Welcome back, today I will show how I did old blade refurbishing. Beside the blade I sanded down the handle and applied beeswax finish. So, it is a knife restoration video kind of…
On the blade are stamped letters AM and that always bring a smile to my face. I know that someone put a lot of time and effort in making this knife. All steps I did with basic hand tools, so nothing stops you from restoring your favorite knife …
Check out this old blade refurbishing video below!
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First things first. I started by filing the blade and removing the surface rust. Also in the same time I managed to remove all deeper pittings.
After filing for about 1 hour I could finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. Here is how it looks the top edge.
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And here the side of the old blade.
So, now I could focus on sanding the blade. I do not prefer wet sanding but this time I tried something new. I added the coffee to tap water and used it as a lubricant for the sandpaper. My goal with this was to get a bit more pleasant smell while sanding. And it worked quite well.
Almost there, hang on!
Finally after a really long sanding (from 120 grit up to 1200 grit) I got a nice looking blade. So the next thing that I did was masking the blade for polishing.
Of course, for polishing I will be using my good old hand crank grinder. Polishing is one of my favorite parts during refurbishing. For a short time the blade becomes like a mirror.
After polishing I masked the blade to protect while sanding the handle. For the handle I used sandpaper 400 grit. It was not much demanding to get nice smooth surface.
Furthermore to finish the handle I applied a light coat of homemade beeswax polish and got the smooth silky finish as I wanted.
Just before I finished, I filled the gap between the blade and the handle. For that I used two component epoxy glue. This is a nice way to protect for example the tang from the weather and the handle from cracking.
Sharpening and testing the blade
I always finish blade sharpening with a leather strap. It is a huge difference, totally new experience for cutting. Therefore if you haven’t tried it yet, I highly recommend it.
It is time to put the blade to the test. I cutted the plane paper without any struggle, so I decided to cut the carrot as well. It was surprisingly easy. Usually carrots snap and break under the knife, but this one just slides through the carrot.
The moment what we were waiting for
The knife is absolutely gorgeous. Blade looks like a brand new.
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