Today I am doing old FMM Mora knife restoration. FMM stands for Frosts Matts Mattsson. It is produced under Swedish Knife factory – MORA. The blade is in terrible condition and the handle has two big cracks…
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Disassembling and sanding
At first I couldn’t read clearly the stamp and that is with reason. Quite a thick rust layer. Beside difficult reading it was hard to pull the tang out. With the help of a hammer I managed to separate all parts.
After disassembling I placed the blade in a vinegar bath for 12 hours. While I was waiting I started working on the handle. I sanded with 80 > 120 > 240 grit. At this point I was happy. Then I mixed epoxy glue with sand dust and filled the cracks on the handle.
I left glue to dry and pulled out the blade and bolster from the vinegar bath. After I changed the grinder wheel to steel brush and cleaned all metal parts nicely.
Preparation for polishing wheel
Finally I could clearly see that stamp and real condition of the blade. Since there were deep pit holes I decided to use a file, instead of sandpaper.
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Basically I did the same for bolster and washer. After that I sanded all metal parts with 120 > 240 > 400 and 800 sandpaper grit. I was pleased with the outcome.
Polishing and FMM knife assembly
I did the polishing on the same in previous restorations. I installed a polishing wheel on my hand cranked grinder and started polishing with the FMM knife’s blade. Next step was to see if there is something more to do, if not than I could start assembling.
All looking good, so I started assembling the FMM knife. Assembling was really simple and easy. Instead of using a washer from this knife, I had to use another one. That was because the hole, washer from the knife was just too big now …
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