|OT: Holes in Stainless|
Message #1 Posted by Paul Brogger on 16 Dec 2009, 1:09 p.m.
Someone here should be able to help . . .
I'm trying to drill a small hole in the blade of a (Victorinox) Swiss Army Knife. That stuff is tough! Can someone suggest the right kind of drill bit to use?
My favorite pocket knife has been a SAK "Tinker", and lately a slightly enhanced model (the name of which escapes me) that's basically a Tinker with a saw. I'm using that thing ALL the time. (No, I don't want a multi-tool -- tried 'em and never made the switch.)
Anyway, the one missing feature on Swiss Army Knives until lately has been one-hand opening. It seems I'm always wanting to open a blade while holding something else in my left hand. So I took to carrying a simple, one-blade pocket knife with a locking, one-hand-opening blade.
So then I had two knives in my pocket. But just lately I looked, and lo & behold, Victorinox now offers one-hand blades. So I bought a "One Hand Trekker". Way cool, but a bit larger than I'd like.
Only then does it occur to me that I could probably add a lug (or whatever it's called) to the large blade on my old Tinker and open it with one hand. So, I've ground out an opening in the side edge (aluminum & plastic) next to the large blade on my Tinker, and started to drill a ~1/16" hole for some sort of projecting lug with which to deploy the blade.
Buuuuut, none of my drill bits will touch the blade. My pseudo-Dremel tool's cutting disk grinds nicely into it, so I made two shallow cross-cuts in the surface to locate the drill bit. But despite that, I can't get a bit to bite. It's pretty amazing stuff!
Anyway, if anyone's got any ideas, I'm all eyes.