Vintage American Knives

Knives of days gone-by and the companies who made them

Location: yesteryear
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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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What's your favorite old knife?

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

Would anyone consider this knife vintage?

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

Stampings of the Cutlery Industry.

Started by D ale. Last reply by Andy Larrison Jan 4. 101 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

A-Z index for discussions

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

Camillus , A. Kastor & Bros. knives

Started by Clay Strong. Last reply by Clay Strong Nov 20, 2013. 7 Replies

Most Popular Old Brands

Started by Scott King. Last reply by Ken Spielvogel Sep 19, 2013. 52 Replies

So you like Vintage knives do you?

Started by Steve Hanner. Last reply by Sue OldsWidow Jul 2, 2013. 4 Replies

Value Trend for Old Knives

Started by Scott King. Last reply by Ken Spielvogel Jul 2, 2013. 7 Replies

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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!

In Memoriam
Comment by John McCain on July 12, 2015 at 15:30

David-Your knife is a Ka-bar Large Grizzly Clasp Folding Hunter.Circa 1920-1940's.It is a pretty rare and highly collectible knife- Just did a brief internet search on current prices & they are selling for a low of $800 up to $3750 in pristine condition with sheath. Average is around $1500-1750. I, too, don't have someone in mind who can repair it, but you might try the guys in the Knife Repair Group or the Switchblades Past & Present Group for a recommendation. Unless the blade is in really bad shape it's definitely worth having repaired.


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