So after my stepdad got his Christmas gift, which was a re-handled and re-furbed Old Hickory chef's knife, he brought me a BIG chef-s knife to re-furbed. He got it as a gift from one of his superiors when he was in the Navy and stationed in the Philippines. After I got the rust off the blade, I could see the manufacturer's name. ROCO in Japan. At some point the tip of the knife had been broken off, so I had to grind in a new tip. And on to the pictures! I forgot to get a before picture of all the rust on the surface, but if you look at the second picture you can see how rusted the tang is in between the scales. The blade was worse. I didn't want to remove all the patina off this blade, so I stuck with just getting all the surface rust off. You can also see in this first picture how the tip is broken off. You can also get a sense of scale here. The blade itself is 12", with a total length of just over 17". Scales and tang. Now, me stepdad was adamant that he didn't want the knife re-handled, so I told him I would just surface sand to get down to fresh wood, and boy am I glad I did! This stuff is beautiful! After a bit of research, I found that these knives were originally handled with rosewood. New tip ground in. I made sure to dip in cold water between each pass, as to not mess up the heat treat. And here we are! All cleaned, sharpened, and oiled with BLO!! I will probably put a couple more coats on before mom and stepdad come in to town this weekend. Thanks for coming along!