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    American Cutlery Co. Chicago Refurb

    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.

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    Super job Dave. Looks beautiful.

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    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.

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    Wow! Really nice. I really like the profile, never seen a profile like that.

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    Good to see your work Dave! As usual you set the standards that other should aspire to!
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    Just beautiful, awesome work.
    You just think you know who he is.

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    looks great!

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    Very nice job, Dave! Well done! I am sure the owner will be very happy...

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    Quote Originally Posted by V1P View Post
    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.

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    Dave, thats ridiculously beautiful.
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