As some of the other reviews mention, my longleaf came covered in old grease and dirt. However, some de-greaser and a wire wheel brought it back to life very quickly. Lots of dings, hammer marks, and other signs of use, but the blade was remarkably sharp considering the age. Got it to paper cutting sharpness quickly. I'm looking forward to fitting a custom handle and making a new scabbard!
January 08, 2019
may last another 100 years.
For the age they are in great shape and with a little oil now and again i think these blades will way out last me by an EZ 100 years or more. I used a polishing stone to sharpen the edge back into shape. and now it cuts just like when it was new. looking for camel bone to make handle out of, to have an old ivory look to it. , all in all a great project knife.
December 26, 2018
Pretty nice blade, but it did need some repairs. I had to wet sand it with 360 grit and REM oil to get some of the rust off. And I had to reshapen the tip. I'm happy with it, it was a nice little restoration project. I can't wait to make a bolster for it and get a handle on it.
July 15, 2017
Absolutely beautiful. Once I cleaned the grease off the steel it stuck me thstvthis is a physical piece of history in my hands. Very humbling. I will absolutely be purchasing more of these beautiful blades.
May 12, 2017
A fabulous find. The weight of this blade is unbelievable, it's a monster. The cosmolene(?) came off easily with turpentine. There are no nicks in the cutting edge, no rust spots, and no pitting. As soon as I finish this one, I'm getting another. Every blade fanatic should buy one before they're all gone.
October 08, 2016
This blade was in very nice shape for its age. Edge is in good condition and no rust, just scuffing and staining. The fullers are well defined and has some well done markings on the back. Will put it in an Indian all steel sword hilt like some were done. Very pleased, will order more.
August 08, 2011