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TLC advice needed

Discussion in 'The Great Outdoors' started by JayEddie, May 23, 2014.

  1. JayEddie

    JayEddie Founding Member

    First off, it's not really a kitchen knife, but I didn't really know where to post this. So I rescued this little gem from my mothers garage. It's been used as a garden knife for the last 40 or 50 years. It's an antique Remington RH 320 with a stag bone handle. I don't want to start working on it without consulting with you experienced gentlemen first. My main question is what is the best thing for cleaning/treating the bone handle? Should I smooth out the pommel and polish it, or would it be better to leave it in it's 'natural' used condition. Lastly, should I take steel wool and oil to the blade and shine it up? I appreciate any input you may have.
  2. Jim

    Jim Old Curmudgeon Founding Member

  3. I see nothin.
  4. I wouldn't do a thing to that knife other than sharpen it if needed. Your mom has/had great tastes. Use it in your garden for wacking an eggplant or mellon off the vine, or cutting a bit of string and carry on her tradition.
  5. JayEddie

    JayEddie Founding Member

    Thanks gents. I'll give my best shot at sharpening, and use it from there.
  6. daveb

    daveb Founding Member

    I can't speak to the handle but would definitely clean up the blade. The only thing corrosion will get you is more corrosion.

    A couple day soak (blade only) in "Break Free" will prob make an easy job of clean up. No need to go for a mirror finish, get the corrosion off w steel wool or wet/dry then play it by ear.

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