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Knife restoration

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Msbell09, May 22, 2020.

  1. Msbell09

    Msbell09

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    May 22, 2020
    Can you please help this is my first post, I found my fathers trench dagger and I’m wanting it restored can you please advise me on companies to use.
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  2. Msbell09

    Msbell09

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  3. BitingSarcasm

    BitingSarcasm Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 25, 2014
    There are a large number of threads and tons of information on DIY restoring to be found using the search function in https://bladeforums.com/forums/maintenance-tinkering-embellishment.794/ . The big question with restoration is whether to only stabilize an item of historical or personal interest or to fully restore and remove any historical value besides sentimental. The smaller issue, and the reason why the DIY restore has so much info, is that hiring it out to a professional can get pricey. It is amazing what results you can get with a brass wire wheel, some fine steel wool, and mineral oil--which will set you back under $20. Look up how to post pics on the forums, and that will also really help people give you a direction to take.
     
  4. Msbell09

    Msbell09

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    May 22, 2020
    Thanks for the reply I’m just wanting a list of materials I will need might try it myself yet
     
  5. jideta

    jideta Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 8, 2020
    youtube search

    materials depend on what condition it is and again, what kind of restoration you are interested in
     
  6. Msbell09

    Msbell09

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    May 22, 2020
    It’s cleaning it up rust removal and to clean the handle
     
  7. Retired UPS Driver

    Retired UPS Driver Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 25, 2019
  8. Msbell09

    Msbell09

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  9. foxdoublegunner

    foxdoublegunner

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    Aug 20, 2010
    Msbell,
    I just recommend that you start slowly and use the least invasive methods first and go one from there. Take your time. It is easy to remove material but once removed, it can't be added back. Decide how much of the "history" you are willing to remove. All of those marks, dings, gouges, scratches and even rust were earned.

    Good luck
     
  10. Bradenk1987

    Bradenk1987 Basic Member Basic Member

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    Nov 11, 2013
    I wouldn’t touch it until you find out exactly what it is first. Just my 2 cents.
     
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  11. kvaughn

    kvaughn Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 28, 2005
    This! Post pics and find out what it is. Even if it's just sentimental value, You don't want to buff off the character of a piece.
    That said, nothing more abrasive than 0000 steel wool and mineral oil would probably be safe to move forward with.--KV
     
  12. Msbell09

    Msbell09

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    May 22, 2020
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  13. jideta

    jideta Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 8, 2020
    Thats some character there...if I were you I'd leave it as is.
    Maybe oil it up to inhibit corrosion.
    Make a plaque and hang it on the wall.
     
  14. Msbell09

    Msbell09

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    May 22, 2020
    Anybody ID this knife/dagger
     
  15. herisson

    herisson Apple slicing rocking chair dweller Platinum Member

    Mar 11, 2013
    It's definitely an interesting piece. Not a Fairbairn/Sykes and not a V42 (the crowd). Oil it very lightly and put it away until you dig out relevant information. Could be WW1, just saying.
     
  16. Msbell09

    Msbell09

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    May 22, 2020
    With what oil? It’s also got paint on the handle?
     
  17. Msbell09

    Msbell09

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    May 22, 2020
    Think my dad got it when in the 4/5 commando marines
     
  18. herisson

    herisson Apple slicing rocking chair dweller Platinum Member

    Mar 11, 2013
    Just some drops of Camelia oil (tea seed oil). It's non agressive and very preservative. Don't scrub, rub off anything... until you know. I'm not a dagger/specialist but this one looks intriguing : hollow grind and Kabar style leather stacked handle. It shows the signs of an intense past. And last, but not least, it looks damn good.
     

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