So I picked this up for $80 . Seems to be a WSC naval contract blade that got a service stamp in 43. Obviously it has been neglected . Any tips on getting it back to better shape?
Not much to do. You do not want to remove the finish as the "Admiralty Contract" bayonets are supposed to be black oxide finished.
Soak it in oil and see what comes off on the rag. The markings are already weak and you don't want to lose any of those either.
Are the grips OK? They should be heavily oiled already with a slightly 'beefier' feel to them too.
Thanks! Will go slow, yes , I too discovered the magic of ballistol. Got the blade for my 43 dispersal No1.It's a WW2/Korea era veteran.
IMO, a candidate for preservation and not restoration. If it were mine, I wouldn't attempt to remove the screws or grips yet. The edges are pretty much sealed in position at this point.
I would start mild. Remove the beginnings of rust and storage crud since I don't collect dirt. (Well, aside from a couple of vials. Gallipoli sand and infield dirt from the 2016 Cubs World Series etc.)
Mild stuff. Work around the screws with Hoppes 9 and toothpicks. Maybe careful use of a dental pick on the solid parts. Pipe cleaners/soft brush in the clearance hole and T slot. Again in the corners of the crosspiece. Followed up by something like Breakfree or similar. If you have Balistol, use it.
Cut the crud on the blade and pommel with similar and burlap.
Wash it down with mineral spirits including the wood. Wipedowns and drying with tericloth watching the progression.
A good preservative oil on the steel with wipedowns. More mineral spirits on the wood until the grain begins...begins to show. Then go with a linseed oil of 50/50 dilution over the course of several days. Wet,wait wipe, dry. Buff and repeat.
The steel will look good and the grips should come back with a deep reddish hue.
Here comes the buzzwords:
Preservation with no restoration.
Patience instead of power.
Proper and presentable vs polished and pretty.
That applies to this one. The next one....???
Lanchester , i never heard of it before now , and just googled it. Interesting history. Since it was used through the 70s, did they ever make it to the civilian market in semi auto form?This blade? No reason not to put it on a dispersal. Looks better on a navy Lanchester though. hint
I'm not aware of any. At least not as far as a commercial venture anyway.Lanchester , i never heard of it before now , and just googled it. Interesting history. Since it was used through the 70s, did they ever make it to the civilian market in semi auto form?
Yea, I'm telling myself that since it's a pairing for my 43 dispersal No1.The Admiralty Contract was the excuse to produce so to speak. Intent and disposition aren't always in agreement. Especially in wartime.
Forum was down for maintenance when I first tried to add the metal question.Yea, I'm telling myself that since it's a pairing for my 43 dispersal No1.
Now, on the finish. Did the handle metal get stripped or something? Shouldn't it have been blued, or oil blackened?