Vintage Puma 8101 Texas Bill

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Vintage Puma 8101 Texas Bill

Postby kwackster » Wed Dec 05, 2018 7:47 am

Today a member of Tactical Forum in Germany sent me this vintage Puma 8101 Texas Bill, advertized in a +/- 1950's Puma brochure as a "throwing Scout knife" (German: Wurf und Fahrtenmesser)
The request is to give it some TLC, post some pics how i do things, and then return the knife to it's owner.

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Re: Vintage Puma 8101 Texas Bill

Postby kwackster » Wed Dec 05, 2018 7:48 am

Handle disassembled.
Tools used: a modified Swiss Made PB flathead stubby no.5, a thin scalpel blade with a purposely overstropped apex (polished blunt), and the flathead screwdriver on my old Amefa army knife.

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Re: Vintage Puma 8101 Texas Bill

Postby kwackster » Wed Dec 05, 2018 7:49 am

Started with the blade:

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Re: Vintage Puma 8101 Texas Bill

Postby kwackster » Wed Dec 05, 2018 7:49 am

This is how the blade looks after regrinding by hand both sides with only 400 grit wet & dry SiC paper using WD40 oil as a lubricant on a semi-hard rubber backing.
Somewhere in the past the edge had already been sharpened convex, so in order to remove as little steel as necessary i just evened things out to a new edge of around 30 degrees inclusive.
It's not completely finished yet (there is still a bit of edge damage left under the letter T), but that can also be done after the handle is re-installed.

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Re: Vintage Puma 8101 Texas Bill

Postby kwackster » Wed Dec 05, 2018 7:50 am

Separately polished the miniature guard a bit, then put the handle back together using glue between all the washers:

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Egalized the surface with a few different grits of sanding linen, treated it with several coats of warm Granger's wax, then somewhat polished the pommel:

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How the knife looks at the moment:

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Re: Vintage Puma 8101 Texas Bill

Postby kwackster » Wed Dec 05, 2018 7:50 am

The knife is now almost done.
The blade surface was refined with 800 grit wet & dry and some WD40.
The new convex edge apex measures +/- 30 degrees inclusive and needs to have it's tiny burr removed later, after which the sheath will receive a few coats of warm Granger's wax.

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Re: Vintage Puma 8101 Texas Bill

Postby sammy the blade » Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:40 am

Great job, as usual.
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Re: Vintage Puma 8101 Texas Bill

Postby TRYKER » Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:07 pm

looks good, don't throw it.
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Re: Vintage Puma 8101 Texas Bill

Postby kwackster » Sat Dec 15, 2018 12:10 pm

@Tryker: the owner would probably kill me if i threw his knife now :-)


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