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AndyinEverson

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PostSubject: Three Older Knives...   August 12th 2017, 7:39 pm

The Antler handled knife is a Universal
This one I won at local rendezvous.
The smaller "Butcher" with the green horn handles is a Christopher & Johnson from Sheffield England.
I won this at a local shoot ... It came sans handles , so I had to make those.
The Large "Butcher" is a Green River.
All three date from the 1890's-19 teens.
All three are used in the kitchen , hunting or at rendezvous still today.
Thanks for looking!
Andy
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PostSubject: Re: Three Older Knives...   August 12th 2017, 7:52 pm

I'm jealous, those are very nice.
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PostSubject: Re: Three Older Knives...   August 12th 2017, 7:55 pm

Thank you Fishmagnet.
Luckily you can still find older knives like these at Muzzle loading gunshows... they are not as inexpensive as the once were ... but many are still affordable.
Or you can get lucky and win one or two of 'em!
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PostSubject: Re: Three Older Knives...   August 12th 2017, 9:02 pm

Well Andy here in south ga we don't have any muzzleloading gun shows. I am jealous of all of you that do. The closest thing to that is our annual spring shoot and randevu at the small ML club I'm in. Brushy Creek ML in Lennox, Ga. I do from time to time pick up older items and ML at local pawn shops. Majority of the pawn shops will not take traditional ml in at all because they are very unpopular here. Works out good for me though I have picked up 5 T/C side locks over the past few years for 100-125 $.
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PostSubject: Re: Three Older Knives...   August 13th 2017, 7:40 am

Well sounds like that falls under the "good news / bad news" department.
Good news: we have muzzle loading gun shows
Bad news: T/C Hawkens and the like all sell in the $300-$500 range...

Not have a local supply can make it tough to get outfitted .... Looks like we have a classifieds section here ...that might be helpful at times ... or maybe too tempting... Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Three Older Knives...   August 13th 2017, 8:55 am

You probably know this, but another good option (and a whole lot of fun!) is to make your own. Green River blades and several others are pretty cheap and readily available. Prices for used knives have mostly become so crazy high, a guy can make his own for lots less.  Working with a factory blade, a guy with enough skills to whittle a tent stake can make a credible knife.

I just double-checked TOW, and Green River blades cost anywhere from $8 to $23 depending on size. I have a whopping $14 and about two hours of work tied up in the little bear bone bag knife I made recently.  Still deciding on a final shape for the pewter finial, but making your own gives you that freedom.

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PostSubject: Re: Three Older Knives...   August 13th 2017, 9:04 am

Good looking knife BrownBear.
Looking forward to seeing it when you are finished making it.
I have made a few knives ... mostly gave 'em away , used as prizes for various blanket shoots and the like.
Yours looks like a keeper for sure.
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PostSubject: Re: Three Older Knives...   August 13th 2017, 9:47 am

Thanks.  I got lots more inspired about building my own on a recent pass through an "antique" store. It's clear that a bunch of buckskinner/reenactors had passed through ahead of me. They had several older looking Green River knives under glass for prices ranging from $80 to $105.  I was suspicious in the first place, but they made the mistake of leaving a door open to their "storage" space at the back of the store. In a well-lit spot just inside the door I saw a box of new butcher knives, with several laying nearby in various stages of antiqueing. Yup, sure looked like a great money maker to me!  Razz
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PostSubject: Re: Three Older Knives...   August 13th 2017, 10:04 am

Yikes!
Nothing wrong in making a profit ...
But faking a antique is wrong.
By faking I mean intentionally giving someone the idea that they are looking at or buying a antique when it its really just a item with a applied well aged appearance.
Case in point.
A friend of mine and I have a collection of antique firearms from the 1780's to the 1880's
Some are indeed all original , some have been restored and some only have a antique part or two.
When we show our collection we are very careful to state which is which.
To do otherwise is dishonest.
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PostSubject: Re: Three Older Knives...   August 13th 2017, 10:07 am

Another view from a rendezvous which we show our guns...Again most are antique , but when showing it is important to say which is antique , which is restored and which is a recreation.
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PostSubject: Re: Three Older Knives...   August 13th 2017, 11:11 am

Oooooo.... KC like.

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PostSubject: Re: Three Older Knives...   August 13th 2017, 11:24 am

Thank you KC ... it is a ton of fun to hand someone a 170 odd year old rifle , talk about it , then shoot it with them.
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