Nice old Pradel from France.

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Nephilim
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Nice old Pradel from France.

Post by Nephilim » Tue Jan 26, 2021 4:23 am

Been expanding by French pocketknife collection lately, and I managed to snag a real gem. Pradel was a popular knife maker operating from the mid 19th to the mid 20th cen. in France, but the most detailed information I could find on the brand is from an old post on this forum(viewtopic.php?t=21642&start=240). This is one in the classic style, a single bladed jackknife with a bolster and flat scales.
This one doesn't have the classic anchor logo, but I assume it is the same "Pradel" company. The tang stamp is marked "B.B.B".
This one doesn't have the classic anchor logo, but I assume it is the same "Pradel" company. The tang stamp is marked "B.B.B".
I really love the simple engraving (stamping?) on the brass bolster.
I really love the simple engraving (stamping?) on the brass bolster.
This example is in really good condition; no rust, a bit of patina, strong spring and a good halfstop. Thankfully, the black plastic scales haven't shrunk or cracked at all. The seller speculated they might be some form of Bakelite, but I don't know enough about old plastics to judge. Fit and finish is great for a knife this age, originally intended as an affordable tool. The edge is nice and thin and it wouldn't take much effort to sharpen it up into a good slicer. Also, its easy enough to open with a good pinch, so you don't have to fight the spring with just your thumbnail. Anybody have a good idea when this might date to? All I know that might narrow it down is that the company went out of business in the 60s. Hopefully the B.B.B tang stamp is a good clue.

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Re: Nice old Pradel from France.

Post by tallguy606 » Tue Jan 26, 2021 5:39 pm

The shape and size reminds me of a Mercator, the German K55 knife with a cat logo, made from folded sheet metal. Much nicer, though.

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Re: Nice old Pradel from France.

Post by Eustace » Wed Jan 27, 2021 6:57 pm

I have a similar one.
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Re: Nice old Pradel from France.

Post by Nephilim » Thu Jan 28, 2021 8:26 am

Eustace wrote:
Wed Jan 27, 2021 6:57 pm
I have a similar one.
Indeed, nice example. Are those scales horn or acrylic?

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Re: Nice old Pradel from France.

Post by Eustace » Thu Jan 28, 2021 4:37 pm

Nephilim wrote:
Thu Jan 28, 2021 8:26 am
Eustace wrote:
Wed Jan 27, 2021 6:57 pm
I have a similar one.
Indeed, nice example. Are those scales horn or acrylic?
Bull horn.

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