Old Pruning and Horticultural Knives

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Re: Old Pruning and Horticultural Knives

Postby Miller Bro's » Thu Sep 27, 2018 9:21 pm

Here's a giant.
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Re: Old Pruning and Horticultural Knives

Postby LongBlade » Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:12 pm

Dimitri - you're pulling out all the stops now :D - That is nice large hawkbill - one heck of a blade ::tu:: ::tu:: Spring loaded? Or is that just a blade lock off the bolster?

Hope you don't mind me asking or guessing as to location of origin - Spanish or Eastern European? Or neither :lol: ... Interestingly I haven't seen many German hawkbills but that would not be my guess here ::hmm:: ... How about dating of this big boy - early to mid 1900s?

To me I enjoy you sharing these for multiple reasons especially when I am seeing something different and an unknown - good way to learn and good to store away in the ol' noggin for future reference :wink:
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Re: Old Pruning and Horticultural Knives

Postby Miller Bro's » Thu Sep 27, 2018 11:37 pm

LongBlade wrote:Dimitri - you're pulling out all the stops now - That is nice large hawkbill - one heck of a blade Spring loaded? Or is that just a blade lock off the bolster?


Thanks Lee! No not spring loaded just a conventional back spring and that is a lock to keep it open.

LongBlade wrote:Hope you don't mind me asking or guessing as to location of origin - Spanish or Eastern European? Or neither ... Interestingly I haven't seen many German hawkbills but that would not be my guess here ... How about dating of this big boy - early to mid 1900s?


Don't mind at all I welcome questions ::tu:: There are no marks on this knife at all but I have seen many with French and Spanish marks, so either one would be a good guess as to where it was made. As to a date pre 1930 is as close as I can get.

LongBlade wrote:To me I enjoy you sharing these for multiple reasons especially when I am seeing something different and an unknown - good way to learn and good to store away in the ol' noggin for future reference


Lee, I am glad to share my collection on this forum and glad you are learning as I am sure many others are :D I also really appreciate the time you, and the handful of others, take to reply to just about every post someone makes in this forum ::handshake:: :D :D
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Re: Old Pruning and Horticultural Knives

Postby wlf » Fri Sep 28, 2018 12:46 am

I have a French knife that Dimitri identified, he got lucky :) , that’s got a very hooked hawkbill.
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Re: Old Pruning and Horticultural Knives

Postby LongBlade » Fri Sep 28, 2018 1:20 am

Dimitri - ::handshake:: .. Thanks again!! The sharing and knowledge is indeed appreciated by a number of us ::tu:: ...

Lyle - Given all the vineyards in France I can see a big need for hawkbills :) ... When I think about French knives I think most I have seen were horticultural and hawbills.. ::nod::
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Re: Old Pruning and Horticultural Knives

Postby Meridian_Mike » Fri Sep 28, 2018 1:15 pm

Miller Bro's wrote:Here's a giant.


Well..... I recon so!

MAN, what a knife! I bet that joker can cut off a big ole limb.
(even a human limb if you aint careful......)

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Re: Old Pruning and Horticultural Knives

Postby BWT » Tue Nov 06, 2018 7:44 pm

George Butler picked this up a couple of weeks ago and never posted it.
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Re: Old Pruning and Horticultural Knives

Postby JohnR » Tue Nov 06, 2018 7:46 pm

Nice one Bill, looks like as had little use.

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Re: Old Pruning and Horticultural Knives

Postby BWT » Tue Nov 06, 2018 8:33 pm

Thanks John, I have thought about cleaning it a little.
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Re: Old Pruning and Horticultural Knives

Postby djknife13 » Tue Nov 06, 2018 8:49 pm

Miller Bro's wrote:Here's a giant.

Dimitri, I have almost the same knife except an inch shorter and horn scales. Mine has "Vincent" over a line dash line, and then a last name I can't read that looks like FKRRAB--. I've never been able to figure out the name of country. I have a number of smaller ones with no name and without steel liners, some lockbacks and some slip joints. I always assumed, probably incorrectly, that they were French and possibly Italian. ___Dave

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Re: Old Pruning and Horticultural Knives

Postby Miller Bro's » Tue Nov 06, 2018 9:24 pm

BWT wrote:George Butler picked this up a couple of weeks ago and never posted it.


Bill, that's a beauty love the horn handles ::tu:: 8)
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Re: Old Pruning and Horticultural Knives

Postby Miller Bro's » Tue Nov 06, 2018 9:33 pm

djknife13 wrote:Dimitri, I have almost the same knife except an inch shorter and horn scales. Mine has "Vincent" over a line dash line, and then a last name I can't read that looks like FKRRAB--. I've never been able to figure out the name of country. I have a number of smaller ones with no name and without steel liners, some lockbacks and some slip joints. I always assumed, probably incorrectly, that they were French and possibly Italian. ___Dave



If you can get me a clear picture of that knife and stamp I may be able to help you identify it. Would also like to see pictures of the other ones you mentioned! ::tu::
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Re: Old Pruning and Horticultural Knives

Postby Miller Bro's » Tue Nov 06, 2018 9:35 pm

wlf wrote:I have a French knife that Dimitri identified, he got lucky :) , that’s got a very hooked hawkbill.


Thanks it's certainly different.

Yeah I've been known to get lucky once in a blue moon :wink:
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Re: Old Pruning and Horticultural Knives

Postby LongBlade » Tue Nov 06, 2018 9:46 pm

BWT wrote:George Butler picked this up a couple of weeks ago and never posted it.


That’s a beauty of a Hawkbill Bill ::tu:: ::tu:: ... nice full blade with stamp & horn handles - nice score ::nod:: ....
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Re: Old Pruning and Horticultural Knives

Postby djknife13 » Tue Nov 06, 2018 11:24 pm

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djknife13 wrote:Dimitri, I have almost the same knife except an inch shorter and horn scales. Mine has "Vincent" over a line dash line, and then a last name I can't read that looks like FKRRAB--. I've never been able to figure out the name of country. I have a number of smaller ones with no name and without steel liners, some lockbacks and some slip joints. I always assumed, probably incorrectly, that they were French and possibly Italian. ___Dave



If you can get me a clear picture of that knife and stamp I may be able to help you identify it. Would also like to see pictures of the other ones you mentioned! ::tu::

Thanks, I'll try to get one tomorrow when I have good light. ____Dave


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