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Good one Syd!

Thanks Charles, I found it with several other knives at the local swap meet last spring, it was just one of those days when there were a lot of decent knives around. If I remember, I spent a total of around $22 that day, (that's the haul below), so that NYK cost me around $4. The green knife in the photo was made in Russia.



Charles Sample said:

Good one Syd!

Here's one of my favorites, even though it doesn't have a button, that dates to about 1880. The blades are marked Clements Sheffield predating the McKinley Tarriff act of 1898. Huge at just over 6" closed and weighs a ton. Interesting folding adjustable shotshell extractor. Dynamite stag. Enjoy.

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Here's another favorite old knife of mine, actually I should call it a perennial favorite due to it's family connection: Kinfolks K380 Skinner with original sheath which my dad bought in 1926. Of course Kinfolks was a company started by a cousin of the Case clan, and provided many a fighting knife for our military in WWII, but disappeared shortly after that. I carry this one once or twice a year to honor my dad; still holds an edge and looks pretty good despite it's age & carbon blade.

That is simply amazing.

Dennis J. Coroniti said:

Here's one of my favorites, even though it doesn't have a button, that dates to about 1880. The blades are marked Clements Sheffield predating the McKinley Tarriff act of 1898. Huge at just over 6" closed and weighs a ton. Interesting folding adjustable shotshell extractor. Dynamite stag. Enjoy.

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Syd, that Kinfolks is awesome, being in family since new is the best history. I hope you have someone to pass it along to someday. 

I've got this old H. Boker & Co whittler from the early 1900s. When most people see an acorn shield on an old knife, they think of Remington. But before Remington made the acorn shield famous, Boker used them also. Many aren't aware of how a group of Boker cutlers went to Remington and continued to make some of the same old patterns from their prior employer. I searched for one of these old whittlers for years before a friend in Alaska found this one for me.

Thanks Michael, I have a 2 1/2 yr old grandson, (also a Michael), who will get my knife collection. I'm even working on a photo album with descriptions so he will know a little something about them if I check out before I get a chance to tell him myself. Only problem is his sneaky mom, (who likes knives too), she comes by and cherry picks my collection every once in awhile, and keeps the ones she likes for herself, (she likes kuhkris, so has already nabbed every one of those I ever had). I hope to personally hand that Kinfolks to Michael on his 18th birthday, or will leave instructions to do so if I'm not around.

Michael Squier said:

Syd, that Kinfolks is awesome, being in family since new is the best history. I hope you have someone to pass it along to someday. 

This thread has legs!

Syd,

Oh Heck NO!  You have to stay around and hand that one off!

I intend to. Believe me, knowing his dad, (who isn't especially outdoorsy, athletic, or very involved daily for that matter), it will be the two grandads dukeing it out to see who gets to take the kid to little league......and on top of that, I already called first fishing trip, so that's mine and I will fight to keep it, (you hearing me Poppa Tony?).

Seriously though, Michael has two very involved grandads, and we both intend on seeing him grow, together, (though I'll be THE ONE passing down all the cool "stuff" like knives). I'm gonna stick around as long as I can, (got more knives to collect anyway).

Jan Carter said:

Syd,

Oh Heck NO!  You have to stay around and hand that one off!

Here's my oldest knife to date, XX era Case Slimline trapper in redbone

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