It started as an old bent knife restoration and finished in a totally different direction. After discovering more about the blade and the handle, I decided to age the handle and keep the blade original as possible. Also it has that nice charm of handmade blade.

Bended knife upcoming restoration
Bent knife before restoration.

Adding old pommel and bolster gave an additional nostalgic feel to it. Overhaul I am happy with the result and look.

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Placing the blade in a vinegar bath.
Placing the blade in a vinegar bath.

Since the blade fell out from the handle I put it straight in a vinegar bath. After 12 hours I easily removed all rust. With a help of a steel brush I removed and cleaned the blade. After that I straighten the tang of the blade.  

Straighten the bent tang of the blade.
Straighten the bent tang of the blade.

Furthermore I cleaned even more the blade with a hand cranked grinder but with attached steel brush wheel.

Steel brush wheel in operation.
Steel brush wheel in operation.

This helped me to see better and realize the origin of this blade. It is made out of an old file. So, this came as a surprise to me.   

Here I found out that the blade is made out of a file.
At this point I found out that the blade is made out of a file.

Reshaping the bent blade and sanding

I continued restoration by filing the beveled edge. And immediately after I sanded the blade with 120/240/400/800 and 1200 grit.  

Here I am filing the blade and making a beveled edge.
Here I am filing the blade and making a beveled edge.

The blade was basically ready and as a final step I polished the blade.

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Old bent blade after polishing.
Old bent blade after polishing.

Of course now is time to repair the old handle and first what I did was to cut both ends.   

Cutting the old cracked handle.
Cutting the old cracked handle.

To get a longer handle I reused old pommel and bolster in aluminium.  And glued all parts together with two component epoxy glue.

Knife is glued and ready for the next step.
Knife is glued and ready for the next step.

Then after that I removed surface paint with a rasp and sanded down with 120 and 180 grit. So I was able to burn the handle and add that aged look.

To get a more aged look on the handle I burned the surface layer of wood.
To get a more aged look on the handle I burned the surface layer of wood.

Here is a better look at the handle after applying the homemade beeswax finish.

Finished handle for this old bent knife.
Finished handle for this old bent knife.

And here is final result

Old bent knife is restored and aged.
Old bent knife is restored and aged.

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Finally in hand after restoration.
Finally in hand after restoration.

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52 Comments

  1. It’s too bad you couldn’t save the original finish….that honey-gold hue would’ve been sweet. Still, well done!

  2. I really like the work you do, I know it’s not easy because I do that, but you have all my respect 🤗

  3. if you have vinegar you can soak the blade in it to force a patina for a darker color on the blade

  4. Why don’t you put the vinegar in a tray rather than a jar?,you would’nt have to use so much!🤔

  5. Excelente video, muy buena restauración, insisto en el buen trabajo, impresionante la transformación.
    Cada restauración una belleza para el espíritu así como una joya para la caja de herramientas.
    Muchas gracias por esa dedicación. Felicitaciones por el formato, cada día mucho mejor al igual que sus restauraciones.
    Muchas gracias Sr. Boris – saludos desde Venezuela.
    Éxito

  6. Канал – находка. Качество контента на высоте.

  7. U must restore an Indian knife. BTW nice work 😁😁👍👍. Love from 🇮🇳

  8. 10000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 like like like and like thanks friend

  9. looks good but have to say that blade needs hardening and tempering as isn’t going to hold an edge being soft as it is

  10. Encore une superbe rénovation félicitation pour ce splendide travail et de montrer qu avec de la patience et un très bon savoir faire on fait des miracles et ainsi sauver de beaux couteaux 🤩👍👍👍

  11. Very good, but I would have forced apart the broken handle and repaired the cracks first………but then, I’m not doing the restoration or the video, am I?

  12. Congratulations for your job! I have a question: When do you find this knives?

  13. And as Jack the ripper didn’t have any modern glue because it didn’t existed… he had to put some wire to keep tha grip together…

  14. Another great restauration. your beautiful old knife collection is growing.

  15. Крутая работа!!! 👍👍👍 Ты молодец Друг! 🤜🤛

  16. Ооо!!! Мой самый лучший друг Борис! Рад видеть тебя🤝 и твой новый контент👌🏽 идея доработать рукоятку мне понравилась, в целом смотреться хорошо👍👍👍 Господа давайте накидаем лайков автору за его труды✌🏻🇷🇺

  17. Дружище, прийми во внимание то что при нагреве рукоять может треснуть и эпоксидка может поплыть и потерять свои качества.

  18. Никогда не понимал и не понимаю желание ставить рукоять, которая развалилась. Лучше поставить новую. Нож должен работать

  19. I would rather just oiled the handle without burning it. Nice restoration tho

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