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Re: Empire Knife Company

Posted: Sat Aug 25, 2018 3:00 am
by gsmith7158
I've been reminiscing and rereading this thread tonight and my goodness what fine knives Empire made. I may have to double down on my efforts to acquire new candidates. They have certainly been slow in coming of late. ::nod::
Edit: The only problem with this thought is that most people who have some nice Empires ain't selling em. ::hmm::

Re: Empire Knife Company

Posted: Sat Dec 01, 2018 10:17 pm
by gsmith7158
My first Empire in a while came in this week. It is a pattern that I didn't have and they don't show up much so I went out on a limb a bit with this one but I must say I am pleased. If nothing else it will be a good place holder until a better one comes along. At 4 3/8 inches closed I would say it qualifies as an English Jack lockback. The blade shows some shallow pitting but appears to be full and lightly sharpened. And of course it has ebony handles ,one of my favorites. :D

Edit looks like the catalog cut from The Knife Album is my knife.

Re: Empire Knife Company

Posted: Sat Dec 01, 2018 10:55 pm
by LongBlade
Real nice score Greg ::tu:: ::tu:: ... definitely a pattern not seen often!! Despite the pitting the blade has a nice shape - swedge and all.... very cool 8) ...

Re: Empire Knife Company

Posted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 3:57 am
by FRJ
Greg, congratulations on a real beauty. That is just fine. ::tu::
Yeah, love that Ebony.

Re: Empire Knife Company

Posted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 4:26 am
by gsmith7158
Thanks Lee and Joe! :D

Re: Empire Knife Company

Posted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 12:43 pm
by wlf
Great pattern and great name. I am amazed that the number of DEs and Shapleighs seem greater than the manufacter's totals. Is it because of the Shapleigh's longevity ?

Re: Empire Knife Company

Posted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 12:52 pm
by gsmith7158
wlf wrote:Great pattern and great name. I am amazed that the number of DEs and Shapleighs seem greater than the manufacter's totals. Is it because of the Shapleigh's longevity ?
Thanks Lyle! It does seem that Empire made more knives for other companies than they did under their own brand. Gotta make it any way you can I suppose. :D

Re: Empire Knife Company

Posted: Fri Jan 18, 2019 1:13 am
by FRJ
Here's a very sweet little pen. 3 1/16". I wonder if it was supposed to be a three inch knife.
I don't think this knife has been sharpened. It has a very responsive spring and a half stop on the little pen.
A numbered Empire; who knew?
I really love these Ebony covers.

Thanks Barry.

Thanks for looking.

Re: Empire Knife Company

Posted: Fri Jan 18, 2019 1:31 am
by LongBlade
Nice old ebony pen Joe ::tu:: ::tu:: ... I have an Empire Bullhead jack that also had a pattern # on the pile side of master - Beechtree shared the catalog cut for my knife a long time back when it was posted and I believe he said in the later years of the 1920s there were pattern #s on some of Empire's knives...

Re: Empire Knife Company

Posted: Fri Jan 18, 2019 1:38 am
by gsmith7158
I think I only have one that has a pattern number on it. Joe that's a nice one but dang we're going to have quit trying to outbid each other. :D

Re: Empire Knife Company

Posted: Fri Jan 18, 2019 3:13 am
by FRJ
Thank you Lee. That's a good bit of information there. I didn't know that.

Thank you Greg. I always feel bad if that happens. But like we say; they're like Taxis, another one will be along. (we hope)

Well listen guys, I've got some small number stamps and if you send me your knives I'll hammer some 3 diget numbers on the tangs and we can make a killin' sellin' them old knives. ::woot::

Re: Empire Knife Company

Posted: Sun Jan 20, 2019 4:26 pm
by danno50
I am a little bit late, beautiful English jack posted back in December, Greg! ::tu:: Lovely pen knife in great condition, Joe! ::tu::

Re: Empire Knife Company

Posted: Sun Jan 20, 2019 4:51 pm
by gsmith7158
danno50 wrote:I am a little bit late, beautiful English jack posted back in December, Greg! ::tu:: Lovely pen knife in great condition, Joe! ::tu::
Thanks Dan! ::handshake::

Re: Empire Knife Company

Posted: Sat Feb 16, 2019 1:05 pm
by gsmith7158
Here's a new one for me. I had to snatch this one the moment I saw it. Many thanks to our own Olderdogs1 for providing this beautiful cattle pattern. ::super_happy::

Re: Empire Knife Company

Posted: Sat Feb 16, 2019 2:57 pm
by LongBlade
Awesome looking cattle knife Greg ::tu:: ::tu:: .. Hard not to like an old Empire in great shape !!!

I posted this etched Empire pen in another thread but belongs here as well ::nod:: ... don’t see too many with an etch especially on a small 2 1/2” pen :) ..
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