Couple repair jobs

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Project by papadan posted 08-01-2017 07:50 PM 1221 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve had this old Western W49 Bowie knife for a very long time. It’s a 1967 model that the original owner beat the hell out of on a concrete wall. The handles were gone, the blade was beat up and rusted pretty bad. This knife originally had a 12” blade and now it is 11 1/2” due to grinding away the damage. I have blued the blade as a way to prevent rust and the new handle scales are Walnut.

The second knife is a rehandle for a client. The original scales were cracked and pieces missing, looked like someone had hammered the knife into a tree or something. Cleaned up the blade and installed new scales of cross grained Zebra wood. Don’t know a brand on this one, just has OK on the guard.

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#1 posted 08-01-2017 09:01 PM

Nice work making them into usable tools again, Dan.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#2 posted 08-01-2017 10:06 PM

Nice work papadan. I’m a knife collector myself.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#3 posted 08-02-2017 05:09 AM

Two beauties, Dan! Nice Work!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 08-02-2017 11:45 AM

Nice restoration Dan. They both look amazing!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#5 posted 08-02-2017 03:22 PM

The only things I got to repair are these damn old chairs I am repainting. One arm had a busted post, and they were missing some screw hole button inserts. The chairs are that heavily ornate turned stuff from Malaysia made from rubber wood. A total b…. to paint. Hate it.

Repairing those knives really looks like fun. You actually end up with a thing of beauty and practicality, whereas these chairs will always look like used, outdated, cheap stuff that they actually are. They will be good for the purpose, however.

I remember using my Buck knife to pound on something in a pinch, and it left a dent in the brass, but that is all. Gave it character. Someone really abused your two knives… probably so you could have a chance to show off to the rest of us klutzy blokes… (-:

Really nice work…

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#6 posted 08-02-2017 03:23 PM

You did a nice job on refurbishing this bowie knife. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 08-02-2017 07:50 PM

The Bowie was the worst I have ever done. It was my older brother that destroyed it when he was 14, he got mad because he couldn’t take it to school. Same brother that commited suicide at 20. I found it when clearing my Grandparents home in 86.

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#8 posted 08-03-2017 03:07 PM

Gadzooks, Dan. That knife may have bad karma, or worse. What are you going to do with the knife?

I had a knife in my pocket all the time when I went to school. Don’t remember any big knives in school… back in the 50’s, but we didn’t take 9mm’s to school either. There was so little crime and violence in our town nobody thought of a knife being a weapon.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#9 posted 08-03-2017 07:40 PM

When I get some decent leather, I’ll make a sheath for it and probably just leave it in a drawer. No bad karma on the knife, just had an insane owner. I can remember grade school in the 60s, my teacher would borrow my pocket knife when she needed to open something. She knew I always carried one. Nobody ever thought anything about it, even in high school in the early 70s.

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#10 posted 08-04-2017 03:10 PM

Glad to hear the knife has a good soul, was worried about that… (-:

Nowadays, I have to remember to put my Swiss Army knife in the luggage for air travel. That’s unfortunate, because more than once I wished I had it on the plane. I have gotten good about getting it out of my pocket, because they are too expensive to leave at the airport.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#11 posted 08-10-2017 11:41 AM

it looks great Dan.. nothing more satisfying to fix or refurbish an broken or old tool … gr8 job man !!!!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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