Stan Shaw Engraved Pen Knife

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Stan Shaw has been making knives by hand for over 75 years. Now 90 years old, he still works in his shop two days a week making knives the traditional way, by hand. “My knives are completely processed by hand, from sawing out the blades, springs and linings, to the finished product,” he says.

Trained under Ted Osbourne, Stan learned to make multi-bladed knives using expensive materials, such as mother of pearl, tortoiseshell and ivory. As the cutlery industry declined Stan learned how to do many of the jobs that would make a knife, such as forging, grinding and hafting. Traditionally these tasks were separate subdivisions of the cutlery trade, carried out by single person. This meant that many different cutlers were involved in the making of one knife. Stan Shaw is unique because he can make a knife from start to finish on his own.

In 1983, Stan went off on his own after working for such Sheffield greats as George Wostenholm, John Watts and John Clarke. In 2009 he moved his tools and workshop to the Kelham Island Museum. Stan has a waiting list of four years for his knives, which are highly prized by collectors.

You can see more photos and information of the above pocket knife on the website

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Roger Hatt Custom Folder

Canadian Roger Hatt has been making knives since 1994. When you get a Hatt knife, you get a beautiful bang for your buck.

Beautiful Damascus drop point folder with walrus ivory scales.

More information and to purchase the knife here

 

 

 

 

Lincoln’s Pocket Knife

President Abraham Lincoln‘s pockets were inventoried when he was assassinated. One of the items he carried was a pocket knife.

After contacting the Library of Congress I found the following information on Lincoln’s Pocket Knife:

The knife is 9 cm. long (or 19 cm. when fully opened) and 1.1 wide.  It has six blades, one major (3 x 1 cm.)  on each side occupying the center position, flanked by two smaller blades (ranging between 4 and 4.2 cm. long and .5 and .5 cm. wide).  The base of each blade carries the legend: “William Gilchrist’s / Celebrated / Razor Steel” on one side and the initials “W.G.” on the opposite.  (The next faces the same direction on each of the three blades at each end, but this is in the opposite direction in respect to the ends themselves.)  There are no other identifying initials or symbols to be found on the knife.

Eric Frazier
Reference Librarian
Rare Books and Special Collections Division
Library of Congress

 

Ironically, this his style of knife is called a Congress. The scales of the knife are Ivory. William Gilchrist was an American importer who had the knives made for him in Europe.

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“Old Abe” knew how to use his knife. too. For example, when Christopher Spencer demonstrated his “horizontal shot tower” to him Lincoln whittled a front sight for the rifle that he thought might work better. – John Schedel

Vintage Knives Added

Added a half a dozen knives to the Vintage & Antique Knives page to the website.

These include old USA Schrade/Uncle Henry’s, Buck, Browning and more.

Not all Photo’s are up yet. Should have those done by tomorrow night.

A Pocket Knife is

A pocket knife is still an intimate personal possession of the individual who carries it and consequently deserves the best of materials, finish and workmanship in its production. – Boker’s 1928 cutlery catalog

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My Switch from Tactical to Classical

I’ve carried a knife as far back as I can remember. Some were pocket knives, some where belt pouch knives and others were sheath knives. But I’ve always had a knife on me. It’s a useful tool.

Recently, I made a switch from a pocket tactical knife back to a classic pocket folder.

Now I liked my tactical knife. I carried a Lone Wolf Blackfoot knife. Nice knife with a black coated blade, checkered Ebano wood handle and a pocket clip. It was an easy one hand opener which felt good in my hand, was easy to hold and use.

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Lone Wolf Blackfoot

So why the switch?

My full time day job has me working daily with children and many times people would spy my tactical knife clipped to the inside of my pocket. And then the questions would start; “You have a knife?”

“Yes.”

“Why?”

“Because it’s a tool.”

But I know what they were always thinking, “He carries a knife, he must be bad man. Will he pull it out and use it to kill someone?”

Not that I really cared what they thought. But there’s a time and place for each and every battle. So switching to a classical pocket knife for me was a no brainer. When I was young growing up in central Florida I had a belt pouch Buck .110 folder. When I went into the Army I carried a 12”Arkansas toothpick. Since then I carried a multitude of  different tactical pocket knives, but with the changes in society and the liberal attitudes towards knives, I switched back to the classical pocket knife. (It doesn’t mean I won’t carry a tactical pocket knife or fixed blade when I go out to the field for camping and hunting.)

Now when I pull it out to use, I don’t get the worry some stares. As I carry a beautiful Bulldog Brand 2-bladed groundhog with Mother of Pearl handles. When people see me using my knife, the comments are “Wow, that’s nice,” or “That’s beautiful, can I hold it?”

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Bulldog Brand Groundhog

I find it’s much easier to change attitudes with beauty over menace.