Sharpening has already been covered ad nauseum throughout this forum ... my question concerns how to recondition the look/finish of an old carbon steel knife that's heavily stained and pitted with rust due to long decades of neglect.
This will probably be my first restoration project: an old traditional 10" carbon-steel Dexter Butchering/Heading knife, circa 1910-1932, which I inherited from my late grandmother's estate, and which hasn't been used regularly in many decades. Historically, I suspect my late Grandfather got it from his cousin, who ran a butcher shop and produce store in town, so it was probably used to break down large critters into primals, in the days before home refrigeration. It's a very inexpensive knife, whose chief value now is mostly sentimental and self-instructional.
Resharpening will be trivially easy, since the steel is soft & flexible, and the edge seems to be a simple 50:50 V-bevel. The part I'm unfamiliar with is how to clean and polish the sides of the blade, and letting a new (and properly managed) patina form.
Pics to follow ...
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on Sat May 04, 2013 3:18 pm, edited 4 times in total.