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rebuilding an old knife #6: The finish line, last entry!

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Blog entry by jeffswildwood posted 08-15-2017 08:39 PM 504 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well it rained all day here. So what do I do? Let’s finish this old knife.

When I left off I had the scales glued and ready to go. First task was to trim off the brass. It’s at this point that I found out the dremel is my friend. Made short work of the trim. Next was a trip to the band saw to get things close. I took Bill and Ken’s advice and attempted to make a natural bolster in the handle. So far it look’s like it will work out.

Looks like I got a lot of filing and sanding to do. I set out to get things a little better and sanded, filed and dremeled for hours. The more I did the better it looked and the more I wanted to do. Really got in the groove.

The bolster worked out great. Everything is sanded smooth but I need to fill the gap where I made the bolster. I cut an insert piece from the katalox.

It very little time to trim this up on the band saw, but I still had some more sanding and filing to do. When I was happy with shape I cheated and used my router to round over the edges. This led to more sanding, but it’s the final sanding. Taking it to the finish line!

I did a little re-cleaning on the blade, little last minuet tasks and applied the finish. Two coats of danish oil.

I now have a knife brought from this:

To this:

I am really happy and proud of the restoration. This is my first attempt and I learned a LOT doing this. I would like to thank everyone who gave me advice during the journey. Also to everyone who just took the time to follow my journey on my knife. This is the last entry and the images will be in my project pages. That is when my Son has time to do proper photograhs. Thanks everyone!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".



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Jerry

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#1 posted 08-15-2017 08:42 PM

Very nice job Jeff, next stop – Forged in Fire!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#2 posted 08-15-2017 08:45 PM

Thanks Jerry, I enjoyed the journey. I appreciate you following along!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#3 posted 08-15-2017 09:05 PM

Well done, Jeff! Looks like you’re ready for the knife swap!

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#4 posted 08-15-2017 09:11 PM

Man, that came out great Jeff! Great job working the guard in there and making the scales look seamless. No glue lines or off angles or overhangs or “oopsies” showing. Definitely an “upcycling” to be proud of!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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builtinbkyn

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#5 posted 08-15-2017 09:13 PM

Nice work Jeff! It has a new life and looks great.


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-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)

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#6 posted 08-15-2017 09:14 PM

Thanks Ken, once I started working on it today, I just could’nt stop. It really feels good in the hand. Also thanks for the wood to make the scales. It sure does clean up nice!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#7 posted 08-15-2017 09:16 PM

Good one Bill!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#8 posted 08-15-2017 09:22 PM

Zip, zip, zip ;)

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)

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#9 posted 08-15-2017 10:03 PM

Bout damn time Jeff! LOL Nice job on the restoration!

-- Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity!

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#10 posted 08-15-2017 11:00 PM

Thanks Bill and Dan.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#11 posted 08-15-2017 11:09 PM

Beautiful finish to the restore Jeff! Thanks for blogging it.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#12 posted 08-15-2017 11:59 PM

That’s a great transformation Jeff. I would be proud to do a job that nice. Your feature stripes are well pronounced with the finish on. You will do great in the knife swap.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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jeffswildwood

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#13 posted 08-16-2017 12:05 AM

Thanks guys. I really had fun and learned a lot with this. Dave those stripes were tough! At times I thought I bit off more then I can chew.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#14 posted 08-16-2017 04:14 PM

Very well thought out restoration Jeff. The knife has a new life.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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