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Dave Martell
01-27-2014, 11:30 AM
Here's a vintage knife that came in for the full refurb. It's a c. 1879-1928 American Cutlery Co. Chicago slicer.

The owner asked that I fix the edge chips, correct the profile, & thin the blade while retaining the maker's mark (which was very lightly done). He also wanted a handle mounted too since apparently knives feel better in the hand with these things. He asked to maintain the full tang if at all possible, and supplied the wood.

The job went well except for the tang as it was just way too thin at the ass end (it was super tapered - the major problem here) and way too thick at the choil with many ups and downs in between. Even though I tried my best to save it I finally had to give up and grind it down. :( I then tried my best to replicate the feel and shape the tang but I sure do wish that I could have saved it none the less.

On the blade finish, I made a conscious decision to leave behind some of the original battle scars on both sides of the blade, sort of like leaving some history to it. It felt wrong to erase it's past completely.

In the end this knife feels great in the hand and surprisingly the blade gets STUPID sharp so I'm sure that the owner will enjoy using it. :)

Here it is.....


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/AmericanCutleryCoDaveMartell1_zpsc1f609ef.jpg




Before
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AFTER
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Before
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AFTER
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Before
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AFTER
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http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010018_zps07ccb253.jpg


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010014_zps7b118ad7.jpg


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010005_zps28e69599.jpg

tripleq
01-27-2014, 11:35 AM
Super job Dave. Looks beautiful.

V1P
01-27-2014, 11:39 AM
Dave, tell me, would it be easier to make a new knife or refurb this one?Lol.

Wow, amazing how you managed to bring this one back from the dead and in the end, it probably looked better than it was new.

Ferry

Chef Andy
01-27-2014, 11:41 AM
Wow! Really nice. I really like the profile, never seen a profile like that.

El Pescador
01-27-2014, 11:52 AM
Good to see your work Dave! As usual you set the standards that other should aspire to!

unkajonet
01-27-2014, 12:14 PM
Just beautiful, awesome work.

EdipisReks
01-27-2014, 01:02 PM
looks great!

daddy yo yo
01-27-2014, 01:16 PM
Very nice job, Dave! Well done! I am sure the owner will be very happy...

Dave Martell
01-27-2014, 02:19 PM
Dave, tell me, would it be easier to make a new knife or refurb this one?Lol.




Hahaha - yeah it might have been easier to make a new one from scratch. :)


Thanks for all the kind words guys.

quantumcloud509
01-27-2014, 03:36 PM
Dave, thats ridiculously beautiful.

brianh
01-27-2014, 03:37 PM
Insane.

ecchef
01-28-2014, 09:43 AM
:bliss:
What more can I say? Beyond all expectations, Dave!

Dave Martell
01-28-2014, 10:58 AM
:bliss:
What more can I say? Beyond all expectations, Dave!


I hope it works even better than it looks. Thanks for the opportunity to do this project Dave. :thumbsup:

rogue108
01-28-2014, 12:16 PM
Dave your refurb work is stunning

NCMK
01-31-2014, 04:53 AM
Beautiful work, bringing life again to an old knife......well done Dave!

ecchef
02-25-2014, 03:31 AM
Messed up the polish this past weekend. :D
22375

Dave Martell
02-25-2014, 08:37 AM
I guess it's working OK for ya? :D