Something familiar about this "TV knife"...


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conw
March 27, 2014, 11:00 AM
From the 70s or 80s. Was at a friend's relative's house so I took a pic. Anyone else see what in seeing? :)

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conw
March 27, 2014, 11:01 AM
One more showing the whole knife.

Shanghai McCoy
March 27, 2014, 11:02 AM
Ginsu knockoff..?

kymarkh
March 27, 2014, 11:11 AM
I remember the commercials where they would cut a aluminum can in half then slide e a tomato.

Speedo66
March 27, 2014, 12:25 PM
The serrations look like Spyderco style.

Why the different ones on the front?

Sol
March 27, 2014, 12:28 PM
I'm with shanghai, looks like a ginzu knife.

Quick get a penny and tomato for the real test.

Shanghai McCoy
March 27, 2014, 02:20 PM
The serrations look like Spyderco style.

Why the different ones on the front?
For taking teeny slices of bread sticks...:)

skoro
March 27, 2014, 05:12 PM
I actually have one of those that was left in a drawer of this house we moved into back in August. Still in the original package. I took it out and tried it. It's a real piece of junk.

blarby
March 27, 2014, 08:18 PM
Some knockoff of the wonderknife ?

rcmodel
March 27, 2014, 08:42 PM
Knock-off of the Ginsu knife.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ginsu

It was the first knife I remember ever seeing advertised on TV.

So the cheap TV knife of the OP's was a knock-off of the cheap Ginsu knife first advertised on TV nationwide 75 times a day & night, 24/7.

The Wonder Knife was also a rip-off of the original TV Ginsu knife.

rc

9mmepiphany
March 27, 2014, 11:47 PM
You can laugh but the Ginsu knife gave birth to the whole industry of advertising...the infomercial.

The funny part is that they wanted an Asian to weld the knife, so they got a student from UCLA to star in the first commercial

CWL
March 28, 2014, 02:14 AM
Mom bought one for the house in the '70s, the knife actually worked as advertised and was used to cut all manner of things in the household. Even though I had moved my parents into forged & handmade knives over time, my mom still kept that old ginsu around. I think that I finally snuck it out of their house around 2008 and tossed it without her knowledge. Even though part of the handle had melted and the serrations were bent, rolled and dulled from 30 years of use, it was probably still usable for another 30 years.

It was ugly, thin and cheap, but it performed as advertised and could handle pretty much everything an average user could throw at it. Respect!

Deltaboy
March 28, 2014, 01:14 PM
I got a real one and after 18 years of cutting it still slices maters and bread as good .

9mmepiphany
March 28, 2014, 03:59 PM
I had an original one with the old white handle...got it right after college and it was my first kitchen knife.

It was great for cutting sod and water hoses also. It's final act was as a chew toy for a pound rescue...who took it off a kitchen counter

conw
March 28, 2014, 10:46 PM
Knock-off of the Ginsu knife.


rc

I can't find any good pics but are you saying the serrations are identical? Because what struck me about the TV knife was that the serrations are virtually identical to the SpyderEdge.

ugaarguy
March 28, 2014, 11:24 PM
The so-called SpyderEdge serrations are a copy of an even earlier design.

conw
March 28, 2014, 11:46 PM
The so-called SpyderEdge serrations are a copy of an even earlier design.

I wouldn't be surprised by that at all. Got a link? I find this kind of stuff interesting.

I do remember reading that Sal Glasser held various trademarks and patents that were licensed to various companies, prior to creating his current company/entity. Some were kind of surprising, can't remember any or find that source at the moment unfortunately.

Sam Cade
March 29, 2014, 12:46 AM
FWIW, the serrations on the blade tip are pretty much like what the original 1919 patent looked like. Scallop type serrations have been around since the end of the 19th century.

http://www.google.com/patents/US1388547

Dunno when the two were combined.

Interesting case:
http://www.leagle.com/decision/19336762FSupp674_1460


Hmmmm... I might try my hand at cutting some serrations tomorrow.

conw
March 29, 2014, 12:55 AM
Cool post, thanks for nerding out with me.

Sam Cade
March 29, 2014, 01:15 AM
Some were kind of surprising, can't remember any or find that source at the moment unfortunately.

You want the patent database for Louis S. Glesser. ;)



https://www.google.com/search?tbo=p&tbm=pts&hl=en&q=ininventor:%22Louis+S.+Glesser%22

Speedo66
March 29, 2014, 12:04 PM
How about the tip itself, "it's a knife, it's a pickle fork......" ;>)

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