Video Of A Man Restoring A Rusty Meat Cleaver To As-Good-As-New

January 26, 2017


This is a video of a man restoring a rusty meat cleaver he found in the trash to as-good-as-new quality. He says the whole process took three hours, making me wonder if the value of the time spent during the restoration was worth it. Or maybe it was a labor of love. A bunch of people in the comments suggested the quality of the knife indicates it was relatively cheap and intended to be thrown out, while other suggested his technique for restoration was all wrong (he should have taken the handle off, not rubbed it with olive oil, etc.). Amazing, nobody suggested that maybe this guy shouldn't be digging murder weapons out of the trash in the first place.

Hit the jump for the video.

Thanks to Ray, who's smart enough to know that if you ever find a knife in the trash, you wipe your fingerprints off everything and quietly leave the scene.

  • asdfadfs

    first I replaced the handle, got it all cleaned up. then I removed and replaced the blade.

  • Guesticle

    but it's still your grandfather's axe
    (ship of theseus question)

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    its cool but im sure his efforts didnt equate into the cost of new one

  • DrZanz

    I thought the video was a joke until it all finished as if it were serious.
    So I'm assuming it's serious. If I didn't do this kind of thing all the time I would probably sit here and say "Good job, looks good, well done" Just like everyone else. Sadly I don't think this eye twitch will be leaving me any time soon.

  • GeneralDisorder

    I was expecting an electrolysis bath to knock most of the rust off.

    Considering it looks to be an unbranded piece of dog shit and he didn't bother to mirror polish most of the blade nor remove handle, etc I'd say he did alright. Has a functional piece of shit that'll take an edge for a while. I bet that was a pain in the dick honing with 8000 grit. I get bored trying to reshape with 600 grit diamond. I usually shape with 200, jump directly to 600 for cleaning up a little and if I feel ambitious I'll do cotton wheel at low speed in a dremel with some automotive rubbing compound (no clue what grit it is... some turtlewax crap).

    Anyway, I'm no pro.

  • DrZanz

    My biggest problems aren't to do with the errors at the start. That thing won't keep an edge the way it is right now. It will be soft as a diseased shit after all that grinding. Also it's a bloody meat cleaver, why is he giving it a bevel like that? And for god's sake, moving the stone across the knife? Applying oil to the blade and not the stone? I think he's just trying to annoy me on purpose, it's fine though, I'm over it.
    I won't let it bother me anymore.
    Not a single minute more will be spent hating this guy.
    Absolutely over it.

  • TheQiwiMan guys care about weird things.

  • Don't we all, though.

  • Talon184

    Seriously. I could go my whole life without becoming upset about someone's methods of knife sharpening.

  • DrZanz

    Haven't you ever wondered how you dismember someonething cleanly? Power tools and sawing blades create spray. A clean chop will break a bone and shear flesh meat relatively cleanly. Deal with that slow pooling shortly after and you have a clean dismemberment, friend. However, the above will never work as well with a poorly maintained blade.
    This is all valuable information but this time it's for free.

  • Oh come on!
    The spray is part of the fun.

  • Talon184

    nope...never wondered that...

  • Meh

    Metalwork like animals epic +1.

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