Knife dipped in Bees wax

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Knife dipped in Bees wax

Postby fullpint47 » Sun Dec 02, 2018 11:04 pm

Guys.
I picked up a pocket knife today completely encased in beeswax. The only thing I can make out on the knife is 3 dots on the little round disk like a smiley face. (Still learning). Can anyone tell me why it is encased? I do not want to open it if it depreciates value but also wont know the maker or anything.
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Re: Knife dipped in Bees wax

Postby jerryd6818 » Sun Dec 02, 2018 11:11 pm

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Re: Knife dipped in Bees wax

Postby Mumbleypeg » Sun Dec 02, 2018 11:14 pm

That's a new one on me. Can't imagine what purpose that would serve. ::shrug:: Can you post some pictures? I'm curious what it looks like.

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Re: Knife dipped in Bees wax

Postby orvet » Sun Dec 02, 2018 11:43 pm

The only reason I can think of for dipping an entire knife in beeswax would be if you were trying to protect carbon steel from moisture and perhaps corrosion like one would find in the tropics or at sea.
You have essentially sealed the knife in its own container and it should stay untouched by moisture in salt as long as the wax coating stays intact.
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Re: Knife dipped in Bees wax

Postby fullpint47 » Mon Dec 03, 2018 12:22 am

Here are a couple pics of the wax
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Hope they open correctly.

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Re: Knife dipped in Bees wax

Postby rmsize » Mon Dec 03, 2018 12:30 am

It looks like cosmoline to me, not beeswax. Possibaly a millitary issued knife, they covered everything in cosmoline.

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Re: Knife dipped in Bees wax

Postby 1967redrider » Mon Dec 03, 2018 12:39 am

rmsize wrote:It looks like cosmoline to me, not beeswax. Possibaly a millitary issued knife, they covered everything in cosmoline.


I think you're on to something. Looks like my Mosin Nagant when I first bought it.
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Re: Knife dipped in Bees wax

Postby Miller Bro's » Mon Dec 03, 2018 2:12 am

Very interesting, I wouldn't open it.
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Re: Knife dipped in Bees wax

Postby royal0014 » Mon Dec 03, 2018 7:32 am

yup ... cosmoline, or some derivative there of ...
Never seen a knife packed like that. Interesting. ....
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Re: Knife dipped in Bees wax

Postby Steve Warden » Mon Dec 03, 2018 11:18 am

Miller Bro's wrote:Very interesting, I wouldn't open it.

Why not?
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Re: Knife dipped in Bees wax

Postby espn77 » Mon Dec 03, 2018 12:37 pm

I'm with MB, if that knife was in my collection I'd do more research to find out more on the knife and leave it in the casing. Hard to believe that knife has lasted this long and no one has unwrapped it. Very cool piece to display. It probably isn't a highly valuable knife once unwrapped but the way it is.....find another one. I like it. ::tu::

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Re: Knife dipped in Bees wax

Postby glennbad » Mon Dec 03, 2018 12:49 pm

Miller Bro's wrote:Very interesting, I wouldn't open it.


I also agree with Dimitri. It's an interesting piece, much like finding a knife new in the package.

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Re: Knife dipped in Bees wax

Postby Steve Warden » Mon Dec 03, 2018 12:54 pm

espn77 wrote:I'm with MB, if that knife was in my collection I'd do more research to find out more on the knife and leave it in the casing. Hard to believe that knife has lasted this long and no one has unwrapped it. Very cool piece to display. It probably isn't a highly valuable knife once unwrapped but the way it is.....find another one. I like it. ::tu::

And there's the difference between a collector and an accumulator! :D
I'm an accumulator; I use what I get. I also collect toy GTOs (my first car was a '67 LeMans, the GTO wanna-be). They've all been taken out of their packaging and put on display. That's just me and how I like it. Nothing that I collect, correction, accumulate, will ever become an investment for me to retire with, so I enjoy 'em for the time I have 'em.
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Re: Knife dipped in Bees wax

Postby Sharpnshinyknives » Mon Dec 03, 2018 1:04 pm

Steve Warden wrote:
espn77 wrote:I'm with MB, if that knife was in my collection I'd do more research to find out more on the knife and leave it in the casing. Hard to believe that knife has lasted this long and no one has unwrapped it. Very cool piece to display. It probably isn't a highly valuable knife once unwrapped but the way it is.....find another one. I like it. ::tu::

And there's the difference between a collector and an accumulator! :D
I'm an accumulator; I use what I get. I also collect toy GTOs (my first car was a '67 LeMans, the GTO wanna-be). They've all been taken out of their packaging and put on display. That's just me and how I like it. Nothing that I collect, correction, accumulate, will ever become an investment for me to retire with, so I enjoy 'em for the time I have 'em.


I’m w/ Steve on this one. How will you know what you have unless you take it out? I would think that cosmoline will be hard to get off of that knife.
Plus you can always reseal it after you get it cleaned and ready for show. Even 100 year old knives aren’t so delicate that you can’t handle them, I don’t see the harm in seeing what is underneath.
We want to see pictures when you get it done, if you do it.
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Re: Knife dipped in Bees wax

Postby djknife13 » Mon Dec 03, 2018 1:17 pm

I found a black handled Korean era Schrade Auto still packed in cosmoline with the cord attached. I cleaned off the knife and enjoyed being the first to actually touch the knife since it was stored when new. It has still never been snapped open, just gently eased open and is stored in a safe environment. I've never regretted cleaning off the cosmoline. ____Dave


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