Lets show some Old and Rare ones.

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Re: Lets show some Old and Rare ones.

Postby Mumbleypeg » Sun Jan 20, 2019 12:10 am

Old Rather & Company gentleman's grooming knife. I've posted this one elsewhere but I think it belongs here. Pretty sure it is over 100 years old. It has a manicure blade with file, a button hook, mustache comb, earwax spoon, scissors, corkscrew, tortoise shell toothpick and three assorted different knife blades - ten blades in total. Remarkably it's less than three inches closed length and 3/4 inches thick. Probably German-made. ::shrug:: Unfortunately the pearl, which is in great shape on one side, is badly broken on the other side.

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Re: Lets show some Old and Rare ones.

Postby Miller Bro's » Sun Jan 20, 2019 12:20 am

Made in France.
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Re: Lets show some Old and Rare ones.

Postby Mumbleypeg » Sun Jan 20, 2019 12:43 am

Miller Bro's wrote:Made in France.


Thanks Dimitri. I knew "acier" is French and translates to steel in English, so that makes sense. Not many references have any info on Rather & Co. but I have a reference somewhere (maybe Price - I'll have to look) which says it's German, so that's what I was going with. Appreciate your input.

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Re: Lets show some Old and Rare ones.

Postby LongBlade » Sun Jan 20, 2019 12:47 am

Nice knife and a cool variety of blades - nice score Ken ::tu:: ::tu:: ...
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Re: Lets show some Old and Rare ones.

Postby FRJ » Sun Jan 20, 2019 4:00 am

Very nice knife, Ken. Some one set some time aside to build that one.

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Re: Lets show some Old and Rare ones.

Postby Mumbleypeg » Sun Jan 20, 2019 3:52 pm

Thanks fellas. The combination of interesting blades was one reason I bought it. It’s sort of a “history of the times” piece with the mustache comb, earwax spoon, etc. A glimpse into what life was like at the time. It must have taken a very skilled cutler to have made it, given the tools of the day.

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Postby wlf » Sun Jan 20, 2019 3:53 pm

I haven’t seen French knives of this complexity before.
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Re: Lets show some Old and Rare ones.

Postby RobesonsRme.com » Sun Jan 20, 2019 4:24 pm

There was a coffee table style book a few years ago called "PocketKnives" or something similar. Bernard Levine might have had a hand in its publication, I'm not sure.

I have it here somewhere, but cannot put hands on it for some reason.

It featured contemporary knives from the time of publication and many were of French manufacture. There were some very nice and complex French knives shown in the book.

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Re: Lets show some Old and Rare ones.

Postby BWT » Tue Jan 22, 2019 7:25 pm

Here is three pickups this past weekend. Ebony whittler 4in. Dobie Glasgow on one side of the tang, other side Klascut. Wood handle 4 in with nothing but what looks like Arabic writing? The ivory is 2 1/2 in. with T Smith and Co on the tang. Thanks for looking.
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Re: Lets show some Old and Rare ones.

Postby Ivoryman » Thu Jan 24, 2019 7:55 pm

This one's old and rare. Swayback sheepfoot (says Real Lambsfoot on blade) folder taken by George Mallory up Everest in 1924. Recovered by searchers in 1999 who found his body. RIP G. M.
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Re: Lets show some Old and Rare ones.

Postby thefarside » Thu Jan 24, 2019 8:15 pm

Bill,
Your wood handled knife is a Coir knife, used in the making of Oriental Rugs. Some of the older ivory knives will bring a large dollar. I have one that could be a twin to yours, I will search it out and post a photo.
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Re: Lets show some Old and Rare ones.

Postby BWT » Thu Jan 24, 2019 9:23 pm

Thanks for the info Jim ::handshake:: Looking forward to seeing yours.
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Re: Lets show some Old and Rare ones.

Postby thefarside » Fri Jan 25, 2019 4:42 am

Here is a photo of my Coir knife, it is 3 1/2 inches closed not counting the finial.
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Re: Lets show some Old and Rare ones.

Postby BWT » Fri Jan 25, 2019 12:35 pm

Thanks Jim,now I can tell mine where his twin brother is that he has been looking for all these years!!! They look identical.
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Re: Lets show some Old and Rare ones.

Postby luckydog64 » Fri Jan 25, 2019 2:51 pm

There has been some interesting knives shown of late. Thanks, here is a Crusader brand. All my Goins says is c1940. When I google Crusader I come up with it being a Belknap Hardware brand. Worthpoint had one with previous owner thinking it was made by Winchester. That was probably more wishful thinking and a selling point than anything else. Any thoughts are welcome.
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