Snagged this old dog off eBay for $12. When I first saw it, I was thinking I'd definitely be replacing the stag, the leather spacers, and making a larger guard. (I can't even call it a guard, more like an extra brass spacer, no help at all for protection) But when it got here today, I found it so neat that I might just leave it be. It has a decent blade for as old as it is, usually things like this are sharpened up past the choil. The swedge may have been done by the owner, not factory. It seems like it was added later and was given an edge, almost like a gut hook. I haven't seen a swedge like this before.
If I do leave it as-is, is there any way to recondition dried up stag like this ? There is one crack that runs lengthwise and was probably from someone cranking down on that tang "nut" to tighten things up. That's how the leather spacers got squished to oblivion.
So,... yay or nay on the rebuild ?
Pitted but still pretty full
Stag is pretty dry
Barely visible SOLINGEN on tang