Original US LF & CO 1917 knuckleknife


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carolyn1012
August 30, 2009, 04:55 AM
Hi, I have a original LF & Co 1917 ,WW1 knuckleknife. I want to sell it but it needs to be cleaned up, has some rust. I have been advised by a couple of antique dealers not to clean. I know there is some way I can clean this up without damaging it. They do. Can someone please give me some expert advise?? THNX!!

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hso
August 30, 2009, 05:13 AM
Can you provide a picture so we have an idea of where the rust is and how severe?

The first step is to soak the affected area in penetrating oil overnight and then try to clean it with an oily rag. Do this two or three times.

A soft brush can be used carefully to try to get more rust off during another soak.

Leave it at that because any more aggressive methods will render it valueless.

DAVIDSDIVAD
August 30, 2009, 07:34 AM
Is it new rust or old rust?


I would respectfully disagree with Hso, and not touch it with penetrating oil.

Mineral oil will prevent new rust without harming the old, valuable stuff.


EDIT: sometimes, old stuff like that has a distinctive scent, as well.

Penetrating oil can mask this scent.

Dimis
August 30, 2009, 12:04 PM
seriously DONT CLEAN IT the value may acctualy decrease when you clean it

antique dealers and pawn shops will always tell you that your ruining the piece when you try and clean it up your best bet is to get a few estimits on its value right now

how much are you looking to sell it for i may be interested PM me and let me know

carolyn1012
August 30, 2009, 09:58 PM
I really appreciate the advice of all parties. I am going to post a picture tomorrow. Tell me what ya think?

Black Toe Knives
August 31, 2009, 01:37 AM
DON'T CLEAN IT!

I have seen the value drop 80% when someone try to clean and antique weapon.

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