Welcome to another knife restoration project. Today I will be doing complete old Finnish puukko knife restoration without any power tools. This old knife seems like a hunting knife. After removing the rust there was markings on the blade.

Old Finnish puukko knife ready for restoration
Old Finnish puukko knife before restoration.

I tried to find out more about this old knife, but it was not very successful. I am not sure what exactly says on knife’s blade, because the stamp on the blade is partially visible. Firstly I thought that was because of rust, but during the restoration I realized that the knife’s maker didn’t punched the branding stamp correctly.

Old Finnish puukko knife stamps
Before restoration (left), during the restoration (middle) and after restoration (right).

It is quite difficult to read the stamp, but I think it says MED 14 (or maybe MED 74?)… Can be 14 or 74 a year when was made or it is just a number. After a while I found a similar designs to this one and it seems like that this knife could be made from 1890 to 1950’s. Anyway, Let’s start with the restoration!

Old Finnish puukko knife disassembling
Here I started knife’s disassembling.

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All started with a trouble to disassemble the knife.

I had some troubles to disassemble the knife, but after that first I used a hand cranked grinder. In this way I can remove rust quickly and proceed to next step. So, I did some sanding, of course with different sandpaper grit. Also as before, from 80 up to 1000 grit.

Knife's blade sanding
Here I am sanding with 400 grit sandpaper.

Homemade lathe saves the day!

Next step was funny, because I made a homemade lathe in no time. I just used a bigger hand drill, placed it in table vice and it worked really well. Earlier I said that I had a trouble while I was disassembling the knife, unfortunately. That is because I managed to snap one brass piece and I had to make a new one.

Using homemade lathe
This is how my homemade lathe looks like .

So, with the help of triangle, round, flat file and homemade lathe I was able to make almost identical piece. This was an amazing feeling, could not be better!

New brass piece for the Knife
In my hand on the left is newly made brass piece and to the right is old snapped piece.

Also I had to make a new rubber piece for the back of the handle. I slightly melted the plastic and pressed it against the table. In this way I got a nice flat piece of the rubber with same thickness.

Checking out the flattened rubber piece.

Polishing time with hand cranked grinder

After that I polished the metal parts with another hand cranked grinder. I bit smaller then previously restored one, but it is really handy for polishing. I like using them…

Using my second hand cranked grinder to polish the knife’s blade and brass pieces.

Everything was ready for assembling now. So, I started putting pieces back together. Then I used linseed oil and homemade beeswax polish for the handle. Also, last but not least I sharpened the knife and tested out with regular print paper. It is sharp, that is for sure.

Old Finnish puukko knife after the restoration  -  right side of the knife.
Knife after the restoration – right side of the knife.

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Old Finnish puukko knife after the restoration  -  left side of the knife.
Knife after the restoration – left side of the knife.

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