In this post I will try to restore this old yellow knife with a broken tip and cracked handle. I am not sure how this knife ended up here but probably I bought it with some other old knives in the past.
I was looking to see some markings on the blade but without luck. Let’s crack with restoration and take a better look at it…
Check out this old yellow handle knife restoration video below!
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Cleaning and disassembling
First I wanted to remove the surface rust with a steel brush to be able to look for a stamp on the blade. Unfortunately, there is none. Well, next time. Ok, so the next thing I had to do was pull the handle from the blade. This can be really tricky and difficult.
Luckily this time was easy. Wow, that was nice for a change. Inside of the yellow handle was loose rust. So I tapped several times at the table and it came out. Before I started sanding the handle, I placed the blade in a vinegar bath.
After that I started sanding the handle. First with a grit 40 and then moved to 120 and 180.
After one night I pulled out the blade from vinegar and cleaned it with a cloth. It looks way better now. There are not many options to repair a broken tip on the knife, so I decided the simplest way to do it. It is basically to grind the blade until you get decent shape. So I did exactly that. To have a more precise result I marked the blade before grinding.
For grinding I am using my favorite hand crank grinder. Because it works beautifully for this kind of stuff.
Sanding the blade and redesigning the handle
It is time to start sanding the blade. As usual I like to start with 120 grit and work my way out to 1200 grit.
But this time I did a bit differently than before. To get a better edge between the cutting edge and main blade I stopped sanding the main blade after 120 grit, but continued up to 1200 for the beveled cutting edge. I was very pleased with the result and polished the blade after sanding.
Now I wanted to focus on the cracked yellow handle. The best solution at that moment for me was to cut ¨bad¨ part of the handle and add a new wooden piece. To make it pop up, therefore I used a dark teak wood and brass spacer between.
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Assembling and finishing it up yellow handle knife
Finally I was getting close to fully restored yellow handle knife. It was time to join the blade and the handle together. I used two component epoxy glue for that.
And as a last step I applied a coat of linseed oil to the handle and beeswax finish afterwards. Wooden handle soaked in quite nicely.
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