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Dave Martell

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Here is K-fed's vintage carbon Bresduck Sabatier that's been completely refurbed. I started by re-setting the profile where the heel/tang section had been neglected during sharpening, then I removed rust from the blade through grinding and thinned it a bit at the same time, then a new buckeye burl handle was installed (not an easy one at all - the tang and bolster were so whacked!!!), then finished up with an overall polish/clean & sharpen.

This was a fun diversion from the norm - thanks K! :)






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Dave,

The finished product is absolutely beautiful. Nice job.
 

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Clearly an improvement, maybe you do know what you are doing after all ;) Nice piece of burl also.

Stefan
 

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Is the buckeye burl dyed?


That's very fine work indeed.
 

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awesome job, Dave -- that knife looks great!
 

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Beautiful workmanship. It's cool how you were able to grind on the blade, but able to save the logo. This knife when new never looked this good.
 

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Great (too great), now I have to go to eBay and start shopping for vintage Sabs.

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Thanks for all the kind words folks. :)


To answer some of the questions/statements...

The wood isn't dyed (well not that I'm aware of anyway) and it was quite a lot lighter before the final stages of sanding.

I got real lucky with the preservation of the maker's mark. This is something that I was afraid would disappear (as they often do) but the luck came from a deep stamping that somewhat deformed the blade face making an impression. I was able to grind pretty deep and not touch the maker's mark until the final steps - SWEET!

I'd love to do another (or 10) of these because it was fun. Please feel free to go run up the bids on ebay. LOL :D
 

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Hey Dave...remember this?:)
 

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How's about I send you an old Sheffield for rehabilitation? :funfunfunfun:
 

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Jaw dropping... I can't wait to see it in person. I may have to send you my other sab for a new dress.
 

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Looks great, Dave.

Any reason you didn't just grind that bolster around the choil completely off? I don't mean the bolster that is part of the handle, but the part that create sharpening problems.
 

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Outstanding Dave .
ya know a couple of those pictures posted on some of the gourmet sites or forums could start something.
 

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Looks great, Dave.

Any reason you didn't just grind that bolster around the choil completely off? I don't mean the bolster that is part of the handle, but the part that create sharpening problems.

I felt that it was best to leave the Sabatier look which is somewhat that full bolster style so I made corrections to allow the knife to go to the stones without problems now. The idea is to sharpen the bolster and edge as one.
 

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Next time we need a WIP. I would be curious to know how who got it to look that spectacular, unless it was just a ton of sweat.
 

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Next time we need a WIP. I would be curious to know how who got it to look that spectacular, unless it was just a ton of sweat.

I think that the knifemaking has played a role in me getting better at this type of stuff. I noticed how quick I was able to do some of the finishing bits that used to take me forever to do before and the handle shaping was a cinch from all the rehandles I've got to do so yeah I really do believe that this is the reason why this one went so well.

Maybe I'll do a WIP some day but if I know myself I'd forget to stop and record what I'm doing because I can really get into the work and time just disappears and the next thing it's done. It sure would be cool do document some of this stuff sometime though.
 

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