October 19, 2010, 08:16 PM
My Mother-in-law found this old Green River skinner at some sale in Florida. It was in bad shape when she sent it to me and it has sat around for a few months. Well I finally decided to play around with it and see what I could do. I wish I had a "before" photo but the Wife had the camera when I started and my camera phone shot is terrible. I was intending to remove the scales and put new ones on it but after removing 15 coats of gooped on polyurethane and a little rasping and filing the scales turned out to be some nice walnut. The blade was very rusty and appeared to have fallen into a garbage disposal. The tip was pretty mangled so I used the large grinding stone we have at work to do a little cosmetic surgery and grind away the scars. I kept the blade tip cool with water so there was no damage to the hardness of the tip. The rust on the blade came off with a some steel wool and elbow grease. I enjoy reclaiming old blades once in a while. This one will make a nice skinner for my son.