I have started a project to give a Uncle Henry knife to each of my nephews. Given that I am a Henry, I think it is only appropriate. They are all well past minimum age for voting and several have strong feelings about "Made in the USA". No comment intended here or there on the subject. But I make the observation because I decided it would be a good idea if I bought older, pre-Schrade-bankruptcy UH's, thus avoiding the inevitable commentary. I don't feel inclined to go out and comb flea markets and garage sales to find them, so I pay a bit of a premium to get them on eBay. I look for what appear to be in good condition, but obviously used condition. I expect to spend time on each cleaning them up, polishing out scratches, sharpening, etc. All are SS bladed (Schrade+).
The project is proceeding well. Only one that I have sent back so far for inaccurate description, plus one that turned out to have been used to the point of wobbliness. I have been having fun and it keeps me off the streets.
OK. My question. On two knives, so far, I have found deep scratches about 1/16" from the blade edge, running from tip to tang. My attempt to photograph them on one knife is attached. In the one in the photo, I have been working on it for a couple of hours with 150 grit wet or dry and am making progress. But I think I still have an hour or more to go.
My question is this: What in the world makes scratches like this? The former owners must have drawn the blade along a hard sharp projection of some kind. But why repeatedly when it is so obviously damaging the knife? And it must be something that is common given that I have seen this on two different knives from different sources.
Just curious, and maybe a little frustrated.
Uncle Henry 807 (small stockman) - horizontal scratches. Hard to capture, but partially visible here.
I'm sorta partial to Uncle Henrys seein' as how I had one and now I are one.