Posted 11 months ago
The small knife or dirk was made by an Uncle in the early 30's handle is bone. The blade is very hard steel. He passed away in the mid 30's. It was given to me by my father.
The longer knife is a dug item. The entire blade was heavily and deeply rusted. I had the blade surface ground and polished. The blade is so shiny that I could not get a good picture of it. Part of the blade shows the shiny surface. OSPHO removed rust from the lower part. Not as rusted as the blade.There was no id on it. The handle area had some type of wood that was wrapped with rawhide and and wire. Something had eaten most of the hide and wood was rotted and decomposed. The butt piece was not found. I had 3 holes drilled to fasten a handle. The lower hole was already there. The crossbar is brass and fits tightly but can be removed.
I do not have an idea as to what I will make the butt look like. Am looking around for ideas.
The upper curved part of the blade is as sharp as the main blade.
There is still pits showing at the upper tip end too deep to remove. I plan on keeping it after I have worked on it.
The blade is very hard metal and holds an edge very well. No signs of it being damascus. removing the rust made the blade thinner but I want to use it not preserve value if any. It is a very interesting design to me.