Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by TomADC, Dec 21, 2013.
Blades are stamped Cattaraugus the model I believe is 225Q.
still a little like finding treasure
i love mine, use it around the yard cutting and chopping and whatnot, a real tank and i love the look of the blade
whats the plan with them? try and clean any up? rehandle?
PS so are all the knives stamped Catt 225Q? if so then some of those sheaths are not the original for the knife...
I also have some BSA eating sets the knife, fork, spoon in a small leather case and a full length set in a vinyl case, plus a Nazi eating set?
You shouldn't do that to them. Cattaraugus are collectable and the knives would be of interest to collectors (ebay) if they're not damaged in a mistaken attempt to "restore" them.
Soak the blades in Kroil, or an equivalent penetrating oil, for an hour and scrub them with a terry cloth towel soaked in Kroil. Use saddle soap for the leather and then a quality leather dressing.
WD-40 is best for displacing water (Water Displacing). It isn't good for leather at all. You could use Ballistol on both, but I'd still use a penetrating oil on the blades first.
To a collector the patina of age is far more valuable than any attempt to "restore" a knife.
This is the WD-40 I'm thinking of using.
They are worth more 'As is - As found' to military knife collectors and/or restorers on eBay then they will be worth if you ruin them with rust stripper, or anything else.
Leave the rust & patina to someone who knows how to deal with it properly without destroying it totally.
Here are a couple of Western L-77 Commando's .
I replaced the leather handle on the bottom one.
I would not have paid top dollar for it with missing handle washers if someone had used rust stripper on it.
2. Listen to HSO to save them as best possible now.
As to the knives themselves, I'll reiterate, Cattaraugus knives, even in this condition, are valued by collectors.
I'm sure you think using aggressive chemicals to remove the rust and bead/grit blasting the surface will improve the knives, but what you want to do will reduce the value to a collector to zero. It may not make sense to you, but RC and I are providing the best possible advice to you if you want to sell them.
If you want to keep them for your family, you can follow the advice you're most comfortable with.
I still think its one of the cooler threads ive read in a while
Thanks and Good Luck
HSO is right. There is no need to feel guilty about selling something in any given condition, given that you disclose it properly. If you tried to sell those and pretended they were in excellent, perfectly preserved condition, there would be an issue, but many collectors are into stuff that has aged poorly, rather than stuff that has been restored.
As far as messing with the handles and blades - I say suspend future damage and remove scale but stay away from power tools/abrasives and don't bother trying to re-handle them as they came from the factory with very particular imperfections on ALL handles in the final preparation of the surface of the washers and to do too good a job would load to cries of phony re-pops.
Keep whatever you want for yourself and do whatever you want with them.
As for the rest, don't even lift a finger other than to put them in the mail after you sell them.
Please do not mess with their condition and let somebody in on those. There is no shame in turning over something from the family to somebody that will really appreciate it.
I parted with a beautiful model 40 lemon squeezer that I literally found in my father's effects as he lay dying. I never heard the story on it...had never seen it before and he couldn't talk. During a time a severe economic hardship I sold it for a good price. It was purchased by a well respected law enforcement officer who had been searching for years for such a back up gun. He was also an afficiando of fine firearms. His eyes lit up when he saw it. He paid a good price, my boy got to finish college, and to this day that man loves that thing and trusts his life to it as he serves the community.
Parting with something with history need not be a bad thing if it goes to someone who cares. Firing up a wire wheel would be the real shame. And shoot, if you want to make one or two of those personal projects...fixe up real nice for yourself...well hey, that's great too.
Happy New Year!
HSO is giving you the straight scoop. They're worth more now, as is, to a collector who will spend the money to have them properly, professionally restored than if you tried to yourself. Even if you think they look hideous.
If I had found these, I would pick the ones I want to keep, then make a deal with someone who knows how to restore them, "here, if you can restore these three, you can pick any other five in trade to do with as you please."
That said, hso and rcmodel speak wisdom.
Oh, and that Quartermaster pattern? One of my favorites. On my to-have list when I can afford one.
a few years back i found one at a flea market in a case that had a handle that looked like glass, perfect and a bright blade, polished so brightly you needed sunglasses... he was asking $125 bucks had it listed as mint... no shortage of people thinking this was a unused pristine example... cept anbody that knows even a little about this pattern knows the rough center on the handle was on all of them, not just user inflicted damage, i wouldnt have paid $20 bucks for his, re worked and over priced
these might be collectible as is, actually they probably are but they are only original once. does any one know somebody refurbishing these? and would the cost to refurbish one be prohibitive given the availability of original pieces?
If it were me, I'd do whatever I dang well wanted with them.
I'm no collector and not any self proclaimed expert on them but i am into several different hobbies that have a collectible side.
Personally, I get about sick and tired of hearing collectors go on and on about finishes, condition, patina etc. You know patina right? Ancient word for "wasn't taken care of". I think I'd go ahead and clean up a couple for personal use just to tick them off, but that's just me. The"purists" go on and on about original condition then half the time go ahead and do a restoration themselves (or payfor one) and end up bragging about how good it looks, how's much its worth and what a deal they got or how much they spent. Or even worse, take a perfectly useful Item that was meant to be used and that with care COULD be used for many years with little change in appearance and lock it away in a case never to see the light if day except when they take it out to show it off. I also don't understand why people love items that were used hard by a person 100 years ago but can't stand the idea of modern day use of that same item.
Cast iron, old wooden bows and guns are mainly the items I'm familiar with this happening. With all of those items, I use every single one I own as long as they are not broken. Like I said, I'm no knife expert and it sounds like there a few guys here who are and I mean no disrespect to them. It's just that I've usually found that there are quite often at least two sides to the collector story. There are collectors who want only original mint condition items, (usually these are the guys who like to brag about how much an item cost them), those who want to see age on an item and even some who like stuff that is mostly rust. And lastly those who just want items to use because they work well. Short of like the"living history" thing. That's fine. I just hate it when people get all bent out of shape because someone else doesn't see it the same way. And honestly, I just realized that by typing this post, I'm putting myself in that same category and pushing my opinion. Oh well, rather than delete all that, I'll leave it for Canon fodder. My main point is that YOU get to decide what you do with them.
I think from what I read here, you've got some knowledgeable people trying to help you get the most money for your stuff but what about guys who just want to use something? What if a guy likes to tinker? Maybe he wants to customize an item for his own use? Yes the advice to not mess up those knives is valid IF ALL YOU CARE ABOUT IS MAKING MONEY WITH THEM. I think I'd be cleaning them up and giving them to my kids TO USE, maybe save a couple for the grand kids that will come along someday or even just for spares. You can always compromise, do some research to determine market value, then decide if the money matters more than having something that was your dad's. Who knows, if the value is high enough to the collector types, maybe you can keep all the ones you want for your self and laugh all the way to the bank about the rest.
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