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Comment by Rome D. Rushing on April 2, 2018 at 22:27

The Hen & Rooster Bowie  reads Diamond Limited Edition,and the other side reads HR-0008 Origin Spain.  It has a signature on one side of the blade and the other says Hen & Rooster German Stainless Premium Forged Steel.  So this makes it a newer knife.

Comment by Ron Cooper on April 2, 2018 at 22:13

Wow! Rome, you scored some really nice knives. Voila! Instant collection! I homed in on the Buck 110 automatic immediately. I'd be curious to know the tang stamp on that stag handled Hen & Rooster Bowie knife? If it says "Bertram Cutlery" it would have been made after the original factory in Germany closed. I'd be curious to know if it was made prior?

In any event, lucky you! He said, green with envy!

Comment by Rome D. Rushing on April 2, 2018 at 20:49

A few weeks ago a friend of mine told me that his older brother had passed away and he was in the process of disposing of his guns and jewelry to settle his estate.  Anyhow he told me that he had found a few knives in his brothers things and said he was going to give them to me.

I asked him if he didn't want to keep them as keepsakes and he told me his brother did not like him and his memories of him were of a big bully.  He wanted no keepsakes from him.

Well he brought me the knives there were around 50 or so some in great condition and some in rough shape.  I will let the pictures show what I ended up with and 2 Hen & Rooster Butterbean Canoes are not shown the wife took them.

All I can say is I have one Hell of a friend and he will be repaid somehow.I just had to show someone.

Comment by Clint Thompson on September 23, 2016 at 9:57


Ontario Knife Co., CUTCO Corporation, Canal Street Cutlery, KA-BAR Knives, Utica's Kutmaster who make some and import most others.

Comment by Michael Squier on September 23, 2016 at 8:50

Is there a list anywhere of just made in NY state knife companies? 

Comment by Clint Thompson on August 22, 2016 at 14:28

Nice Jan. Thanks for the heads up on Taylor Brand.

Comment by Jan Carter on August 22, 2016 at 12:55

I posted this in a forum discussion but thought it might interest you all.  I am waiting anxiously for the decision about where and how they will be made :)

and as another news flash comes through today Smith and Wesson is buying Taylor Brands

KINGSPORT, TN (WJHL) – Smith & Wesson, a leading manufacturer of firearms, announced today its accessories division, Battenfeld Technologies, signed a definitive agreement to purchase all assets of Taylor Brands for $85 million.

(Source: YouTube) (Source: YouTube)

The deal is expected to close August 2016.

Smith & Wesson also specializes in making accessories for shooting, hunting and rugged outdoor enthusiasts.

Kingsport-based Taylor Brands is a designer and distributor of high-quality knives and specialty tools.

“We are proud that the company my family founded in 1975 has grown to become a leading and highly regarded knife and tool provider,” said Morgan Taylor, President of Taylor Brands. We look forward to achieving our next level of growth and continuing to serve our loyal customers as part of Smith & Wesson and with the benefit of Battenfeld Technologies’ extensive distribution network and product development processes.”

According to a release, Taylor Brands has been a “long-standing licensee for both Smith & Wesson and M&P branded knives and is the owner of a number of highly-regarded, legacy brands including Schrade, Uncle Henry, Old Timer, and Imperial.”

Taylor Brands currently operates in a 160,000 square foot facility.

Comment by Billy Oneale on July 3, 2016 at 13:30
Very nice knife, Cory
Comment by Cory Craig on July 3, 2016 at 10:53

My new favorite addition to the family. Ka-bar folding hunter with swing guard stag handles and dogshead shield.
Circa 1925-1930. Extremely scare and in excellent condition.

Comment by Jan Carter on January 19, 2016 at 19:33

A knife sparked another uproar in the UK, but this time it was for the better. On last night’s BBC hit TV series ‘Antiques Roadshow’, a man presented a 2 bladed slipjoint with a never before seen feature.   Viewers across the pond were so amazed, the segment set Twitter off its trolley.

music knife

Swiss knife circa 1815

Like on PBS in America; the audience for the British version of Antiques Roadshow tune in to see rare treasures from the past, usually paintings or furniture that antique experts put a value on. The drama is heightened when the owner’s expectations don’t sync up with the expert’s appraisal.

The knife that turned up on last nights episode is believed to have been made in Switzerland and featured hand-enamelled scales inlaid with pearls. The adornments were impressive, but what really stunned experts was a never before seen feature: a tiny wind up music player hidden within the rear bolster of the knife.

music knife and key

Wind up mechanism hidden in rear bolster

The key, necessary to wind up the music mechanism was broken leaving viewers wondering what song the knife contained. It couldn’t have been Bryan Adams’ 1983 hit ‘Cuts Like a Knife’ because according to the celebrity antique expert the knife was produced by an unknown maker about 170 years earlier.

Just after the turn of the 18th century; the Swiss invented a flat disk inset with pins that made small musical trinkets with a much longer playing time possible, according to Iowa State University historians.

The antiques expert said the knife is unlikely to end up in the hands of a knife collector because “The Russian market is strong in terms of buying this unusual mechanical musical instruments [or] objects.”

But if you have the means and want to add this one of a kind custom to your collection, this musical blade could fetch in the range of USD $100,000 and $120,000 at auction.



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