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Remember the old knives in a safe?

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by TomADC, Aug 7, 2014.

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  1. TomADC

    TomADC Member

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    New sheathes are back and are left-handed!! I replaced the leather washers on three of these, my thoughts are they aren't rare and they were in really bad shape. Included before and after pictures. I used rubbing compound to clean the blades along with a healthy dose of elbow grease.

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  2. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

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    Impressive job!
     
  3. grter

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    Some would be bothered and say you removed all the precious "patina" (unsightly tarnish) from your collectables and lowered their "value" (some people pay premium for gunky looking metal).

    I call that a real restoration there are so many knives and firearms as well as other old/antique metal items out there that are screaming for a good cleaning repolishing and refinishing before being put to good use for their intended purpose again thus increasing their TRUE value.

    Good work they now look the way they are supposed to.
     
  4. TomADC

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    Thanks my thoughts exactly they are now usable again, doing what they were meant to do.
     
  5. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    Excellent work!!

    They look really great!

    rc
     
  6. bannockburn

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    Nice clean-up and restoration! Thanks for the update as I love the before and after photos.
     
  7. tiamat

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    wow, nice job, those look really good.

    I find the left hand sheath's interesting. Did you make those or are they common items?
     
  8. hso

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    Are the tang stamps still clear?

    Did any of the original sheaths survive/restore?
     
  9. TomADC

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    The three are just about like this one all readable. None of the sheaths were restorable about like the leather washers on the handles. The lefthand sheath was issued with this knife way back when. Knife on the left and 1911 on the right?

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    Well Done.
     
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    Very nice
     
  12. stan rose

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    Very nice restoration. Where did you get the sheaths, if you don't mind me asking?
     
  13. TomADC

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    Sheaths were made by Mike at leathersmithmike.com I sent him one of the original ratty ones and he made these for me. He does great work and prices aren't bad.
    http://leathersmithmike.com
     
  14. Deltaboy

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    Well are you using any of them?
     
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    They're probably now in a different safe...

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  16. TomADC

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    I did put a couple in the motorhome just in case a need a big knife for something.
     
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    I have a Cattaraugus 225Q that was my father's, but no sheath. Any help finding a sheath would be great.
    Thanks.
     
  18. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    Read post #13.

    If he made those, he already has a pattern!

    rc
     
  19. joneb

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    Thank you.
    It would fun to find a original. I have a empty sheath or two but not for this knife :(
     
  20. TomADC

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    Joneb PM me your address and I'll send you one , don't expect a much but you'll have a original you may be able to restore.
    Edit: what I have would be good for a pattern not restorable. I have to have more around here someplace.
    That said I think Mike gets $25 plus shipping a quality product for sure.
     
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  21. joneb

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    PM sent Tom, and thanks.
    Here's a pic of the knife, 011.JPG
     
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