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Most of my fish knives have already been posted over inKnife Patterns so I'm ot going to re-post them here.  But as this is Social Group called i Knife Collectors it seems we do need a discussion where anglers can show off there fishing knives!   Let's seem 'em all.  Doesn't matter if it is a fixed blade or folder -- vintage or modern,  -- collectable or user -- fancy or plain -- just show 'em off!   Lets especially show off those knives that live in the tackle box or at the processing station!

Camillus WWII Army and Navy Air Corps Emergency Knife, Rapala Fillett, Shakespeare Utility, and W.R. Case & Sons Fish Knife

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Hey, that Mako sure looks good in the fish scale acrylic Leo!

All five of my Colonial fixed blade fishing utility knives in one shot!

The top is the Fish Master.  The bottom is a cork handled Floating knife.  Note the fish scaling spines or swedges. The Fish Master is probably the best made of the group but they all have their charm.  Imperial and other economy brands offered very similar knives in all of the patterns shown.   All of these were made in the USA, probably in the 1960s or there about.

I have the original sheaths for all of them except the white handled one.  That sheath was so dry rotted it fell apart in my hands! 

The top black handled one has a guard that doubles as a bottle opener and beverage can punch style openers.  Those who were around in the 1960s remember when cans didn't have easy-open pull tabs!

I am showing my age now.  I can remember when soda did not come in cans, only glass bottles.  And you had to have a bottle opener to open them.

Tobias Gibson said:

Those who were around in the 1960s remember when cans didn't have easy-open pull tabs!

LOL, yes and our knives had to do double duty!

I also have a couple folding fish knives that would open cans or bottles  like the fixed blade up above:

And a slick little Camco 670 Fisherman's Sport Knife with the bottle opener beer can opener cross bar.

I've been looking for one of these for a long time.  This is a Chicago Cutlery Traveler knife.It is essentially a folding fillet knife.  Despite havign a flexible blade, it was also sometimes called a  steak knife. Made back in the 1970s and 1980s, this USA made folding fillet is getting hard to find, especially with the quality made leather sheath.

Rumor has it, Chicago Cutlery's folding knives  were made under contract by Schrade.  This one appears unused or slightly used.  As you can see, I also have the high quality leather sheath that came with the knife. The knife is approximately 6 1/4 inches closed and 11 1/4 open.  It has a five inch fillet blade with a decent enough flex for pan fish.

Embossed leather sheath

Tang stamp

The 6 inch folding Traveler shown with some of my other Made in USA Chicago Cutlery knives.

6 inch boning knife

7 inch fillet knife


4 inch steak knife.

When I go to thrift stores, I often go through the kitchen knives looking for old Chicago Cutlery knives...not so much for collecting but for using.  The old USA knives have a quality carbon steel blade and make excellent users for around the house and in the tackle box.   In fact, the three fixed blades above were pulled from one of my tackle boxes!

Recently acquires another fish knife.  This time one is a Cutco 1763 bait knife. I don't know much about the 1763.  If any one know when they were produced or if they are still made, I'd love to know. 

One of the main reasons I bought it was because we picked up a brand new set of Cutco butter knives about two years ago and have been very impressed with them.  (bought them form a friend's daughter who was working her way through college selling Cutco products.) At first I thought they were over priced but after using them for a while, I'm more than happy with their performance.  but that is another story.

Below are some pictures of the Cutco fish knife with its leather sheath. As far as I can tell it is in mint condition.  The 5 inch blade lacks any flex and this is not a fillet knife.  Part of spine can be used to scale fish.  The cutting edge has a fine serration and the handle is Cutco's thermo-resin with an aluminum guard and pommel  The blade is 440 steel with a rat tail tang that is the length of the handle.  It feel very comfortable in the hand.  I will be looking at a few other Cutco outdoor knives and possible a set of steak knives.

Shapleigh - maybe early 60's vintage. This was in a gentleman's tacklebox that I purchased at an estate sale many years ago. The box had dozens of old glass-eye wooden lures, some older baitcasters and this wonderful old knife. 




We have done that, an old tackle box is like a time capsule and if your lucky, a good old knife.  Looks like your a lucky man!  Well done  

Thanks Jan~! Also in the box was an interesting old multi-tool - I will get some pictures to post in a day or two.



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