Peening consists in stretching the metal on a piece of work in order to alter its shape. In peening a piece is struck with the hammer. The blow must be quick and sharp. The result is that the metal is stretched at the point where the blow is struck.
-Machine shop work; a comprehensive manual of approved shop methods, including the construction and use of tools and machines, the details of their efficient operation, and a discussion of modern production methods (1918)
The tang of a knife is the projecting shank, prong, fang, or tongue that connects the blade with the handle.
The end of the tang is the piece of steel that's visible in the middle of the brass buttplate.
The buttplate is held on to the handle by peening the end of the tang (which sticks out through the hole) down onto the buttplate. Your handle is horn, which can shrink with changes in temperature and humidity, causing the buttplate to become loose. (Horn can also crack if you hit it with a hammer, which is why I said "carefully
peen the tang").
As for Gorilla Glue, I've never used it, but their website
makes it sound like they
think it's good enough to do the job.
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