Old Pruning and Horticultural Knives

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Re: Old Pruning and Horticultural Knives

Postby Eustace » Sun Aug 04, 2019 6:27 am

Flea market this morning was poor. The gypsies are apparently on vacation too. However, I took one knife for the next POS roundtable.
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Re: Old Pruning and Horticultural Knives

Postby peanut740 » Sun Aug 04, 2019 1:51 pm

That looks like a good candidate!Way to look ahead also.I'm always scrambling to find those special knives when the time comes.
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Re: Old Pruning and Horticultural Knives

Postby New_Windsor_NY » Thu Aug 08, 2019 3:53 am

The three amigos.
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Re: Old Pruning and Horticultural Knives

Postby Eustace » Sun Aug 11, 2019 4:48 pm

Today's find from the flea market. Grafrath brothers, Solingen. Perfect mechanics, the spring is like a wolf trap. Unfortunately, the corrosion is too deep. For a dollar - that's all you are going to get.
Before and after cleaning:
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Re: Old Pruning and Horticultural Knives

Postby New_Windsor_NY » Sun Aug 11, 2019 5:14 pm

Eustace wrote:Flea market this morning was poor. The gypsies are apparently on vacation too. However, I took one knife for the next POS roundtable.


Eustace wrote:Today's find from the flea market. Grafrath brothers, Solingen. Perfect mechanics, the spring is like a wolf trap. Unfortunately, the corrosion is too deep. For a dollar - that's all you are going to get.
Before and after cleaning:


Very good looking knives. The Grafrath Brothers is not bad looking at all. Especially for one dollar!
Are the gypsies back from vacation? :D ::tu::
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Re: Old Pruning and Horticultural Knives

Postby Eustace » Sun Aug 11, 2019 5:26 pm

:lol: In fact, gypsies are always there, аnd sometimes they sell interesting things at reasonable prices.. Gone are serious sellers who offer quality things, but not for dollar.

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Re: Old Pruning and Horticultural Knives

Postby LongBlade » Fri Aug 23, 2019 12:20 am

It took me awhile to find one for my horticultural knife collection but finally found a Pecan budding knife (finally took some photos)... The knife is actually called a Maher & Grosh Texas Patch Budder and not sure who the contract cutlery was for it... perhaps Schrade but the bolsters are slightly different from the example I found online made by Schrade. I looked long and far for one made by a CT or MA maker but never saw a pecan patch budder and not sure what companies made them... I wonder if pecan budders were made in Sheffield as well ::hmm:: though not for M&G. I know Millers Bros made knives for M&G but don't know if Miller Bros made pecan budders.

This one is a strong snapping solid knife... signs of wear and use but those blades are still razor sharp. Handle are cocobolo is my guess (but not sure if it may be ebony ::hmm:: ).. Tang stamp is visible if you click to enlarge the open blade photos. Blades are located approximately an inch apart and thus it would cut a 1 inch square patch for grafting. Perfect knife to cut consistent patches for grafting among the Pecan trees...

If one has a premium subscription to Knife Magazine there is a M&G Horticultural knife Catalog from 1927 and this knife is shown. It said M&G was the sole retailers and it is a favorite among Pecan growers... Interestingly this knife originated from Louisiana which is one of the Pecan growing states.

Thanks for looking!

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Re: Old Pruning and Horticultural Knives

Postby BWT » Fri Aug 23, 2019 12:26 am

Very nice Lee, thanks for sharing, I have never seen one of those before now!!! ::tu:: ::tu::
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Re: Old Pruning and Horticultural Knives

Postby LongBlade » Fri Aug 23, 2019 1:50 am

Thanks Bill ::handshake:: ...
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Re: Old Pruning and Horticultural Knives

Postby FRJ » Fri Aug 23, 2019 2:22 am

A unusual and very cool knife.
Good show, Lee. ::tu::
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Re: Old Pruning and Horticultural Knives

Postby LongBlade » Fri Aug 23, 2019 12:53 pm

Thanks very much Joe ::handshake:: ...
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Re: Old Pruning and Horticultural Knives

Postby ratlesnake75 » Sun Sep 01, 2019 10:43 am

I LOVE HAWK'S!!! O-V-B in Picked Bone
Here is a very pretty Knife to add for this thread. I dont know what happened to my backside picture, sorry.
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Re: Old Pruning and Horticultural Knives

Postby djknife13 » Sun Sep 01, 2019 12:36 pm

Lee, those budding knives have always fascinated me and I've kept my eyes open for one, but I think I'm way too far North for one to show up. That looks like a particularly nice one. Mark, those scales really are nice on that OVB. ____Dave

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Re: Old Pruning and Horticultural Knives

Postby JohnR » Mon Sep 02, 2019 4:50 pm

Nice Pecan Budding knife Lee, they are so unique.

I just picked up a Schrade Cut Co Florist knife in French Ivory this week. High condition and marked Henry M. Robinson Co which was a horticulture and nursery supply company and on the other side marked Ruzicka's Roses For 16 years, I can find reference that Ruzicka's started 1908 so that would put the knife at 1924.
Apparently supplying roses to New York City was a huge business with the roses grown in Madison New Jersey and transported by train daily to New York City.
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Re: Old Pruning and Horticultural Knives

Postby ratlesnake75 » Tue Sep 03, 2019 11:10 am

Thanks Dave, I thought so also
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