orvet wrote:Here are the two knives side by side.
Two Western Baby Sharks.jpg
The top one has been badly abused with a Scotch Brite wheel I suspect before I got it.
It has the double sided brass guard. Was that a later model?
The top G46-5 is 1946 to 1954. That is the time frame for the bird beak pommel, brass, full guard G46-5. When Western changed the post-WW2 G46-5 to a half guard and started putting the model numbers on the pile side ricassos, the model number was changed to L46-5.
Western knives made during the 1946 to 1954 time period can be sub-divided into 2 parts -
1946 to 1952 - Patent reference present as part of the stamp, be it the full patent number or just the partial word "PAT.".
1953 to 1954 - No patent reference and no model number.
Until about 2 years ago, those two subdivisions were the ONLY options that I ever believed existed.
There exists an extremely rare and very small set of knives that have both a reference to the patent AND a model number.
I now have 2 knives in my possession that have both a patent reference AND a model number. I think these knives indicate that the actual date of ending the patent number reference and the date of first model number stamps actually had a short overlap period, despite what Harlon Platts said and implied in TKMWWW. But the where did the "no patent no model" knives come from and why are there so many more of them than the dual marked versions.