Last year I received a not so good multiitool. Its parts were very loose, its knives were so dull it didn't even have an edge, and it collapsed when I use it. So I decided to make it into something better, a pocket knife. This project was fun because I got to customize and tweak the parts into what I wanted.
Step 1: List:
1. one junky multitool
2. small saw (from great quality multitool)
3.metal file (one for small spaces and one large one)
5. knife sharpening device (oil stone or I used a pampered chef knife sharpener)
Step 2: Decisions
This is where you chose what tools you want in your pocket knife. This project might have been easier if I marked what tools I wanted with a sharpie.
Step 3: Breaking an Arm Off
I decided I wanted to use the same handle of the multitool for the pocket knife because it would be alot of work making a custom handle. I wanted to keep this project simple.
First I cut the plastic casing off where the arm connects to the pliers. This reviled a rivet. Rivets work well but are a pain to get out, well they aren't supposed to come out anyway. I took out a file and started to grind the rivets head off.
Step 4: Creation
Sorry I don't have much pics for this step, I was on a working roll and you know didn't stop to photograph some things.
Basically I got the arm off and accidentally bend one part of the the case and it snaped off. So I ground off the adhesive and made it shiny. I then ground the rivet holding the parts in place and took everything out. Then I chose the parts I wanted from both arms and riveted them to the case. (Thanks armourkris for the instructable on that). Then I hammered the bottom where there was no parts inward, this made a nice grip for my hands because now all my fingers can go the same distance around the case.
Step 5: Sharpening
I couldn't find my dads oil stone so I use a Kitchen knife sharpener that was quick and easy. I being my clumsy teenage self, cut through my thumb and a fourth of my fingernail with the knife sharpening. So I tell all now: Watch where your fingers are!
Step 6: Enjoy!
Enjoy your new pocket knife and be careful too. Now I have another knife in my tools. For the best DIY spirit Scratch out every "Made In China" you can find on it