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    Recommendations for dirk restoration?

    Can anyone suggest a knife maker or even jeweler capable of doing some very light restoration on a mid-century dirk? Looks like previous owner tried to glue the stone setting back on the pommel and the glue ran into the wood work on the grip. Blade also has some oxidization - I want to preserve the patina but would like to make sure everything is stable to avoid any further deterioration. Preference would be to use someone in the lower 48.

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    Do you have a picture of the Dirk?

    Are the precious metals involved? What pommel stone was used, is it "semi" precious, glass, other? What kind of budget are you working with?

    These are questions that have to be addressed before anyone can make or give you any suggestions for restoration.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Piobair View Post
    Can anyone suggest a knife maker or even jeweler capable of doing some very light restoration on a mid-century dirk? Looks like previous owner tried to glue the stone setting back on the pommel and the glue ran into the wood work on the grip. Blade also has some oxidization - I want to preserve the patina but would like to make sure everything is stable to avoid any further deterioration. Preference would be to use someone in the lower 48.
    I would contact Mad Mike at sharppointythings.com. He did an excellent job for me on an old dirk.
    Geoff Withnell

    "My comrades, they did never yield, for courage knows no bounds."
    No longer subject to reveille US Marine.

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    Here are a couple of pictures. I believe this is a J. Nowill and Sons dirk based on crossed keys/Sheffield mark on the blade. Weirdly the knife and fork are pictured on their webpage, but they don't appear to be making this model anymore. I'm very familiar with their sgian dubhs, but I didn't know they ever made dress dirks. This is about on par with the Art Pewter models from years ago.

    According to this link it's a relatively recent design, but I've never seen one in the wild. As the photos show, the blade is in rough shape and it appears that someone tried to glue the pommel back on at some point and some glue ran out and hardened on the grip. I'm thinking about selling it - not sure if it's worth fixing or just passing on for like $400 - $500 and letting a buyer figure out how/if to handle a restoration.




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