Hi, I’ve got few silver knives. The blades are attached into hollow
handles. But after washing in a dishwasher the filling cement broke
inside a handle and the blade is moving. What filling or cement may
I use to attach the blade firmly into a handle? May I use a
dishwasher afterwards to wash the knives? Thank you.
Hi, I've got few silver knives. The blades are attached into
hollow handles. But after washing in a dishwasher the filling
cement broke inside a handle and the blade is moving. What filling
or cement may I use to attach the blade firmly into a handle? May I
use a dishwasher afterwards to wash the knives?
To answer your last question, DONT put any knives or forks or spoons
that have bone, horn, ivory, mother of pearl, wood or simulated ivory
ie from celluloid handles in a dish washer.
anyone who does desrves to get them ruined.
As to repairing your hollow handled knives, the following was used,
pitch, plaster of paris, rosin mixed with powdered chalk.
Try and identify what was used, then track down the same and mix up
or melt, depending what it is, pour into the hollow, press in the
steel tang hold in place true!! till set.
Jeffrey Herman should have the real answer for the knife handle
I use my sterling silver flatware every day. I put it in the
However I always hand wash the knives unless I’ve had a dinner party
and am too lazy/drunk to hand wash. So I set my dishwasher on a
gentle no heat cycle. It is the heat that destroys the knife handle
I also make sure that the dish washer detergent is chlorine free.
This is very important. Chlorine and silver? A big no.
In the years past when I was a liturgical silversmith I used a
formula for knife handles that involved plaster mixed with shellac
and if I recall correctly a little bees wax. I can’t find it or
remember it any more. For the correct formula from a real expert or
someone who can fix the knives perfectly, contact Jeffry Herman at hermansilver.com. He’s “The Dude” when it comes to fine silver
I use dental plaster since it’s more reliable and harder than pitch.
If I had to remove a blade I installed (I haven’t for almost 30
years), I would cut the bolster and drill out the tang. Knives made
after 1950 (approx.), have material called Saureisen, a
concrete-type cement that can be drilled with diamond bits. But I
don’t bother removing the tang because the bur or bit could drift and
go through the knife handle. That wouldn’t happen with the plaster.