Old Blade Restoration – C.W.D.F.A.B. Eskilstuna

Restoring an EXTREMELY old blade from Sweden. This blade is produced around 1900th in a small place called Eskilstuna. Knives produced by Carl Walfrid Dahlgren are well known for quality and respected by collectors.

Knife blade restoration
Old Eskilstuna blade.

About the Old Blade

Owner of the knife factory was Carl Walfrid Dahlgren. The factory is located in Eskilstuna, Sweden. Knives were produced from 1870 to 1915 mostly for hunting. Final product from this factory is marketed as a luxury hunting knife. Also, his knives were famous for high quality etched blades and leather sheaths. In the first period of production the blades were marked “CW Dahlgren Eskilstuna” and later “C.W.D.F.A.B. Eskilstuna” The factory grew well and in 1904 he had 166 employees. 

C.W.D.F.A.B Eskilstuna old blade markings.
C.W.D.F.A.B Eskilstuna markings.

In the video below you can enjoy watching how I hand restored this old blade and made a new handle.

The Restoration Process

I started by removing the old metal washer at the end of tang. On my big wet stone wheel I removed all the surface rust and worn look from the blade. Blade was looking very good after, so I continued with sanding. I started sanding with 120 and finished with 1200 grit.

The blade is plain and I wanted to customize it a bit. Therefore, I made five circles different in size and five lines on the top of the blade to separate those circles. 

Customized blade with circles and lines.
Customization – circles and lines.

Making the Wooden Handle

In this video I made a new wooden handle out of darker wood mahogany and lighter beech. I cut the wooden pieces, glued them together and planed the sides. After that I started sanding with 180 and finished with 400 grit.  

New wooden handle, mahogany and beech.
New wooden handle, mahogany and beech.
Wooden handle is almost ready for the old blade.
Wooden handle is almost ready.

To give a character to this knife I carved Celtic motif and filled it with mixed mahogany dust and glue. Furthermore, I removed uneven surface with a rasp and sanded down. I submerged the handle in Teak oil and polished afterwards.

Came in a Mail

I received this knife blade from a guy who also restores old things. He named his channel Restored Channel and he is from Sweden. He pleasantly surprised me, because I didn’t know. Thank you for the package Restored!
If you are not familiar with his channel, please check it out HERE!

The package from Restored!
The package from Restored!

Finally, result after old blade restoration!

Final result after restoration-knifemaking.
Final result after restoration-knife making.
Detail of customized blade.
Detail of customized blade.
Detail of a blade after restoration.
Detail after restoration.

Please subscribe to my YouTube channel FFD Restorations if you want to see more of my upcoming restoration projects! Also DON’T FORGET TO CHECK OUT RARE and LUXURIOUS Old Flora Pocket Knife Restoration Video: https://youtu.be/cTU4QRBSxPQ

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  1. Fantastic job Boris! This may be my favorite knife so far. Love it! 😃👍🏼

  2. beautiful make-restoration
    is it stanley four jaw chuck hand drill?I got that drill,such a versatile tool

  3. I am new to your channel and am very enthusiastic about your practice using old traditional manual techniques. A very interesting project with beautiful outcome. Very well done.

  4. Bro your shop is so organized I NEED to do that to mine….it looks like a bomb went off in my shop lol its not good tho. Also I been on the lookout for the old Swedish knives to restore myself its fun! Thanks for the great content as always

  5. Hi Boris 👋 I love the handle. Turned out really well. The part I really enjoyed was the carving of wood.. A work of a magician 😉
    A really nice piece of work. love it! 👍

  6. Выбранная форма рукояти не очень хорошая

  7. Oh my…. Look at this creativity this is amazing!!!!! More video pls!!!!!!

  8. I love how much has grow your workshop!!! Keep going bro!!! Awsome work as always!!

  9. Wonderful realy love it!Very good work!In one of my next vids I will do a knife also. Greetings from Germany!

  10. Beautiful job sir! As purely a matter of personal preference I would not have modified that old blade’s spine but the craftsmanship is excellent! (Subscribed)

  11. Wow, Love the handle, nice way of customizing it. I like what you did with the blade as well, some may want to keep it original bit you gave it some character. You really put a lot of work in this one with multiple angles and closeups. It makes the video pop👌 Thank you for the shoutout🙏 It really means a lot!


  13. Enjoyed your work and a beautiful knife very gorgeous handle great job thank for sharing those great time with you restore things

  14. Awesome informational educational video experience Y’alls God Bless Ya 🙏

  15. Хороший Шведский нож приобрёл новую жизнь. Отличная ретроэкологическая мастерская!

  16. I really appreciate that you’re always getting better. Your craftsmanship and video production have always been great. But you’re always pushing yourself and taking you’re already great skill and growing it. Really excellent work!

  17. What was a the purpose or reasoning to notch the upper part of the blade? Otherwise beautiful.

  18. Sr. Boris, hermosa pieza, excelente trabajo, si me permite solo le faltaría un funda de cuero para vestir el cuchillo.
    Muy bien hecho, Felicitaciones.

  19. The most impresive, besides the restoration itself, Is making it posible with no eléctric tools…greetings and my like👍

  20. Sehr schöne Arbeit und ein entspannendes und gleichzeitig fesselndes Video. Echt gut gemacht. Ich dachte erst du verpasst dem Messer einen Sägezahnrücken als du die Feile am Klingenrücken angesetzt hast. Ist ein echt nettes Detail. Freundliche Grüße 🙂

  21. Dude your videos are getting better and better … nice work !
    What editing software do you use ?

  22. Привет Борис 👋👋👋 контент пушка 💥👍 блестящее лезвие 👍 идеальная рукоятка и хороший дизайн 👌🏽этому ножу не хватает чехла! Ну и пора принимать заказы😋 у тебя хороший потенциал 🤝 береги себя и будь здоров 💪

  23. Belle restauration gâché par un guillochage inutile sur une si vieille et belle lame qui était mieux sans .

  24. Gorgeous handle. Awesome blade. I absolutely must visit Sweden one day and see the beauty of where my ancestors came from. Just so many beautiful things you restore from there. Boris your confidence and determination just shine so much through this video I love it. Keep it up my friend. 🥰 Until next Monday.

  25. Very NICE work and a unique carving job on that handle! Next project – soon – needs to be a proper leather sheath, then a hike in the woods and a little bushcrafting or other use of this or one of your other knives. Time to expand the old skill set, and find a reason to take these tools afield to see how your work holds up, eh…? 😁👍❗️

  26. Gostei. Um ótimo trabalho. Só não gostei da oficina. Limpa e organizada demais. Parece uma loja de departamento.🇧🇷👍

  27. Great job, disappointed you altered the blade, should have kept original.

  28. Fine…Fine…Fine…Nice…Nice…Nice… Happy happy joy joy… THIS is tha sort of job I wanted to see in your channel : Instaling a new wood handle to an old blade. Very dared to first shapeing tha piece and THEN drilling tha hole… see you handle very well the 90° angle drilling hole technique. Now… Did you thought using recycled wood like an skateboard deck, just to vary, and showing us how you deal working with a 2 piece along wood knife greep..?

  29. Agree with comments below. Excellent restoration of blade and innovative design of handle. Well done! Wish you sold some of your finished work.

  30. есть такое русское слово: “офигеть!”

  31. The greatest technology really is the human mind. Just when I thought there’s now way you can surprise me with another knife video, you came up with such an amazing handle. Really great job, Boris. I wish for some of your intelligence 😂 Thank you for yet another great video.

  32. after 3 months in the hospital with corona, i am finally able to sit in front of my computer and watch my favoritte restorations again. you are the one i missed the most! i loved todays work. absolutely awesome

  33. Really amazing I love that handle, so unique keep going, looking forward for the next awesome restoration

  34. Sehr schönes Messer ,der Griff past sehr gut dazu,Daumen hoch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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