Over a year ago I did a post on this before Photo Bucket burned everyone, but I came across the photos again today so thought I would present this again. It might just inspire some of you into saving what might at first glance appear a basket case! I believe this dates back a lot further than the "Old Hickory" labeled knives made by the Ontario Knife Co, and truth be told I haven't seen another blade labeled quite like this one in searching the net. If you see one in a garage sale or bargain store,..snap it up! You might just find a hidden Gem in all that apparent mess, and I hope this inspires you to take up the challenge! This was a $2.00 purchase at a local Salvation Army store, and I really liked the lovely patina on it and thin blade stock (FFG and just .065" thick!) The scales had huge gaps on both sides where moisture had gotten behind the scales over many decades of use, and obviously no interest by the previous owners to maintain the knife properly. This is how she looks before I gave her some much needed TLC, in rough shape as you will soon see. This was before I shortened it a little and reshaped the blade tip into a sort of Kephart style. ...scales had huge gaps and loads of crud, with some unintended beef jerky in there too I bet ....and lots of rust showing,....yuk! This is what I found behind each scale! Top scale before cleanup,...bottom scale after some TLC Both scales and sides of the (hand?) forged blade cleaned up pretty well, certainly better than I expected! And look at the rather weird pin cutouts in the blade! I think the front pin hole was originally a tight fit and main positioning point, the last pin tight into a "channel" horizontal plane, and the middle pin hole created larger so that old time factory construction methods could be quicker! How's THAT for tight tolerances! (and a far cry from today with CNC available, hehe) ....other side of the blade cleaned up with top of the scales showing too... And the blade shortened to about 4" and spine dropped into a sort of Kephart wide and less pointy tip. You don't want to risk piercing your lips when eating off it, now would ya? ....love the hard earned patina on this one.... ....and nice color on this side too. Here is the more Kephart reshaped blade tip, after I took a little "off the top" and shortend it up a little too. I wanted to be able to use the tip much like Horace did,...EAT directly off of it with the tip acting much like a fork to pick up food, ...OR use the sharpened edge like a scoop (pushing into the food in an "away" direction),... and then eat directly off the dull spine side. Pretty neat actually, and Old School" for sure! Epoxy was used to seal it all up (and also filled that enlarged center hole!) I sanded the scales mostly around the pins to make them fairly flush, but tried to keep most of the original color where I could. A few coats of an oil finish applied to seal the wood.... ....other side... Before the oil finish, I used a 1/2" drum sander in my flex shaft machine to smooth the blade edges fairly flush to the scales,...ALL the way around and it feels great now,....no sharp steel edges poking at ya in a solid grip! Top spine view..... got rid of the beef jerky too! A four inch food cutting and "eatin" off of machine now, with a hand filling comfortable handle. While there is no finger guard like on the original Kephart,....the grip is plenty solid for eating. If you NEED a finger guard for eating with your knife, you have real problems eating in social settings! ....and a real pleasure to carry and use at just over 3 ounces for a Fixed Blade! Old meets New,.... resides in a cast off from a knife I picked up a kydex sheath for ...So check out your local Sally's,...and save a knife!