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Vintage American Knives

Looking for a group of collectors who prefer older American-made knives? Then come on in and make yourself at home. Antique knife collectors prefer knives in original condition and if the blades sport natural patina, then all the better.

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Stampings of the Cutlery Industry.

Started by D ale. Last reply by Jan Carter Jan 27. 106 Replies

old kissing crane

Started by Jim Walker. Last reply by Jan Carter Oct 28, 2017. 3 Replies

Dating a Pocketknife

Started by Robert A. Olson. Last reply by Jan Carter Oct 20, 2017. 1 Reply

Any help on what I have here??

Started by jerry marr. Last reply by Jan Carter Oct 18, 2017. 16 Replies

Can anyone tell me about this knife set?

Started by Valerie Miller. Last reply by Jan Carter Sep 26, 2017. 6 Replies

What's your favorite old knife?

Started by Scott King. Last reply by Jan Carter Apr 23, 2017. 26 Replies

What do you think about custom "Re-worked" knives?

Started by Jim Prather. Last reply by Andy Larrison Jan 8, 2017. 17 Replies

How about your favorite piece of knife history

Started by Jan Carter. Last reply by Jan Carter Jan 6, 2017. 7 Replies

Would anyone consider this knife vintage?

Started by Charles Sample. Last reply by Jan Carter Jan 5, 2017. 13 Replies

Where do you find your vintage (antique) knives?

Started by Rick Cothren. Last reply by Jan Carter Jan 5, 2017. 24 Replies

Are vintage knife collectors a dying breed?

Started by Scott King. Last reply by Michael Squier Sep 9, 2016. 17 Replies

Favorite characters from cutlery history

Started by Jan Carter. Last reply by Jan Carter May 15, 2015. 15 Replies

Still strong

Started by Larry Lucas. Last reply by Steve Hanner Nov 12, 2014. 8 Replies

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Started by Jan Carter. Last reply by D ale Jul 13, 2014. 1 Reply

Fire Hardening stone knives. Interesting article...

Started by Jim Prather. Last reply by Jan Carter Jul 12, 2014. 2 Replies

Wanted: Good Quality Photos of Classic Camillus Knives

Started by Stefan Schmalhaus. Last reply by Waggoner, Alan Feb 16, 2014. 1 Reply

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Comment by Don Neiman on October 25, 2017 at 11:59

I recently purchased this 10-1/2" "blade bowie" style knife from a local junk store. I believe this to be a civil war period handmade knife possibly carried by a Confederate soldier, brought home and put away only to be forgotten about. It appears to be Southern style due to materials and crudeness. The blade is forged and filed with razor sharp clip point. The hardened leather sheath liner is zinc and the handle with two sized wood screws is hard maple. This is crudeness at its finest but is 100% for functionality. I just couldn't pass up this piece of history for $10. The store keeper said it was found with another bunch of "junk" in a house being torn down. I welcome all comments at my email address  pithole@zoominternet.net

Comment by Michael Squier on September 8, 2016 at 11:07

A neat little Kinfolks Pioneer that I just got.

Comment by Jan Carter on July 14, 2015 at 18:47


You will be fine with Bill.  He would have been who I told you to contact if I had seen this sooner.  He is a great asset to us and all the forums he participates on

Comment by David Fenn on July 14, 2015 at 15:53
I think you're right, roger. I will be sending the knife to Bill Deshivs to repair the spring. I'll have him address that problem as well. Any other thoughts?
Comment by Roger Cunningham on July 14, 2015 at 15:34

David,it looks like someone has tried to work on the knife in the past.The bolster pin is all dicked up.You need a knife doc who knows what they are doing.All About Pocket Knives is another forum that has a fix and repair thread.If you post it there you may get some good feedback.  

Comment by David Fenn on July 14, 2015 at 15:30
Unfortunately, the spring mechanism is broken. Fortunately, though, another member of the forums here does the repairs for kabar and can fix it. So the old girl will work again...it's just a matter of time
Comment by Michael A Losicco on July 14, 2015 at 15:26

Hi David, Did you ever get the knife to work? They can be tricky you need to make sure you are not applying pressure to the metal bar on the other side of the button?

Great rare knife.

Comment by David Fenn on July 14, 2015 at 15:21
Here is another couple pics including one of the blade http://m.imgur.com/a/WajMA
Comment by David Fenn on July 14, 2015 at 15:20
Anyone have any ideas what a Grizzly is worth these days...considering the fact that the spring will not be original? Is this the kind of thing I should have insured?
Comment by David Fenn on July 12, 2015 at 15:34
Thanks for the response. The blade is in great shape. Nice patina and rather sharp. Hopefully I can get it back into working condition. I'll try the groups you've recommended. Thanks again!

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