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    Default Frederick Reynolds - The Celebrated Hollow Ground

    Just picked this up at a local antique store.

    I will be cleaning it up and trying to restore the coffin box that came with it over the next while, so I thought I’d start this thread to keep me motivated and to solicit advice.

    Normally, I would put the blade into new scales, but I’ve seen what Outback has done to renew old scales with bug bites, so I will try my hand at that for the first time.

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    Very cool man, can't wait to see what you do with it.
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    A little shoe polish will help the box, from my experience.

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    Looks like ya have a heap of work to do on that blade. Can be done...with determination, patience, and buckets of elbow grease.

    Any questions, give me a holler. Glad to help ya along, any way I can. Mr Reynolds made some fine implements worth restoring. IMO
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    There was a thread a long time ago where someone did some box repaired and in part they used paper mache, I seem to recall that was near the end of the process. If you could find the tread I think there was a fair amount of info in it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RezDog View Post
    There was a thread a long time ago where someone did some box repaired and in part they used paper mache, I seem to recall that was near the end of the process. If you could find the tread I think there was a fair amount of info in it.
    Sounds similar to how I've repaired holes in boxes. I've used pieces of junk boxes to fix another.

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    I haven’t started this project yet. I’m away from my razor tools for a short time, but will post progress pictures once I actually get started.

    Thanks for the suggestions so far.
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    I know Outback uses bog oak and CA when repairing black horn scales, but I have none available. I heard about folks using powdered graphite and CA and did some internet research to find out how that works.

    Found the following video that, for the price of a pencil, seems to suggest that might be worth trying.

    https://digg.com/video/the-surprisin...ue-on-cinnamon
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    Actually I'm leaning more towards epoxy and ground, lump charcoal. It can be ground into a finer powder than bog oak, and is blacker in color, once finished.
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    Mike’s onto something with the carbon black. Grind the charcoal ultra fine before mixing and there will be a pretty paste like, hard curing black case when you are done. Just keep it runny and thin while applying or you will lose definition around the word pressings.
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    I have used graphite powder and epoxy for a dark jet black filler in some bark inclusions on a wood working project as well as for some holes and such in a glue lam beam recycled into a table top. Bothe were very dark black and finished well. I have never been all that wild on CA as a filler for wood projects. I have not used CA as a filler on scales either. I think outback has likely done the most of that sort of stuff and the next set of scales I need to repair I am going to order the structural epoxy that he used.
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