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Can Anyone Help? Knife Restoration Needed

Discussion in 'Knives & Tools' started by ibo7, Jun 9, 2019.

  1. ibo7

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    Today I found my dad's old hunting knife, he died 8 years ago and all I have of his is his binoculars, a harmonica and this knife.
    It's probably not been used in 15 years or more and has signs of pitting (I think that's what it is) and the visible wear but still opens and closes just fine.
    My question is; can this be restored to its former glory or best kept as a memento? I would just love to have this with me when I go hunting, like he's with me in a way.
    I'm rubbish with tools so I wouldn't have a clue what to do, is there somewhere I can take this to be restored? IMG_20190609_104728.jpg IMG_20190609_104711.jpg IMG_20190609_104657.jpg
     
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    I would join and ask the same question on Edgematters Discussion Forum,I'm sure someone will come along who can help.I had my grandfathers pocketknife refurbished by a Sheffield pocketknife maker and it's a treasured possession now.
     
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    Having seen your pictures now,I don't think you need get involved with a knife maker.
    To me it just needs a good clean,solvol autosol or similar mild abrasive polish on the blade,brasso on the bolsters,any decent furniture wax on the scales then a lube and sharpen.If the blade doesn't clean up completely,no problem,it's called patina.
     
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    I agree with nrj, it should clean up nicely with minimal effort. The scales may well becovered in a layer of oily dirt but that should clean off easily enough. Just try with a touch of brasso and see how it goes.
     
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    It well worth saving its just like my BUCK Folding Hunter. Its a good Knife if it is. Just clean it up with a dremmel oil it well and use it. Due to abuse on my part the blade developed sideways movement. I think i hit it with a hammer to cut something. (ashamed really) Anyway i padded it and put it in a vise and gave it a good squeeze. I wouldnt say its as good as new but the blade does not wobble about any more.
     
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    I'm assuming the bolsters are the brass ends? And the scales are the wooden pieces?
     
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    It does look identical in every way, it doesn't have a BUCK stamp on the blade but maybe older ones didn't anyway.
    Thanks for identifying it!
     
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    Don't overdo the abrasive and scratch blade or impregnate wood with grit. A plastic pan scourer and cooking oil will shift a lot of gunk.
     
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    Snap... I have a similar knife that I have had for over 20yrs .. 89B2EC3F-535A-4895-96E7-60DB5185512F.jpeg mines not a Buck
     
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    Seems like it was a popular knife back in the day then! This one could easily be 20-30 years old but I have no clue really. Buck or not it doesn't matter, it's just a name
     
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    It is quite easy to clean up / the brass you can polish up with autosol or similar / I’ve got hard wood on my one that could be sanded with very fine sand paper or even wire wool ... I’ve got a professional polishing machine in my workshop so it would only take me 2 mins to do
     
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    They were everywhere back in the early 90’s ... less than a fiver if I remember but I got my one for free off of a friend ..... my one has been kept in the drawer and never gets used ... the blade steel is not very good so I wouldn’t waste anytime trying to put an edge on it ... my wood has a chunk taken out of it on one side so it’s not much good for anything now
     
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    I'd start with a gentle scrub to the outside, followed by a bit of Danish oil or similar. For the blade I'd start with a pan scourer and a bit of oil, which looks like all it may need other than sharpening.
     
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    It may be a Buck copy. I think it would be named if it was on the blade. Mine is. Cost a lot of money back then. I have had mine about 30 years.
     
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    Mine is stamped by that well know maker “stainless steel” lol
     
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    Its definately not a Buck 110,it is a copy,probably from the Far East,that doesn't matter,it's your fathers old knife ,makes it priceless to me.Avoid wire wool etc,just a gentle clean is all it needs,brasso all the metal parts to start with and see how it looks,try some pledge or similar on the wooden scales,don't destroy the patina,remember that the last hands that held it where your dads.
     
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    I would just go over all of it with 600 and then 1000 grit wet n dry and then use solvol or similar on the metal then a bit of the oil of your choice on the wood.
     
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    It's a very common 'design' and looks just like my Puma. Most will sharpen up nicely but may not hold their edge if abused but would only need touching up before use to do the job. Due to its history it's well worth tidying, just take it slowly and I'm sure you'll be well pleased with the results.
     
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    Thanks everyone I'm going to give it a clean myself, never done it before but surely even I can do it!
    What should I use to lube the action?
     

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