Old Pruning and Horticultural Knives

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Re: Old Pruning and Horticultural Knives

Postby LongBlade » Tue Feb 12, 2019 6:32 pm

Thanks Joe and Bill ::tu:: ::tu:: ...

Here's another - Rodgers only marked "Cutlers other Majesty" on mark side with maltese cross and star on pile side (no Sheffield nor England) - 4" Ivory

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Re: Old Pruning and Horticultural Knives

Postby FRJ » Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:53 pm

Another beauty, Lee. ::tu::
Very nice crisp tang and blade. ::tu::

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Re: Old Pruning and Horticultural Knives

Postby LongBlade » Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:23 pm

Thanks Joe ::tu:: ::tu:: ...
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Re: Old Pruning and Horticultural Knives

Postby FRJ » Thu Feb 14, 2019 6:29 pm

I found this in my pile.
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Re: Old Pruning and Horticultural Knives

Postby LongBlade » Fri Feb 15, 2019 12:12 am

Nice Joe ::tu:: ::tu:: ... the paternal twin of mine :wink: ...
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Re: Old Pruning and Horticultural Knives

Postby LongBlade » Wed Mar 06, 2019 1:22 am

Another Hawkbill for this thread … a “lucky” good find for my horticultural knife subcollection and one which I have been looking for quite awhile :D – Knife has that old colorful gnarly stag, particularly as seen on those older Sheffield knives. This Rodgers Hawkbill below is very reminiscent of the IXL that I posted on page 32 - Here’s the link to page 32 viewtopic.php?f=35&t=19895&start=465

The two knives make a nice pair with similar handles of old Sheffield quality makers .. though I find Rodgers harder to find than IXL Wostenholms... only my guess but maybe because many Rodgers knives sit in collections which we don't often see ::shrug:: ...

Joseph Rodgers & Sons – 4 & 3/4” closed – Integral liners and rat tail bolster with iron hammered pins in stag… Given the integral build and as usually noted this would make this early – likely pre-1860 – Hefty build and the stag covers are thick slabs of stag of my favorite kind in color etc NOD… I tried to give an idea of the thickness in the photo which shows the rear of the knife (see photo)… each slab was slightly more than 3/8” and the knife over an inch in width at the backside which includes the liner and backsprings - a nice handful of knife ;-) – Blade lightly sharpened retaining most of ithe shape and given a Hawkbill in relatively good shape… Knife was no doubt used as one could see some “use” scratches reflected in the patina in some photos etc…

I was thinking my Rodgers and IXL budding grafting knives I posted just above will make a nice pair with these hawkbills 8)

Thanks all for looking! I’ll post a few different angles of photos to show more of the all around look of this knife (double click for enlarged photos)….

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Re: Old Pruning and Horticultural Knives

Postby FRJ » Wed Mar 06, 2019 2:16 am

That is a real beauty, Lee.
It sure pairs well with the IXL that you posted earlier. ::tu:: ::tu::

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Re: Old Pruning and Horticultural Knives

Postby gsmith7158 » Wed Mar 06, 2019 2:53 am

Wow!!! What a knife Lee. ::tu:: ::tu::
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Re: Old Pruning and Horticultural Knives

Postby Duffer » Wed Mar 06, 2019 8:02 am

Terrific knife Lee!! Love that gnarly stag—just a very impressive vintage horticultural folder ::tu:: ::tu::
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Re: Old Pruning and Horticultural Knives

Postby JohnR » Wed Mar 06, 2019 11:43 am

That one's a stunner Lee, those old stag English pruners are knock out gorgeous knives.

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Re: Old Pruning and Horticultural Knives

Postby djknife13 » Wed Mar 06, 2019 1:37 pm

Lee. I've found about 10 IXL's to each Rogers and hawkbills are what I've looked for more than any other style knife, at least up here. Also the Joseph Rogers I have found are made finer and have a richer look to them and less massive than my IXL's tend to be. The one you just posted is quite a bit more massive than my biggest Rogers and on par to my bigger IXL's. Beautiful old knife. ____Dave

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Re: Old Pruning and Horticultural Knives

Postby LongBlade » Wed Mar 06, 2019 2:14 pm

Thanks Joe, Greg, Lloyd, John and Dave ::tu:: ::tu:: .. Much appreciated ::handshake:: ..

Dave - I agree 200% on finding Rodgers vs IXLs as it is the same here - IXLs are relatively easy to find.... I don’t really know if that was a result of Wostenholm’s business marketing as Wostenholm was enamoured with America back in the day (also George was quite an entrepreneur :) ).. As you note Rodgers tends to be “finer” quality - that extra touch which is seen in some IXLs but not across the board like old Rodgers :D

I have another Hawkbill to show and will try and get photos today - a jigged bone beauty of another maker ::nod:: ..
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Re: Old Pruning and Horticultural Knives

Postby djknife13 » Thu Mar 07, 2019 2:14 am

If I get some time tomorrow I'll dig out my fattest IXL Stag and one of my fat wood ones and I have a Rogers that is one of my favorites for pictures. ____Dave

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Re: Old Pruning and Horticultural Knives

Postby LongBlade » Thu Mar 07, 2019 3:13 am

Sounds good Dave - look forward to them ::tu:: ... I have a few more photos of others to finish and will get them up in the near future :) ...
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Re: Old Pruning and Horticultural Knives

Postby JohnR » Thu Mar 07, 2019 4:44 pm

Finally added a budding grafting knife to the collection, a minty Wostenholm.
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