Pivot Lap Basic - KnifeDogs - 5 Bushing Model

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  1. Great product!
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    Bought this set 'just in case' we needed to adjust the length of some pivots for a custom folder. Thought it would be a quick and dirty way to get the job done and didn't expect a whole lot from the product given the price.

    To our surprise, its a fantastic little set -- very complete, very high quality and perfect for this type of job. Wound up not needing it for the job it was purchased for, but have placed this in the 'good tool' pile for future use.

    If you are in to replacing pivots on knives or are building a custom, this is one nice tool that should be in your toolkit.

    Review by Billy

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Pivot Lap

  • Quality KnifeDogs Brand
  • Base or "puck" is O1 steel hardened to 61/62RC
  • Includes 5 sizes of stainless steel bushing and plunger
  • Bushing sizes included are - 3/32", 1/8", 3/16", 1/4", 9/32"

Use this pivot lap to sand down your pivots, pivot bushings, stand offs, or stop pins. Using a pivot lap will help make sure the ends of round parts are square and will give very precise control for sizing to an exact length. Both of which are important for making folding knives.

To use a pivot lap you will need a flat work surface like a surface plate or a flat piece of glass, granite etc. You will also need sheets of sandpaper and a tool to measure your parts like a caliper or micrometer.

How to use a Pivot Lap
1. Select your bushing and put it into the base ("puck"). Tighten the set screw to lock the bushing in place. These are machined slightly off set so the bushing always pulls flush to the bottom of the puck.

2. Place a sheet of sandpaper on a flat work surface (granite - flat steel, glass, etc. 220 grit is a good place to start.

3. Place the Pivot Lap on the sandpaper with the "Knifedogs Pivot Lap" text side up. Insert your pivot, stand off, etc. into the bushing and push the plunger down on top of it.

4. Move the Pivot Lap in small circles while putting pressure on both the puck and plunger. Each stroke will take a bit off your part.

5. Remove the pivot and measure. Keep going until your part is the length you need.  It just took longer to read than it will take to do.

You can also make spacers to lap parts to the same length more consistently. A spacer can be washers or a flat piece of material with a hole drilled in it. Place the spacer on top of the base so that the plunger goes through that spacer. With the right spacer thickness, the plunger won't be able to push down on the part once it gets lapped down to a specific length.