2024-05-04 (Sa) EleKSCo Tournament knife repair day 1

Grindfest, the yearly biohacker gathering, hosts electric knife fights. The initial reason was to safely simulate how people found themselves in violent situations with other humans. However, it became a tradition that stuck because it bonded people and was exciting.

I have been building and rebuilding the knives for several years, but they needed some serious refurbishment this time. One of the blades was crooked, and when I took the knife apart, I found cracked rubber along one of the coupler nuts. I replaced the blade by cutting up a practice knife and moving the nuts to the new one.
Bent until broken

The remaining knives required new layers of aluminum tape along the blades. With a precise template for cutting them, I ensured they were all fresh and ready for action. The red plastic switch adapters, although roughed up from the previous activity, were meticulously smoothed with an acetone swabbing.
Three refurbished knives

Hackaday.io EleKSco page.
Thingiverse page for switch adapter.
GitHub EleKSco repo.
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