Holley Melancholy


January 11, 2008, 08:16 PM
I've mentioned before that arguably the finest pocket knife I ever owned was a Holley.

I have learned the proper name of this knife, and found pictures that almost match mine.

It was the Holley Wharncliffe Whittler.
70909 - and - 70910
http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=70909&d=1200099723 - - http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=70910&d=1200099731
Mine was scaled in white bone. Beyond that, these pictures show the style and design. I miss that knife. The one in the reddish bone scales sold on eBay for over $400.

This link here (http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y15/Unclejim/?start=40) goes to a page with several pictures of this knife:

It's done in high carbon steel (not stainless). I've never owned anything with a better edge, save for a straight razor.

I'd go on and explain how it was a knife I could use to trim my nails without leaving a burr, how it would slice through a single layer of newspaper without disturbing the page below, and how it removed splinters from fingers and a toothpick from a young girl's foot, but if I started remembering how much I loved that quaint and delicate folding scalpel, I'd just start to cry.

There, see? Now look what you made me do.

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January 11, 2008, 08:21 PM
Case also did some of these:



See more here (http://www.rod-neep.co.uk/rod/knives/wharncliffe/misc1.html).


January 14, 2008, 05:48 AM
may be the most useful walking around knife pattern I've ever owned. Slipjoints are a passion of mine and I will not willingly be caught without at least one on my person at any given time. The very best current production knife of that pattern can be found in the A. G. Russell catalog and as I recall it runs a little on the upside of $100.00. I've owned one for several years and it is a marvelously handy little thing. Thanks for sharing the pics and the memories.

January 14, 2008, 09:55 PM
Thanks for sharing.
I ...I remember.
I still know about carbon steel, chrome vanadium, and slip joints with character and soul that are time proven.

I am not the only that has said, or feels ...
Folks back in the day knew what worked then and still works today.

Some things just "are" no matter how hard one tries to deny it.

January 29, 2008, 11:36 PM
Stumbled on one that -- except for the shield -- is the spittin' image of mine. This one's a Marbles Whittler.
And it has carbon steel blades, too.


And there are evidently a bunch of folks out there who grasp what it's worth, 'cuz the current price is over $75 and there's still most of a day to go.


Look on the bright side: when I finally DO manage to acquire one that (nearly) matches my old one, the challenge of the hunt will make the win that much sweeter.

January 30, 2008, 12:06 AM
Marbles now has some knife made in China .
The older Marbles made in the USA, are going up in price due to simple supply and demand.

Quite a few knives that were formerly made in USA, Germany and England, that are now made in China are fetching prices as the old ones will not be made anymore, and the folks buying, while some are collecting, are those looking for and wanting the quality using knife.

I wish I had the money to buy what I want to be assured I can use in the future.
I'd buy Case yellow handled Peanuts first off, get 4 dozen, and repeat with much of the yellow handled CV knives, and the other patterns I prefer, with CV blades with other handle materials.

One fella during the holidays bought 2 dozen each of Case YH , with CV blades , of Peanuts, Stockman, and Sodbuster Jr pattern to insure he and his would have working knives in years to come.

January 30, 2008, 12:22 AM
I have lots of the Case Seahorsies, have even rehandled a couple. Sweet!

January 30, 2008, 12:52 AM
The Marbles pictured above is made in USA. The scales are plain white bone. If you took those scales and put them on the black Holley above, you've have my old knife.

Yeah, I read you 5x5 on stocking up on spares. Work in progress.

The Seahorse is quite close. The one blade with the funny tip (don't know the designation) is different. And I think there may be just a little difference in the angle of the main blade when open.

I don't suppose you have a Seahorse in white bone somewhere under a mattress . . .

The search continues.

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