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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Can I Replace My Knife Blades?

Yes. New blades can be attached to your sterling handles. If you have silverplate blades, you can also have them re-plated.

Check with local resources like jewelers or enter "sterling flatware repair" in the search block in the right sidebar and search for a repair facility.

Before replacing blades, discuss with your repair source the shape of the blade and how close the new blade will match your old ones. Remember that most sterling flatware manufacturers make knives with several blade lengths and shapes.

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ellie said...

Can I repair silver knives that have been damaged in the dishwasher- the glue has melted out of the joints and the blade and handle are now not aligned...?

Silver Jim said...

I am not an expert on this subject but I think they can be repaired using the same processes as used to replace blades.

I would check with jewelers in your town who might know of someone locally that does such work.

VirginiaSilversmiths said...

Dear Jim,
My name is Lindsay Martin and I am a Master Silversmith, Restorer and President of Virginia Silversmiths, Inc. I would be happy to answer any questions that your fellow bloggers have about repair, replating or restoration of silver. I have 25 years experience and my company has had feature articles in Martha Stewart Living, Southern Living and Southern Accents magazines.
Just let me know what I can do to help!

Soul Doctor said...

I am interested in removing the stainless steel blades from hollow handle sterling butter knives. How, can I do this without damaging the sterling?

I am wanting to use the handles in my jewelry line.

Silver Jim said...

I don't know the answer about removing knife blades but perhaps Lindsay at can help. He has offered to answer questions from bloggers.

ArlingtonResident said...

Depends how they're fixed together. As a first attempt, I would heat the handle or blade with boiling water and see if they are set with meltable resin.

It might be possible at this stage to just re-adjust the blade rather than fully remove it and do a complete job.

If the resin gets onto the silver handle, it can be hard to get off.

Unknown said...

I have dinner knives with pistol grip handles. A number have become loose to the point where the blade and handle have separated. Can I repair these myself? If so, how?

Silver Jim said...

This is a response to the previous comment.

I don't know how to repair the knives. You might check with the repair department at . You might also check with local jewelers.