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The knife has come loose from the handle. How do I reattach

How do I reattach a ceramic knife to it's handle

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Some pictures of what you have would be helpful. Did it break off at the handle or come out of the handle? What material is the handle made of?


I have an Oneida flatware knife that came apart. It has the rounded hollow pistol grip handle. The blade has a stub/key that goes in the handle. Both the handle and blade are in good condition. There seems to be a clay-type substance in the handle that degraded. That must have been the adhesive and weight for the handle. What is that clay?


Dental cement


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Depends mostly how is attached. Most knifes are built like swords were, and in fact they are small swords, so there's an hilt and a tang/shank that usually fits in the hilt/handle.

I don't know what's exactly your knife, but check if there's still a recognizable shank and the handle isn't too much damaged. If there is, you could find an atoxic adhesive and simply fix it.

I've heard Sugru is quite strong, and safe for stuff meant to be in contact with food, but since a shank allows for a very little space, you may prefer some good-quality epoxy.

If the shank is broken too... well, that's much like trying to fix a broken blade. And a broken blade with a Mohs Hardness number just a notch behind diamonds (8,5, where diamonds are a solid 10).

And that, as fair as I know, makes repair nigh impossible.

If there's still a shank, but the hilt is completely worn out, you may:

1. If the handle is riveted like in the generic picture, and the rivets/fasteners are gone, buy new rivets/fasteners. There are stores who sell them ( ) and hardware stores can customize them for you.

2. If the handle is somewhat usable, but the groove in the hilt is too damaged or enlarged to allow the shank to ever fit again, you may simply use epoxy or Sugru to "fill it", restoring a correct grip and adhesive power

3. If the handle is generic plastic/fake wood and damaged beyond repair, you could get creative and use Sugru and similar materials to make a new one around the shank. Also, you could use wood and epoxy, getting really creative and, if you've good hands, getting something that looks still snazzy and professional.

If that doesn't cover the type of damage you've got, please, give us more details about how the blade got disconnected, and how blade and handle look now.

I mentioned Sugru and Epoxy because I'm sure of their atoxicity: despite having heard people using Gorilla Glue and other fast acting glues, I would keep them for Renaissance Fairs props... not for something destined to make contact with the food you're going to eat or give to people you like.

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Also, the "sugru connection" may allow you to replicate some of the features of most commercially used knifes. I won't just spit around brands you can hear from every telemarketer, but once you've managed to fix the knife, Sugru can make your handle more ergonomic and allow you to put some "grooves" on the back of the blade.

However, as ABCellars said, it depends from how badly you broke the knife.

Even if, being a ceramic one, I still find unlikely you broke the shank: but tell us, and take some photos if you can.


Um when exactly would a shank come in contact? Sounds like a primer on knife skills is needed and considering how many guys will use your paring knife as a letter opener screwdriver etc. We could use an emmessary here. I would be grateful.


Hi my knife (iron)has detached from the handle. I'm in Chennai. Pls suggest a solution


@Shylaja Srinivasan I would look in your area for a "cutler" or a "smith" who may be able to help you. This question and answer is 6 years old, your comment will not get much attention, please start your own question and include photos if possible.


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