"My cousin that is rehandling a few of our knives....has a theory about the gassing...in that it might not be the celluloid or plastic by it self....it might be the combination of the Glue that was used with them during…"
"This knife was breaking down from the handle material that was yellow imitation pearl....now it is re-handled in Ivory.......It was gassing and rusting the metal .......made between 1920-1940.....took a long time....had it probably 20 years…"
"I agree John. We removed all celluloid from our collection years ago. The one we had that had already begun the gassing process was an old favorite. I love a beautiful barndoor hinge! SO, Donnie rehandled it in a blond…"
"The collector has to be sure of what they are buying. Today's acrylic is beautiful and safe. Pre 2005 manufactured knives with celluloid handles may be called something else in the resale market which is not specific enough such as…"
"Thank you for all of the posts everyone, this is fantastic information.
Paul, I am so sorry about that happening. That is the unfortunate "curse" of celluloid. Often a ticking time bomb.
I have also noticed myself that older…"
"Yes I have been through this disaster myself. If anyone has a fightin rooster knife in their collection made with tortus handle material, get rid of it. They will absolutely ruin your collection. I lost a complete set of straight razors due to the…"
Do you currently subscribe to any knife publication (offline)
How long have you collected knives?
46 to 50 years
Favorite Kind of Knives
I collect and sell fine examples of Elephant Toenails,Sunfish, Anglo Saxons, Canoes, Cotton Samplers,
Fight'N'Roosters, Bulldog, Boker Folding knives to name a few as well as All Smith & Wesson USA MADE models.
I am a So Cal dude who is hooked on collectible knives.
MOPARS( Cudas ((E-bodies)) in particular)
and Tropical fresh-water fish are some of my passions.
Motorcycle rides between the cars on freeways. Shooting guns. Street racing
Beer drinking, smoking left handers!