Thanks in advance for any assistance. I know nothing about knives or knife restoration but want to learn.
I found this knife in an old toolbox I was given by my father(he doesn't remember it so it doesn't hold a lot of significance so this is all about learning). As far as I can tell, it is a Hammer Brand from 1938-1941 (photo below). The handle is pearl-like with a couple chips missing. It is dirty and has some rust (photos below).
I want to restore it. Today, I tried to remove the scales and was surprised to find that it doesn't have normal scales but what seems to be celluloid wrapped around metal.
Any advice or correction is appreciated.
My questions are as follows:
1 - What is the best way to clean up the blades? If this were a hand tool I'd be hitting it with a wire wheel then steel wool. I'm guessing a blade needs wet sanding and buffing/polishing.
2 - What is the best way to clean up the other exterior metal? (fake bolsters and edges)
3 - What is the best way to clean the slots that the blades reside in? How can I get into the deep slots?
4 - What should I buy to re-wrap the handle and how can I do it? I've found celluloid but am guessing most of what I've found is too thick. If I use celluloid, do I form it with heat?
Thanks for your patience!