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BrianT
01-04-2003, 08:32 PM
Hi all

I am thinking about giving my hand a try at making a folder. I am planning a traditional lock back. My question is: Is there someplace that sells spring stock already tempered that can be used "as is" for the spring for the lock, or should I just make my own? Should I use a round or square spring?

Thanks
Brian

L6steel
01-04-2003, 10:55 PM
Brian, Texas KnifeMaker's Supply sells it. Here's a link to their site, just go to their online store and click on spring material.
http://www.texasknife.com/store/s-pages/TKS_MainframeStore.htm

striper28
01-05-2003, 12:27 PM
Coil springs don't work too well. They are niosy and not very smooth. Make a leaf spring out of titanium. The travel will be much smoother.

Nifmakr
01-05-2003, 07:19 PM
I have used music wire or spring wire. It usually comes in a 1 lb. roll. It comes in about all sizes in the wire gauge sizes. It's already tempered and can be cold bent (within reason) and works real good. The only drawback is that it will rust.

Steve

Geno
01-05-2003, 08:43 PM
The problem with music wire is it is round and tends to flip once installed.
The spring stock at TKS is a flat spring that you just cut to length.

BrianT
01-05-2003, 09:35 PM
Thanks for the info guys. I will give the stock from TKS a try.

Thanks again
Brian