Thrift-Store Finds

Once in a while, I go to a town large enough, with time enough to spare, to visit a thrift shop. Digging through the bins of kitchen knives is sometimes productive. Here is a dollar’s worth:DSCN2766[1]DSCN2768[1]

The knife on the bottom had a bent point, and several serious nicks in the edge, so those have been ground away. The top knife had a noticeable mis-match between handle and tang, which was fixed. Both wood handles were “dehorned” with a half-round file, and the guard on the middle knife was given a similar “ouch elimination” treatment. Much more comfortable.

While bargain-bin knives I choose are often carbon steel, these were all stainless. Both Chicago Cutlery and Normark use tolerably good steel. Stainless steel certainly has advantages in a wet, salty, acidic environment.

For $1 and an hour’s labor, not bad.

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I am a knifemaker and dealer, and live a very diversified life in the mountains of central Idaho. I love nature, agriculture, and homesteading. My knifemaking motto and advertising slogan is, "Knives Built for the Bush." I intend them to be efficient, durable, comfortable, functional, graceful equipment for life's challenges and opportunities. My website is Please visit!
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2 Responses to Thrift-Store Finds

  1. Craig says:

    Those are nice finds, and the Normark especially (although I don’t have recent experience with their stuff). I have a kitchen block full of walnut-handled Chicago Cutlery, and it’s served me well for 25 years. I’ve never felt the need to upgrade to better steel, though I have needed to improve the handle shapes, as you’ve done. All I’ve seen in the thrift stores around Denver is useless Chinese junk. I’m glad there’s still decent steel to be found somewhere… Cheers.

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