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Restore Found Knife?

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Looking for some advice here. I found a Wade & Butcher "Teddy" model fixed blade. It has not been cared for in a long time. The blade is showing rust and pitting, but would probably look pretty good polished up. The handle is in pretty decent shape but could use a cleaning. The front bolster (finger guard?) is loose but the rest of the handle is tight. What is the recommended care for this knife? Should I clean it myself or have it restored by someone more skilled than me. If it is recommended to be restored, who does such work? I do not want to do anything that would diminish the value of this knife. Thanks for all your help!
 
Cleaning up a knife as you just described can make a difference like WOW! Go for it. Get some fine grit sand paper 320 grit and sand the blade down. If it is real bad you may need something coarser. You may be able to glue the guard back onto the handle with some two part epoxy glue. Work the glue into the space that is loose and snug the two parts up and let it set. Clean up the handle and if it has metal fittings use some Brasso to shine up the guard and bolsters.
 
Cleaning up a knife as you just described can make a difference like WOW! Go for it. Get some fine grit sand paper 320 grit and sand the blade down. If it is real bad you may need something coarser. You may be able to glue the guard back onto the handle with some two part epoxy glue. Work the glue into the space that is loose and snug the two parts up and let it set. Clean up the handle and if it has metal fittings use some Brasso to shine up the guard and bolsters.
Thanks for responding. I want to take it easy on cleaning it up so as not perhaps do more damage to the blade. Would using sandpaper cause more scratching. Is there away to safely remove the rust without harming the blade? I have no experience with this so I want to be cautious. Thanks again.
 
Please post pictures. I restore cutlery. Perhaps I can help.
Bill
 
I recently found an old PAL knife in the attic. The blade is pretty pitted up and any major sanding would have taken too much off the blade to get rid of it, so I polished it up to a decent finish and cold blued it. Some sandpaper sharpening put a nice polished edge on it that contrasts with the dark bluing nicely
 
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