Saturday, November 30, 2013

A little elbow grease...

I found this Wenger SAK in the TSA confiscation bins at the local State Surplus a couple of weeks ago. It was in a bit of a sad state: most of the blades were corroded shut, the toothpick was crumbled into the slot, the scales were very beat and had some deep gouges in them and the Wenger badge was half obliterated through wear. So, after a good soaking in WD40 for a couple of days, and a good cleaning, the blades were still as stiff as hell. Around 40 openings and closings of all the blades freed them up satisfactorily. I polished the scales, which gave a pleasing mirror polish to the delicate Wenger trademark badge(the badge is actually solid aluminum underneath the painted shield). The toothpick was the remaining problem. Wenger toothpicks are much more difficult than Victorinox toothpicks to find, and much more expensive, so I simply carved on a Victorinox Classic toothpick till it fit perfectly, and had the correct head shape. All in all, an excellent EDC knife for the minimal price of $2.