Quick Steel wrote:Lee, I am not knowledgeable about Remingtons and my thought may be heretical to many. However, that blade and handle are in such good condition, other than the appearance of the blade, that if it were mine to either use or give as a gift I would put a forced patina on the blade.
I think it would look great.
... I indeed respect your opinion and as you know the views of many here on collecting etc differ to some extent. To me this is not a knife to use given the condition and despite the tarnish I will hold it in storage, display etc (fits very well with what I have and like to add)... but that is me. I wouldn’t force a patina on an old knife - I wouldn’t force a patina on my EDCs which though traditional in style are made by contemporary makers - I like patina earned from use. But given that I understand why you would do it on this Remington as the patina would blend with the tarnish - just not my thing.
I’m probably digressing here but I do little to my old knives other than very gentle cleaning of the handle, pivots or inside liners of dirt, oiling a pivot or of course getting rid of any active rust spots - occasionally I Ren Wax the blades pending my mood but always wipe with a chamois before putting them away... old knives trip my trigger as a part of history and I think of myself as more of a caretaker - maybe a curator in a sense
. Making old knives shiny is not my thing but I know many clean metal be it bolsters or blades but I can’t say that is right or wrong as all address this differently and the knife police won’t be knocking at your door
- and than sometimes I wonder if there is a middle ground between doing a minimal amount vs more aggressive cleaning that would make me comfortable
... just not sure of that to date...