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SA / SS scabbard throat removal

Article about: Thanks for all this information. I am new to this site and was just researching my SA Dagger. It was Dads and I have been wondering if I should clean the blade. Knife slides into the Scabbar

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    As per my last thread on “SA/SS runner preservation” I want to address the “how to” of the removal of the upper scabbard fitting screws and the dagger throat, so as to see the dagger runners and the condition they are in.
    I would like to mention again the statement I have echoed on “SA/SS runner preservation” thread,
    “This process is for those who are gifted in mechanics and are able to see things for what they are, through examination and application. If this is not you, then in all regards dont attempt it!!
    I feel that this process of taking down a scabbard is not for everyone and I would highly recommend,, if you choose this route, buy a junky SA dagger and take it down.
    For a better outcome plan to make time with no distractions, this process will take a few hours if done correctly. Most of the time spent will be on cleaning the runners
    Take your time and try to do everything,, on the frst time,, IMO there is no room for any error which could be costly. Hardware stores do not carry replacement runners if you snap them off or you lose a period screw. Lets get started!!....
    The early SA dagger “Gebr Becker” which is listed below
    Photo # 1
    These are some tool items I prefer to use .
    Photo # 2
    I use a pin-oiler with WD-40 in it. It is not necessary to have this item, but keeps things clean with no overuse of lubricant,, just enough to the area. Any hardware store has disposable WD-40 oilers also,, or even a paper clip would be sufficient by dipping it into a little WD-40. Here is the website below if interested in a Pin Oiler. This is great to have at home for other small projects or repairs.
    Photo#3
    - Garrett Wade
    A small headed screw driver can be obtained in a decent screw driver set that has a wide range of fittings. Also included are those Ratchet sets that have the different size screw bits.
    Find the right one to fit,,BUT NOT BEFORE getting something to magnify what you are looking at. Unless you have “Eagle eyes” and can see small up close then you wont need the jewlers eye glass….At least not yet,, wait until a few years pass, Then you might have to address this part again.
    For me I choose to use the Jewelers eye glass when taking out and putting back the screws.
    Photo # 6
    Lastly a small piece of a light wood and a small scrap of cloth,,, this will be needed to push up and off the throat once the screws are removed. A small headed hammer will be sufficient for this process of tapping the wood.
    There is one thing that you don’t want to take a chance on is finding out that the screws will not turn, because of the amount of time the upper fitting has been left untouched. These nickel screws will smear like butter if they are in tight! Sometimes they do and other times they don’t. DON’T TAKE THIS CHANCE
    Add an extra step for preventive maintenance and oil the screws first. For me WD-40 works the best,, it is a thin and fast acting lubricant.
    Apply a small drop of oil to the screws (( Wipe clean the area after a few seconds because the oil will act fast going to the threads)) Wait about 15 minutes for the oil to sink in before going to the next step
    Photos 4 & 5

    It is very important that you use a screwdriver head that fits perfectly as you can see in the photo below. There is no margin for error if it fits tight and no chance of the screw driver sliding out of position. Remember you want to try to do everything right the first time if possible. The last thing anyone needs,, is a gouge in their nickel scabbard fitting….take your time!!
    Slowly and carefuly in little movements ,, start to turn the screw. Keep your scabbard above a white piece of paper and close to the table for less distance if the screw falls out before you can catch it with your fingers. If you lose it on the floor,, later on the vacumm cleaner will find it when it makes that big rolling sound in the suction feed,, then you’ve found it!! ONE SCREW AT A TIME.

    Photo # 7

    Get yourself a self containment unit,, like a plastic lid and draw on a piece of paper an image of the upper scabbard fitting. The screws you take out of that position must go back in the same way and in the same threaded hole. This is extremely important so as , not to strip the threads.

    Photo # 8
    In these next few photos as you can see that the screws are still in place,,and that is because I have already cleaned the runners,,BUT I am showing you just the sequence of movements. I do not want to take this scabbard down again if I don’t have to. The less I do this the better it will be for the preservation of the dagger.
    Once the screws are out and put off to the side in a safe place,, this next action is also very tricky. DO NOT REMOVE THE THROAT YET!! I say this to warn you,, as it will be the same thing as not to mix up the direction of the throat front and back. The throat must go back in the same way it was taken out!
    For 2 reasons
    #1 the scabbard screw threads must coincide with the upper scabbard "Fitting" screw threads
    #2 it would be ideal for the runners to be the same when it is up against the blade
    I like to put a small mark on top of the throat or a letter “F” for front on top of the throat entrance. I use a childrens erasable marker that can easily be wiped off when the throat is put back into the scabbard. Also take notice to any markings you may see on the throat itself once it is removed to help you remember which position it was in after it was taken out.
    Photo # 9
    Now comes the throat removal. I like to take a clean cloth and wrap the anodized part of the scabbard, to protect it from any unwanted scratches.
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    IN MY PERSONAL OPINION ((DO NOT)) SECURE THE SCABBARD IN A VICE //VICE GRIPS OR CHANNEL LOCS. You are really asking for heartbreak if you choose this route. You may as well take a few hundred dollars of worth off of your dagger because of a dent or a depression that will be left in the scabbard.
    AGAIN TAKE YOUR TIME. I do this the old fashioned way, by piutting the wrapped scabbard on top of my thigh close to my knee and holding it down with my fore arm closest to my hand. With the same hand I use the small piece of wood to butt up against the throat lip and a small piece of cloth (not shown) at the foot of the wood piece,,, and with the other hand I tap the upper part of the wood lightly about 3 or 4 times with a small type hammer on both the front and back of the fitting until it starts to move,, upward
    Photo #11
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    It is important to do this process front and back in small increments so that the movement of the throat will evenly remove itself from the scabbard.
    Once you have completed the Runner cleaning,, make sure that your runners are pretty close to being parallel to each other and straight. I believe if if are off by a mere fraction of an inch in this area,, there is no need to worry as during the assembly during the early period, that these runners were put in by hand also. But try to get it as close as possible.
    Doing all this on your knee as you don’t want to put the scabbard ball on a table top and start pushing down on the throat into the scabbard,, you might dent the ball or crush it.
    Carefully slide the throat back down into the scabbard while paying close attention to the mark you put on the throat opening defining the front or the back. The throat will go in up to the point where the runner rivet is positioned. ( this is normal ) Gently give it a slight wiggle and push the rivet past the top of the scabbard, and continue to push the throat down until it stops.
    Regardless if there is a gap or not between the throat lip and the upper scabbard fitting,, you want to take that small piece of wood and that small scrap of cloth and put it on top of the throat opening and tap it down the rest of the way.
    This is very important to do this also because the screw holes MUST line up perfectly!!
    Photo# 12
    Finally …….Here comes the nail biter part!! .. carefully bring back your “screw containment unit” and get that jewelers glass out because this is where it will become very useful. That special screwdriver should be able to to hold that little screw on top of the driver blade because of the tight fit,, if not,, a dab of Ren wax on the blade head will be sticky enough to hold it on the driver blade.
    Using your jewelers eye glass slowly and carefully bring the screw up to the opening of the threaded hole on the scabbard fitting. Some people like to put screws on anglebefore putting in the hole as to find the position of the opening,,, try not to do this but as best as you can put the screw in straight, and slightly turning it until it takes hold. Doing this will gaurantee that the screw will go in on the first try. TAKE YOUR TIME and take a breathe, if it doesn’t go in the first time,, try again. These are very small screws and have only 2 or 3 threads on it.
    Once the screws are in tighten a little bit to the scabbard fitting. Don’t forget there are only about 2 or 3 threads on these screws and you don’t want to over tighten them in fear of stripping them.
    Once this process is completed wipedown with a clean cloth and have a beer.. or two !!
    Your dagger is now protected for the next 70 years. If you are still around by that time,,trade it in for a personal spaceship for 2,, it will be a nice down payment for that kind of craft and really take your wife to the moon!!
    I hope that I was able to address all aspects of this topic and I welcome any feed back or any additions to this topic that I may not included. Best regards Larry
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    It is not the size of a Collection in History that matters......Its the size of your Passion for it!! - Larry C

    One never knows what tree roots push to the surface of what laid buried before the tree was planted - Larry C

    “The farther back you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.” - Winston Churchill

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    Thx Larry for this great post

    btw What a lovely dagger you got there

    Cheers Ger

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    Excellent thread. Thanks Larry.

    Cheers, Ade.
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    I Concur With gerrit & Ade,

    Terrific Learning Thread Larry

    You Are The Best Mod On Any Dagger Forum imo



    Thanks Mac 66.

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    A Moderator is a servant,,and not a king,, and the responsibility of a Moderator is to serve others,, and not themselves. Thats why we are here. I enjoy this hobby and this website. Thank you,, that means alot. Sincere regards Larry
    It is not the size of a Collection in History that matters......Its the size of your Passion for it!! - Larry C

    One never knows what tree roots push to the surface of what laid buried before the tree was planted - Larry C

    “The farther back you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.” - Winston Churchill

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    Great thread Larry thanks

    Eric
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    Larry i have done this myself on a couple of daggers before, not for the faint hearted i must admit , but a truly excellent thread as you a true excellent mod on here and really are a credit to this hobby, thanks for your commitment to this great forum and hobby
    cheers Ronnie

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    Thanks for a very informative thread. I have done this on a dagger that someone else had tried to, the screws are very easy to deform, and they managed a good job of it. Made a very good deal for me, though.

    I tried the link to the pinpoint oilers, and apparently it has already changed. I found them here.
    Precision Oiler: Pinpoint Oilcan, Precision Oil Can, Oil Can with Nozzle

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    Great information buddy.

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