Hi all, I am after some assistance please...I was given this knife about 30 years ago and had lost track of it over the years. However I have recently moved and found it again! Could anybody be able to tell me what type of knife it is If it was issued by the MOD. And if the handle material is likely to be.
It has a plate on one side printed with the following “ No 3169 Pte Fred West The border Regt”
Thank you for any information or history you could pass on.
I would say the knife is an antique. It is a "horseman's" or "sportsman's" knife with the big curved hook meant for picking stones from a horse's hoof. This would not be a MOD issue knife but one a soldier would have purchased himself or have been given to him. These knives are quite collectable although with the broken blades yours will not command a lot of value.
Your old workhorse of a knife is a: C.Johnson & Co., Sheffield England. 1865 to present. According to Goin's encyclopedia. Some of the older markings include "Johnson Western Works". The handles look like they are either smooth bone or ivory. The curved tool is for cleaning horse hooves. At least it still has its two accessories. Nice old artifact.
Welcome to AAPK, mtazz! As you can see, this is a great place to find info about cutlery. I think you have a great historical piece, even though it’s not pristine, belongs in a museum somewhere appropriate to its history IMHO.
Thanks for showing it here.
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Thank you so much guys. I will definitely look into the border Regt and its great to know they were not issued to the soldiers, that will save me going down the wrong rabbit hole finding out the history of it
The saw teeth are all but worn off and the 2 main blades are broken off. This is commonly seen with old Horseman's knives. Most of the ones you see on ebay have 1 or more blades snapped off. No other vintage pattern seems to so frequently have snapped off blades. People must have used them in situations where a different tool was actually indicated. Often tweezers and/or pick are gone so it is a positive for your knife to still have them. Neat old knife, like an old man, some parts broken and some still work. kj