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Great-grandpa’s Eye Brand identification?

Posted: Sat Sep 08, 2018 9:40 am
by mopbucket
My dad recently gave me a very special Eye Brand knife. It was my great grandpa’s, my grandpa’s, my dad’s, and now it is mine. I have many memories of seeing it carried and used as I grew up in Oregon.
I’m curious what information you nerds can give me on this one. I struggled getting a picture of the actual Eye Brand logo, but it is in fact there, along the blade. Stamped to the right of the Eye logo is text reading CARL SCHLIEPER, with SOLINGEN GERMANY directly underneath the name.
I’ve read up on the history and am fascinated. My main incentive for posting here is to share this knife with you guys and also to find out when it was made and the value of it. I will never sell this thing, it’s got too much utility and heirloom quality to it :D

Re: Great-grandpa’s Eye Brand identification?

Posted: Sat Sep 08, 2018 2:17 pm
by doglegg
I have seen one made by Puma like that as well. Cool knife. I think I read it described as a skinner. Great heritage and knife. ::tu:: ::tu::

Re: Great-grandpa’s Eye Brand identification?

Posted: Sat Sep 08, 2018 3:42 pm
by tallguy606
I may be wrong, but I think German Eye copied the White Hunter-type Puma design when they saw how popular the Pumas were.

Re: Great-grandpa’s Eye Brand identification?

Posted: Sat Sep 08, 2018 6:51 pm
by Paladin
tallguy606 wrote:I may be wrong, but I think German Eye copied the White Hunter-type Puma design when they saw how popular the Pumas were.
Or vice-versa maybe? :lol: :lol:

Ray

Re: Great-grandpa’s Eye Brand identification?

Posted: Sat Sep 08, 2018 9:16 pm
by Sharpnshinyknives
Who knows Ray? I have seen a lot more Puma’s like this than Eye Brand. I haven’t seen one this old and Eye Brand. It’s gorgeous. It’s been kept really nice too. I hope that your great grandson will be enjoying it some day.
Mark

Re: Great-grandpa’s Eye Brand identification?

Posted: Sun Sep 09, 2018 5:18 pm
by kootenay joe
Do you know about how old your great grandfather was when he got this knife ? If you do then about how old is this knife ?
kj

Re: Great-grandpa’s Eye Brand identification?

Posted: Sun Sep 09, 2018 6:31 pm
by mopbucket
No one in the family seems to remember when he picked it up. I’m guessing it was the seventies but hard to say.
Doesn’t appear to have seen any super heavy use besides the patina it’s taken on.

Re: Great-grandpa’s Eye Brand identification?

Posted: Sun Sep 09, 2018 10:06 pm
by kootenay joe
I have not seen this knife with Eye Brand/Schlieper on it before so i think it might be older than 1970's. Eye Brand folding knives from 1970's are still reasonably common.
kj

Re: Great-grandpa’s Eye Brand identification?

Posted: Sun Sep 09, 2018 11:35 pm
by EyeBJoe
Sorry to be late weighing-in on this one. Seems my Kubota tractor needed some TLC this weekend. In checking back through the older catalogs from Knife Importers in Austin, TX., I find that the subject knife has been offered by Eye Brand dating back to the early 1960’s. The latest catalog I have prior to the Schlieper bankruptcy in 1993, was published by Knife Importers in the late 1980’s and this knife was listed in every catalog available from the 60’s through the 8o’s. I believe the late 80’s catalog was still in use when Knife Importers relinquished the import exclusive in the early 90’s. I have no information relating to the fixed blade knives available through Clarence Risener and Olbertz through the 90’s and beyond. And, based upon the pictures and the family lineage noted with a great grandfather involved, I would concur with Mopbucket’s guess that this one falls into the early 1970’s range. Regardless, it’s a great old piece and a fine collectible.

Joe D.

Re: Great-grandpa’s Eye Brand identification?

Posted: Mon Sep 10, 2018 12:15 am
by kootenay joe
Well, so much for me not having seen another one of these !
Based on 30+ years of availability there must be more 'out there'.
kj

Re: Great-grandpa’s Eye Brand identification?

Posted: Wed Sep 12, 2018 2:29 pm
by mopbucket
EyeBJoe wrote:Sorry to be late weighing-in on this one. Seems my Kubota tractor needed some TLC this weekend. In checking back through the older catalogs from Knife Importers in Austin, TX., I find that the subject knife has been offered by Eye Brand dating back to the early 1960’s. The latest catalog I have prior to the Schlieper bankruptcy in 1993, was published by Knife Importers in the late 1980’s and this knife was listed in every catalog available from the 60’s through the 8o’s. I believe the late 80’s catalog was still in use when Knife Importers relinquished the import exclusive in the early 90’s. I have no information relating to the fixed blade knives available through Clarence Risener and Olbertz through the 90’s and beyond. And, based upon the pictures and the family lineage noted with a great grandfather involved, I would concur with Mopbucket’s guess that this one falls into the early 1970’s range. Regardless, it’s a great old piece and a fine collectible.

Joe D.
Hey I’m grateful for the information Joe! You’re a ton a help ::handshake::