1840's era MARKS & REES Of Cincinnati, Ohio.
I was wondering if I should try to correct a slightly loose guard and wooden handles of an old MARKS & REES 1850's large knife.
The looseness isn't bad at all, maybe 1/16" or smaller, but you can feel it and hear it when you shake the knife in your hand. I researched and found that maybe soaking the handle in water for a few hours might swell the wood, and correct the problem.
I would love any input from the experienced knife collectors.

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Comment by J.J. Smith III on January 18, 2018 at 22:23

Heidi, Nice looking knife.  You certainly don't want to soak it in water.   A better option is oil.  Tung oil, boiled linseed oil or even mineral oil is preferable.  

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