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Pre knife hysteria- When knives were actually MADE in high school- Texas Black knives, etc-The war years PT 2

The real hero of this saga is the Crozier Technical High School of Dallas, Texas- They are credited with making over a 1000 knives, some claiming over 2000 for the men overseas, but an authenticated example of such a knife is a mystery - The school  started making knives due to the pleas of servicemen begging for durable knives- These knives were crude by any stretch of the imagination, but serviceably tough- Most were made from old files and old commercial saw blades and were handled in Bois de Arc (osage orange) or with rounded steel handles welded on in 3 pieces over the tang- They usually had a Tech High tang stamp- Most were made as bowies and most of the rest as scalpers --Some handles were made of melted down scrounged plastics, etc . In my next installment, I will show some period newspaper articles and letters- In the meantime, here are some pics--

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Comment by Jan Carter on August 23, 2014 at 9:57

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