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Offline JEB

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> for leathersmiths
« on: June 14, 2019, 11:04:49 am »
I picked up an  RH  PAL #36 fixed blade knife at a yard sale today. In doing some checking it appears as though this is a WW 11 military knife. The sheath is stiff. What can I do to soften up the sheath a bit and maybe what to do with the leather handle on the knife. The handle is very solid but I am sure very dry. This knife and sheath appears to have some value, maybe $75.00.  I gave $2.00 for it.

Any info would be appreciated.

Offline paulsemp

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Re: > for leathersmiths
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2019, 12:23:45 pm »
Lexol leather conditioner works great. if it's too far gone there's really no restoring it. lexol does not leave an oily residue like neatsfoot

Offline Hawkdancer

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Re: > for leathersmiths
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2019, 10:19:18 pm »
Ballistol might work, but I haven't used it on leather.  Sno-Seal might also be an option.
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Offline Pat B

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Re: > for leathersmiths
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2019, 05:47:44 am »
I think the Lexol or neetsfoot oil, both penetrating oils are your best bet. Sometimes leather gets too dry and not much can be done. The handle will probably react better than the sheath unless the sheath isn't too dry.
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Offline JEB

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Re: > for leathersmiths
« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2019, 04:18:51 am »
The sheath seems pretty brittle. I will give these ideas a try to save the original sheath. If not, no big deal as I wrote I have very little invested. The knife and handle appears to be pretty solid. I just need to clean it up a bit.