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Puzzling no name knife- an antique store find

Started this discussion. Last reply by Shlomo ben Maved Mar 23, 2016. 6 Replies

Okay, I know I usually answer these sort of questions, but this has me puzzled. Perhaps someone recognizes this old gem. I paid $15 for this at an antique store.It has no markings what so ever, and…Continue

A surprise in my mailbox yesterday-- a knife day

Started this discussion. Last reply by Charles Sample Jan 29, 2016. 5 Replies

Opened my mailbox to find an unsolicited package from my oldest brother who lives just outside of Little Rock. I haven't been able to contact him yet to ask why, and there was no note enclosed ????…Continue

A Little Humor- Why some men have dogs,not wives

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael D. Dec 18, 2015. 4 Replies

1-The later you are, the more excited your dogs are to see you.2-Dogs don't notice if you call them by another dog's name.3- Dogs like it if you leave  a lot of stuff lying on the floor.4-A dog's…Continue

Mustad-KVD knife+ sharpener from the pawn shop

Started this discussion. Last reply by Charles Sample Aug 28, 2015. 2 Replies

 First off, this is not the greatest knife since sliced bread, but it is pretty nice for a fishing trip or camping trip.This is the Mustad-KVD  Model-KVDPK2- I bought mine for about $6 at a pawn…Continue

 

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In Memoriam
John McCain replied to Patrick Butler's discussion German Pocket Knife
"Patrick-Your bartenders knife is in this case is more accurately called a champagne knife. The small curved blade is a foil cutter blade for cutting the foil on a champagne bottle. The serrated edge made it easier to cut through the foil. I, too…"
Dec 31, 2016
Jan Carter replied to John McCain's discussion Self taught trick to making pins like this- in the group KNIFE MAKING BEGINNERS
"you could always fill the pin with an acrylic the beret color.  Then for just a few more $ you could have Magna stands do him a lasered stand with the insignia on it "
Dec 28, 2016
allanm replied to John McCain's discussion Self taught trick to making pins like this- in the group KNIFE MAKING BEGINNERS
"Those do look good Jan, but I think I prefer both red/black and green over the coral. I was thinking last night (as I said to somebody else today, often dangerous when I start to think!) that even a black buffalo horn core could be nice to fill a…"
Dec 28, 2016
Jan Carter replied to John McCain's discussion Self taught trick to making pins like this- in the group KNIFE MAKING BEGINNERS
"http://www.texasknife.com/vcom/index.php?cPath=587_604_616 I like the red and black but I really like the green http://www.knifehandles.com/coral-stone-fossils?limit=all The tiger coral is sweet here"
Dec 28, 2016
allanm replied to John McCain's discussion Self taught trick to making pins like this- in the group KNIFE MAKING BEGINNERS
"I'm already thinking about using this one Jan - I have a black "stonewashed" blade with white bone that I plan to shape and fit. I've been thinking about this trick today and what I can find to put in there that will look good."
Dec 28, 2016
Jan Carter replied to John McCain's discussion Self taught trick to making pins like this- in the group KNIFE MAKING BEGINNERS
"Allanm, Thanks for bringing this one back up!  I had forgotten it was here and wanted to share it with Donnie"
Dec 25, 2016
allanm replied to John McCain's discussion Self taught trick to making pins like this- in the group KNIFE MAKING BEGINNERS
"Old discussion but I just saw it - I have to go find a plug cutting bit and give this a try!"
Dec 25, 2016
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"I just love those old catalogue's there was always so much choice in them ."
Dec 12, 2016
Michael Squier commented on John McCain's photo
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"All you really need in a EDC knife, blade screwdriber amd bottle opener. "
Dec 12, 2016
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"I would not mind a few of those."
Dec 12, 2016

In Memoriam
John McCain replied to Michael Squier's discussion Small unmarked Bowie
"Michael- Sorry about the long overdue reply, but this knife has had me pounding my head against the wall trying to get an inkling about its origins.Nothing seems to lead anywhere and a bunch of contradictions. 1- fancy presentation style knife and a…"
Dec 10, 2016
Jan Carter commented on John McCain's status
"We have been missing you and hoping all is well"
Dec 9, 2016

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John McCain posted a status
"Thanks to everyone for the warm birthday wishes yesterday-They were greatly appreciated"
Dec 9, 2016
Charles Sample left a comment for John McCain
"Happy Birthday John!"
Dec 8, 2016
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No
How long have you collected knives?
21- 25 years
Favorite Kind of Knives
Remington, Case folders
vintage knives of all types
About Me
knifemaker and avid collector
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Pre knife hysteria-When knives were actually MADE in high school- Texas Black knives, etc- PT 6

Posted on August 21, 2014 at 18:19 3 Comments

Photos of Henry Calvin(Sgt. Garcia) with his " Texas Black Knife" - Also photo of  the Crozier Technical High School mini tank- BTW, they made this, too !!…

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Pre knife hysteria-When knives were actually MADE in high school- Texas Black knives, etc- PT 5

Posted on August 21, 2014 at 18:12 1 Comment

How these knives came to be dubbed " Texas Black knives"-  The first was found in an estate sale belonging to General  Graber Kidwell of Dallas, Tx.- Not much thought about it until another was found in the estate sale of Henry Calvin, better known as Sgt. Garcia of the old " Zorro" tv show- Got the finder interested in old newspaper articles etc. and he dubbed the knives " Texas Black knives-- What follows are old Dallas newspaper articles, and Henry Calvin (Sgt.  Garcia)  with his own "…

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Pre knife hysteria- When knives were actually MADE in high school- Texas Black knives, etc-The war years PT 4

Posted on August 21, 2014 at 17:45 1 Comment

 Now  is the saga of the Crozier Tech knives-

Upon America’s entry into World War Two, our troops were painfully short of many items of equipment. Many were not even known at the time, as a new type of war was being fought. Large-scale troop movements in diverse weather conditions made supply a real problem. Clothing and weapons were the first big step, without which our troops could not enter any battle. Knives were on the agenda, but pretty far down on the list. The need was there,…

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Pre knife hysteria- When knives were actually MADE in high school- Texas Black knives, etc-The war years Pt. 3

Posted on August 21, 2014 at 17:30 2 Comments

Here is an old letter requesting a knife--

"In Jun. 1943, my dad (only 20 years old) had just finished Navy boot camp, and commando training.  He was in an ARGUS unit, assigned to act as an infantry soldier, and to set up radar stations with the Marines when they invaded Tarawa (although he didn't know then that Tarawa was his

destination).  He felt his issued knife was insufficient as a combat knife. And he wrote home to my Granddad, in Dallas, with one request.  As I read…

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At 22:30 on December 8, 2016, Charles Sample said…

Happy Birthday John!

At 18:28 on December 8, 2016, Steve Scheuerman (Manx) said…

At 10:55 on December 8, 2016, Jan Carter said…

At 3:54 on December 8, 2016, John Bamford said…

Happy birthday John , hope you have a great day .

At 6:29 on December 7, 2016, D ale said…

Hey hey .. I see it's your birthday tomorrow.

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Enjoy your day !!!

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D ale

At 19:10 on November 20, 2016, Joseph Day said…
John I have a new knive. Could you give me a hand?
At 19:11 on August 6, 2016, Pete Walker said…

John,

Thank you very much for your response with the history and value/price information and beautiful pictures.

It will really be interesting to find out what happens at the French auction.

Best regards,

Pete

At 11:59 on April 16, 2016, Sunil Ram said…

Hey John, thanks for joining us at the Stockman Pattern Group.

At 21:40 on April 2, 2016, J.J. Smith III said…

At 12:18 on March 14, 2016, Orville Bumgardner said…

Thanks John;

I don't have a lot of time to spend here but I have especially enjoyed the blogs.

I am usually able to pick up on the terms as I go along.

For one who's knife use consists mostly of cutting strings or tape to open a box, and sometimes a Machete around the property my questions would be laughable to most.

 
 
 

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