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    Made in USA - Carbon Steel Knives

    I found a gem in my search for vintage carbon steel knives.
    This WWI mess kit knife was at the flea market.



    I gently used some steel wool.

    Awesome!

    Does anyone know, what is the handle made of?
    Last edited by coopieclan; 03-07-2015 at 02:38 AM.

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    Made by the A.C. Co., better known for their "trench knife." Looks like aluminum. I'd guess any cheap, easy-to-cast metal. What was on the surface before you cleaned it?
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    Just dirt & darker oxide. This one still has the original blade shape.
    It has not been sharpened so
    much that the shape is gone.
    I am keeping it with my 1930s glass knives.

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    Forgecraft kitchen knives

    I also just bought a few vintage FORGECRAFT kitchen knives.
    Various conditions and variants.
    I want to clean them up to be used.
    Most have lateral grooves thst are blackened. I especialy don't want to ruin those.

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    Look for Old Hickory brand kitchen knifes they use to be carbon steel and pretty easy to modify into a fix blade hunting knife
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    Yes, I saw the "Old Hickory" knives on line.
    They are carbon steel and made in USA.

    Also the Ontario knife company is a good source
    for "Old Hickory" and other made in USA knives.

    I bought some of the Forgecraft knives because
    they were plentiful on E-Bay.
    I also found that Chicago cutlery is not made in
    USA despite the name.
    I much prefer to buy anything made here even if it is
    vintage (used).

    I tried some bluing on one, I thought it would look
    good once the blade was sharpened.
    The contrast of the shiny steel edge against the black
    blade color is the look I wanted.
    Also the rust prevention of the bluing is good.
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    Mom and dad used to have an old hickory knife set that hung on the wall in the kitchen. I'll have to ask whatever happened to it. I seriously doubt they threw it away, that just doesn't sound like mom and dad. Ok maybe dad, but not mom. Lol
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    Oxpho Blue on the blade


    I tried Oxpho Blue on one of my Forgecraft knives



    I had used it before with some success






    This time it is blotchy



    0Oops!
    Now I think I want to get this stuff off





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    You definitely want to get it off if that blade touches food bro.

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    Yes, aluminum was being used in WW1, handles,canteens and mess kits.
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    There was another style of mess kit knife, had an eye or loop style handle. They have pretty good steel, ive found them very cheap.

    Hey Nit Wit- how was the shindig this weekend?

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    I have 4 Remington "Hammer forge" blades that still have the forge marks on the blade surface.

    I did exactly what w5pv said, lopped off some 3.5 inches off the end. It originally had the old style butcher knife profile where the blade was twice as wide at the tip.

    I gave it a drop point, then carefully stoned the back and edges so it would slip smoothly over meat or guts without catching. That blade was just like a zipper for deer.
    Make a little slit, insert the tip, and run it the direction you want. Up a leg, or start between the rear legs and run clear to the chest in one smooth easy push.

    That knife cuts meat and hide, and ONLY meat or hide. Nothing else.

    It would make a good bushcraft blade. As would several of the old hickory or knockoffs.Click image for larger version. 

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    Man it'd be neat to find an old remington knife.

    I've got an old butcher knife and a small thin blade cleaver I got from the thrift store. I plan to make other knives out of them, although I aint figured out exactly what yet. Thinking of making an ulu out of the cleaver.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bazoo View Post
    Man it'd be neat to find an old remington knife.

    I've got an old butcher knife and a small thin blade cleaver I got from the thrift store. I plan to make other knives out of them, although I aint figured out exactly what yet. Thinking of making an ulu out of the cleaver.
    Old circular saw blades. Just remove the teeth . My soon project.


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