Restorations

There are a lot of knives out there that people have sitting in drawers or in tackle and tool boxes that have rusted out due to lack of maintenance and care.  Some of these have made their way to my hands and I've been lucky enough to restore them.  I'll admit that it is in a way....a "fetish".... for the lack of a better word.  For some reason, it drives me nuts to see a nice knife that someone has used and kept for so long that now they've gotten to this level.  

Each piece has a story and it's always fun hearing them from the customer. Even more fun is to return the knife back to the owner after I've gotten to work my magic on it and seeing their excitement.  

If you are interested in having a piece restored or just cleaned up, contact me and we can discuss options.  Depending on the piece, I'm not opposed to putting on new handles and making new sheaths to make those old pieces usable again.


Here's a few photos of various Restorations: There's a bit of a back story on each one too.

This Schrade Old Timer had been handed down to a customer from his father and had been in the family for decades.  In its hay day, it was used regularly and worn almost daily or kept in a tackle box where it was used on family trips to the lake.  It was given to me with a specific request to bring back the beauty of the knife.  She talked to me and we had a great time bringing back her luster to last many more decades.





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This is a unique piece that was handed to me with the request to "fix it". The owner was a former soldier in the US Army and bought this large bowie in Korea.  He used it in the jungle while he was there and at some point took an angle grinder to it in hopes of cleaning it up.  OUCH! So I took it back to my shop and started working on it.  I literally took it all the way apart and refinished all the handle parts individually. Then put a lacquer on the wood to seal it. The blade took considerable work hand filing to refinish the edge geometry and profile to maintain the strength.  The mirror finish on the edge was a happy accident that happened in the finishing so I went with it.  The sheath also required some attention and love to bring it back as well. Now it is ready to go back in the field with a razor edge and new finish to help it last many more years.


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The set here is a couple family heirlooms that a friend has had passed down to him from his grandfather.  The brass had a patina and the steel had lost the luster but was in pretty good shape considering the age.  I refinished and polished them up.  Some of the brass on the smaller sheath had even oxidized to the point that it was getting a buildup of the green residue you see there.  I cleaned it all up and it looks great and are displayed now.




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Here's a simple hunting knife a guy had in his tackle box. It had be used and abused for years.  When he found out I make knives he asked me to put a new edge on it.  When I got it....I couldn't help myself but to clean it up proper.


    

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This is a basic kitchen knife that the customer LOVED and asked me to clean it up.  I reshaped the handle and stained it with a cherry wood dye, polished it up and refinished the satin on the steel.  Then I put a nice edge to finish it off.


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This is my first restoration. I was rummaging through my father's tools in his garage one day looking for some tool to finished working on something at his house when I came across this old Anza file knife. I threw it in my truck and brought it home to play with knowing that I couldn't mess it up more than it already had been beaten up. With a bit of time and elbow grease....and a deburring wheel, I managed to restore the steel and diamond wood handle.  From there I buffed it out with a cloth wheel and put a new edge on it.