Open Range-19 wrote:::groove::
Got this one a year ago, but it is one of my more recent Queen knife pickups. Found it on AAPK from Sanders Knives.
I like your Large Coke Bottle better than the ones GEC just finished making. The hump on your front bolster keeps the corner of the tang from wearing pockets, helps keep my from slipping forward and gives the long handle a better feel. More importantly, unlike GEC's recurved blades, Queen and Case kept Large Coke Bottle edges straight from the choil to the start of the curve up to the point so I can sharpen them the old fashioned way on a flat stone. Your bone is the older black on white cut bone stag that was superseded by amber cut bone stag. Winterbottom has straight grooves and ridges that are all the same width and depth. I prefer Queen's cut bone stag over Winterbottom.
What is the handle pattern number etched not far from the point? It looks like 36 or 38 but my one that was made in 2012 with a carbon steel blade is an 83. Also does it have a date on the tang? I'm trying to collect a list of Queen's pattern numbers which were not consistent over the years. The same handle with a back lock is a 2L.
I used to reload for a Swedish Mauser and a WW II surplus Lunjman simi-auto. They had a fast metric twist that was about 7.7". I had a 6.5-06 built on a Winchester U.S. 1917 with a barrel custom rifled with a 10" twist to make the barrel more accurate with varmint bullets. 10" was still fast enough to stabilize 160 grain round noses at cast bullet velocities. Also its smaller groove diameter helped with cast bullet accuracy. It was supposed to be a do it all rifle for Washington and Montana but I never shot anything larger than mule deer with it. What twist did Winchester use?