Brushy Mountain-End of the Line

Frank Buster started the Fight'n Rooster line of knives shortly after he first visited the Olbertz factory back in 1975. The old tooling and handle variations that the German factory offered allowed Frank to contract an astounding variation of extremely high quality German manufactured knives.
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Brushy Mountain-End of the Line

Postby unionpawn » Tue May 02, 2017 3:54 pm

Lucky enough to come across some cool knives in my business. I thought this was a really neat piece. It's a Frank Buster Fightin Rooster Stockman with wood handles. The really cool thing is the blade. It reads:
Brushy Mountain, End of the Line, 1983, 1 of 500. This knife is stamped 432. It has the Tennessee mountains and a little electric chair.

Residents of Tennessee are probably familiar with the old Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary that was operated since the late 1800's up until a few years ago. I'm guessing these knives were a custom order for guards/staff? Would love to hear any thoughts or comments.
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Re: Brushy Mountain-End of the Line

Postby jerryd6818 » Tue May 02, 2017 7:31 pm

I looked it up and it closed in 2009. So I would be of the opinion it was not made to commemorate the closing of the prison. ::uc::
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Re: Brushy Mountain-End of the Line

Postby unionpawn » Tue May 02, 2017 8:19 pm

jerryd6818 wrote:I looked it up and it closed in 2009. So I would be of the opinion it was not made to commemorate the closing of the prison. ::uc::

Appreciate you checking on it. I'm going under the assumption it was made in 1983, due to that being on the blade? I can't find any significant 1983 event that would indicate its a special year.

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Re: Brushy Mountain-End of the Line

Postby cody6268 » Tue May 02, 2017 8:50 pm

Perhaps they stopped using the chair for executions that year?

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Re: Brushy Mountain-End of the Line

Postby Dinadan » Tue May 02, 2017 8:53 pm

That electric chair has to be one of the most different blade etches that I have ever seen! I am guessing that the 1983 date is closer than the 2009 just because electric chairs were more politically incorrect by 2009.
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Re: Brushy Mountain-End of the Line

Postby 9ball » Tue May 09, 2017 6:38 pm

I used to hunt, jeep and backpack in that area of 10EC. Back in the mid 80's I got to visit the Big House with a locksmith friend of mine. Never again after that. It sets at the bottom of a horseshoe shaped mountain range i.e. Frozen Head State Park if you are ever in the area, stop by. James Earl Ray ran up it, hound doggies on his tail. And that he was still crawling away when they finally caught him!
I will/can check and see if I can any info about the guards next time I am downstairs! The way I understand, Frank just made stuff with these saying on it. The only one I recall other that club knives was some for the Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Invisible Empire knife.
I was in the Army with a guy from Newport who was a guard there after the service. I ain't seen him in years, but it caused him to drink alot and I mean he was in a Detox Unit last I seen him. Man, he said it was hard on him ::nod:: .
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Re: Brushy Mountain-End of the Line

Postby Randy browning » Wed Nov 21, 2018 7:11 am

I got knife 7of 500need any info


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