Here is a recent junk store
find that I hope will restore to a usable tool.
It is for sure a bit rusty right now but it has a nice shape
with plenty of blade left. In this state it looks unmarked and
old. It is obviously hand forged with no frills.
The handle tangs are squared and tapered. They extend through
the handle caps and are peened neatly over the thin metal caps.
The handles are a little loose but still in fairly good shape.
I wire brushed some of the rust off and this logo showed up. I
needed only go to wkfinetools.com and click on edge tools to
quickly find a company reference to this stamp,
L. & I. J. White of Buffalo New York. Evidently the company
was established in 1837.
It is also stamped with a crude but rather large 10 which is the
blade length, 10 inches. This is a nice big knife and I am
hoping to use it for cleaning up hand split stock for tool
handles and other projects.
I am not sure exactly what all I will do to revive this thing
but I am thinking as little as possible for now; at least until
I can confirm it will be a good user tool. First I took a file
and carefully smoothed down the hammer marks on the spine.
not sure why you would ever need to use a hammer on a draw knife
but someone obviously did. Next I used 220 grade wet / dry sand
paper and mineral spirits and went over it lightly, just enough
to get most of the loose rust off. The surface still looks
wrinkly and a bit rough but I think I will leave it for now.
I will next try to sharpen it. If I can get it to a usable
condition then I will deal further with cosmetics. Using a 600
grit diamond stone I started working the back side. It actually
cleaned up quite quickly all the way across the cutting edge.
It appears to have a slightly hollow ground back surface. I did
a little work on the bevel and found it also in fairly good
shape. I couldn’t resist giving it a quick test run.
Surprisingly it functions very well for a tool that has been
neglected for so long. I especially like the way it feels in my
The handles are well shaped and sized to my liking. The
angle of the handles to the knife puts my hands in a comfortable
position for good control. I have several other draw knifes but
this one may well become my favorite.