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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
J RUSSELL & CO.
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 open. It has a ton of snap both directions and strong stops for an old knife.
The blade is etched on the same side the tang is marked.
Although the lettering is worn, it clearly says KNIFE.
I tried to show it in the photos ut it is a challenge. Imagine if you had it in front of you and the bottom half of the letters KNI were rubbed away plus the bottom 1/3 of the F. The E is fully recognizable.
I am looking for help identifying what this may be. To me it looks like some of the Navy knives I have seen from that period. A Rigging knife or something.
Has anyone seen this knife or owns this knife? Any leads on further identifying it?
It was simply sold to me as I said as a Civil War era genuine India Stag.
Thanks for looking and for the help folks!!
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