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Finaly got around cleaning this '51 knife 971

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Finaly got around cleaning this '51 knife
« on: October 19, 2016, 09:48:08 PM »
I finaly finished up on cleaning this knife.

I bought the knife 3 years ago at a flea market, and removed the dirt soon afterworths.

After that it was left in a drawer untill a few weeks ago.

Removed the rust from... well, everywhere...

Soaked it in oil overnight, which made the scales oily...

Soaked it in WD40, which made it feel... weird...

Now a few weeks later, the WD40 seems evaporated.
So I oiled it up and polished it.

Polished the pins by using a fibre pen (contact cleaner) which worked like a charm.

I have a little more polishing to do and I'll look into getting it professionaly sharpened.

3 tools:
- knife, sheepsfoot blade
- can opener
- (super) awl

Little history:
Exactly the same design as the WW2 British soldier knife, the Belgian army contracted the French company of Colasse after the war to build the knife under license for the Belgian army.

These were made from the 50's and used untill the 80's.
The army issued a removal from stock order in the 90's, releasing a whole bunch of these knives in used/abused condition at once.

ABL stands for "Armee Belge/Belgisch Leger" which means Belgian army in both french and dutch (the "B" is used double)

The backsprings are tough as hell.
Which is why alot of people call these knifes "nailbrakers"

And look at that awl!



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Re: Finaly got around cleaning this '51 knife
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2016, 03:39:29 PM »
That's a lovely knife Mecha-Nizzle  :salute:

They are tough as hell and you're right - that is the King of Awls - The AwlFather.

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Re: Finaly got around cleaning this '51 knife
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2016, 04:58:29 PM »
That's a lovely knife Mecha-Nizzle  :salute:

They are tough as hell and you're right - that is the King of Awls - The AwlFather.

Cheers!
« Last Edit: October 20, 2016, 04:59:34 PM by Mechanickal »

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Re: Finaly got around cleaning this '51 knife
« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2016, 11:09:33 AM »
That's a lovely knife Mecha-Nizzle  :salute:

They are tough as hell and you're right - that is the King of Awls - The AwlFather.

Well to be honest, that looks more like a marlinspike.. but the AwlFather does sound cool  8)

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Re: Finaly got around cleaning this '51 knife
« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2016, 11:34:06 AM »
That's a lovely knife Mecha-Nizzle  :salute:

They are tough as hell and you're right - that is the King of Awls - The AwlFather.

Well to be honest, that looks more like a marlinspike.. but the AwlFather does sound cool  8)
You guys over here on MTO know way to much, making me unable to keep my excitement going...
:rofl:

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Re: Finaly got around cleaning this '51 knife
« Reply #5 on: October 21, 2016, 11:44:47 AM »
That's a lovely knife Mecha-Nizzle  :salute:

They are tough as hell and you're right - that is the King of Awls - The AwlFather.

Well to be honest, that looks more like a marlinspike.. but the AwlFather does sound cool  8)
You guys over here on MTO know way to much, making me unable to keep my excitement going...
:rofl:

Awl? Marlinspike? Isn't that bit meant to be used to keep one's ears, fingernails and nostrils clean??

 :facepalm:

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Re: Finaly got around cleaning this '51 knife
« Reply #6 on: October 21, 2016, 12:19:21 PM »


That's a lovely knife Mecha-Nizzle  :salute:

They are tough as hell and you're right - that is the King of Awls - The AwlFather.

Well to be honest, that looks more like a marlinspike.. but the AwlFather does sound cool  8)
You guys over here on MTO know way to much, making me unable to keep my excitement going...
:rofl:

Awl? Marlinspike? Isn't that bit meant to be used to keep one's ears, fingernails and nostrils clean??

 :facepalm:

Well the one in this example will keep all those things clean, but your ears and nostrils might stretch a little.

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Re: Finaly got around cleaning this '51 knife
« Reply #7 on: October 21, 2016, 12:23:42 PM »


That's a lovely knife Mecha-Nizzle  :salute:

They are tough as hell and you're right - that is the King of Awls - The AwlFather.

Well to be honest, that looks more like a marlinspike.. but the AwlFather does sound cool  8)
You guys over here on MTO know way to much, making me unable to keep my excitement going...
:rofl:

Awl? Marlinspike? Isn't that bit meant to be used to keep one's ears, fingernails and nostrils clean??

 :facepalm:

Well the one in this example will keep all those things clean, but your ears and nostrils might stretch a little.

:fugly: :D

Which reminds me...

Omnia vincit amor. Vae victis.
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Re: Finaly got around cleaning this '51 knife
« Reply #8 on: October 21, 2016, 06:44:44 PM »

Nice knife Mate,
Good bit of carbon steel, they take a great edge   :tu:

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Re: Finaly got around cleaning this '51 knife
« Reply #9 on: October 21, 2016, 07:15:47 PM »
Very nice mate :)

I'm a great fan of this style of knife -

I hope you give it plenty of use.

No knife like this was ever made to be displayed or stored.
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Re: Finaly got around cleaning this '51 knife
« Reply #10 on: October 21, 2016, 10:25:05 PM »
Very nice mate :)

I'm a great fan of this style of knife -

I hope you give it plenty of use.

No knife like this was ever made to be displayed or stored.

Totaly agree. It isn't designed to look good, but to be a workhorse.

If I keep maintaining it from now on, it will last for generations.

Here's another pic, after my last polishing. The remaining colour difference are little holes in the metal, looking like some sort of acid took a bite.
It does at to the character though.


Edit, forgive me the poor quality pic.
« Last Edit: October 21, 2016, 10:26:28 PM by Mechanickal »

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Re: Finaly got around cleaning this '51 knife
« Reply #11 on: October 23, 2016, 12:14:16 AM »
Nice looking knife mate  :drool:.

I've got one of those myself, but it still needs a good cleaning.  Mine's an English knife dated 1941.   To read about how I got it, click here.











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Re: Finaly got around cleaning this '51 knife
« Reply #12 on: October 26, 2016, 06:12:16 PM »
Nice looking knife mate  :drool:.

I've got one of those myself, but it still needs a good cleaning.  Mine's an English knife dated 1941.   To read about how I got it, click here.









Didn't notice that you replied here 'till now. Woops!

Nice stuff! :tu:

I can only imagine the history of that particular knife...

Aren't you curious about how it would look cleaned, polished and oiled?

And what about that Gohard sheath you've got comming in?
Not arrived yet??

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Re: Finaly got around cleaning this '51 knife
« Reply #13 on: April 01, 2017, 11:07:02 PM »
Looks very nice :)

 

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