Colonel Coon Knives were made by Adrain A. Harris, Mr. Harris started making fixed blade knives as a hobby in the 60's, in 1976 he became the only authorized field repairman in the U.S. for Schrade, a few months later he became the only authorized repairman for Kissing Crane and J.A. Henckels in the United States, in 1978 he founded Tennessee Knife Works Inc. in his home town of Columbia, Tenn. and began making Colonel Coon Knives the old style a true bench made or handmade pocket knife. In 1988 he sold his manufacturing processes to W.R Case & Sons and retired.
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What is the most unusual original Colonel Coon knife u have or have seen?
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Probably a Ben Wells
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Mr. Harris confirmed this as being a true CC Tennessee made knife.
"I made the "Iwo Jima" knife for Jim Sargent sometime around 1981. As per his request, there is no mention of Colonel Coon on the knife. We did make a box with a Iwo Jima label. I think we put the new "Old Sarge" logo on it. I forgot. I do remember we made 500 of these."
I am told by a knowledgeable collector that today this model is evidently hard to come by.
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