These were “tool box” finds – folks found them in the bottom of an old tool box and I inherited them – to say they were in “rough” condition would be VERY charitable – the shape they are in at this point is after about 3 weeks of lifting rust of of them – WD40 – CLP – and gently rubbing with fine steel wool . . .
Soak with WD40 for a day or two – then gently rub with steel wool – then soak for a day or two with CLP and gently rub with steel wool – Once you start getting to more metal than rust – switch to CLP only and keep repeating – not to restore per say – but just to get them to open and close and to be able to read the tang stamp . . .
This first one is an Imperial Knife Company – 2 blade – bone handles – note the cut in the frame so you can open the large blade by “pinching” it . . .
The shrinkage on the bone handles is considerable – that equals OLD! I kept after it to be able to read the tang stamp – sometimes you are able to date knives fairly close by the tang stamp . . .
Seeing the tang stamp and realizing how old this knife is makes the effort worthwhile – The IKCO stamp in a diamond was only used for 3 years – 1936 – 37 – and 38 . This little darling is 85 plus years old – cool stuff . . .
The second one is a Camillus electricians knife . . .
The markings on the scales are interesting – but I have no clue what significance the markings “230B” or “33g” reference . . .
The tang stamp puts it somewhere after 1956 and prior to app. 1980 . . .
What’s in YOUR pocket?
Have Fun! – Run the Gun! – and remember – Fish Heads are Cheap!!