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Knife ID ?

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by 2bfree, Nov 28, 2013.

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  1. 2bfree

    2bfree Member

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    I thought I would ask here just for the heck of it.
    I got this knife from my step dad when he was 80. He told me his older brother gave it to him when he was just a kid. There are no markings on it, they could have been worn off.
    The large blade is 2 3/4 long X 1 14 wide, the other blade is 2 inches long X 3/4.
    Any one got an idea of the maker ? Any value ? Thanks
     

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  2. Ron James

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    I'm thinking Case, but don't know for sure. The pattern is a Elephant Toenail or Rope knife, Some times called a Sunfish. Designed for those who work with thick ropes, they could can lay the rope over a wood stump or what ever, place the knife blade and hit it with a wood mallet to cut it.. Circus workers and dock workers come to mind, they used rope that was one too two inches thick. added: But course being just a armature knife person, everything I typed may be out in left field or not even on the field.
     
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    I got lucky and found an image like it.

    Notice the distinctive pin pattern and the grooves on the blade.

    C Platts' Son, Eldred Jumbo Swellcenter
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  4. 2bfree

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    Thanks HSO ! That sure looks like it. After an hour searching the web, it looks like the value id some where between 20.00 and 2000.00. I am sure mine must be worth at least 10.00 :confused:
     
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    I'd say yours is worth a bit more. That's a very nice piece of stag.

    Care to post a photo of the other side?
     
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    Who cares what it's worth? When an 80 year old man gives you a knive, it goes to work in your pocket, or on a shelf, saved for the next deserving soul. Selling a knife like that makes Santa cry.
     
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    The insurance man cares what it's worth Bensdad. You know, in case of fire or theft. Where did the OP say anything about selling it? Maybe he's just curious about the value now that he knows what it is. People who make broad assumptions make Santa very very angry.
     
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    Just a thought. If that has a single back spring, just open one blade at a time. The 80 year old guy that gave it to you can likely lift one leg at a time, but, not do the splits anymore either. :)

    That's a neat old knife. It looks like it was meant for hard work.
     
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    A couple more pictures. Must say, this is about the hardest knife to open I have ever had, says something for springs that are probably at least 100 tears old.
     

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    with old slipjoint collectors, finding one of these is akin to winning the powerball lottery, i am completely jealous... theres guys that only collect this pattern
    wow just wow
    Gene
     
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    Turned out Ron James got it. It is a WR Case& Sons.
     
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    Nice Elephant Toe.

    What does the stamping on the blades say? There should be at least some still visible. Knowing where this was made will tell you whether it's worth $150-250, $400-600, or $1000-2000.

    When you take pictures of knives for identification and valuation, please take them only from top down. If you send pics to appraisers, they will ask you to only use straight down pics for your knives.
     
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    excellent advice! and given what they go for proper picts and documentation will help greatly
    Gene
     
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