Here are some blades that came in poor shape, and have gotten a face lift.
The knife arrived with a thick, dull edge, and missing its pommel. So, I sharpened it, filled the handle cavity with epoxy, and put in a couple spent pistol cases to boot. Then, made a top-notch sheath to go with it.
If you have any information about who made this knife, I’d be interested. The etch on the front looks like “HEP” followed by a 3-legged symbol. The stamp on the back appears to be an upside-down “L”, and 0953.
This knife appears to have been a functional “business card” from days gone by. The etched inscription reads,
“Thanks For a Slice of Your Business”
“FLOYD ASHBY — Sand Springs, Okla.”
“THE VERNON COMPANY, Newton, Iowa”
Up in the corner, the blade is stamped with “Vernco.”
The knife arrived rusty, with a ragged edge, and a ricasso that hung down in a manner that would interfere with cutting-board use. So, after buffing off the brown, I jointed the edge to a smooth curve, and did a full-bevel grind to bring it up to shaving-sharp.
And not to be forgotten–the notch in the spine. This seems to have been intended for lifting lids off of canning jars.
Again, if you have any info regarding the origins of this knife, I’m interested.
Both knives are up for sale or trade. So, drop me a line if you’re interested.