ANTIQUE ITALIAN VERNANTIN OR SPANISH NAVAJA PENNY CLASP KNIFE

This is an unusual little penny clasp style folding knife. It looks similar to a Spanish or French Navaja style knife but I think it is a Italian Piedmontese Vernantin knife. It is only 3 5/8 inches long closed. The handles are a beautiful genuine horn with a decorative brass piece on both sides with brass/steel rivets. A penny knife was usually termed for cheap, inexpensive knives with no back spring. Some of them are not so cheap now.

 

RARE METAL ARTS CO ROCHESTER N.Y. ST.JOSEPH VALLEY LUMBER ADVERTISING KNIFE

   I just got this knife little knife. It is marked Metal Arts Co. Roch. N.Y. on both sides. I believe it was made by Robeson Cutlery Company of Rochester, New York. The blades are unused. The handles are brass metal with nice design and advertising on both sides. Comes with original leather pocket purse, pouch, case or sheath. I cannot find any information on the Metal Arts company. The advertising says: ST. JOSEPH VALLEY LUMBER CO.  APPRECIATE YOUR PATRONAGE.

 

IXL GEORGE WOSTENHOLM “TALLY HO” HUNTING SKINNING KNIFE

This is a beautiful old example of an IXL George Wostenholm & Sons hunting or skinning knife. It looks similar to the outers pattern small game caping knife. It has beautiful genuine stag horn handles. I absolutely love this old English stag. The blade proclaims “Tally Ho” which is a mostly British used term used when riding to the hounds on hunting trips. It originally was used when game such as fox was sited but has been modified to point out or to identify a specific target.

RARE ANTIQUE CARL OTTO RYD ESKILSTUNA IVORY BARTENDERS CHAMPAGNE KNIFE

This is a unique old bartenders bar tool champagne knife by a very rare maker. It is marked C. O. Ryd Eskilstuna on the tang. Carl Otto Ryd made knives from 1855 – 1918, some are very unusual multi blade champagne style knives with odd tool configurations and multiple folding corkscrews. I found several nice examples on the internet. This is a four blade knife with folding corkscrew, foil cutter and two blades with genuine natural Ivory handle scales. The main blade has a grind that is typical of some of the older Eskilstuna knives.  

 

THOMAS TURNER CANADA MILITARY & DEFENSE NAVY KNIFE

This is a very rare and hard to find model of rigging knife. Notice it has no bolsters. Knives made without bolsters (metal cap pieces on the ends) are shadow pattern knives. This knife was made by Thomas Turner of Sheffield England for the Canada Department of Military or Militia and Defense. It is marked with the military number on the marlin spike. I have this model of shadow pattern rigging rope knife with two, three and four blades/tools. It comes with my favorite handle material: gnarly stag, deer antler or horn. This was Navy issue.
   I am very proud to own this one as well as all of the knives I currently have blogged about!
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RARE GHUHG KUO TSGOCHIHN LOCKBACK FOLDING DIRK DAGGER HUNTER BOWIE KNIFE SHEATH

Old folding bowie knives are one of my favorite patterns. This one is a beautiful example of a large 11 1/2 inch double locking swing guard folding dirk, dagger, hunter, camp survival bowie knife with original leather belt sheath. The markings are unusual: “GHUHG KUO TSGOCHIHN” CHIUIIUGNU in a world trade mark markings. I found a site that listed this as a WW2 Japanese knife but I have owned the identical knife marked with an anchor trade mark made in Germany. I am fairly sure it was made in Germany but I am not positive what language the markings are. Beautiful knife!

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A.L. SILBERSTEIN GRIFFON XX BONE SLOTTED TAKE APART HOBO PICNIC CAMPAIGN KNIFE

   This is a nice old four blade slotted, take apart hobo, picnic or campaign style multi function camp survival knife with great bone handles. It is marked Griffon XX only. Griffon XX was a trade mark for the A.L. Silberstein, a New York City retailer. They contracted knives to be made from U.S.A. and Germany. This knife looks like a Ka-bar made knife but i am not positive.