Today I will be doing old knife S-T-TINN restoration. I really like this type of knife, but disassembling can be difficult. This example here just reminded me that I have to find a better way of pulling the blade out.
After many attempts, the handle broke. I glued it, but definitely would be nice to avoid additional work and keep the original handle much as possible intact. It happens. I put a lot of effort into the handle, it looks ok, but I am not so pleased with it… Next time will be better 🙂
Check out this old S-T-TINN knife restoration video below!
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Let’s break down this restoration
First I started disassembling the knife. Usually it is not a problem to separate the blade from the handle. Unfortunately this one gave me a fair fight back. Furthermore, after many attempts I managed to break the handle.
The blade is severely rusted and the tang is bended. Most likely that was the reason for difficult disassembling. Anyway, I glued the handle back together and here is how it looks.
While the handle was drying, I placed the blade in the vinegar bath. I was waiting for around 12 hours. After that I cleaned the blade with my hand cranked grinder with a steel brush attachment.
Filing and sanding
So, the next step was to use a file for metal and remove all pitting. I did that very carefully around the blade’s stamp.
After that I did sanding of the handle and the blade almost parallel. For both I used sandpaper 120 > 240 > 400 and 800 grit. I managed to get really smooth surfaces.
Finally I could sharpen the blade and test it out with regular printing paper. It cuts so easily, that is joy to my eyes.
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The last step is to assemble the knife , polish the blade and to apply homemade beeswax. All went smooth and I got myself an a beautiful restored example with markings on the blade S.T.TINN.
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