Let's see some " worn out " knives

Hickory n steel

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I believe it can be a subjective thing, so let's see what you consider worn out.

I'm often seeing knives posted that are still in pockets yet in a condition that I would not think of as still being a useful tool.
I feel a tad guilty at times because these are blades that can still cut things and have use to offer, but the worn down look puts me off and I'd never buy such a knife no matter how old.
I have tried, but the knife just ended up as a letter opener.

I will post a picture of said knife later.
 

black mamba

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This old Robeson in "mother of bowling ball celluloid" has seen better days, with some shrinkage of the covers, an arc divot in the clip main, and either a very gritty belt or file used on the blades as well, but . . . it's still a very useable and appreciated knife!
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Camillus #69 with a very worn main blade, but as the man said, "It weel cut!"
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Hickory n steel

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This old Robeson in "mother of bowling ball celluloid" has seen better days, with some shrinkage of the covers, an arc divot in the clip main, and either a very gritty belt or file used on the blades as well, but . . . it's still a very useable and appreciated knife!
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Camillus #69 with a very worn main blade, but as the man said, "It weel cut!"
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And with 2 other blades too, I guess we know which was their general purpose blade.
 
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Hahaha!

The only knives I consider "used up" are ones with worn out or broken springs. If the blade can be sharpened, it'll still cut. Especially on smaller knives with thin stock blades.
An old Case is a classier carry than an X-acto knife:
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These cut like scalpels:
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Knives starting out with thicker stock don't sharpen into slicers very well, but can still work as a leather punch.
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Jack Black

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Carried this one just the other day, think it'll see me out! :rolleyes:

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This Abram Brooksbank started life as a Lambsfoot. I still enjoy carrying it :)

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Plenty of Lambie goodness left in this Alfred Blackwell ;)

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Got tons of Penknives like this Barnascone.

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Or like this Barehead Jack by Baxter.

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An old Christopher Johnson.

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Stockman Knives by Joseph Elliot and Joseph Rodgers.

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This old, worn, Thomas Turner Lambsfoot was still someone's pocket pal :thumbsup:

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OzzPrime

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Perfect! I was going to post asking for help. I acquired this beauty recently, and would love to give her a home spa treatment. Looks like she was left to rust and then took a solid dremeling. Can someone point me towards some threads on treating the rust inside frame on springs and how to get the grinds off the flats? Walk and talk is great! 74D2987C-342E-4FE8-A3AE-EA0905F85E42.jpeg BE8914FC-772D-4A8D-8D89-21127C31FB86.jpeg 7FE993E4-C5AB-4B3B-93A0-7A858779F64A.jpeg 68E62408-EB7B-48AB-8BCA-9E21B8DE828B.jpeg B751E8D2-73CD-4CA9-A764-42A130E59E89.jpeg DE364306-8C51-446C-A5A7-0B0C00F2962F.jpeg FDF0DC5A-F29B-49CE-B778-079A4DC108FE.jpeg CEACAA30-FD99-427A-B167-3E7B94E9E4B9.jpeg D33DF989-343A-4227-B502-5FFAF2BD9D94.jpeg 9A987DDC-ED8A-4920-B56B-141676641A7F.jpeg
 

Jack Black

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:cool::thumbsup:

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A very old friend wants me to freshen’ up this ‘ole military number. See what I can muster.

That's an interesting knife, do you know the maker? :thumbsup:

Perfect! I was going to post asking for help. I acquired this beauty recently, and would love to give her a home spa treatment. Looks like she was left to rust and then took a solid dremeling. Can someone point me towards some threads on treating the rust inside frame on springs and how to get the grinds off the flats? Walk and talk is great! View attachment 1508879 View attachment 1508880 View attachment 1508881 View attachment 1508882 View attachment 1508883 View attachment 1508884 View attachment 1508885 View attachment 1508886 View attachment 1508887 View attachment 1508888

Good grief! :eek: :eek: :eek:

That knife needs some serious TLC! Have you thought about getting one of our resident modders, such as @glennbad involved? Sorted the blades out is going to be the hardest part :thumbsup:
 

Tx308

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Although not exactly 'worn out' this old Camco is well worn. I found this among my dads things after he passed and it was the knife that ignited my love of stockman's. I don't believe it was one dad carried but probably one he found as he was a swapper and seller of anything he could lay hands on. The blades were scalpel sharp when i found it and with a little stropping are easy to keep that way. Still tight with great snap.
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