What Glue is Best to use for a Knife Handle?

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Choosing the right glue for your knife handle is very important. The last thing you want to do is to have a handle slip or break whilst you are using it.

Ask any knifemaker and they will tell you that epoxies are the best glues for knife handles.

Before you glue though there is some prior work that needs to be done.

adhesive for a knife handle
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Surface preparation is key to success no matter what glue you are using.

  • Degrease with soap and water or acetone.
  • Dry off with a paper towel.
  • Scuff up the surfaces that you will be applying the epoxy to. Using something like a scotchbrite is great for this.

By making the surfaces less smooth the bond will be increased.

Epoxies for Knife Handles

Epoxy glues come in two parts – the resin and the hardener. They are commonly used on knife handles.

There is a range of epoxies on the market some that are quick curing and some that are slow.

Slower curing epoxies are generally stronger.

West Systems G-Flex is considered to be the industry goto glue for knife handles:

West System G/flex Epoxy

This epoxy fully cures in 7 to 10 hours so best to leave overnight.

Epoxies for Knife Handles Video

If you are interested in learning more about epoxies and how to best attach a knife handle this is a great video filled with useful information.

Can I use SuperGlue on a knife handle?

Although some people report success with super glue the main problem, when it comes to a knife handle, is that this kind of glue becomes very brittle when it cures. This means that although they have a very strong bond as soon as you drop the knife, or bang it, the bond can break.

How to remove epoxy glue

Cleaning up glue is made easier by using a chemical such as Acetone. It really is the best epoxy remover that we have found.

Do you have a favorite tip about gluing knife handles that you would like to share? Please leave a comment.

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