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I have 3 knives I inherited from my father. I would like some help determining their value and would like to sell 2 out of the three, if possible.They are all fixed blades and all custom made. so here goes....
The first one is made by Robert Terzuola from Guatemala. It is a full tang double edged dagger. The handle is black maple and is affixed to the blade by stainless steel rivets. It is 9" long with a 5" blade and is stamped near the base with the number 218-C
The 2nd one is made by Khalsa Kirpan. It is a full tang double edged dagger. The hamdle is Walnut and is affixed to the blade with custom made brass rosette shaped rivets. The blade also has a black oxide finish except along the edges. It is 12" long with an 8" blade. There is some very minor age pitting on the butt and finger guard but no rust.
The 3rd one is made by LL Gaudette. It is a full tang single edge fighter with a high chrome finish. The handle is ebony and affixed by 8 chrome finished rivets 2 of which are custom made. It is 12 3/4" long with a 7" blade.. There is some minor rust along the handle and on the edge.
All 3 knives are 30+ years old and have never been used or sharpened. I didn't try to fix any of the pitting or the rust for fear of de- valuing the knives.
Found this info on Robert Terzuola who is a rather well known knifemaker: http://www.knifeology.com/bobterzuolacusto.html
Lawrence, here goes--
1-Robert Terzoula-Well known knifemaker who now lives in the USA- He has own website and most of his knives are pretty pricey- here is a link to his website--https://www.arizonacustomknives.com/featuredmaker.aspx?id=3384&...
2-Khalsa Kirpan- Is actualy knifemaker Jot Singh Khalsa- Also lives in the USA- Kirpan is actually a Punjabi (Indian) word for knife or dagger ( literally means hand of mercy) . Jot Singh Khalsa's knives are very high end, and many are highly elaborate- If I had to guess, his knife is probably the most valuable- here is a link to his knives-http://www.khalsakirpans.com/
3-L.L. Gaudette- Is Linden L. (Bud) Gaudette- Also he is a USA knifemaker who passed a year or two ago- He began making knives in 1984 when he retired and was a longtime member of the Knifemakers Guild-I could only find one example of a selling price for his knives- $175- He did, however, sell knives worldwide and had a good reputation as a knifemaker. I would guess his knife would probably be the least valuable, although since his passing, they may have increased in value- The $175 was a selling price in 2000- Also consider that he did not start making knives til 1984- If your 30 year old time frame is correct, your knife would be one of his earliest works---
I know these aren't concrete answers, but hope they can help steer you in the right direction---
Lawrence, BTW if you go to Jot Singh Khalsa's website-- Be sure and click on the Bio and Media tabs at the top of the page- The Bio tab lists many prestigious awards he has won at various knife shows and the media tab shows several knife magazine covers he has been featured on--- Pretty impressive resume, if you ask me !!
Thank you so much for info. I really didn't know where to start and you gave me a great beginning
Thank you so much for your time and research but the knife you sent me is similar in appearance only. If you look closely at the blade, It says designed by Bob Terzuola. Mine was made by him and bought directly from him. Again thank you for your time
Steve Hanner said:
Hello, Do you by chance still have the Linden Gaudette knife? He's my grandfather, and I would love to have any of the knives he's made.