This time I am doing rare old folding pocket knife restoration. Knife is produced by German company Solingen and has a marking ¨PUMA¨ on both blades. I can’t confirm with certainty, but it looks like it dates from around 1960’s. The folding pocket knife is in rough shape and severely rusted.
Firstly I tried to pull out the blades, but that didn’t happened. So I sprayed a rust releaser and waited for 15 minutes. After that I managed to pull out both blades and the wine corkscrew. Now I could take a better look at blades and the knife’s condition.
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One of the knife’s handle was damaged and not repairable. Blades where OK, small blade was slightly bended. Also both knife’s ends were bended and brass parts corroded.
Finally I could start with restoration. So, first I disassembled the pocket knife and placed all parts in vinegar bath for 2 hours.
After waiting for two hours it was time to proceed with restoration. I took out parts and dried them with cloth. Than I used a brass brush and steel brush to remove tarnish, rust and dirt.
Next step was removing deeper rust on steel parts with sandpaper in different grit sizes. After a while I managed to remove all rust and get parts in decent shape. There were still a little bit of pitting on the blades, but I could sand more since the blades are quite thin. I didn’t want to damage the blades.
Making new wooden handles for the pocket knife!
I had to make a new pair of handles. I decided to make wooden ones because I haven’t had proper plastic to melt and shape. So, I cut the wooden piece and sand it in shape of the original handles. I marked the holes and drill them with hand drill.
Now I was ready to assemble the pocket knife. So I started first by placing brass pins in holes. And after that placing other knife’s parts in right spots.
Finally, I shaped the wooden handles after assembling and polished all metal parts with hand cranked grinder. After that was just to apply a homemade beeswax (linseed oil and beeswax) and to sharpen the blades.
For sharpening I am using a honing rod and a piece of leather. This combination gives me a very pleasant result.
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