Farquhar
07-12-06, 04:33 PM
Very nice, you have done the blade more than proud.

07-12-06, 05:08 PM
somebody stole the Hamon :lol: .

Looks great.

07-12-06, 05:11 PM
If you need some washers by the way, ive got some 3.2mm brass ones coming in that delivery from Brisa, grab a couple if you want.

Or you can make washers quite easily, so long as there is a big difference between the inside and outside diameters.

Take a piece of brass (or whatever metal), and use a centre punch to mark where you will drill the hole. Then use a compass to scribe the outside diameter.

Use a piercing saw to cut around the outside of the line. You can use tin snips, but this can bend the metal very easily.

You need a bolt the same diameter as the pivot you want it to go round. Preferably a bolt with a "shoulder", i.e. the unthreaded section near the head.

Saw off the hexagonal head; you now have the arbor for making the washers. The shoulder of the arbor will be gripped in the chuck of a drill.

Put a nut on the bolt, then a second bolt and tighten the two against each other.

Then slip on the washer and then a third nut tightened up against it.

Finally put on a fourth nut, tightened against the third nut to lock it in place.

Put the arbor in the chuck of a drill. You bring your roughly cut washer against some sort of abrasive to turn it down to size and to get it nice and round.

I've done this with a Dremel to make small washers. Stacked on the arbor, I made six washers in one go.


07-12-06, 06:41 PM
Keith, that was the way I made mine. :)
The only difference was I just roughly cut the brass sheet to octagonal shape with metal scissors. I used the pivot pin as chuck. Glued those pieces of brass on it with generous amount of superglue. Rotating the assembly in dremel, a file sorted the shape out well. I dipped the assembly to acetone finaly for a while that solved the superglue. Voila. :)

Lord Farquhar
07-12-06, 07:37 PM
Seeing it makes me want to make some more? If you could change the blade what would you do?

07-12-06, 08:22 PM

07-12-06, 08:28 PM
really nice baby. The queue is a little long for me and could be compare to a lock system by a french policeman . In all the case. Really a wonderfull job with a great finition.

08-12-06, 12:31 PM
Totally Inspiring Karel! I think I'll be placing an order with Mozzy for a blade.;)

Your Knife is beautiful, well done.:D

08-12-06, 02:30 PM
Seeing it makes me want to make some more? If you could change the blade what would you do?


Mozzy, thank you for asking.

Firstly I could see more meat around the pivot hole. The hole had to be drilled in that corner. Anywhere else and the blade edge would be in line with the top of the handle in closed position or the handle would have to be beefier. But I wanted the top line of the handle to continue optically to the blade spine.

Then I would let a tiny space between the curly end and the "tang". (1) It could make nice "pocket clip". Or I would try the curly end bent the other direction and then try to hide it in the handle when the knife is open. (2)

Just few ideas.

09-12-06, 12:41 PM
it is a coll knife! the blade shape is interesting you avoided the too much seen -no imagination spear point blade ,or the right spine with an edge running straight to it from ricasso wich makes a knife look like the old shabby kitchen knive of grand'ma;). the finish is good an wood looks pretty and smart .

despite of all i find the lever a bit too long ..

09-12-06, 12:55 PM
I think its beautiful and I think the long tail is strangely attractive :)


Lord Farquhar
18-12-06, 05:04 PM

Then I would let a tiny space between the curly end and the "tang"..

I am sure you could get a blow torch to the back end heat it up and pull it out with some pliers. I did it for decoration :)