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The company I worked for in the mid-1970s made leather pouches for the Browne & Pharr folding pocket knives. One day, Cecil Pharr dropped by and gave us two leather knives he had made for us as a thank-you gift. I have one of them. No idea what became of the other. Question for the community: Clean it up, sharpen and enjoy it, or leave it as-is and offer as a collectible? I recently ran across a box of old stuff in my shop, and this artifact was in it.
As a fellow wood worker Mike, I get a thrill with finding an old hand tool and breathing new life into it so I can use it in my shop. There's a private pride in work when I am able to use a classic tool instead of something newer. Any old wood working tools that I have that are set aside as "collectible" is only because it is so old it isn't safe to use or I cannot get or make replacement parts for it.
Consider this: You're a leather worker....would this be a knife that you would use in the making of your belts today if it were up to specs?
Would using it add to the collective memory of the object, or add to it's provenance?
Would using it bring you more satisfaction of ownership than just looking at it?
Is there more value as a collectible or in the use of it?
No right or wrong answers, but the path of discovery will lead you to a satisfactory one - regardless of which one you choose.
Looking forward to knowing which you decide!