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Birth Year SAK Restoration

us Offline garza_andrew

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Birth Year SAK Restoration
on: July 13, 2018, 08:39:11 PM
I was lucky enough to recently pick up a Birth Year SAK, it is in the mail and I should have it soon, but it looks like it will need some cleaning up. I've cleaned, lubricated, and sharpened Celidor SAKs before. Is there any trick to polishing the Alox scales? Anyone have videos on YouTube or websites I can check out? Thanks for you help. I will post pics soon.


us Offline smiller43147

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Re: Birth Year SAK Restoration
Reply #1 on: July 13, 2018, 09:59:40 PM
Congrats on your birth year SAK.  Hope it turns out to be in better shape than expected.
- Steve


us Offline Myron

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Re: Birth Year SAK Restoration
Reply #2 on: July 13, 2018, 11:18:18 PM
Congrats on your BYSAK!  I take it it’s a silver Alox?

If it were me, I’d leave it just how it is, except for maybe a little sympathetic mechanical servicing (cleaning, careful sharpening, lubrication).  I like the patina on these old Alox knives. 

Again, congratulations and be sure to come back with pics!

Myron


au Offline Huntsman

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Re: Birth Year SAK Restoration
Reply #3 on: July 14, 2018, 07:46:31 AM
Warm soapy water and a toothbrush/nailbrush
Dry off
Then oil

- Always goes a long way

Then if necessary
Wire wool for the insides -
And a toothbrush and metal polish for the outsides
« Last Edit: July 14, 2018, 07:47:44 AM by Huntsman »


us Offline garza_andrew

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Re: Birth Year SAK Restoration
Reply #4 on: July 16, 2018, 06:33:54 PM
I borrowed a pic from the seller on EBay. The lighting isn't the best. I'm hoping to polish the tools and scales plus the normal cleaning, oiling, sharpening. It won't be a daily user for me but I will be showing it off.
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00 Offline Don Pablo

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Re: Birth Year SAK Restoration
Reply #5 on: July 16, 2018, 07:49:54 PM
The scales look good. :dd:
If you polished them, they might not look right.  :(
Hooked, like everyone else. ;)

All hail the hook!


us Offline Aloha

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Re: Birth Year SAK Restoration
Reply #6 on: July 16, 2018, 07:55:55 PM
Congrats. 


Less IS more. 
Esse Quam Videri


us Offline Myron

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Re: Birth Year SAK Restoration
Reply #7 on: July 16, 2018, 09:39:48 PM
I agree with Don Pablo and Aloha.  I think it looks great as-is.  I'd clean it up, oil it, maybe see if you can restore the knife edge a little bit, and then leave it just as it is.

Good luck,

Myron


us Offline garza_andrew

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Re: Birth Year SAK Restoration
Reply #8 on: July 17, 2018, 05:36:58 PM
Thanks for the help everyone. I got the SAK in the them mail yesterday and it is in way better shape than I thought it would be. I don't think any polishing will be required. I'll give it a good cleaning, oiling, and then sharpening.
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00 Offline Don Pablo

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Re: Birth Year SAK Restoration
Reply #9 on: July 17, 2018, 06:09:34 PM
The pictures make it look almost pristine! :2tu:
Hooked, like everyone else. ;)

All hail the hook!


us Offline Myron

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Re: Birth Year SAK Restoration
Reply #10 on: July 17, 2018, 08:44:57 PM
The pictures make it look almost pristine! :2tu:

Agreed!  That thing is a beauty.  Congratulations to us both (mine just arrived in the mail today too, and it looks like I have a few years on you...)    :)


 

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