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Old 04-10-2022, 09:39 PM
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Originally Posted by greywynd View Post
I’ve seen a similar setup called a chicago screw too. Used to get them to attach brass nameplates to the leather horse halters, though they would have been a smaller size.

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Yep chicago screws are smaller and used for a lot of tack. Another name for similar fasteners is sex bolt, or binding barrel and screw.

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Old 04-10-2022, 10:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Matt Shade View Post
I don't think it will be as simple as pressing the center out and back in. The hinge pin is upset, like a rivet on most pliars. I think you would have to drill the center out and then plan on making a new piece to replace it.
x2 on that, they are not just a straight press fit.

I agree send it in. See what they say. Even if the charge for the repair, it will be worth it.

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Old 04-11-2022, 08:51 AM
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The screw type fasteners are a nice idea if you could find one the right diameter for normal pliers but I don't think they will work on the slide action pliers on a gerber. There isn't much clearance in the handle for extra thickness in the plier joint.

If a stainless steel bolt can be found where the smooth shank is the right diameter you could probably cut a stub and peen it in but I think trying to get gerber to fix them would be more satisfactory in the end.

To be honest, this is why I switched to only carrying leatherman tools. They cost double what a gerber does, but I have sent my super tool in twice, and my surge in once for complete rebuilds and only had to pay shipping one way. They actually do honor the 25 year warranty. I am probably on their shit list, but won't hesitate to send the tools in again when they break.
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