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USMC ROBESON RESTORATION

Started by doyler , Mar 15 2018 03:00 PM

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#1 doyler

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Posted 15 March 2018 - 03:00 PM

Purchased this from a forum member a couple years ago as I hadn't had a example of the Robeson manufactured USMC marked knife.

 

The pommel was missing but it was in such overall nice condition(and a scarce knife)that I saw some great potential to be there.

 

I had sourced a knife on line as a donor for a pommel but it has gone MIA here.

 

I contacted member Steve S here and he agreed to take on the project.I sent it off to him and couldn't have been more pleased with the results.

 

Steve's work is top end.He knocked this out in no time at all.I don't think it was even two weeks and that was with me sending it off and his returning it.It arrived this morning and I'm a happy camper to see this old knife once more with a completed handle.

 

Steve ended up fabricating a pommel from round stock.Extendng the tang and adding the upper red spacer.He finished the pommel with a weld like the originals and worked it down.

 

I highly recommend Steve as his work is quality and detailed.A true craftsman.Anyone who has a knife needing work shouldn't hesitate to contat Steve.Hes talented and also a collector so he does the work it like its his own.

 

Anyway here are the before and after shots.

 

The above knife by another original I have showing the broken pommel and tang.

 

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Posted 15 March 2018 - 03:02 PM

The finished result

 

Also shown by the other with original pommel

 

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#3 doyler

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Posted 15 March 2018 - 03:03 PM

Pommel detail

 

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Posted 15 March 2018 - 03:38 PM

Ron-That is nice work. THX for showing.  SKIP



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Posted 15 March 2018 - 04:46 PM

Real craftsmanship. Nicely done Congratulations Ron. Mike

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Posted 15 March 2018 - 05:03 PM

Thanks Skip and Mike

 

Big thumbs up to Steve for doing this.

 

Have wanted to complete this for a couple years or so.One local guy here who does knife work was afraid to ruin the handle so he didn't want to try the repair.Just fantastic work that Steve does.



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Posted 15 March 2018 - 07:01 PM

Amazing workmanship. He really did a great job matching the pommel. Glenn



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Posted 16 March 2018 - 06:22 AM

Thanks for all the kind comments!

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Posted 17 March 2018 - 01:59 PM

VERY nice..I LOVE the way the pommel is tastefully and realistically "aged in"!! It will only get better with a little time!

 

 

I MAY have to enlist those fine skills..I have a tall thin font USMC blade marked Ka-Bar..that needs a handle, and looks like some tang work is needed, as a length of thread stock was slotted and brazed on...and a handle and new guard! :)



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Posted 17 March 2018 - 09:31 PM

Just finished this RH-37 that had the same problem.
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Posted 17 March 2018 - 09:32 PM

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Posted 17 March 2018 - 10:14 PM

Awesome work Steve!!



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Posted 18 March 2018 - 02:22 AM

A real craftsman , beautiful work. Thanks for posting. Mike

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Posted 18 March 2018 - 10:10 AM

So glad to see it turned out so nice. Congrats Ron

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Posted 20 March 2018 - 09:10 PM

So glad to see it turned out so nice. Congrats Ron

 

THanks Craig

 

Steve does outstanding work.



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Posted 20 March 2018 - 09:14 PM

Have had a original Robeson type scabbard with the black thread for many years.I may pair it up with the restored knife.Its a bit of a snug fit.

 

I also took a little Break Free CLP and wiped it on the pommel.

 

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Posted 20 March 2018 - 09:56 PM

Heres a before & after of a broken down Kabar MK1 I picked up for myself.88BD5BB4-DB5D-4BD4-917E-D3D55EA928AE.jpeg D1A05A6A-87D8-45A1-B2C7-64567DD268B4.jpeg 41BC79E1-3F6F-4E4B-BCFE-12D531AE5E11.jpeg 9BA442B9-5555-4B3B-A847-55E241AF1B4F.jpeg

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Posted 20 March 2018 - 10:06 PM

Fantastic work Steve...

 

Wouldn't know it was the same knife if I hadn't seen the before pictures



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Posted 22 March 2018 - 06:34 AM

Thanks to this thread, I'll be sending Steve a patient very soon! :D


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Posted 22 March 2018 - 07:13 AM

Thanks to this thread, I'll be sending Steve a patient very soon! :D

 

Kris

 

I'm sure you will be happy you did

 

Steve does Amazing work.Anything I can pick up needing work I will do so knowing its in great hands with Steve.



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Posted 22 March 2018 - 11:14 AM

 

Kris

 

I'm sure you will be happy you did

 

Steve does Amazing work.Anything I can pick up needing work I will do so knowing its in great hands with Steve.

 

Thanks Ron..I can see that by the job he did with yours..and that MK1 he did..I would have been fooled!!

 

Plus, it was a wish of my Gramps to restore it before he passed, so it has a super deep meaning..and I know Steve will knock it out of the park!!



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Posted 22 March 2018 - 11:43 AM

Here is my USN kabar

 

I sent pictures to Steve to use in his restoration.

 

 

 

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Posted 26 March 2018 - 08:37 AM

Kabar USMC saved from the scrap heap
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Posted 26 March 2018 - 08:38 AM

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Posted 26 March 2018 - 10:46 AM

This is ART..

 

I'll have one to be proud of once Steve does his magic!!




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