Replacing knife handles can be a great way to update the look of your old knives and give them a new life. It also ensures that your knives are more durable since replacing the handle can reinforce the overall structure of the knife, making it better able to withstand wear and tear. In addition, upgrading your knife handles by choosing from materials such as wood, metal, or carbon fiber can add an attractive touch to any kitchen. Furthermore, many modern designs now feature ergonomic grips which provide comfort and control when using your knives regularly or while performing intricate tasks. Replacing the handle on a knife can increase aesthetic appeal and improve performance, allowing you to get more use out of your tools without having to go out and buy new ones.

Selecting a New Handle

Step 1: Remove the old handle from your knife. Turn the knife over and use a screwdriver to unscrew the handle (if it is secured with screws).

Step 2: Measure the length of the old handle with a ruler or measuring tape.

Step 3: Measure the width of the old handle with a ruler or caliper.

Step 4: Make sure you have taken accurate measurements – you don’t want a replacement handle that is too short or too wide!

Step 5: Look for replacement handles online, or at your local hardware store. Make sure to select a new handle that is slightly larger than the measurements of your old one, as this will allow you to customize it (i.e., filing down) if necessary.

Step 6: Read reviews on new handles, and choose one made out of quality materials and good craftsmanship. This will help ensure durability and properly fit onto your knife blade.

Gathering the Tools

In order to replace the handle on a knife, you’ll need to have the right tools and materials. To get started, you need to first determine what type of materials and tools you will need for the particular handle replacement job. As far as materials go, there are several options available, such as wood, plastic, leather or various metals. You can find these materials at your local hardware store or specialty craft store. If you are looking for a wider range of choices or don’t have a local store nearby, you may be able to find them online from retailers such as Berea Hardwoods, The Handle Hub and D-LF Trading.

In addition to materials for the handle replacement job, it is also important that you have the right set of tools. For most projects, an adjustable wrench and/or a nut driver set would come in handy. Other helpful tools include a screwdriver set with different sizes and shapes of heads depending on the screws used; hex keys; a flat file; glue; sandpaper; wood saw; drill bits; coping saw blades; pinsetters; and micromotos. A small mallet may also come in handy if needed when fitting the new handle material onto the tang of your knife blade. Having all these items on hand before beginning your project will help ensure that it goes off without a hitch!

Removing the Old Handle

When removing the old handle from your knife, it is important to use gentle techniques to ensure that the metal of the blade isn’t damaged in the process. Use a small Phillips-head screwdriver and carefully remove all of the screws which hold the old handle onto the blade. Using an old rag, cover the blade of your knife as you work, so that if your grip slips during removal, it won’t scratch or nick your blade. Once all screws have been removed, gently pry apart the handle from the tang of your knife using a flat screwdriver or butterknife, keeping your rag between the two so there’s no metal contact between them. Gradually work around each side, yet be aware that this procedure could require quite some time and patience due to dried-on epoxy or handle adhesives which might have been used previously.

Attaching the New Handle

Different types of adhesives and materials can be used to attach new handles to a knife. Some popular adhesives are epoxy, polyurethane, and two-part epoxies. Epoxy is the most commonly used adhesive, as it cures quickly and provides strong bonds between surfaces. Generally speaking, when using epoxies for knife handle attachment, you want to make sure you are using a thick enough mixture that won’t run or ooze out of the joint. Polyurethane offers a slightly more elastic bond than epoxy but has similarly strong strength once set. Lastly, two-part epoxies mix easily and completely erase any gaps between the handle and tang of the blade. It also provides an incredibly durable finish while offering increased flexibility compared to single part epoxies. Other materials such as wires and rivets can be used in addition to adhesives to provide an extra secure attachment where needed. In any case, always take care when attaching a new handle — taking one’s time with this process can help ensure longevity and performance of the finished product.

Finishing Touches

Oiling and waxing the handle of a knife can offer a number of advantages as a finishing touch for replacing handles. This weather-resistant finish not only enhances the visual appeal of your knife, but it also helps to protect the handle from normal wear and tear caused by being exposed to various elements. The oil and wax will fill in the grains on the handle, making it resistant to water absorption, while also giving it added protection against moisture. As an additional benefit, the wax will provide a barrier against dirt and grime, keeping the ergonomic integrity of your knife handle intact. Lastly, it adds shine to the handle’s exterior which gives it that beautiful finished look.

Safety Considerations

1. Always wear protective eyewear, gloves and an apron when replacing knife handles.
2. Make sure to secure the sharp edges of the knives before handling them.
3. Be sure to brace the blade against something secure when you are loosening or tightening screws from the blade.
4. Do not attempt to repair a stainless steel blade with a simple screwdriver as this can damage its edge and finish if done incorrectly.
5. Disinfect all tools used for handle replacement after each use so that bacteria do not spread.
6. Take caution when storing knives with newly replaced handles, as children may mistakenly mistake them for harmless utensils and can cause serious injury if mishandled.
7. If unsure about the process of attaching new handles to blades, it is advised to seek professional assistance from an experienced knife-maker instead of attempting on one’s own as unsafe knife handling can lead to serious injury or even death if not done properly


Replacing knife handles can be an important tool maintenance task to ensure knives remain in safe and top-working condition. Depending on the style of knife, screwing components together is the most common way of ensuring a secure fit. It is important to choose a handle material that best suits the needs of your cutting application, as simply using any material may not produce desired results. When tightening screws and bolts for a secure fit, make sure to use nonmetal tools to avoid undesired metal bits entering in your knifes interior parts and damaging them. Doing this produces better results as metal tools can cause scratching or other damage inside knife cuts and edges. Such small damages can have a significant impact on your knife’s overall performance, weakening its ability to cut efficiently, so it is important to use in the right materials and ensure proper fastening methods when replacing the handle. All of this emphasizes the importance of properly selected and secured handles for maintaining a safe and effective cutting edge.