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    Default Kinfolks, K380, knife.

    Today I've finished restoration and honing Kinfolks, K380.
    This trademark was used by Case, Bradford during 1925-1948.
    Interesting and comfortable knife.



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    Wow, that's absolutely gorgeous Manah! I have a Blue Steel and Wedge razor by Kinfolks and they're exceptional shavers.

    There's a reality show here on the History Channel about a pawn shop in Vegas and one of the episodes features a guy wanting to sell some old war knives. One of them was a Kinfolks and when the weapons expert came in to do an appraisal he spoke very highly of the knife and it was valued at a few hundred dollars.

    It kinda looked like the "Survival Knife" listed on the Kinfolks website here:
    Kinfolks Incorporated - Knives of Quality and Distinction

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    Thanks, I found this knife in the catalog 1939 on that website.

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    Beautiful Job. I recently came across a K380 that my father gave me when I was young, am 60+ now. Unfortunately it looks like your picture of original condition. Could you share how you achieved such a beautiful finish? Would love to bring the knife back to its original condition and pass it down to my son.

    thanks.

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    Nothing difficult. Sandpaper 600 grit, 800, 1200. And polish with CrO.
    I spoke with Dean Elliott Case, Grandson of Kinfolks president Dean J Case, he told, that the result look like new original knife.
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    Thanks, I will give it a try. Did you restore the leather handle? Not sure how to attempt that. Mine is pretty rough with lots of rust pitting so it will never come back to a like new condition but will certainly be an improvement. I assume that as they are old knives they have good quality steel in them and can be honed to a very sharp edge. Did you bring yours up to cutting quality of leave it clean and bright?

    thanks again. Will be a fun project.

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