Old Rope Knives

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Old Rope Knives

Postby Miller Bro's » Thu Jun 11, 2009 12:49 am

Thought I would start a thread on all old Rope knives.................

I have quite a few and have always liked them, mostly because they were a large knife with stag or jigged bone handles.

If you have any post them here ::tu::


This is an early Maher & Grosh rope knife, rat tail steel bolsters, brass liners and a flat brass butt cap, and attractive jigged bone handles.
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Re: Rope Knives

Postby RobesonsRme.com » Thu Jun 11, 2009 1:09 am

MB;
Your knife has double rat-tailed bolsters! One big rat and one little rat drug their tails across those bolsters.

Here's a big Robeson 197 with bone handles, steel liners, butt cap and single rat-tailed bolsters.
Also Robeson's version of the WWI Navy issue knife.
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Re: Rope Knives

Postby Miller Bro's » Thu Jun 11, 2009 1:38 am

Charlie,

I like that Robeson 197 model! ::tu::

Never seen one of those before.

Here are some more early English made Rope Knives and a Case WWI issue knife.




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Re: Rope Knives

Postby RobesonsRme.com » Thu Jun 11, 2009 3:37 am

MB;
Robeson 197's turn up on Ebay with some regularity. I'll try to let you know if a nice one shows up.
They made the knife with ebony handles, too. I wish I had one.

I like all those English knives. I suspect that just about every Sheffield firm made that pattern at one time or another. I especially like that snakey looking thing in the middle!
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Re: Rope Knives

Postby knife7knut » Thu Jun 11, 2009 5:59 am

A few from my collection.I'll try and post more tomorrow.

Buck;Camillus;Camillus USCG;Coricama;ECS;I*XL;JM;KB;and a Kutmaster.
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Re: Rope Knives

Postby Darksev » Thu Jun 11, 2009 11:27 am

I always like the old stock Schrades with the big square ends :) I picked one up for a little love a year or so ago, lately I've had the urge to do another one. Sadly, I won't be doing anything for a while.

Schrade 163 rope, Madrone handles, soooooo nice.

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Re: Rope Knives

Postby knife7knut » Thu Jun 11, 2009 1:35 pm

A few more:
A Joseph Rodgers made for Abercrombie&Fitch which has a pair of scissors,a folding fish weighing scale,a pair of tweezers and a hook disgorger that slide into the checkered horn handles;a Schrade riggers knife;a Schrade Bosun's mate;a couple of Schrade Walden rope knives;one marked Stainless Steel;a Taylor's Eye Witness marked 1939;a Warriss marked 1940;a Whittingslowe Adelaide;and an unmarked yachtsman's knife.
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Re: Rope Knives

Postby tmwsiy » Thu Jun 11, 2009 3:13 pm

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Re: Rope Knives

Postby Miller Bro's » Thu Jun 11, 2009 8:03 pm

Tmwsiy,

My favorite brand! :D :wink: ::tu::

Here are a couple more oldies.

First one is a Holley.

Second one is a Thomas Fenton, early U.S. Navy knife. Deeply stamped blade with some gnarly stag!

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Re: Rope Knives

Postby trail » Thu Jun 11, 2009 10:11 pm

Here's a modern example of the genre - a Myerchin Offshore Crew.
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Re: Rope Knives

Postby knife7knut » Thu Jun 11, 2009 11:58 pm

Here are a few more:
First is a 4-blade knife with a sheepfoot master blade,saw blade with a pierced nail mark,a marlinspike and a screwdriver blade on the spine.Only markings are a gemstone(diamond?)on the master blade and what looks like 2 letter H's hooked together within a square(may be an Asian cypher).
Next is a Jet-Aer yachtsman's knife.
Next is another KA-BAR rigger's knife.
Next are 2 Klein miniature rope knives.
Next is a Schatt&Morgan mini.I also have a Case Bradford that is the identical knife but the master blade is ground into a spear point.
The last two are broken but unusual enough that I keep them around.
The first is marked,"ECK"and all the parts are numbered.The one piece handle is hard wood with nickel silver liners and held together with screws.
The last one is marked,"Henri Renaud Paris" and has a one piece horn handle.The finish is absolutely first class but unfortunately the lock spring is broken.One of these days I'll get around to repairing it.The guy I got it from also had a Schrade double end switchblade with butter and molasses handles and a clip master blade instead of a spear with the original leather purse.It belonged to his grandmother who kept it in her sewing basket and used it to cut thread.The edge was flattened from years of use and there are grooves worn into the handles from thread being rubbed across them.I left it exactly as I got it and will likely never sharpen it.Too much history!
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Re: Rope Knives

Postby Owd Wullie » Fri Jun 12, 2009 3:19 am

The "IXL Sailor's Knife" pictured above is actually a soldier's knife. Pre 1939 I believe. I was given a slightly later model by Watts of Sheffield.

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Re: Rope Knives

Postby Miller Bro's » Fri Jun 12, 2009 3:45 am

More old Rope knives..........................






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Re: Rope Knives

Postby muskrat man » Fri Jun 12, 2009 1:54 pm

all the knives exhibited here are quite nice. I have a few rope knives myself that i'll show later on.
But M-B the stag on that last wostenholm riggers is absolutely stunning. thats the way stag should look ::tu::
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Re: Rope Knives

Postby Miller Bro's » Fri Jun 12, 2009 3:53 pm

muskrat man wrote:the stag on that last wostenholm riggers is absolutely stunning. thats the way stag should look

M-M,

That stag on the Wostenholm Riggers knife is some of the nicest I have ever seen on and old knife.

I would like to see more stag handles like those on knives! ::nod::




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