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Old 11-07-2018, 7:45 PM
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Default Knife restoration

I have a Puma Skinner that my mother gave me as a birthday present back in 1966. I dressed my first deer with that knife and It has great sentimental value to me.
As the years went by, USMC, Viet Nam, marriage, family, career, and retirement happened.
I recently came across this knife again. The stag handles are still nice, though dirty. The blade finish is in need of restoration.
Does anyone know of a master knife maker or restoration shop that can help me out?
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Old 11-10-2018, 5:00 AM
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Unfortunately this subsection is kinda slow, not much traffic. You might have better luck at a blade forum.
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Old 11-10-2018, 10:59 AM
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Puma at one time had a service center in Oregon. They at that location could restore most any Puma knife. I think they had a name like Coast Cutlerly. They are no longer in business. They were very helpful and knew their Puma's.
There is a knife restoration shop in San Francisco. Google is your friend.
I know exactly the knife you wrote about. A friend of mine had one that his small son stuck in the ground some where in the back yard.Two years later my friend found the Puma. It was in rough shape but I was able to bring it back to life. Didn't look factory new but it was serviceable for a hunting knife.
Good luck. Puma's back then were very good knives. I still have a Game Warden from the early 70's.
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Old 11-10-2018, 12:07 PM
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Hi,

This is a link on the Blade Forum about another puma skinner restoration question

https://www.bladeforums.com/threads/...inner.1591145/


Bill DeShivs, Master Cutler might be able to help you
www.billdeshivs.com

hope this helps

Henry
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Old 11-10-2018, 2:55 PM
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You might consider doing it yourself since there is little collector value in that knife and it's hard to screw up. Get several short blocks of 1x2 board about 10 inces long. # or for sheets each of 320, 400, 500 emery paper, some 2 sided tape. if the blade edge is hollow ground then shape one of the sticks to match the blade contour. use the two sided tape to fasten the emery paper on the stick starting with the 320 grit. use water and lap the blade firmly lengthwise until all the pits and scratches disappear. change paper as needed. WHen you are satisfied, stroke at 90 degrees. Change to next finest grit Take it down to as fine a surface as you want bearing in mind that Pumas were usually not mirror finished.
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These were found in a safe by my dad nobody knew he had done that and safe was stored outside in Michigan for years until my brother located the combination. This is before:


And this is after I used a mag wheel polish along with Fitzand a mounted buffing wheel. Also rubbing compound and as noted above various grits of wet & dry sand paper, also used rotary wire brushes on some of the blades to clean out the rust

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Amazing what you did with those knives Tom.
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Amazing what you did with those knives Tom.
Being retired helped! Did a little each day.
Thanks it was fun
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I have a Puma Skinner that my mother gave me as a birthday present back in 1966. I dressed my first deer with that knife and It has great sentimental value to me.
As the years went by, USMC, Viet Nam, marriage, family, career, and retirement happened.
I recently came across this knife again. The stag handles are still nice, though dirty. The blade finish is in need of restoration.
Does anyone know of a master knife maker or restoration shop that can help me out?
Do you have any pictures
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I could do it for a fee
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Thanks to all who responded. I contacted Puma Knives USA. They don't do restorations, but they directed me to a number of shops that could do it. The customer Service Rep said I might also try Puma Germany in Solingen. This is Puma Knives "Mothership". They do total restorations on old Pumas.

So, I'm sending it back to where it was born.
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Old 11-25-2018, 7:49 PM
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Good choice, I bet they will do great work. If you gave anything without history, remember I'm here
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