A Little "TLC" for Brantford Gunstock Jack

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A Little "TLC" for Brantford Gunstock Jack

Post by herbva » Sat Sep 19, 2020 5:03 pm

Just when I thought I might have heard most of the obscure knife names, this Brantford popped up in an auction lot of 5 oldies that I fortunately won. I was about to start taking it apart when I heard a voice whispering to me to try a little TLC first. So I gave it a good cleaning, removed all the rust I could get at, reprofiled the broken tip, patched the 2 missing bone chunks and did a few other little tricks and, I think I'll leave it alone. The snap came back really good, so the knife must have been happy with the attention I gave it. Goins indicates that Brantford was a trademark used by Butler Brothers from 1910 to 1930, and the blades were etched "Warranted Never Dull". I guess the etch on this one is long gone. The blades were dull anyway. ::ds:: P.S. - I think the scales might be what is referred to as "pick bone". I don't think I'm even going to try to match this jigging in the areas I patched
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Re: A Little "TLC" for Brantford Gunstock Jack

Post by edge213 » Sat Sep 19, 2020 5:13 pm

herbva wrote:
Sat Sep 19, 2020 5:03 pm
Just when I thought I might have heard most of the obscure knife names, this Brantford popped up in an auction lot of 5 oldies that I fortunately won. I was about to start taking it apart when I heard a voice whispering to me to try a little TLC first. So I gave it a good cleaning, removed all the rust I could get at, reprofiled the broken tip, patched the 2 missing bone chunks and did a few other little tricks and, I think I'll leave it alone. The snap came back really good, so the knife must have been happy with the attention I gave it. Goins indicates that Brantford was a trademark used by Butler Brothers from 1910 to 1930, and the blades were etched "Warranted Never Dull". I guess the etch on this one is long gone. The blades were dull anyway. ::ds:: P.S. - I think the scales might be what is referred to as "pick bone". I don't think I'm even going to try to match this jigging in the areas I patched
What did you use to patch the handles?
How did you match the color?
I use Acra-Glas, but I have a hard time matching the color.
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Re: A Little "TLC" for Brantford Gunstock Jack

Post by doglegg » Sat Sep 19, 2020 5:20 pm

Nor the same knife!!!! Great job on a great knife. ::nod:: ::nod::

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Re: A Little "TLC" for Brantford Gunstock Jack

Post by Ivoryman » Sat Sep 19, 2020 5:27 pm

Looks almost like a different knife. Great job fixing it up and returning to service. Good show to see too.
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Re: A Little "TLC" for Brantford Gunstock Jack

Post by kennedy knives » Sat Sep 19, 2020 6:08 pm

Great Patch ::tu:: ::tu::

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Re: A Little "TLC" for Brantford Gunstock Jack

Post by treefarmer » Sat Sep 19, 2020 6:11 pm

Good job! ::tu::
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Re: A Little "TLC" for Brantford Gunstock Jack

Post by Byrd » Sat Sep 19, 2020 7:54 pm

Nice save! I gotta try my hand at doing a patch job.
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Re: A Little "TLC" for Brantford Gunstock Jack

Post by glennbad » Sat Sep 19, 2020 7:54 pm

Wow, what a transformation! The after picture simply looks like an honest old knife with wear on the bone. Well done!

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Re: A Little "TLC" for Brantford Gunstock Jack

Post by herbva » Sun Sep 20, 2020 12:54 am

edge213 wrote:
Sat Sep 19, 2020 5:13 pm
herbva wrote:
Sat Sep 19, 2020 5:03 pm
Just when I thought I might have heard most of the obscure knife names, this Brantford popped up in an auction lot of 5 oldies that I fortunately won. I was about to start taking it apart when I heard a voice whispering to me to try a little TLC first. So I gave it a good cleaning, removed all the rust I could get at, reprofiled the broken tip, patched the 2 missing bone chunks and did a few other little tricks and, I think I'll leave it alone. The snap came back really good, so the knife must have been happy with the attention I gave it. Goins indicates that Brantford was a trademark used by Butler Brothers from 1910 to 1930, and the blades were etched "Warranted Never Dull". I guess the etch on this one is long gone. The blades were dull anyway. ::ds:: P.S. - I think the scales might be what is referred to as "pick bone". I don't think I'm even going to try to match this jigging in the areas I patched
What did you use to patch the handles?
How did you match the color?
I use Acra-Glas, but I have a hard time matching the color.
I like to use Devcon 2-Ton epoxy for patching. It sets up very slowly and cures rock hard. I mix in only powdered colorant. I have accumulated a variety of these over the years and learned through trial and error how to mix them in the wet epoxy until I have a good match. At first I picked up 3 boxes - red, charcoal and tan at Lowes to start with. These are intended for coloring concrete and will last me a lifetime. Since then I have found a few other colors at online hoppy shops. If you use the Devcon, wait 24 hours until sanding. It is rock hard then and sands just like wood or bone and is easier to get it to blend in. I use masking tape on the edges to form a "dam" like I suspect everyone else does, so that the wet epoxy doesn't run over the edges.
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Re: A Little "TLC" for Brantford Gunstock Jack

Post by FRJ » Sun Sep 20, 2020 2:05 am

Nice save on that Brantford. You rarely see Brantford and I don't see too many gunstocks floating around either.
A great combination to have.

Here's a little dogleg I have that I like to carry because it's so well built.
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Re: A Little "TLC" for Brantford Gunstock Jack

Post by Doc B » Sun Sep 20, 2020 2:37 am

Great job, Herb! ...and that's a nice one, too, Joe!!! ::tu:: ::tu:: ::tu::
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Re: A Little "TLC" for Brantford Gunstock Jack

Post by Jeffinn » Sun Sep 20, 2020 4:17 pm

That repair is incredible! Impressive work!
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Re: A Little "TLC" for Brantford Gunstock Jack

Post by OLDE CUTLER » Sun Sep 20, 2020 5:16 pm

FRJ wrote:
Sun Sep 20, 2020 2:05 am
Nice save on that Brantford. You rarely see Brantford and I don't see too many gunstocks floating around either.
A great combination to have.

Here's a little dogleg I have that I like to carry because it's so well built.
Right you are Joe, this Brantford stockman I have is the only one I have ever seen. They are a very well built knife and this one is my favorite stockman. The gunstock shown in the OP is a real nice one and has got to be a rare bird.
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Re: A Little "TLC" for Brantford Gunstock Jack

Post by jwwood » Sun Sep 20, 2020 6:10 pm

Great job. Thanks for sharing.

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Re: A Little "TLC" for Brantford Gunstock Jack

Post by FRJ » Sun Sep 20, 2020 9:27 pm

OLDE CUTLER wrote:
Sun Sep 20, 2020 5:16 pm
this Brantford stockman I have is the only one I have ever seen.

That is a beautiful stockman you have there. ::nod::
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