Very special two old pocket knives restoration! While helping my friend to move his tools to new workshop, I found two old pocket knives on wooden beam. It was not easy to spot. Because the pocket knives were covered with small wooden bits and saw dust. When I pulled them out I couldn’t see clearly markings or type, but I was sure they were pocket knives.
Then suddenly he said to me, if you want, just take them. I was super happy and replied, hell yeah! They are gorgeous and in my head restoration bulb switched on 💡
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I could read on the bigger ‘banana’ pocket knife ”P.KAMPHAUS 839”. And during restoration I was able to read markings on smaller pocket knife ”P.KAMPHAUS 900-10”. Solingen Germany produced these knives.
I restored already several Solingen pocket knives and because of that I enjoyed even more in this restoration. I know they are well made.
Knives were dirty. I tried to scrub dirt of, but I had to washed them afterwards. I used regular dish detergent and hot water. With a sponge I managed to remove most of the dirt. After that I dried the pocket knives with cloth. Handles were still wet. So, I used a torch to dry them That was fun!
Closer look at pocket knives.
Now was good time to see better pocket knives and decide for further steps. By looking at them, pocket knives were in bad shape. The good thing is that they were bad only outside. So, disassembling was out for this restoration.
Firstly I decided to attack the handles. I used the carving knife to scrape paint of from them. Then I used sandpaper 120 grit, after that 240, so 400 and lastly 1000 grit. I managed to get clean wood look on bigger pocket knife and nice surface on the other pocket knife. The smaller pocket knife have good quality plastic handles.
Next was to bring blades back to life. For that I used sandpaper 400 and 1000 grit. That was enough to get back that shiny look. I was not fully satisfied with the look, so I used hand cranked bench grinder as a polishing machine. In no time I managed to get blades in great mirror look.
Finally I applied linseed oil on wooden handles. Left it to soak oil and dry. After 20 minutes I applied new coat of homemade beeswax finish. It got that super look what I was looking for. And then I repeat application of beeswax on smaller pocket knife. After that both pocket knives looking stunning.
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