Knife find story

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by jec88, May 2, 2017.

  1. jec88


    Mar 6, 2012
    I'll have to add pictures later............ I bought my son a metal detector and he found a knife on our property about a foot deep! You would have thought he found a gold mine when he came running in the house. It's not a valuable knife, but it sure has to be a tough knife. He found it on our property that we have owned for 16 years, so it has been underground for at least that long. The property was farmed up until the mid 1980's so my guess it has been underground since then and got plowed under. The knife, from what I can tell, is a 1969-1979 Schrade/Uncle Henry trapper. The scales appear to be fake stag, staglon and luckily the blades were stainless. A lot of cleaning and the knife is useable and actually has great snap. Looks like it was a new knife when it was lost, but the blades are dull. I think with a little more work i will be able to get most of the rust off of the back springs.
    I have a huge oak on our property that has big limbs and when I clean a deer, I use the tree to pull it up. The knife was close by the oak so I 'm thinking someone else probably cleaned a deer under the tree too and lost the knife and it got plowed under.
  2. thegeneftw


    Dec 30, 2016
    Definitely interested in pics. Great find!
  3. rishma


    Jun 22, 2008
    What an awesome story. I know my son would be thrilled!
  4. jec88


    Mar 6, 2012




    Hopefully these will work. The first pics are as it looked coming out of the ground and the last is after lots of Hoppes gun oil. Still has a ways to go, but not bad considering
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  5. Rookie82

    Rookie82 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 25, 2014
    That's cool, +1 for salvaging another one that would have been lost to time and elements.
  6. redsparrow

    redsparrow Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 3, 2014
    Great find! Maybe I shouldn't be because Schrade made durable knives but I'm quite surprised it's in such good condition. If photos become available of the knife when your restoration is finished I for one would enjoy seeing them. Interesting story, thanks for sharing it.
  7. jec88


    Mar 6, 2012
    I can't believe it is useable either, with a pretty good snap to boot. It looks like the backsprings are carbon steel and where the backsprings meet the rear bolster has the most damage. I have no idea how it survived 16 plus years! We get alot of rain here too, and even had 5 plus inches the day before he found it. Evidently the fake stag from what I read is basically delrin and the blades are ss and the backsprings are carbon.

  8. afishhunter


    Oct 21, 2014
    Looks like your son has a pretty good knife there, and an excellent "You gotta be kidding!" story when he tells his kids and grandkids how he got it. :)

    I don't remember the name of the product, but Home Depot, Lowes, and Tractor Supply have a "paint" or medal treatment that turns red rust to black oxode, amd stops any further corrosion. You might want to give that a try.
    000 or 0000 steelwool soaked in WD-40 will also take the red rust off, and not mess up the stagalon ... too much ... Might try masking tape to keep fron scratching/polishing the covers.
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  9. GE Jr

    GE Jr Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 29, 2015
    @jec88 - That's such a cool find! Some good penetrating oil like Kroil (or similar), and go easy & gentle on those springs at first, and I'll bet you end up with a nice user and conversation piece.
  10. Ratbert


    Jan 1, 2016
    Great story! I too, am surprised that it's still in such good shape.
  11. spycycle


    Dec 15, 2014
    Super cool story, thanks for sharing! And a pretty neat knife to boot.
  12. knarfeng

    knarfeng senex morosus moderator Staff Member Super Mod Moderator

    Jul 30, 2006
    Very Cool. Thanks for posting that.
    440A (Schrade +) actually is reasonably corrosion resistant, but that's still impressive for being buried that long.
  13. cbach8tw

    cbach8tw Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2006
    Cool find and better story, very interesting. Cannot wait to see it cleaned even more.
  14. JITDC

    JITDC Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 6, 2013
    Very cool story @jec88 please share more pics throughout the restore process.
  15. 5K Qs

    5K Qs Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 20, 2014
    Congrats on your A-1 salvage job, jec88! :thumbsup::cool:
    Enjoyable story and thread.

    - GT
  16. Fodderwing

    Fodderwing Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 31, 2017
    Great stuff @jec88, thanks for sharing. Hope you will posts some fully restored pics. Seems like I'm always the one on the other end of this tale....:rolleyes:
  17. bozack


    Nov 8, 2005
    I bet your boy is out there still looking for the next big find. Great story.
  18. r8shell

    r8shell Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 16, 2010
    Ha! You should have no trouble getting him to do yard work from now on. "Dig up some weeds, you never know!"
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  19. AShearer


    Nov 30, 2016
    Great find and great story. Please, keep us posted.
  20. Stringplucker


    Jun 1, 2016
    It's hard to beat old Schrade knives. They were so well made.

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