if I remember correctly I dated this to pre 1939. Any other info would be great

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Comment by Joe Vadala on March 11, 2023 at 8:59

This is the trademark…. 

Comment by Joe Vadala on March 11, 2023 at 8:41

I’m gonna check out his page

Comment by Joe Vadala on March 11, 2023 at 8:40

Thanks for that info Kevin!!! I believe the “G” stood for king George. Which was how I dated it to around 39’.

Comment by Kevin D on March 11, 2023 at 6:04

Good call Lars!

I found most of his marlin spike knives on page 18 of his photos.  I think there was another on page 1...

But unfortunately, I did not see any from Sheffield England.

Comment by Lars Ray on March 10, 2023 at 21:40

We need Tobias to weigh in on this one...if i recall correctly, this is one of his FAVORITE patterns. You may want to go to his home page and browse through his photos and articles. You can also search here on Marlin knife and see what you come up with. I would be really really surprised if you couldn't find some very close.

Comment by Kevin D on March 10, 2023 at 21:04

Good evening Joe,
Did you ever learn more of this knife?
From the little bit that I have learned, it was made by Joseph Rodgers and Sons. What I thought was a 'S' for South, is actually a '6', which was the street address of the factory that they moved into about 1780. They expanded this facility until it took up pretty much the whole block. LOL. Joseph Rodgers and Sons was one of Sheffield, England's most famous knife makers. I am expecting to see a 6 pointed star (≈ '*') and a maltese cross on the other side of the ricasso. These stampings were the trademark of J. Rodgers and was registered to them in 1762. (This company was around for a while!)

I did find other examples of this knife from 1938, 1940 and 1942, so your 1939 date sounds perfectly aligned. I am not real sure of what the G and R stood for. I did find an E and R stamp as well.

This knife with the marlin spike was obviously a sailors or rigging knife, but I as of yet have been unable to ascertain the exact years of production.

The stamping quality is very nice compared to those that I was able to find. A real nice knife to treasure for certain!

Comment by Joe Vadala on March 8, 2023 at 11:53

Thank JJ !! i can only imagine the stories it could tell!! 

Comment by J.J. Smith III on March 8, 2023 at 7:29

No new information Joe.

But it sure is a beauty.  Too bad it can't talk... What stores it could tell. 

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