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Okay... I picked up this WWII Martindale, because it was stupid cheap & it had what looked like a 1-piece custom wood scabbard/sheath (albeit, a duck head   ??? )

I was planning on rehabbing blade & stripping, restoring modifying the sheath & then staining/oil/waxing in green burl, to match my walking sticks. I could care less how it comes out, or if I destroy it while trying to modify .... I just bought it for the mental therapy of the tinkering  O:-) .

I have no idea if old Martindales have any real value, or if this machette/scabbard combo does......

Could you guys take a quick-peek an let me know if I'm about to destroy something with a lot more value than I think it has (under 80.00 +/-).

http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v102/acara/Hosted%20stuff/2012%20Martindale%20Resoration%20Project/

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Re: WWII Martindale Restoration; Help Me Keep From Doing Something Dumb
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2012, 06:32:06 AM »
I think you should do what your first and stongest inclination is.  But if it were mine, I'ld put an edge on it, oil the blade, and have one cool user.  And it IS very cool.
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Re: WWII Martindale Restoration; Help Me Keep From Doing Something Dumb
« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2012, 07:04:12 AM »
Definitely a cool find. If you bought it for the tinkering value I would mod it the way you want.
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Re: WWII Martindale Restoration; Help Me Keep From Doing Something Dumb
« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2012, 07:35:02 AM »
First thoughts .... I don't like ducks .... bad childhood experience ....LOL

On top of that, the bill is cracked badly and not recoverable (not sure if it was owner damage or shipping).

I may just modify/remove the duck vestiges and strip/refinish the wood with Tung Oil & then some wax ..... but the wood pattern/grain are speaking to me ...... so I may go all out on the finish and do something creative.

Unfortunately my carving/woodburning skills suck, so I'm limited to sanding/staining/polishing...... and I'm not talented enough to try anything like re-handling.

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Re: WWII Martindale Restoration; Help Me Keep From Doing Something Dumb
« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2012, 07:40:59 AM »
Whatever you decide, I agree, the duck must die!
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Re: WWII Martindale Restoration; Help Me Keep From Doing Something Dumb
« Reply #5 on: August 18, 2012, 12:39:57 PM »
Whatever you decide, I agree, the duck must die!

Stripper is on the scabbard... naval jelly is on the blade.....grinder locked & loaded for duck-decapitation
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Re: WWII Martindale Restoration; Help Me Keep From Doing Something Dumb
« Reply #6 on: August 19, 2012, 06:45:17 AM »
I got the blade cleaned up last night & got the fouling out of the stamp/mark ....

Martindale serial W705 .....

Kinda kewl owning something with a serial number that low.

Now, off to the sanding block ...

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Re: WWII Martindale Restoration; Help Me Keep From Doing Something Dumb
« Reply #7 on: August 19, 2012, 06:48:53 AM »
R.I.P duck...
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Re: WWII Martindale Restoration; Help Me Keep From Doing Something Dumb
« Reply #8 on: August 19, 2012, 09:48:52 AM »
Ding-Dong, Da Duck is Dead ....

I have no idea what I changed it into ..... just kinda let the hand file do what it wanted.








I dont know what kind of wood this is, but it's got reds/blacks in it. Almost looks like a Lebanese Cedar or something ..... but my hardwood knowledge is lacking.

Still have to sand the machette handle;









On futher inspection, it appears this is actually serial W702, not 705 ......




Got it stripped & sanded, but the rain shut me down for a bit. Ready to either stain green or just tung oil & wax ..... but I cant decide & may just flip a coin

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Re: WWII Martindale Restoration; Help Me Keep From Doing Something Dumb
« Reply #9 on: August 19, 2012, 01:20:59 PM »
First coat on & drying .... thats it for today.

Went with the Tung oil ..... the handle and scabbard woods are just too disimilar to count on them coming out even close to the same shade with stain.

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« Reply #10 on: August 19, 2012, 03:55:28 PM »
I like alot better than Daffy!

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« Reply #11 on: August 19, 2012, 04:10:37 PM »
As in the movie UNFORGIVEN, the Duck of Death has emerged as the Duke of Death :thumbsup:
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« Reply #12 on: August 19, 2012, 04:51:15 PM »
Looks much better now.
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Re: WWII Martindale Restoration; Help Me Keep From Doing Something Dumb
« Reply #13 on: August 20, 2012, 07:47:48 PM »
Well, todays' additional coat of tung oil didn't seem to do much for me ..... so I'm going to move onto the wax tomorrow.





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Re: WWII Martindale Restoration; Help Me Keep From Doing Something Dumb
« Reply #14 on: August 25, 2012, 10:32:43 AM »
All waxed and done ....

Before;





After;





I went to put an edge on it & ended up with a minor project. It appears the previous owner chopped cinderblocks or rebar.... or something that flattened the edge with this thing. I reprofiled the blade & then went to work with the stones.

After about 2 hours of work, I've got it popping hairs.

Now I just have to figure out what the heck to do with another machette.


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Re: WWII Martindale Restoration; Help Me Keep From Doing Something Dumb
« Reply #15 on: August 25, 2012, 11:13:48 AM »
The same thing we all do hide it from the wife in the pile in the garage. Then wade through it every time you try to find something. It can be like Christmas sometimes!