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Rustic Repair or ?

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by r8shell, Aug 4, 2018.

  1. r8shell

    r8shell Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 16, 2010
    Many of you know that I like to collect old knives. Ones that are well worn, or have had rough repairs done by former owners don't discourage me. In fact, sometimes I enjoy seeing what someone has done to keep a knife useful. Like dropping the kick on a knife that's been sharpened until the tip sits proud, putting in an easy open notch when the nail nick is no longer accessible, patching broken covers with various kinds of filler, etc. These repairs tell a story, and there is a logic to them.

    Which brings me to this knife. It's a Miller Bros pen knife that the seller described as, "Handle broken and re pinned years ago by former owner years ago." That's fine, I think, but I'm staring at the picture and just can't figure out what's going on there. I was so fascinated that I decided if I can get it for under $10, I'll buy it, just to see. It might be worth it for the parts. Well, I've got it in hand, and I still can't quite figure out the logic.

    Miller Bros relic_1.jpg Miller Bros relic_2.jpg Miller Bros relic_3.jpg

    Did the covers come off, and the fellow wanted to pin them back on without disassembling the knife? One of the cover pins on the pile side is missing, so it's possible that the cover was loose. If so, I don't know why he used three nails. I think two would have worked. ;)The blade doesn't seem to hit the center nail, but I don't think there's enough distance for me to try to file the kick and lower the blade.
    Did the bone break before or after the repair? Is it a repair at all, or was the knife possessed by an evil spirit that could only be killed by driving three silver stakes through it?
  2. Fodderwing

    Fodderwing Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 31, 2017
    Very cool Rachel. What the repairman lacked in finesse he made up for with enthusiasm. And still a beautiful knife. :)
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  3. JTB_5

    JTB_5 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 6, 2017
    Maybe it was a gift to a boy who decided to fix it himself when it broke?
  4. Ickythump

    Ickythump Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 8, 2011
    That is a cool knife. I too love the look of an old, worn knife..where every chip, ding, crack and patina elude to its history.

    This one looks to tell of a loong story, indeed...War and Peace, perhaps?...more war than peace, maybe..:)

    Repaired by a carpenter..or farrier?;)

    But yea, I would go w/ the Nosferatu story, as well..:D

    Great knife:thumbsup:
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  5. singin50

    singin50 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 31, 2012
    Ah, back in the day nothing was thrown away. People couldn't afford it! They had to make things last and last they did! This is why we see so many blades worn down to the nub. My father used to tell stories of not having enough food or clothing, and he and his younger brother sleeping on the back screened porch of their house. He always said they had to make their own fun, and work never ceased. There was much bartering going on then too. A dozen eggs for a quart of milk and such. While I don't have my grandfather's old pocketknife, I remember my dad telling me that he used it for everything, including prying things, slotting, or ax and hammer handle repairs and the like. There was no getting a new anything, no matter what it was. With no money in the country, most folks would simply barter or borrow. Beautiful knife, Rachel!
  6. 315

    315 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2017
    Regardless of the reasons they fixed it, imagine the stories.....
  7. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel

    Feb 11, 2016
    Wow that's a new one, but hey the knife is back together and able to have been used.
    I can't imagine it going in pocket, but maybe it became a tool or tacklebox knife.
  8. glennbad

    glennbad Knife Moddin' Fool Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jan 13, 2003
    Is it possible that the pins are meant to elevate the blades up and out of the well?
  9. WhittlinAway

    WhittlinAway Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    Two nails good; three nails better! :D
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  10. flatblackcapo

    flatblackcapo Part time maker, very very part time Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 25, 2012
    Well worth the ten bucks just to be able to pull it out of your pocket and hand it to a knife knut friend and watch their facial expressions as they try to puzzle it out. o_O:confused::oops::D
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  11. Modoc ED

    Modoc ED Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 28, 2010
    Nice knife and interesting. That knife would be a real challenge for @glennbad
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  12. kvaughn

    kvaughn Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 28, 2005
    Field expediency at it's finest. Fix it with what ya got!--KV
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  13. r8shell

    r8shell Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 16, 2010
    That's an interesting theory. Kind of like a stop pin, I guess. I think I'll try painting the blade and pin with something and see if I can tell if they're hitting.
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  14. afishhunter


    Oct 21, 2014
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  15. Ernie1980

    Ernie1980 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 19, 2012
    I have come across several home repaired knives, but have never seen anything quite like that!
  16. WinchesteRalox


    Mar 26, 2018
    Hhhmm... very interesting.
  17. Misplaced Hillbilly

    Misplaced Hillbilly Gold Member Gold Member

    May 16, 2018
    Cool knife, be great to talk to the original owner. If your ever in eastern North Carolina I know an antique store with a great big bowl of knives you'd love! Most marked under 20 bucks some into the single didgets. Most exspensive one I seen was a Russell barlow with a worn main for 50. I might go back for that one myself. Those nails though, that's something else. Thanks for sharing!
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  18. colubrid

    colubrid Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 26, 2005
    Love this story. Makes me want to buy some old knives like this for myself.

    Nothing like a piece of history in your pocket.
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  19. Amir Fleschwund

    Amir Fleschwund Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    I don’t see why they would use crude nails. All they had to do was google “knife making supplies” on their smartphone, pick a supplier, and place an order for the correct size brass or ns pin stock.;)
  20. r8shell

    r8shell Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 16, 2010
    Oh, I'd love to fish through a big bowl of old knives. :D
    Ha! I did catch myself thinking, "Why didn't they just use superglue or epoxy?" :oops:

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