Today I am restoring this old fish knife. Knife itself is in terrible condition and had a couple of surprises during recording the old fish knife restoration.

Old Fish Knife Restoration

The knife’s shape indicates that this could be an old fishing knife. I was not able to read any markings on the blade, but after removing the rust layer I found a weasel stamp and some leathers. Unfortunately I could not read the letters clearly.

Old Fish Knife Restoration - branding stamp

Then I tried to find out more about this old fish knife, but with no luck. It can be that this knife was produced in small quantities or it was just for locals. It would be nice to know more about knife’s history or for what was used for in the past…

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Removing rust

… I kicked of this old fish knife restoration with disassembling the knife and start grinding the surface rust with my hand cranked grinder. The first surprise was when I discovered that the metal edges on the handle were hollow. They were filled with rust and dirt.

Removing dirt from knife's parts
using hand cranked grinder

I removed all dirt and rust from this fish knife and start sanding all parts, including the deer’s horn handle. And that would be another surprise with this restoration.

Sanding the deer’s horn produced awful smell. Similarly as a smell when you go to the dentist and he is drilling / grinding your tooth. Ohhhh, terrible…

Gluing the handle

Because of big dents on metal edges on the handle I had to paint them. I first spray them with a primer and after that with a black paint. Seems like the handle parts came out alright after painting.

Almost there

Finally, the last step in this old fish knife restoration was to polish the knife’s blade with hand cranked grinder . As usually I used mine hand cranked grinder with polishing wheel.

Polishing the knife

Furthermore I started assembling the fish knife. As a result I choose to glue it, in this way I will prevent the dirt to coming in in the handle cavities. In addition, after drying I cleaned the knife from glue, sharpened it and testet out with an onion.

Testing the knife

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Old Fish Knife after Restoration

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