Here is a knife I never carry with me. It is a trade knife that was given to me by my grandmother when I was 7 years old in the mid-1960s. She told me the knife was given to her by an old neighbor when she was a child, maybe in the first decade of the 1900s. My grandma died when I was 13, so I never heard or remembered the full history of the knife. The blade seems to have been made from a file and isvery sharp. The end of the blade is charred a bit as if it has been used in a fire. The bead pattern is simple and doesn’t seem diagnostic. But I have never come across a similar pattern anywhere else.
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I have my grandfathers fly rod. I had I appraised. It looks brand spanking new. It’s a bamboo rod made in about 1921. He came to the United States in 1923, so I expect it was an early acquisition.Nice collection Marty! I especially like that smaller folding knife.
On a side note, this morning I met my oldest son for breakfast and handed him a box with all of the knives from the first post of this thread.
Where I live, EVERYONE carries a pocketknife, and I only know of one person who ever used one as a weapon. A friend of mine was getting stomped on by 2 guys in a bar parking lot and his wife stabbed one of the assailants in the thigh. That stopped the fight quick. She then threw it on the roof. When the police got there, nobody knew nothing. She always says "You stab one guy and nobody will let you forget".It is, very useful.
In my local supermarket I usually hoik out the keychain with knife attached and hand it to the till woman, because the keyring has my storecard on it.
None of them raise an eyebrow - any more, they're used to it.
It gave me thought though, not many guys carry pocket or pen knives nowadays.
Where I live, EVERYONE carries a pocketknife, and I only know of one person who ever used one as a weapon. A friend of mine was getting stomped on by 2 guys in a bar parking lot and his wife stabbed one of the assailants in the thigh. That stopped the fight quick. She then threw it on the roof. When the police got there, nobody knew nothing. She always says "You stab one guy and nobody will let you forget".
I'll toss these in, some of my accumulation.
Top is a sword belt plate and directly below is the sword. These belonged to my ggggrandfather Theodore Harmer of Philadelphia that had joined the Pennsylvania Buck Tails . He was assigned to D.C. for the short duration he was in.
Next down came out of our Gibson line, John Gibson, mayor of Philadelphia, circa 1773. This piece had been a mystery for years until it was identified as a French Grenardier Hangar, 1790's?
Small piece to the left was my step grandfathers, Herman Weber. He had joined the navy in the '30's and then joined the army when the big one hit. Thinking his is a navy piece.
He was stationed in England and said that he was often stopped by the Bobbies for ID and when he saw German POW's they would stare at him as if to say "What are you doing out there?" He was first generation German and looked it.
Next one I found on my property on a walk about. At first I thought it was one of thos Pakistani throw togethers but on closer examination it's a Smith and Wesson Texas Rangers commemorative. Sharp as the day it was laid down and left. It could have been out there 15 years before I found it, I've left it in its found state minus the mud.
Next is made from one of Pop Webers' files. Son in law had it made and gifted it to me.
Last bit is a couple of neck knives I threw together from some blades I picked up along the way. Top one has a deer leg bone handle and the bottom one I handled with some chestnut slab from one of my trees. Neck knife sheath separates the two.
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I wore that Civil War sword belt plate as my daily attire until I found a replica replacement. Yours truly on the far right....mebbe 18 years old, 1970. Rabbit hunting. Note the belt buckle.
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Last is Herman Weber and his little brother Edward. Pop in his Navy uniform.
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