I'd be interested in seeing some photos if possible please.
I got these four knives years ago while on a road trip with my Father down to Florida.
Stopped at a roadside flea market in Georgia and got all four knives for $10.00 .
Got a story from the seller that they were found in a very old abandon house in the area that was in dilapidated condition.
From the look and condition of the knives they do look like they were exposed to the elements.
Obviously the seller took a grinder or heavy sandpaper to the blades to get the corrosion off probably to read the stamp.
At first they looked to be Civil War era kitchen knives from the lead inlay but then I noticed the stainless steel blades.
I figured what the heck I like the old way they look so I bought them.
The seller was asking $10 each and I talked em down to $10 for all of them because of the condition.
Over the years I’ve done some research and have come up with a lot of different answers.
From being made in an old foundry in Georgia, being from Norway or Scandinavia to even being made in the 60’s or 70’s by Hippies.
I had them for so long and they just sat in a drawer so I decided to restore at least one of them.
So I picked the only one that was a small butcher type and started the restore.“sorry no before pictures. I wasn’t thinking” But the knife was in the same condition as the others but has a better and more legible makers stamp.
Reshaping and cleaning up the blade as the tip was corroded and most of the edge, was fairly easy.
The hard part was replacing the missing inlayed pewter.
I couldn’t get the new lead solder (which I used instead of pewter) to stick to the old original pewter. It just kept falling out.
But after thinking over it for awhile I thought why not use flux like you do when you solder.
Worked like a charm.
The wood which I think is walnut or Mahogany was so weather beaten that when the lead inlaying and hand sanding was done I decided to soak the handle in linseed oil to stabilize everything then a couple of coats of tung oil on top to waterproof.
The knife turned out pretty well and makes a mean little fishing knife.
The other three knives I think I might restore in the near future if I can’t find some definitive answers to the history of them. They'll make good filet knives.P S - One of the knives has different stamp lettering than the others (what’s left of the stamping)