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John Polhamus Sterling Butter Knife (possibly made for Tiffany)
This wrought sterling butter knife snapped in two probably because it was too brittle. This is another case where Argentium silver welding wire had to be used because of the object's hardened state. I filed all the edges of the break (front and back) to a point and welded the blade to the handle with the Argentium. I continued filling the gap until it was about 2/3 filled.
Because the Argentium color doesn't quite match that of standard sterling, I pulsed sterling in the remaining 1/3 of the void then finished it with 2,000-grit paper and 0000 steel wool to match the rest of the piece.