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Main Discussion Area => Around the Campfire => Topic started by: Ryan Jacob on September 15, 2018, 08:57:45 pm

Title: Any tips for restoring tools?
Post by: Ryan Jacob on September 15, 2018, 08:57:45 pm
So I have this machete at home that Iíd like to get usable again. Itís my grandpaís but he doesnít know how to take care of his tools. Somehow, when he tried getting it resharpened by someone, it went from a two sided bevel to one sided bevel and the edge bacame all chewed up. The handle also broke off. Any ideas what to do? Itís also horribly rusted.
Title: Re: Any tips for restoring tools?
Post by: Hawkdancer on September 15, 2018, 10:56:03 pm
Start with naval jelly to remove the rust.  You may need to recreate the handle.  You can regrind the bevel, possibly without heat treatment.  Do it slow and keep the edge cool.  If you don't have a slow grinder, do it by hand.  I would definitely try to restore my grandfathers tools if I had any.
Hawkdancer
Title: Re: Any tips for restoring tools?
Post by: Ryan Jacob on September 15, 2018, 11:23:46 pm
Not sure if I have naval jelly or would like to handle it. I have cut-offs from staves and a whetstone. This may take a while to do ;D
Title: Re: Any tips for restoring tools?
Post by: KHalverson on September 16, 2018, 06:26:16 am
Ryan
this may help you.
http://www.primitivearcher.com/smf/index.php/topic,63036.0.html
Title: Re: Any tips for restoring tools?
Post by: Eric Krewson on September 16, 2018, 06:44:54 am
I took these from this;

(https://i.imgur.com/mSFVCJv.jpg)

To this; with sandpaper, steel wool and some oil on the froe after sanding.

(https://i.imgur.com/JP80lYm.jpg)
Title: Re: Any tips for restoring tools?
Post by: PaulN/KS on September 16, 2018, 10:02:16 am
Machetes are not known to be super hardened so you should be able to re-bevel the edges with a file.
Title: Re: Any tips for restoring tools?
Post by: Hawkdancer on September 16, 2018, 03:01:41 pm
NJ is pretty safe to use.  Just read and follow the instructions.  The other methods work well, also.
Hawkdancer
Title: Re: Any tips for restoring tools?
Post by: dylanholderman on September 16, 2018, 06:39:17 pm
post some pics like a bow we can help you better if we can see it too  ;)

for the rust i'd just use a wire wheel in a angle grinder, if its completely covered in rust it should leave a nice dark patina after you're done.
Title: Re: Any tips for restoring tools?
Post by: Ryan Jacob on September 18, 2018, 07:53:17 am
Iíll try to get pics this weekend