I heard keeping old knives in their original pouches could be detrimental to the metal so I'm not surprised at the tarnishing. I guess they can trap moisture and keep it in contact with the metal longer I'm sure someone with more experience will chip in and confirm deny Nice catch Mat
I am the only one that pick up on the subtle message that Mat thought Allan's request was in fact a PAIN in the ASS?
I have not only heard that but experienced it on several occasions, both with the old pre-1964 Puma White Hunter I got from may father and my brass Cold Steel Master Tanto.Leather plus old steel equals messy old steel.Def
I have wanted a made in Australia Whittingslowe tool No.43 ,1950's vintage one piece tool with matching leather sheath for quite some time. A number of weeks ago member Dutchy357 was in town & we met up for a trade + a chin wag. I had a great arvo with John/Dutchy , John was in town attending a regimental function. We met at the keswick army barracks & got to have a quick tour of the army museum . This is what I got ; Leather sheath is in great nick given it is well over 60 years old .John mentioned you can tell if a No.43 has been stored in it's leather sheath , they tend to be a bit tarnished . You can see this in the following photos , the tarnished No. 43 is the one that came with the sheath the more original looking one did not come with a sheath.You would of thought storing the tool in the sheath would preserve it better These 2 photos were taken from a Aussie Ebay sale with the owners permission , a original No. 43 + it's instruction sheet