Bill,El Lobo said:NEVR-DULL comes in a silver and black can, at most WalMarts and auto stores. It is, I believe, a nonabrasive cotton wadding polish that will clean the brass (and other alloys) right up. I say nonabrasive, because it it like polishing it up with an soft cotton cloth or teeshirt.
WayneH said:...Any form of polish removes a small amount of material. The fact that the material removed was oxidized doesn't matter to a coin collector. I don't know if knife collectors think the same way though. If I bought your knife and you said it was mint condition, but then I find that it was polished, I would be very unhappy and I would feel that I had been tricked...
Don't they restore vintage vehicles all the time. What about all those "frame off" restorations that are so expensive? Oh by the way....welcome to the forum!Agent J said:I agree with Wayne H.
This is my first post here, and I am new to the world of knives but in the world of vintage vehicles original is original. Cleaning, restoration, polishing and rebuilding will diminish the value of rare old original pieces even if they aren't the prettiest thing around. A large part of the value comes in the patina and history. If you have no interest in preserving that value go for it, or consider that you might have the wrong knife in your hands. If you want something that is shiny and new buy a new knife. Just my humble opinion.
Agent J said:Yes but the value of a nice restoration will never touch that of a clean original vehicle.
Restoration of vintage vehicles is tremendously expensive, often more than the market value of the ride. Most restorations begin with lost-cause or incomplete starting materials and are cobbled together from a mix of old and new parts. It's flashy but will never match the value of an untouched original to a knowledgeable collector
Thanks Scott,Scott Hartman said:I believe knife collectors have 3 schools of thought when collecting . If "mint", leave it as is; if "mint", periodically clean and shine; and if "mint", what a waste of a good tool....use it to find it's full potenial
LFH said:Long as I don't wear all the brass off like I did some old army belt buckles.