The handles of knives, forks, and similar articles, that have come off by being put in hot water, may be fastened on in the following manner:
1. Take powdered resin and mix with it a small quantity of powdered chalk, whiting or slaked lime. Fill the hole in the handle with the mixture, heat the tang of the knife or fork and thrust in. When cold it will be securely fastened.
2. Take one lb. resin and 8 oz. sulphur, melt together, form into bars, or when cold reduce to powder. One part of the powder is to be mixed with half a part of iron filings, brick dust or fine sand; fill the cavity of the handle with the mixture and insert the tang, previously heated.
3. Brick dust and powdered resin, make a very good composition. It may be melted and poured into the handle, or powdered and then put in, and the tang inserted warm.
4. Chopped hair, flax, hemp or tow, mixed with powdered resin and applied as above.
5. One pound colophony, 8 oz. sulphur; melt, and when cool reduce to powder. Mix with this some fine sand or brick dust, and use as stated.
6. Take a portion of a quill, put it into the handle, warm the tang and insei't it into the quill in the handle, and press it firmly. This is a simple method, and answers the purpose required very well.