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Knives of Alaska

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by gizamo, Feb 22, 2009.

  1. gizamo

    gizamo Well-Known Member

    I'm posting pics of this rig in as found condition. The last time the knifes were out, they were used to cape out a Moose... I can remember years ago, lusting after a set of originals from the 1990's...but could never afford the price. But at todays Ancient Ones gunshow in Augusta, Maine ~ A fellow had a price of $70 dollars on this set...

    I'll get around to cleaning and restoring the knives and redoing the leather...but for now, this is as-found condition... :)

    Knives of Alaska, Brown Bear set...


  2. James T Thomas

    James T Thomas Well-Known Member

    money well spent


    The appearance is that they have been exposed to water, but have not been allowed to remain wet.

    I would get some neatsfoot oil on that leather before handling it and inducing cracks.

    There is a thread, elsewhere here on THR about powder marks on the face of a stainless revolver, and one of the posters called it "patina." Which is a term I have heard about antiques that have seen a lifetime and no attempt has been made to polish them.

    So, I would leave that "patina" on the blades; though your tastes may vary from mine.

    I'm interested to know how your effort to restore the blade edge on that D2 steel goes. That is, a few strokes with a steel, or major stone work? However, I believe KOA has a warranty of returning those knives to the factory for a free and full restoration of the edges, that if true, I would not pass up.

    You have a good deal. They are just like the many good condition -used pistols mentioned here at THR. Some "patina" from use, but not abuse, and otherwise, perfectly functional.
  3. bikerdoc

    bikerdoc Moderator

    Your a lucky man, congrats you found a nice bargain!
  4. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Most excellent find!

    My dentist had me re-point and sharpen his little caper like yours, only with a stag handle.

    It was a heck of a good blade!

  5. T.A.DAVISON knife maker

    T.A.DAVISON knife maker Well-Known Member

    Way to go gizamo, congrats on the new knives.

    Make sure ya post an update with new leather? :)

  6. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    Neatsfoot for the leather.

    Copper or brass wool/brush and oil for the metal.

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