I haven't had too much time to work on this lately, but I'm trying Son's method. I have soaked the handle in mineral oil and have been really surprised with how much it has come back to life. I will still probably need to apply some epoxy later on, but I am happy a new handle is not needed.
As for the blade:
Man, I have scrubbed the bejesus out of this thing with with some emory and cork with very minimal results. I tried some emory compound and a buffing wheel and got much better results. Most of the big black areas I first thought were patina(but were rust) have come off. However, there is some substantial pitting in at least 30 spots on the surface. This pitting is so deep, and the blade so thin that I don't think I can make them go away without totally ruining the knife.
I can't wait to finish the cosmetic refurb on this, put a good edge on it -and give it back to my boss. This thing has been in his wife's(also my boss) family for God knows how long(maybe a hundred years if Son is right)-and I am happy they will be able to use it again. Maybe for special occasions- for Thanksgiving or a Seder dinner.
I kinda think some knives may have a soul.............as cheesy as that sounds.
So, I went with Son's method and kept it 100% original. Aside from a couple drops of epoxy on the tang and a buttload of elbow grease, I've added nothing. I wish I could've gotten more of the rust spots and pits out but it's such a thin knife to begin with.
I'm astounded by how much the handle came back to life after days of soaking in mineral oil. And impressed by how good of an edge this thing has taken. I just wish I had a giant hunk of meat to slice with this antique.
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very nicely done. sometimes less is definitely more. there are some knives that a complete restoration is not necessary. you gave it its usefulness back and it retains its dignity. The key is when someone who doesn't know what it looked like before can pick it up and say what a cool antique knife you have. It doesn't look new and shiny, it looks like there is history there. Now that may sound strange coming from me with all of my restoration projects, but look carefully at the work most of the guys have done and you will still see the history there. Never, said that emery and cork thing would be easy, it takes time and an incredible amount of patience.lol Every day at work if I have a slow time I scrub a pitted blade with emery and cork, I usually just use water, because it's easier to clean up if I get busy.
Did you experience any overgrind issue?
nice job. Next thing you know you will be looking at how to re-handle one of them.
Nice! I think that handle is cool.
I was surprised by how quickly I was able to sharpen this. No overgrind issues-I know some of the pics make it look weird though. I did a 1k to 4k to 8k no problem, less than an hour. However there were (and still are) some serious and I mean serious grind marks all over this piece. It looks like someone tried to sharpen this thing on concrete at some point in time. I do wish I could have done more to cosmetically fix it, but just too thin of a blade-really flexible too. I hated to see it go, but my boss was stoked with what I did. I'm happy it will get used again after over 30+ years of being in storage.
Originally Posted by Benuser
Thank you for your answer! My question raised because of the fatal but too common combination of rust near the edge and a lot of steeling in the past. Happy to hear it wasn't the case here.
Perhaps you should renegotiate your salary in a week or two, before he forgets...