My first two larger vintage knives that I refurbished the scales for...

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Project by MadJester posted 09-25-2014 06:46 PM 2268 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Over the winter I picked up a new hobby…the first one that started it is the one with the maple handle (looks like a mini butchers knife). It is a vintage J. Russell & Co. Green River Works blade…the old handle was just crapped out. The second one is a vintage Remington blade…I’m not sure exactly what wood the handle is, just some scrap that I came across. Both have a few mistakes…always learning along the way. I used an end piece from a vintage silver plated spoon for the guard…I think next time I may attach it the other way around with the larger portion on the top. I’ve left both blades clean, but still showing their age…I like the rustic look. I’ll find more along the way and post them when I’m done…hope you like them!

-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

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#1 posted 09-25-2014 10:30 PM

Looks good Sue. I really like the first knife you have there. The spoon worked out great.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#2 posted 09-26-2014 01:39 AM

You want some real fun. Go to Ebay for knife blanks. There are some 440C Stainless Steel blanks being sold for less than $10. They are fair quality and come in a multitude of patterns. Put some scales and make a sheath and you have a hunting knife for one of the hunters in your family this Xmas.

They don’t take too long and you can design whatever you like. They sell leather sheaths but it is more fun to make them.

Nice work on you knife refurbishing. Some of the old knives are better than today’s knives and need to be preserved.

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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#3 posted 09-26-2014 02:03 AM

Looks great.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 09-26-2014 03:12 AM

Nice job, resurrecting and restoring.
Looking forward to seeing more….

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#5 posted 09-26-2014 05:01 AM

Thanks guys…I’m more into doing the vintage knives Old Wrangler, but that’s where I’ve picked up some of my old vintage knives…you can usually find them pretty cheap, especially when they are all beat to hell…..but I like the rough look…Thanks Monte, Randy and Chris…I’ll have plenty more…I have a little drawer filled with vintage knives that I plan on working on over the coming winter…that, and about a ton of other stuff that I can now get back to doing since the shop is back up and running!! :D

-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

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#6 posted 09-26-2014 02:05 PM

Nice work Susan…... Col. Bowie would be proud :^)

Old Wrangler…. it’s all about the steel.

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#7 posted 09-26-2014 02:06 PM

I have to hide this from my son! He’d be raiding the silverware drawer for knife guards! Clever idea, Sue! Mistakes are how we learn. Great job on these. Looking forward to seeing more! Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#8 posted 09-27-2014 10:30 AM

Neat idea using the spoon!

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#9 posted 09-28-2014 05:48 AM

Thanks Candy, Matt and Doe! I came across the idea for the spoon hilt somewhere on the internet, but not sure where…I only saw the one reference for it, and just thought it was super neat…I’ve been using the old spoons for over a year making coat hooks, key ring hooks and key chains…I love finding new uses for them…I have a friend that makes bracelets and I’ve made some pendants and earrings from them as well…they are fun to play with and I find them absolutely all over the place at nearly every yard sale I go to…It’s all plated though…getting super hard to find anything pure silver these days…everyone turned them in for scrap when the market crashed a few years ago and finding any on eBay is super expensive…but the plated stuff is just as good for these purposes….

-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

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