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My Grandfather recently gave me an old Gerber knife, one made before the company was bought in the 1970s (i think) by the modern

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  • My Grandfather recently gave me an old Gerber knife, one made before the company was bought in the 1970s (i think) by the modern

    My Grandfather recently gave me an old Gerber knife, one made before the company was bought in the 1970s (i think) by the modern Gerber company. It has a brass handle with a small wooden insert that gives the knife a classic flare. It has a leather sheath that is starting to crack, and i dont want it to break. Should i put some cloth tape on the sheath, or buy a new nylon sheath? Im also conidering just honorably discharging the knife and sheath from survice and passing it on to a future generation of hunters. What do you think? Thanks for everything

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    I'm a pretty big fan of hanging on to items like that and passing them down. There's a really neat heritage feeling when you give and receive a gift like that. I would treat the sheath with a good leather treatment or mink oil to preserve it and give it some flexibility so it won't crack further. Just my 2 cents..

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      I wouldn't put tape on the sheath--you need to oil it. If it were me, I wouldn't use it as my regular knife. I'd just break it out once in a while. If you take care of it, you'll still be able to pass it on.

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      • #4
        If the sheath is in really poor condition bring it to you local shoe maker, they will most likely be able to reproduce an exact reproduction of it for a reasonable amount.Ive had to do this a few times, good knifes last a lifetime, unfortunately leather breaks down over the years

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