March 2012 Blog Posts (35)

Yard Sales

Ya'll should come to California April 15th for a yard sale with junk, collectables and some knives!  Well, mostly just for the sunshine!!

I enjoy going to some yard sales but I have never been thrilled about holding them.  But I have committed myself with fliers and all so I guess I am officially having a Yard Sale.

Hopefully I can sell some to buy some and then put up new pics of my new knives!  That's the plan...

Added by Lee Saunders on March 29, 2012 at 22:00 — 7 Comments

In Memoriam
Greater Cincinnati NKCA Show Cancelled

Message from Bruce and Debbie Voyles-

Dear Friends;

With much reluctance we must announce the cancellation of the Greater Cincinnati Knife Show announced for April 20, 21, 22, 2012. We are looking at dates to reschedule in 2013.

There are several reasons we have been forced to make this decision, among them a snafu within the hotel reservation system. In 2009 the NKCA held a show at the Drawbridge, and had future dates reserved several years out, as is standard… Continue

Added by Scott King on March 29, 2012 at 13:12 — 3 Comments

Civil War Era Russell Stag---Can Anyone Help??

I bought this blade as a Civil War era Russell Stag.  It certainly looks like it fits the era and certainly is an old knife.

The primary tang is marked





The reverse of the tang is blank.

The blade has been worked....a lot.  Sharpened and shaped.  It may be the sharpest knife that I own.  A big, fat, heavy, beefy blade. 

This thing is like 4 5/8ths inches closed, 7 3/8ths…


Added by Lee Saunders on March 28, 2012 at 23:11 — 5 Comments

Coca Cola Advertisement Pocketknives

I'm not quite sure how but somewhere along the line I have attracted five (5) pocketknives advertising Coca-Cola.

These are not new knives.  Coke cost 5 cents!  So, it has been awhile.

Three are plastic, two of those are red and one is white.

The other two are silver.

These knives are probably all from the 40s by using other Coke items with the 5 cent identifier.…


Added by Lee Saunders on March 25, 2012 at 17:00 — 7 Comments

1940's La Vespa pics and 1946 Vespa pic

Here is the 1946 Vespa....blue not white.


And the 1940's Vespa pocket-knife (I think you need a nice switchblade to go with that Italian street machine!)…


Added by Lee Saunders on March 25, 2012 at 7:10 — 4 Comments

A La Vespa pocket knife

If anyone here rides or owns a Vespa, especially a vintage or antique Vespa---I own an antique La Vespa knife from the 1940s.  It was one of those Not On Shelf knives.

It is a 2 blade Mother of Pearl (looks to be imitation even though it's nearly 75 years old.  It's 3.75" closed with no bolsters, but a brass bail at the end where the short lade pivots.

The blades are a bit tight, because it has been sitting in a drawer in a store somewhere for those 70+ years.  I've been…


Added by Lee Saunders on March 24, 2012 at 19:50 — 2 Comments

Native American Hand-Napped Knife With Sheath

This sweet hand-napped knife is made of Emerald Green Carrara stone.  Our ancestors built their weapons by hand-napping blades, chipping pieces off stones as they made arrowheads or spearheads or whatever depending on where your folks are from.

This beautiful green Carrara is hard enough to use for cutting or stabbbing.  Doesn't look like it but that blade is strong.  .

I don't buy too many new knives.  My collection is mostly vintage & antique, but I have been wanting an…


Added by Lee Saunders on March 23, 2012 at 14:30 — 10 Comments

Russell Barlows

I got a Russell & Co.--Green River Works Barlow today.  Maybe I will post a pic later, I still have to do the little Coca Cola knives and there are six (6) of them!

But when I put together the post about the Barlows I almost made the mistake of writing a post about Russell Barlows and posting it in the A.G. Russell spot.

I know the difference (I think) but I am not an expert with all of the history an court cases.  But I know my Barlows with the…


Added by Lee Saunders on March 21, 2012 at 20:43 — 2 Comments

iKC, a unique community

A few months ago, a friend did a blog post about our community. I actually have it saved and revisit it often.

Recently, I asked another friend if her son could join us on here. He is mid teens, a knife enthusiast and just an all around young gentleman.  

Our community is informative, friendly and respectful. Telling Mom about this reminded of the saved post. I do not think I say Thank you to each and everyone of you near enough for creating and sustaining such a wonderful…


Added by Jan Carter on March 21, 2012 at 20:00 — 4 Comments

My Barlows

Ya'll know that I am wanting to focus my knife collection.  The switchblades I am not so worried about...yet.  They are tough to find and there aren't any cheap ones out there unless you get lucky.

Pocket knives I have been using the shotgun approach and I need to change that.

So I have mostly been focusing on styles.  And Barlow is my favorite.  Not sure why.

Like Tom Sawyer & Huck Finn, the Barlow was my first knife and I loved it.

As an adult I find they…


Added by Lee Saunders on March 21, 2012 at 13:12 — 2 Comments

Jay's Knives

Hi guys

Searhing around the internet one of the places I keep bumping into is Jay's Knives.  Looks like they have some real nice items.  I haven't made a purchase from them yet.  I have looked at and even written down the name/number/description of a few but haven't actually bought anything. 

Probably because you can only buy on the phone and it seem so strange to me in 2012 to have a web based company (or at least partly we based) but you are unable to actually buy anything…


Added by Lee Saunders on March 16, 2012 at 21:44 — 7 Comments

"Office" Group

I almost joined the Office Groiup today.

Because I have four knives that say "Office Knife" on the blade.

haha hah!

I woulda been like "What do you mean I can't join.  I got knives man!!!"

I had five but gave one away.

Added by Lee Saunders on March 15, 2012 at 18:38 — 2 Comments

Support the American Knife and Tool Institute and bid on a Benchmade 581 Barrage®

March Auction:  Plcae Bids at http://www.akti.org/auction


Support the American Knife and Tool Institute and bid on a Benchmade 581 Barrage®

Proceeds from the AKTI monthly auction support the organization’s legislative efforts to keep knives in American lives!

Benchmade 581 Barrage® knife for the March 2012 fundraising auction of the American Knife and Tool Institute. The March auction features the 581 Barrage® knife from…


Added by Jan Carter on March 15, 2012 at 17:13 — No Comments

WRCA March Knife Madness

I attended the March meeting of the WRCA in Dover Oh, yesterday. 

They are a nice group, even if they are interested in older production knives.  Me?  I’m sort of a tactical folding tool kind of guy.

Mickey Yurco, with his 33 years of police experience, talked to us about knife laws in Ohio, specifically the Northeast Ohio area. …


Added by Frank Karl on March 14, 2012 at 19:55 — 2 Comments

A New Knife Book

I got a new knife book today.  It's a title most of you probably already have but I am enjoying it and finding useful information in the Big Book Of Pocket Knives, Identification and Values by Ron Stuart.

You already know I collect switchblades.  But recentl also started picking up some folders, which is how I wound up here...and I am so very glad that I did!!

But I wish I had this book long ago.  This is the 4th Edition o it has been helping folks for a long…


Added by Lee Saunders on March 12, 2012 at 15:48 — 7 Comments

The Amazing World of Knife Collecting and Knife Making


     Some new knife collectors start by purchasing knives that appeal to them,unlike ourselves we started as a hobby with friends, and then slowly worked at acquiring knowledge about how to build a collection. Later in the game becoming more cautious and wanting to develop some background.…


Added by Sue OldsWidow on March 11, 2012 at 11:30 — 4 Comments

The Clues & Answers

I  submitted a post with answers on what knife is what but decided to give answers tothe clues.  Answers in Bold.

Clue #1:

The middle knife only has one blade.  Easy!

Clue #2:

At least two of the knives are from the same maker.  Yes. They are.  Oh...the top & the bottom are Shrade.  But top i Walden, N.Y. and bottom is CUT Co/Walden N.Y.

Clue #3

At least one knife has celluloid grips. …


Added by Lee Saunders on March 9, 2012 at 18:43 — 1 Comment

Triplets: The answers

OK. Time for the answers.

I'm sorry I thought this would be easier for you.  I didn't do a good enough job of clues I suppose

From top to bottom we have---

A)  Schrade Walden   2 blades---1946 to 1973

B) Frost Cutlery, Flying Falcon with Falcon engraving   1 blade---1978 to Present

C) Schrade/CUT Co/Walden, NY  2 blades---1904 to 1946

Since Robert got one right he should get the Frost.  So, if you want her Robert shoot me a message.

The other…


Added by Lee Saunders on March 9, 2012 at 14:01 — 2 Comments


OK sorry I'm late.  We'll go until noon or so with a few extra clues

Clue #A  The middle knife is indeed Frost Cutlery

Clue #B  The other two knives are from the same maker but different generations--blade markings differ slightly but the same maker

Clue #C (big drum roll...) Two knives are marked "Office Knife" on the obverse of the case.  I would post pictures of thst side and make that the clue but it would show too much.

I have one more clue but it would be…


Added by Lee Saunders on March 9, 2012 at 8:54 — 1 Comment


Three cuties all lined up...

Any guesses?

The top one is tough to open the secondary blade.  It split my nail good so I left it alone for now.

Clue #1:

The middle knife only has one blade.

Clue #2:

At least two of the knives are from the same maker.

Clue #3

At least one knife has celluloid grips.

Clue #4:

At least one knife has markings on a grip.

The first person with three correct answers gets one of the knives…


Added by Lee Saunders on March 8, 2012 at 17:22 — 8 Comments

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