Your knife will date to between 1935 & 1957.
1935 being when Imperial began using shell knives.
1957 being when the switchblade law went into effect.
It's valuable based on its being an auto of that era.
I've no simple…"
Take a look @ the ends of the knife .. both ends. Is there a tab bent over from the tab & into the frame ? Re: pic
I have seen where a member of another forum completely removed the shell scales & covered ea side completely with wood.…"
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!!! .. You've a nice old auto .. !!!
My (personal) suggestion is to leave as is. Often .. more damage is done during attempts to repair than left "as is".
If I do come across a possible replacement method…"
"I believe you have what is known as a "shell knife". I'm not aware of any source for the "cracked ice" covering. You might try googling a bit ..but.. I already did some & didn't find anything readily available. I…"
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If it involves the sear pin or the locking notch .. welding is likely involved.
If "peeking" is occurring .. probably worn sear pin or locking notch or combination of both .. see above.
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