Keen Kutter Barlow Rehandle

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Keen Kutter Barlow Rehandle

Post by Doc B » Wed Jul 10, 2019 5:37 pm

I just rehandled this old Keen Kutter. I believe it's near 100 years old. I've done a lot of research and still have some questions about dating it. I posted my questions in the Keen Kutter knife section, with what I've found in catalogues: viewtopic.php?f=35&t=25178&start=675
The short story, is the only place I've found one like it, is in the 1917 Simmons catalogue. If anyone can help pinpoint the age better, I'd be interested in any info.

It's huge, at 51/4 inches, closed. The scales were broken on both sides. I didn't want to pull the knife apart, so that I wouldn't mess up the patina of the bolsters. There may be easier ways to do this (remember I'm just learning this stuff)...but here is how I did it...

First, I scanned the knife and confirmed that the printed version was a 1:1 copy. Fortunately it was.
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I cut out and poked holes, where the pins were on the photocopy. Then I test fitted the "pattern", to the knife...to make sure the pins aligned properly.
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Next: The pattern rests best, on the flat side of the bone. Note...this picture is the WRONG way to do it! If you plan to mark and drill from the flat side...you have to turn the pattern over, so you're not looking at the photocopy. Fortunately I noticed the error of my ways, before drilling the holes.
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After drilling the holes...there was still a lot of refinement in drilling the pin holes, before the scales would seat all the way down.
I rehandled it in Culpepper American STD Green jigged bone.
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Re: Keen Kutter Barlow Rehandle

Post by edge213 » Wed Jul 10, 2019 6:55 pm

Turned out very nice.
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Re: Keen Kutter Barlow Rehandle

Post by doglegg » Wed Jul 10, 2019 7:00 pm

Another good one Doc. ::tu:: ::tu::

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Re: Keen Kutter Barlow Rehandle

Post by Meridian_Mike » Wed Jul 10, 2019 7:02 pm

Heck yeah.... Man that green bone sure looks nice on that Barlow!

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Re: Keen Kutter Barlow Rehandle

Post by OLDE CUTLER » Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:04 pm

That turned out real nice. The Culpepper bone is getting to be some of my favorites too. The color is good, jigging is uniform, and the price is right too.
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Re: Keen Kutter Barlow Rehandle

Post by glennbad » Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:22 pm

Wow, you put a lot of work into that, and it shows! Nice job.

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Re: Keen Kutter Barlow Rehandle

Post by Byrd » Wed Jul 10, 2019 9:28 pm

I love the mixture of old and new! Those handles just look "right" on the knife. Very well done.
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Re: Keen Kutter Barlow Rehandle

Post by Doc B » Thu Jul 11, 2019 2:25 pm

Thank you, for generous remarks. ::nod::
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Re: Keen Kutter Barlow Rehandle

Post by Reverand » Sun Jul 14, 2019 1:12 pm

Great job! I would not have thought of marking the pin holes that way - very ingenious!
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Re: Keen Kutter Barlow Rehandle

Post by Tony_Wood » Sun Jul 14, 2019 5:43 pm

Nice work. I like the new look/color/jigging of the scales. When scales are made to look exactly as the original it gives a false sense of originality. This way, fifty years from now, there will still be no question that this knife was worked on.
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