Opinions needed restoring Olcut Union Cut Co

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Opinions needed restoring Olcut Union Cut Co

Postby Landersknives » Wed Oct 10, 2018 3:01 pm

I have this neat old hunter that needs new scales. Please offer some opinions on the best route you think I should take this knife. Sambar Stag, jigged Bone, Buffalo horn ..... whatever let me hear some opinions. Thanks in advance.
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Re: Opinions needed restoring Olcut Union Cut Co

Postby XX Case XX » Wed Oct 10, 2018 3:26 pm

I guess that would depend on what you were going to do with this knife afterwards. If you're going to keep it, use whatever you prefer. If you're going to sell it, well, there are many choices to choose from. However, I think that most of us would agree that you can't go wrong with Stag. That seems to always bring in a good price if it's done correctly and neatly.

Giraffe bone seems to be popular these days too. Whatever it is, make sure it's done right. That's the most important thing. ::nod::

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Re: Opinions needed restoring Olcut Union Cut Co

Postby Sharpnshinyknives » Wed Oct 10, 2018 3:49 pm

Landersknives wrote:I have this neat old hunter that needs new scales. Please offer some opinions on the best route you think I should take this knife. Sambar Stag, jigged Bone, Buffalo horn ..... whatever let me hear some opinions. Thanks in advance.



I agree w/ Mike, you can’t go wrong w/ stag. Or red bone.
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Re: Opinions needed restoring Olcut Union Cut Co

Postby Tony_Wood » Wed Oct 10, 2018 3:52 pm

I am biased toward stag handled knives. The look, the fill of the hand, the texture, and the durability of stag appeals to me.
Considering the size of that knife, stag to fit it properly would be much more expensive than jigged bone, buffalo horn, or camel bone.

Am I restoring for my own pocket, or to sell? Do I have more experience with one material over another? Do I have material on hand? Do i want to experiment with other materials?

These are questions I would ask myself.
By all means, post pics of the process and end result! :)

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Re: Opinions needed restoring Olcut Union Cut Co

Postby Meridian_Mike » Wed Oct 10, 2018 4:17 pm

Oh yes!!
Stag or red bone would look nice on that one!

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Re: Opinions needed restoring Olcut Union Cut Co

Postby glennbad » Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:55 pm

I think stag looks great on a hunter pattern...

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Re: Opinions needed restoring Olcut Union Cut Co

Postby Landersknives » Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:40 pm

glennbad wrote:I think stag looks great on a hunter pattern...

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Great knife! Great work and beautiful stag! I love stag and I like nice jigged bone. Buffalo horn can be really nice as well. I will take pictures of the process and I will post those and the finished product here. Thanks for all the opinions.
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Re: Opinions needed restoring Olcut Union Cut Co

Postby orvet » Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:44 pm

I think a large knife like a folding hunter makes a great venue for African black wood. Done right African Blackwood is gorgeous!
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Re: Opinions needed restoring Olcut Union Cut Co

Postby RalphAlsip » Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:58 pm

Ed, you are receiving some excellent suggestions - hope you can make a decision :) .

The reference pictures I am providing are not exactly the same knife you have and the gunboat is not even close. The first knife below is a modern take on an old pattern. The older knives are approximately period relevant to your knife and show examples of bone and stag that Union / Ka-bar used on knives that are comparable in age to how old your knife appears to be.
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Re: Opinions needed restoring Olcut Union Cut Co

Postby edge213 » Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:08 pm

Although it doesn't agree with what most of the other guys have stated, when I have the handles replaced on an old celluloid handled knife, I like to to try and find something similar looking in either Kirinite or acrylic.
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Re: Opinions needed restoring Olcut Union Cut Co

Postby whitebuffalo58 » Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:14 pm

Culpepper's Moss Green bone is some really nice looking stuff, especially in a classic styled jigging, like the RJB, Catalina and Richmond patterns. It'll give about any knife a nice old timey look.


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Re: Opinions needed restoring Olcut Union Cut Co

Postby OLDE CUTLER » Thu Oct 11, 2018 12:04 am

edge213 wrote:Although it doesn't agree with what most of the other guys have stated, when I have the handles replaced on an old celluloid handled knife, I like to to try and find something similar looking in either Kirinite or acrylic.


That's an excellent point. I also think you should consider the old favorite exotic woods such as ebony, coca bola, or rosewood.This old Kabar had no handles at all when I got it. I redid this one in rosewood.

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Re: Opinions needed restoring Olcut Union Cut Co

Postby Meridian_Mike » Thu Oct 11, 2018 12:17 pm

All beauties!
I know Ed has to be be TOTALLY confused about what to do with his knife......LOL.

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Re: Opinions needed restoring Olcut Union Cut Co

Postby Landersknives » Thu Oct 11, 2018 2:07 pm

Meridian_Mike wrote:All beauties!
I know Ed has to be be TOTALLY confused about what to do with his knife......LOL.

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Lol! Mike it does give me several options. This is what I wanted. Sometimes a fresh pair of eyes will enlighten you to something you never considered. Thank you to all of you who have commented.
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