I just received this Samuel Lee Landers Frary and Clark butcher knife, picked up on eBay for $25 (and ugh, shipping). Right off the bat I could tell this is a good working knife for me and surprisingly comfortable. I'm keeping it, hope to have a lot of use it, but have a couple questions:
Where can I get info on dating these? The nomenclature appears etched into the blade, not stamped. Any other feedback or opinions of these knives?
Second question, I would like to lightly sand the handle and steam out some dents, then finish off with Watco Danish finish. Is that sacrilege and am i going to destroy collectable value that some day, ( like when leave it behind for my kids to deal with) it will have minimal value?