Instaling liners on a factory made knife?

Everything Mac

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Hi all, I have a Bark River "Fox River 2" knife purchased while in the states a couple of years ago. Cracking blade but I find the handle a bit thin. Has anyone ever removed the pins from a knife such as this and installed a liner? I'm somewhat reluctant to do it though I'm sure I could. I could wrap the handle in something but I'm not sure what would be the most secure way to do it.I guess it's that or simply trade the knife in and get myself a Bravo 1 which has a much more substantial grip.All thoughts appreciated. Andy
 

hughtrimble

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That would be a heck of lot of work to do, and with no guarantee of a good result.

Tried buying one with liners from factory? They make them.

The Bravo 1 is an entirely different beast, and I really wouldn't treat it as like a beefier Fox River - very different uses in mind in the design.
 

Hibrion

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I think it would be easier just to re-handle it. One option to make the grip chunkier is to stitch some wet rawhide around it and let it dry. You can add cord wrap to this too. Of course it would only really look good with natural handle material.
 

Everything Mac

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That would be a heck of lot of work to do, and with no guarantee of a good result.Tried buying one with liners from factory? They make them.The Bravo 1 is an entirely different beast, and I really wouldn't treat it as like a beefier Fox River - very different uses in mind in the design.
Agreed. Had I known I'd have bought one with liners fitted already. I have confidence in my ability to do it but I know fine well it would never look as good as it does currently. Can't say I fancy wrapping it in rawhide at all but thanks for the idea. Andy
 

Nice65

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Why is it all Bark Rivers are smaller than we've been lead to believe when we get them in hand? It's like Maxpedition packs, they must use tiny people as models.

I very nearly bought a Fox, but went for a Canadian in the end.
 

Stew

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What's the handle material? I think you'll find it fine and not much work if they are straight pins not corby bolts. Only possible problem is if it's a wood handle but if it's a micarta or g10 then fine.
 

Everything Mac

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What's the handle material? I think you'll find it fine and not much work if they are straight pins not corby bolts. Only possible problem is if it's a wood handle but if it's a micarta or g10 then fine.
It's a micarta handle with brass "pins". - They are probably corby bolts though. (knife is at home, I'm at work.)nice65 - agreed. A mate has had several of the Bravo series which have a much beefier handle. I think with liners it would be a fine knife but as it stands it's just a bit skinny for me. Andy(Edit - I'm not sure what it is about this rig internet but it keeps clumping all the text together without any lines between. Odd)