In today’s post I am gonna show you how I restored a knife’s blade for under $2. For this you don’t need any power tools or expensive material. Basically, just sandpaper and some kind of polishing paste to get mirror finish.

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This is how the blade looks like before restoration.

Please keep in mind the key to successful old blade restoration is in sanding and that will take some time. For example, in my case I used approximately 5 hours for sanding. 

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Sanding the blade

Masking the handle before sanding the blade.
Masking the handle before sanding the blade.

I started with 400 grit and realized I needed to go back to 120 grit because some of the markings were too deep for 400 grit. So, I did exactly that.

Sanding the old knife's blade with 400 grit sandpaper.
Sanding the old blade with 400 grit sandpaper.

After 120 grit I used 240, then 400 again and after that 800 grit. I finished with 1200 grit sandpaper. I did all sanding dry, it was more convenient for me in this case but you can do wet sanding as well. So, just be sure your sandpaper is designed for wet sanding.

Sanding the old knife's blade with 120 grit sandpaper.
Sanding the old blade with 120 grit sandpaper.

After sanding I passed a few times over the leather strap to finish the blade edge and furthermore I test the blade out.

Finishing the blade's edge on a leather strap.
Finishing the blade’s edge on a leather strap.
Testing the sharpness of the blade.
Testing the sharpness of the blade.

Let me tell you, that was super sharp. I am very pleased with the result. 

Polishing the old knife’s blade

The last thing is polishing the blade.

Polishing the old knife's blade with a metal polish paste.
Polishing the blade with a metal polish paste.

Be sure to mask your handle and apply polishing paste to your buffer wheel or cloth. Also you can do this manually or with hand cranked polisher. Either way works just fine.

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Here is how it looks the old knife's blade after polishing. I am quite happy with the result.
Here is how it looks after polishing. look at that! I am quite happy with the result.

Let’s refresh the handle

The blade is looking great at this point but the handle is not so much. So, I decided to sand down the handle and apply a thin coat of teak oil.

Sanding the handle with 400 grit. It gave a quite smooth finish.
Sanding the handle with 400 grit. It gave a quite smooth finish.
Deeping the handle briefly in Teak oil.
Deeping the handle briefly in Teak oil.

To finish the handle I used homemade beeswax polish. As a result, the handle is smooth on touch and with shiny appearance. 

Finishing the handle with a homemade beeswax polish.
Finishing the handle with a homemade beeswax polish.

Result after the old knife’s blade restoration

Here is how I restored old knife's blade. Looks great!
Old knife’s blade is restored. Looks great!

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37 Comments

  1. Очень хочу себе финку,но у нас их не продают,не старые не новые:(

  2. Hi Boris 😎
    The blade looks really nice. Simple and beautiful. Nice job! 👏

  3. Could you show your leather strap in detail? Or is there already a video! Cheers

  4. Great..!!!! I enjoy with your restore old knives videos, but I’m excited about future new videos restoring old tools. Thank you..!!!!

  5. Good afternoon,
    Mr. Boris,
    I would like to thank you for the videos you publish, in addition to being nice they are very inspiring, showing how excellent can be achieved with some basically manual tools and the vision of how the pieces will be once finished.
    It is like watching a jeweler make a custom piece.
    Thank you and please go ahead.

  6. Great restoration. Love the unique handle. your collection is growing. Keep up the good work.

  7. Great job! You have a lot of knives. I can’t seem to find many myself but I’ve got plenty of other bits to keep me busy. 👍🏻

  8. Always like your projects Boris but I think the ones for knives are my favorite. I don’t have the skill to sharpen them tho. Ths!

  9. Привет Друг!)))) Ты как всегда на высоте👍👍👍 Удачи тебе! 👌👌👌😉

  10. Everything but the buffer – it rounds over the bevels on the blade and detracts from the lines of the knife

  11. what sort of knife is it, what sort of blade steel? it had an interesting looking insignia on the blade

  12. интересный “бочонок”, наверное не тонет?

  13. This knife looks amazing before and after restoration! Please make a Video where you Show All the Tools an knifes you restored

  14. Porque no te haces con una rueda de contacto para la herramienta de mano y los lijas mas rapido ya que puedes

  15. The way I hit the like button only 2 seconds into the video 😅😂 Great job as always!

  16. Привет мастер Борис 👋😊 ты провёл четкую и быструю работу замечательного ножа👍🔥 вся твоя коллекция ножей меня вдохновляет 👌🏽 с большим удовольствием посмотрел новый контент 🤝✌🏻🇷🇺

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