Lets see your Letter Openers!

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Re: Lets see your Letter Openers!

Postby knife7knut » Fri Feb 23, 2018 2:51 am

That celluloid handled opener is beautiful! Looks like it may have been made by Whitehead & Hoag.
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Re: Lets see your Letter Openers!

Postby treefarmer » Fri Feb 23, 2018 4:40 am

This is my one and only real letter opener, a Queen, a birthday present from my son last year. I believe it is a '52-'55 stamp.
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Re: Lets see your Letter Openers!

Postby Old Folder » Fri Feb 23, 2018 6:59 pm

knife7knut wrote:That celluloid handled opener is beautiful! Looks like it may have been made by Whitehead & Hoag.


Thanks Ray.
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Re: Lets see your Letter Openers!

Postby Old Folder » Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:02 pm

Philip, your Son has good taste.
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Re: Lets see your Letter Openers!

Postby knife7knut » Fri Feb 23, 2018 8:00 pm

knife7knut wrote:That celluloid handled opener is beautiful! Looks like it may have been made by Whitehead & Hoag.

Here is one of my vintage sign tools with a celluloid handle by W & H.
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Re: Lets see your Letter Openers!

Postby gypsy jim » Sun Feb 25, 2018 7:24 pm

Nice openers guys! Here's the two I own. No markings on the sword. The bayonet is marked Pauroux fr-Chexbres. and made in Switzerland. I've often wondered if it fit a model gun.
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Re: Lets see your Letter Openers!

Postby Old Folder » Tue Feb 27, 2018 9:57 pm

Found one more:
Hammer Brand U.S.A. (Imperial) shell handles and hollow bolsters, steel liners. c-1938.
5-1/4" closed, 1-3/4" with half stop with a long pull pen blade. Some age spots but never sharpened.

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Re: Lets see your Letter Openers!

Postby Jeffinn » Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:10 pm

This is mine, it’s a 1954 model and it’s opened thousands of letters without problems (sorry, I’m in one of those moods today ::sotb:: ).
Not sure why it’s upside down but that’s okay!
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Re: Lets see your Letter Openers!

Postby knife7knut » Wed Mar 14, 2018 11:22 pm

Jeffinn wrote:This is mine, it’s a 1954 model and it’s opened thousands of letters without problems (sorry, I’m in one of those moods today ::sotb:: ).
Not sure why it’s upside down but that’s okay!
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YEAH! I have one of those too and when I use it to open envelopes I usually get a paper cut. :mrgreen:
Here is one I picked up the other day for $8.
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Re: Lets see your Letter Openers!

Postby New_Windsor_NY » Sat Nov 10, 2018 4:04 pm

Here is a letter opener that you won't see floating around that often. It is from the 1930's. The name on it is "Fritz Kuhn." He was the leader of the German-American Bund, which became "Freunde des neuen Deutschland" or Friends Of The New Germany, in the United States (based in New York). He is the guy that staged the huge rally at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Plenty of info on him on the net. The opener is entirely non magnetic. I think it may be silver, but can't find any markings. It measures approx. 8 1/2" long and was made in Cincinnati, Ohio. I obtained this in the early 1990's.
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Re: Lets see your Letter Openers!

Postby New_Windsor_NY » Sat Nov 17, 2018 7:41 pm

Sorry, I got that backwards. The "Friends Of The New Germany" became the German-American Bund. Kuhn took over on March 19, 1936.
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Re: Lets see your Letter Openers!

Postby jerryd6818 » Sat Nov 17, 2018 8:06 pm

What I use most.
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Re: Lets see your Letter Openers!

Postby WelderBob » Mon Nov 19, 2018 5:57 pm

These belonged to my father, the M1 he got at Fort Jackson, a Samurai type from Japan and a dagger from Germany.

Myself, I'm trying to go paperless!
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Re: Lets see your Letter Openers!

Postby former173rd » Fri Feb 22, 2019 5:39 pm

Just a couple I have laying around...the bayonet is kinda cool. "Made in Swizerland" Engraved on blade groove is "Ft. Benning, GA. Ever hear of
Forester hand made shoes? Thats the fat handled one.
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