Today I am gonna do an old rigging pocket knife restoration. I came across this pocket knife recently actually. The guy was selling old knives and pocket knives and I spotted this gem among so many old knives.
I couldn’t read any stamps or markings on the pocket knife until I removed surface rust. On the bigger blade I found letters ¨Sheffield England¨ and on one of the liners number 6.
I believe this is a WW2 made Sailors knife. It is complete with one blade, one can opener and the marlin spike for undoing knots in ropes and lines. Knife’s covers are pressed plastic.
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This was one of the toughest disassembling experiences I ever had. Knife is built so solid that I managed to bend several pin punchers and I end up drilling old pins, cut them and pulling them out. It took me a while to separate parts from each other.
Let’s dive in
There was surface rust but not as much I thought at first. So I decided to start with a hand cranked steel brush wheel and clean all metal parts. Furthermore this went really well and I was pleased with my previous decision.
After that I wanted to take a better look at plastic covers from this old rigging pocket knife. They generally are in good shape, so I just cleaned them with soft brass brush and rubbed some homemade beeswax polish. That was enough to get them nice and shiny.
Now I could continue with metal parts. So I started sanding. For that I used sandpaper 120 > 240 > 400 > 800 grit. Also for the blade, to recover it I used a fine file. That worked out well.
Old rigging pocket knife assembling
Finally I was ready to start assembling. It was not easy to put all the pieces together as I expected. because this pocket knife has such strong springs…
Anyway, after a fair fight, resistance and many attempts I successfully assembled this old rigging pocket knife. At the same time I had to be careful to not damage any part but also to use enough force to put pieces together. In this case that is a lot.
To assemble this old rigging pocket knife I used new brass pins. If you don’t know where to find them I suggest checking out this two links:
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One more thing to do. Now is just to hammer all brass pins. I did that with my ball hammer gently and highly focused.
Result after restoration
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