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Cleaning A Bone Handled Knife.

Discussion in 'Knives & Tools' started by Redcap 114, Aug 21, 2019.

  1. Redcap 114

    Redcap 114 Donator (Les)

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    Hi all,

    My mate in Scarborough, sent me a knife that he had purchased for £2 at a Car Boot Sale ten years ago, he knew that I had started collecting knives and decided to give me this one @walter Often.

    I wanted a knife like this as I used to carry one all the time in the late 50s early 60s when in the Boy Scouts.

    This knife looks a lot shorter than the one that I used to carry, and it used to go everywhere with me, maybe it’s because I was smaller then, who knows?

    I have a question for you knife buffs, what is the best way to bring the handle back to life? I would also be grateful for any tips on bringing the blade back to life.

    He also sent me a pen knife made from a 12 gauge shell casing. He is a bloody good mate, he is looking for more knives for me at his local car Boot Sales in Scarborough.

    Best regards.
    Les.

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    walter Often Busy Member

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    Well done Les! Brilliant mate. I'm pleased for you my friend. Proper strong old knife mate. I was waiting for this. I reckon that will clean up really well Les. I'd like to see some pics when you've refurbished it mate.
    "Make new friends but keep the old, the new are silver, the old are gold"
    Well done to your old mate Les.
    All the best.
    Walter
     
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    walter Often Busy Member

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    I don't know if this site might help you Les? Worth a look mate I reckon.
    Respect
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    PW1 Shooting the breeze.

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    I would use a stiff toothbrush for the handle, maybe with isoproponyl rather than water, but I would cover the leather bits with tape while I cleaned the bone. I used to have one as a gun and scout, it's probably still in the family with a brother.

    I think it is antler not bone.

    Regards
    Peter
     
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    walter Often Busy Member

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    Nice one Peter. Les will definitely find the answer very soon on this forum for sure.
    Walter
     
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    PW1 Shooting the breeze.

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    I use antler quite a bit in pens I make and it is very porous, that's why I wouldn't use water, but it has probably seen a lot of water in it's life time :thumb:

    Regards
    Peter
     
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    Redcap 114 Donator (Les)

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    Thanks Walter,

    Brian is a real star, believe it or not, we have never actually met, we have been mates on the Northern Relic Hunters Forum for several years now.

    We Skype every week and that way we are able to show each other our recent acquisitions and when I was Detecting, my finds, Brian still detects and still shows me his finds when we are Skyping. He is brilliant. I have done similar for him, I’ve purchased the odd things that I know he wanted and I’ve sent them to him FOC. It’s superb to have a mate like him.

    If you Skype Walter, then give me a shout and we can have a natter.

    All the best mate.
    Les.
     
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    Redcap 114 Donator (Les)

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    Thanks Peter.

    Regards.
    Les.
     
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    Redcap 114 Donator (Les)

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    Many thanks Walter.

    Regards.
    Les.
     
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    Over to you Peter.....respect mate. I know how to get a good edge on a blade......and I thoroughly enjoy it mate. But I definitely wouldn't know how to best bring that handle back to life without having to do some research mate. A great thread Les has started here. I look forward to watching it.
    Nice one mate.
    Walter
     
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    Redcap 114 Donator (Les)

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    Thanks Peter,

    I think that you are probably right, antler yes, it’s just because I’ve called them bone handled since I was a kid, definitely antler.

    Best regards.
    Les.
     
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    I've heard of it Les.....but I don't know what it is. I'll have a look up mate. I reckon that blade would come up nice with wet n dry and a metal polish mate. I'd love be let loose on the blade with my Lansky and leather strop! Enjoy.
    All the best
    Walter
     
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    Redcap 114 Donator (Les)

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    Many thanks Walter.

    All the best.
    Les.
     
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    ballkeeper Engaging Member

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    very nice knife, i do have a liken for bone/antler handles on knifes [only have 1 at the mo]
     
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    Redcap 114 Donator (Les)

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    Thanks Ballkeeper,

    Yes mate, I like them to, just something about them, makes them feel like a real mans knife.

    Regards.
    Les.
     
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    8D4C6377-0E70-4B53-B2DA-06EC146C62DE.jpeg Some good old hot soapy water and a scotch bright pad will bring it up nice then let it all dry out then try and get hold of some leather oil like neatsfoot oil and coat the whole handle let it soak in then wipe off try that here’s one I’ve just made to order with niolox stainless blade and antler and left handed.
     
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    Redcap 114 Donator (Les)

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    Thanks for the tips Bladesmith

    I will give that a try mate. That’s a lovely knife that you have made there, it looks really superb.

    Thanks again.
    Regards.
    Les.
     
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    2506sendero Legend in his own mind & living on the edge.

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    Good tips from @Bladesmith there, the knife is so old and has had so much use, that the antler will be self stabilised with blood & sweat anyway, so the antler will not be damaged by water ingress.
    A nice looking old school knife that has been used as God intended :cool:
     
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    Redcap 114 Donator (Les)

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    It certainly is Paul

    Thanks mate, I had one of those when I was about 12 onwards, I thought that they were longer, but it was probably just because I was smaller. I’m am so pleased to get the chance to own one again, especially since it was a gift from my mate in Scarborough, a lovely gesture on his part as he only paid £2 for it on a boot sale 10 years ago.

    Why don’t you send me some photographs of some of the knives that you intend to sell Paul, with prices and I will see what I can do?

    PS. I covered the leather bits with Renapur Wax, and they are looking good.

    All the best.
    Les.
     
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