Can I Give You An Almost Impossible Task?


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xanderzuk
October 2, 2008, 01:10 AM
Ok, while I would typically get a bit defensive if no one responded to a thread I started, as I like to ignite thoughtful and insightful discussions; I won't hold any grudges on this one, as the task I'm asking of you is nearly impossible.


About 15 years ago, when I was in maybe 4th or 5th grade, a very good friend of my parents gave me a hunting knife as a present while we were at a Christmas party he was hosting. My dad quickly informed me of the tradition of giving a coin in leu of the gift of a knife, and I did so quickly. It was something I certainly didn't expect to receive, and cherished it very much.

Years went by, and one day I noticed that I hadn't seen the knife in a really long time. This was strange, as it never really left my room often. Unfortunately, I finally came to the conclusion that someone must have stolen it; a friend of friend who must've been in my room at one point or another.

Eventually I kind of came to forget about the knife, and the years went by again. Within those years, Ray, the friend who gave me the knife, passed away from leukemia. There were many things I thought about at that time, including the knife, but again the years passed and my memory of the knife began to fade.

Now, about to graduate from college, I have several items that have strong sentimental value. While the knife may have been gone for some time, it is now that I miss it more than ever.

It's been perhaps eight years since the knife went missing, and I'm ashamed to say that I can't remember who made it. I do remember several key details of the knife and its sheath however, and would recognize it instantly if I saw it.

The knife was of a fixed persuasion, and the blade was perhaps two and a half to three inches long, a single edge, without serration. The handle was perhaps four inches, and had dark wood on either side that sat flush inside a steel top and base, kind of caps on either end (I realize this part is a little confusing, I'm just not sure if the top is called the hilt and the bottom the butt). The handle only had two large finger groves (but not overly pronounced), so that two fingers would sit inside of either groove.

The sheath was dark leather, shaped to the contour of the blade, and had a flap closure that snapped shut. This is where I remember something very unique was stamped on the flap, while I'm 90% sure it didn't say BUCK, I want to say it said something along the lines of BEAR? Is this even a company? I never see them anywhere if so.

I know this is probably a knife that's impossible to find, as I haven't given you many details to work from. If for some reason you absolutely know the knife I'm speaking of, boy would I love to hear from you!

Thanks for taking to time to read this! :)

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Dksimon
October 2, 2008, 04:45 AM
I am searching the internet as I write this.

If i can give you a piece of advice, look around on www.eknifeworks.com

If you cannot find the knife you are searching for you may be able to find something close that will guide any others that are searching for you.

Timthinker
October 2, 2008, 06:31 AM
Perhaps the best and fastest way to conduct your search is on the internet. Yes, the website mentioned by Dksimon is a great place to start. Once you visit that website and others, scroll down to the fixed blade categories shown on your screen and begin your searches there. If the eknifeworks website does not list your knife, please post a description of the websites you have visited and I will post some other sites that might prove useful. Good luck on your journey.


Timthinker

Todd A
October 2, 2008, 06:53 AM
http://www.bearandsoncutlery.com/index.php?submenu=Home&src=

Try here. They were also known as Bear MGC.

Timthinker
October 2, 2008, 07:17 AM
Xanderzuk, you might consider asking our friends at www.bladeforums.com and www.knifeforums.com for some assistance also. Some of those guys eat and sleep knives. I hope your search is progressing well.


Timthinker

hso
October 2, 2008, 08:55 AM
xanderzuk,

Look through Joe Talmadge's Custom Knife Encyclopedia (http://www.knifeart.com/cusknifen.html) article and give us some more information about the shape of the blade and handle.

What type blade shape did your knife have and what type tip (clip/spear/drop)? Was the handle in line or angled to the blade? Was the bolster and pommel brass or stainless? Were they flush with the handle material or did they protrude a bit and if they protruded, was it only on one side?

xanderzuk
October 2, 2008, 12:01 PM
Todd A!!!! Thats it! BEAR MGC!!!

I looked through the website you linked and the characteristics are all very similar, although I don't see the knife that I had.

I read a little about their history and apparently they started in 1991, so this knife would have been produced only three or four years after they began production.

I don't know why I wasn't able to find it online, before I started the thread, I searched bear knives, but bear and son did not come up.

I thank you all so much for your help and efforts, hso, Timthinker, Dksimon, I will be sure to check out the links you provided.

Thank you all so much for helping me find some closure in this.
:)

Todd A
October 2, 2008, 01:20 PM
See,nothing is impossible on the internet.;)

hangtime
October 3, 2008, 06:08 AM
I keep leaving my knife on the computer after Googling knife sharpening and every time I come back to check on it the darn thing is still dull as ever.

06
October 3, 2008, 06:23 AM
LOL, I noticed that phenomenoh also---just drives me over the edge-snicker, wc

hangtime
October 4, 2008, 05:50 AM
. . .bunch o' danged smart-ellicks around here. . .

19-3Ben
October 4, 2008, 03:05 PM
. . .bunch o' danged smart-ellicks around here. . .

Nah. not really smart allecs. we're just sharp.

edit to add:
Or perhaps our sense of humor is....edgy?

TimboKhan
October 4, 2008, 11:17 PM
. . .bunch o' danged smart-ellicks around here. . .

What a pointed comment this is. Why, I never expected to have to steel myself for such an attack on THR. I mean, I try and hone my writing skills as much as possible, but I use smart-alectry as a way to sheathe my true feelings. Face it man, Smart-alexedness is something that you can't Buck around here. I suggest you sharpen your own skills and take a stab at being a smart-alex yourself.

I could go on for a long, long time with this, but that's probably enough for now....:neener:

JohnnyOrygun
October 5, 2008, 01:33 AM
So did you figure which model it is? Do they still make it or is it discontinued... sounds sort of like their 277R. Anyhow glad that you found what you were looking for.

Best of Luck

Little John

hangtime
October 5, 2008, 05:54 AM
and I'm not gonna' discuss where. :D I yield to the collective wit in the room and hope to meet you all on even terms after a few thousand more posts.(bows and exits thread with what little dignity remains)

Pax Jordana
October 5, 2008, 07:57 PM
Lemme take a stab at it.

(what cutting humor we have.)

Bear Camo Skinner. (http://www.ebladestore.com/knives/BC-296CW.html) 2.75 inch blade, metal caps, two two-fingered finger grooves.

That one's camo finish, yours may have been made with different materials.

Anyway, looking at lots and lots of knife pictures is actually a really fun way to spend ten minutes :)

xanderzuk
October 6, 2008, 12:29 PM
Hey guys, really long weekend, sorry haven't been back to my thread.

Wow Pax, that is it with the exception of the camo wood! I can't believe my rather poor description led to you finding what I assume probably is the exact model I had.

Now the real decision: Do I get the same knife, do I get another one by BEAR that catches my eye a little more, or do I go with another manufacturer (DL Knives) that I came across the other day that really sparked my interest?

So many decisions, so little money.

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