Bad Edge on Condor Bushlore

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  1. Matrix

    Matrix Scout Bushclass I

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    OK, I let a kid use my knife a while back and then it disappeared. I finally found it in the fireplace with burnt wood and ashes on top of it (no wonder I couldn't find it!). The sheath got warped some but I think it'll be ok.
    Then last week I decided to get it out and clean it up some and use it, I noticed he or my son took it to the pedestal grinder to try to sharpen it and gouged the edge up pretty bad.
    I have worked on it for several hours trying to clean it up but it seems not to work. I am using the bevel as a guide and putting a scandi on it.
    I thought about using an air grinder with sanding disc to get it out and then put in on a stone????
    Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

    Also, the heat shrunk the leather and stiffened it, what can I do about that?

    I know ya'll will ask so here's some pics.
     

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  2. beacon

    beacon Simul justus et peccator Supporter Bushclass I

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    A file will do the trick, and then work it through some stones.
     
  3. Sharp_canadian

    Sharp_canadian Out There!

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    Aaaa I remember being a kid and ruining some of my dads knives. :p

    Like beacon said, clamp it and hit it with a file and then work it through whatever you use for sharpening. Shouldn't take much time.
     
  4. TWill

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    As a favor to your son he should buy you a nice new replacement and you give him the one you have that he messed up. Anything us dads can do to help them learn to wear big boy britches will return good to them many times over as they make their own way later. No need for making it a big deal or blame game, that's just how men deal with it when you mess up something that you borrowed.
     
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    As for sheath consider re wetting leather and see if it softens enough to force/stretch leather again by forcing knife back in with greased or taped blade until leather reforms until dry again.
     
  6. KajunKat

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    I microwaved a sheath once trying to heat it up for beeswax finish. Boy was that a mistake. I tried everything I could to "puff" the leather back out. No luck on anything I tried. I did get it supple enough to use but it looked like had a wasting disease. I finally gave up and made a new sheath. It gave me an excuse to practice a new hobby and buy more tools :) Bushlore sheath is dead easy to make. After I accidentally tore the belt loop off mine, I actually took mine apart, added a fire loop and dangler (followed a tutorial somewhere on this site). Works a treat now.
    PS ain't kids fun? My pastor used to say that you should pray extra for teenagers because occasionally a spirit of stupid will descend on them :)
     
  7. bikerdave47

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    Excellant advise.....although Personally I think the first thing you need to buy is a Thick leather belt...to use on That kid! JK!
    Don't ya just Wonder WHAT goes on in their Heads???
    and Neatfoot oil for the sheath [don't buy the Compound, only 100% works].
     
  8. Matrix

    Matrix Scout Bushclass I

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    Well, I just hit it with a die grinder with sanding pad just to see with would happen. It done a decent job but I might try a file later on. I looked around and couldn't find a sharp file.

    What brand it a good file? Where to buy them. We have been getting the locally but they are made in Mexico and they guys say they dull fast.
     
  9. MrFixIt

    MrFixIt Old Jarhead LB#42 Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

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    Look for a USA made Nicholson file.
     
  10. Hoof

    Hoof Former Genius

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    A leather sheath is flesh, flesh cooks in high heat. I've seen many examples of this. If it's cooked, it gone.
     
  11. aktrekker

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    Soak the sheath in oil. It will loosen up.
     
  12. x39

    x39 Hyperborean Supporter

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    I think NIcholsons are "hecho en Mexico" now.
     
  13. MrFixIt

    MrFixIt Old Jarhead LB#42 Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

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    The new ones are. I should have added that in older "mom and pops" hardware stores you can sometimes find the old ones.
    Sorry for the confusion!
     
  14. hamanky

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    Gorbet files are pretty good ,I think they're made by the Swiss . Lee valley tools sells them online, there what I use to sharpen my handsaws with.
     
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    x39 Hyperborean Supporter

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    Yeah, I sometimes encounter new old stock, and usually get what I can afford when I do.
     
  16. tabasco_joe

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    I don't know if the Stanleys are still made in the US but the new ones are harder than the new Nicholsons.
     

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