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Hello everyone, Merry Christmas! I found an old Robeson ShurEdge butcher knife awhile back, in a flowerbed of all places. Cleaned it up a bit, it's still pitted, and from what I've been able to find online, not worth much. I would like to reuse this knife for another project, and I am having difficulty finding information about the metal used by the Robeson Co. Lots of details online for the pocket knives, very little about kitchen knives. Any help/sources would be appreciated. Dan
Welcome to our "Repair & Mod" group.
I did some research into Robeson. I too found very little in reference to their butcher knife blade steel.
That said ... it would be safe to state that it's obviously a high carbon steel & quite likely in the 10XX series. Likely, in the 1065 ~ 1085 range.
Caveat: that's just a WAG ..but.. likely true.
NOTE: these are based on the tang stampings of slipjoints. However, these stampings may help in dating the actual butcher knife ..because.. the "Shuredge" stamp was only used during specific times & in specific typeface.
ROBESON (arched) / ShurEdge (script & diagonal) / ROCHESTER, N.Y 1907 - 1911
ROBESON / ShurEdge (script) / ROCHESTER, N.Y. 1911 - 1921
ROBESON / ShurEdge (script) / U.S.A. 1916 - 1939
ROBESON / ShurEdge (script) / ROCHESTER 1922 - 1939
ROBESON / SHUREDGE ( block) / U.S.A. 1940 - 1964
I hope that helps to narrow down the age.
D ale, thank you for the information, and the welcome. I agree that it is most likely a 10xx carbon, and will go ahead with the project with the same wag. the mfg marking does not include either "Rochester", "Rochester, N.Y.", or "U.S.A.". "Robeson" is straight block lettering, "shur edge" is script, with an isosceles triangle between shur and edge. do not know if there are any markings under the scales, but i'll share if there are.
Note: Shuredge changed from script (1939) to block style (1940).
It may provide some indication to the age .. maybe.
Thanks for giving the knife another life.
Best of luck.