I made a trade with one of my colleagues: I sharpened her knives and she kept my cats during my vacations. One of the knife she gave me was a German vintage carbon steel butcher knife. It was in extremely bad condition. Basically, it was a piece of rust that would not cut anything and the handle was black from dirt. I decided to do more than sharpening but refurbishing it.
- The handle was sanded and refinished with truOil (15 layers). - the blade reshaped, polished with EDM orange stones and a 1000grit sand paper finished. I thinned the blade behind the edge and sharpen it with a Aizu finish. Note that I left some pits on the blade and the handle on purpose to keep the vintage style.
Unfortunately, I did not took a before picture. But I am quite happy with the result, so here it is: