Good Morning Jan & thank you for the info on the Queen "Drake Oil Well" knives that I recently added to my collection. I have looked at a lot of knives at shows & every morning on eBay and this is the first of these I have seen. I have taken the liberty to print your e mail to me and will be keeping it with these knives as well. Thank you for your efforts and sharing this info.
Thanks for the kind birthday wishes! They are much appreciated! I hope that you and Donnie are doing well.... Is the Best Fixed Blade shown above a knife that Donnie made? If so that's awesome!!! My health has not been so good the past year or so and I've had to take a break from knife making. I have about 30-40 knives in various stages of completion that I'm trying to finish up and get sent off for heat treat. Most are my own designs using stock removal method, about 10 or so are knife blanks that I did the grinding on and I have two old files that I annealed and then fashioned knife blades from. I don't think that I got the files quite hot enough for long enough because after a good bit of grinding my new files started skating across them. I heated them til the were non-magnetic but I guess not through all the way. Live and learn I guess. In my down time from knife making I have tried to collect handle material. Are you familiar with Dylan Combs and his company Shadetree Composites? He makes some great burlap micarta/composite material. Also there is a guy named Matt Peterson (no relation) that makes acrylic handle material - his company is called Voodoo Resins. I have been trying to accumulate handle material from each of their companies during my down time. If you are familiar with either or both of them forgive me for my ranting! I occasionally stumble on interesting knife making materials and always like to share so forgive my over-enthusiasm! I have not used acrylic handle material much but some of Matt's work is pretty interesting in my opinion. I tried to share both of these guys work with my friends over at the Randall shop but they didn't seem too interested. Old habits die hard I suppose. What are you all up to these days?
Jan, regarding the large Queen Oil Commemorative Knife, there was a card with it indicating there were 1501 knifes issued in 1984 to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the first oil well by Edwin L. Drake on August 27, 1859 at Titusville. They were serialized 0000 thru 1500. The one I have is0154. Since the small one has the same serial # I am assuming they were issued at the same time. I do not have any additional info with it. Both are in their own hard case. Case put out a straight blade set, one large & one smaller that fits into a common sheath and a wall plaque on which to display them. This is what triggered me to purchase the queen knives. This is all the info I have on them.
Thanks for the birthday wishes, Jan! I made sure to take three days off for my birthday (the day of, the day before, & the day after), but somehow I still didn't get to my annual birthday tradition of throwing knives for an hour or two this year. Maybe there's still time to throw this weekend...
Will you be at the Marlboro, Ma knife show this weekend Sunday Sep 11, 2016? The show posting looked like you organized it but your being from Ga it looks doubtful. I will be there driving 3.5 hours from Maine likely staying over leaving early.