What did I just buy? -- Western USA fixed blade


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Chrome
July 31, 2008, 06:10 PM
What in the world did I just buy? It's a fixed blade marked "WESTERN USA" and "F66" and came with a leather sheath, no markings but a decorative buckle snap.

The blade is tarnished and a bit rusty, so I'd assume it's not stainless steel. I'm digging out the camera now.

Later,
Chrome...

**EDIT**

Good ole ebay.

Here it is: Click Me! (http://cgi.ebay.com/Western-Hunting-Knife-Boulder-Co-USA_W0QQitemZ260267393382QQcmdZViewItem?hash=item260267393382&_trkparms=72%3A552|39%3A1|66%3A2|65%3A12&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14.l1318)

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Chrome
July 31, 2008, 06:17 PM
I apologize for the quality of the pictures. The regular camera is not working and I just realized how bad my web cam is.

Later,
Chrome...

Here is some info from another forum speaking of another Western knife. Seems my knife was made around 1970? http://www.knifeforums.com/forums/showpost.php?post/1118824/

DRYHUMOR
July 31, 2008, 06:54 PM
Western knives are good stuff. It should clean up with a bit of elbow grease. Carbon steel blade, should have a good edge.

The earlier ones have "Western, Boulder CO" on them or close to it. I don't have a book handy. In the late 60's or early 70"s they dropped the Boulder part off.

Chrome
July 31, 2008, 07:04 PM
I've used a bit of steel wool and some oil to get the rust off. No use trying to take off the patina is there?

Later,
Chrome...

Tom Krein
July 31, 2008, 07:07 PM
I can remember lusting after one of those as a kid!

Should clean up and sharpen up nicely!

Tom

Mongrel
July 31, 2008, 07:16 PM
Notice the similar blade pattern as this one:

http://www.smugmug.com/photos/342681391_RRpDc-XL.jpg

I believe mine is a Western as well, however it has no markings other than "MADE IN US" and "Official Boy Scouts of America"

As Tom said-they sharpen up very well-and very quickly. Great little fixed blades...

Carl Levitian
July 31, 2008, 07:20 PM
You're bought a darn good using knife, is what you're done.

Sharpen it up and use well. It will cut great and hold an edge very well.

Chrome
July 31, 2008, 07:28 PM
Guess that was $6 well spent.

Later,
Chrome...

sm
July 31, 2008, 07:55 PM
Chrome,

You have one heck of a knife!
I am going from memory, still that steel came from the same supplier that supplied Case their steel for Chrome Vanadium.
Word was, Western did a better job that Case did with the steel.

That is a classic, not only because of being a Western, the steel, geometry , heat treat and having Colorado on the tang, also because the knife was crafted.
The craftsman that put together that knife, no matter what part of the process, did so, as if they were building that knife for themselves.

Ted Trueblood was one spokesman for that knife, he used Western for his hunting and outdoor uses.

You are only to get that same level of quality today in a new knife, by having a customer knifemaker, make you one.
IMO.

It will take a patina. That patina will assist in protecting the blade akin to bluing on a gun.

For old times sake, get a Norton Crystalon coarse/fine stone and Case Hard Arkansas stone.
Use these stones dry.
That steel sharpened on Crystalon fine, will cut, and keep and edge - a few stroke on the Hard Ark ever so slight, then light strop, just the weight of the blade on dry leather...is all that knife needs or requires.

If you can find a old Norton Extra Fine India stone, about 3" that is the stone to use instead of Hard Arkansas.

Great knife!

Chrome
August 1, 2008, 12:36 PM
Found out via the seller of one of the auctions above that this knife was only produced from 1960-1961 and was part of the Black Beauty series of knives.

I've got an edge on it, but my sharpening skills aren't the greatest yet. The knife has cleaned up beautifully though.

Later,
Chrome...

XDKingslayer
August 1, 2008, 01:31 PM
I believe mine is a Western as well

You are correct.

I've got an edge on it, but my sharpening skills aren't the greatest yet.

In my opinion, you have one of the best knives in the world to practice your sharpening on. They are very forgiving.

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