Some of you took umbrage with my gratuitous hipster-bashing when I shared “How to make an Axe Handle” from The Art of Manliness. Truthfully, I really like the site as a general rule, and check in on it from time to time. TTAK reader AW1Ed was on the ball and caught this post that went live today on restoring a vintage pocketknife.
“Whether you buy an antique knife or one gets passed on to you, it’s likely that it’ll be rusted, grimey, dull…less than ideal for both collecting and using. So how do you go about restoring the knife to its former glory? With some digging on internet forums, as well as talking with a couple antique dealers, I was able to nail down a solid method for cleaning antique pocket knives and ensuring their fine fettle and usability for years to come.”
Obviously this is not something to try on a collector-grade antique, that is a job for professionals. However, for those good garage-sale finds or grandpa’s hand-me downs, this is a solid step-by-step guide.