Homage to Traditional Pen Knives

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Re: Homage to Traditional Pen Knives

Postby LongBlade » Sun Jan 13, 2019 6:39 pm

Nice knives Ken and Joe ::tu:: ::tu:: ...

OC - nice job on fixing that tipped master blade ::tu:: ... definitely keeps it as intended 8) ...
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Re: Homage to Traditional Pen Knives

Postby woodwalker » Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:25 pm

OLDE CUTLER wrote:
LongBlade wrote:Nice knife and score OC ::tu:: ::tu:: - no way to leave that behind for $2 -I know the feeling :D ... Nice bone - Good for the collection or a sweet EDC by reshaping the master blade into a sheeps foot, maybe a wharncliffe style blade - be a cool carry imho :wink:


I elected to keep it as a pen by bringing the top edge down and the bottom edge up to a new point. It is a neat little knife with an unusual tang stamp that you don't see every day.
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OC that looks GREAT!! Carry that one with pride!! :)

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Re: Homage to Traditional Pen Knives

Postby FRJ » Mon Jan 14, 2019 6:14 am

Nice blade repair on that nice little pen knife.
It is back to being a valuable knife again.

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Re: Homage to Traditional Pen Knives

Postby KAW » Fri Jan 18, 2019 11:10 pm

Lotsa activity here!... wanted to follow Joe's lead with the embossed bolster pen knives... but just did have time... and now that was two pages ago! ::facepalm:: Havin' some fun tho glancing at all the fantastic knives being posted... and now I finally can get around to posting some:

a NY Knife Co. 2772...
10956

an old Ulster Knife Co...
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another Ulster with faux tortoise shell (so I think...):
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'til later....
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Re: Homage to Traditional Pen Knives

Postby LongBlade » Thu Feb 14, 2019 1:00 am

Here's a very small Empire Sleeveboard pen - only 2 1/2" closed ... MOP with a few flaws but blades are excellent shape and hard snapping (probably the reason for center hairline cracks - What I really thought was cool about this knife was the etch on blade ::nod:: - check the Empire "crown" Brand etch on blade (worn more on Brand side of etch) - it looks to me like part of the "E" in Empire didn't make it onto the blade given the small size of the blade coupled to probably the smallest sized template available for etch - It doesn't seem to have been sharpened out given blade fit etc ::shrug:: ...

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Tang Stamp DSCN8111.JPG
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Re: Homage to Traditional Pen Knives

Postby Duffer » Thu Feb 14, 2019 1:07 am

Lee, cool sleeve board shadow pattern pen with wonderful etch!
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Re: Homage to Traditional Pen Knives

Postby BWT » Thu Feb 14, 2019 1:18 am

Very nice Lee,good looking knife. That’s a good older maker, I have never found an Empire yet but always looking.
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Re: Homage to Traditional Pen Knives

Postby FRJ » Thu Feb 14, 2019 1:43 am

That's a beauty there, Lee.
Those blades look untouched.

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Re: Homage to Traditional Pen Knives

Postby LongBlade » Thu Feb 14, 2019 1:49 am

Thanks Lloyd, Bill and Joe ::tu:: ::handshake:: ...
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Re: Homage to Traditional Pen Knives

Postby woodwalker » Thu Feb 14, 2019 3:01 am

LongBlade wrote:Here's a very small Empire Sleeveboard pen - only 2 1/2" closed ... MOP with a few flaws but blades are excellent shape and hard snapping (probably the reason for center hairline cracks - What I really thought was cool about this knife was the etch on blade ::nod:: - check the Empire "crown" Brand etch on blade (worn more on Brand side of etch) - it looks to me like part of the "E" in Empire didn't make it onto the blade given the small size of the blade coupled to probably the smallest sized template available for etch - It doesn't seem to have been sharpened out given blade fit etc ::shrug:: ...

Mark Side DSCN8059.JPG

Pile Side DSCN8078.JPG

Blades Open DSCN8088.JPG

Etch and Stamp DSCN8100.JPG

Tang Stamp DSCN8111.JPG

Very nice Lee!! Congratts on a beauty!! :)

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Re: Homage to Traditional Pen Knives

Postby LongBlade » Thu Feb 14, 2019 2:05 pm

Thanks WW ::tu:: ::tu:: ...
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Re: Homage to Traditional Pen Knives

Postby kootenay joe » Thu Feb 14, 2019 7:29 pm

KAW, i think your small Ulster pen knife has tortoise shell handles. The celluloid 'stuff' looks brighter.
And BWT: "I have never found an Empire yet but always looking."
i am surprised by this. Empire Winstead knives are seen on ebay fairly regularly. I just mailed off a few yesterday to a friend in USA who will ebay them for me.
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Re: Homage to Traditional Pen Knives

Postby LongBlade » Thu Feb 14, 2019 9:23 pm

KJ - yes they pop up on eBay on occasion (and in good to bad condition).... but not everybody plays the eBay game to buy knives - some have other options :) ...
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Re: Homage to Traditional Pen Knives

Postby KAW » Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:45 pm

kootenay joe wrote:KAW, i think your small Ulster pen knife has tortoise shell handles. The celluloid 'stuff' looks brighter.
kj


kj... Wow... that would very cool if true as it would be my first and at present only knife with tortoise shell handles.

Lee... sweeeet lookin' Empire!
My only Empire is an single blade electrican's knife with wood handles... totally at the other end of the spectrum to such a eloquent MoP gentleman's pen.
'til later....
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Re: Homage to Traditional Pen Knives

Postby FRJ » Fri Feb 15, 2019 11:45 pm

Here's a F Herder & Son(s). Shadow pen.
Apparently the "Keys" stamp was used after 1927.
It has the incredibly advantageous catch bit that allows for the long main blade. A half stop on the pen blade.
Unsharpened and unused at just a smidge under three inches.
One of the cleanest knives I own. I wonder where it's been.
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