SABRE Pocket Knives Made By Colonial

Colonial Knife was incorporated in 1926 by three brothers; Antonio, Domenic, & Fredrick Paolantonio. It grew to become one of the largest pocket knife manufacturers in the US during the 1960s. The company shut down in 1998, but was back into production under the Colonial Cutlery International Corporation in 2001. Colonial Cutlery International, Inc. brand is the imported line of knives and tools while the U.S.A.- made products fall under the Colonial Knife brand.
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SABRE Pocket Knives Made By Colonial

Postby knifeaholic » Sun Nov 11, 2012 5:40 pm

Most of us think of SABRE as a brand marketed by Cole National with the knives made in Japan. Most were indeed made in Japan, but at various times they were also made in Germany, the US, and in China.

These SABRE marked knives were made in the USA by Colonial. I recall seeing these in stores in the late 1980's. Just picked these three up. Similar to the RANGER knives but with maroon sawcut delrin handles instead of black.
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Re: SABRE Pocket Knives Made By Colonial

Postby Bonfire bob » Sat Nov 17, 2012 2:02 pm

Very nice my friend! I haven't seen these in quite a while. Correct on the "Rager" coment!
We made these in the 80's and folks seemed to like the brown saw cut so we made them for years. I think we made some private label big orders that carried the "Sabre" style.
These along with the original Rangers were HUGE sellers for years! The quality was pretty good for the money, especially in three different sizes and multiple blade combinations.
Thanks for showing them. ::groove::
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Postby Beechtree » Sat Nov 17, 2012 3:05 pm

Thanks for the information kinifeaholic and Bonfire bob. I will keep my eyes peeled for these at rummage sales and second hand stores as I do seem to run into the Japanese Sabres relatively frequently. Nice looking knives.
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Re: SABRE Pocket Knives Made By Colonial

Postby Bonfire bob » Sun Nov 18, 2012 1:27 pm

Greetings beechtree..
When hunting for those Sabre's, the old Japan made one's show how poor the quality was back years ago. Always check for a good grinding on the blades, fit and finish of bolster's and covers, and make sure you look closely down the length of the back springs like looking down a gunsight or down a pool cue. Many of those imported knives from years ago had crooked springs and you can tell they aren't put together very well!

Actually China is now putting out some incredibly well made custom pocket knives!
They have real cutlers making these things these days and I have actually bought some myself in MOP, Abalone, Black and Gold lip MOP! I must say, these have an extremely close fit and finish ALMOST as well as my own cutler skills!!! Some of these include Trapper's and Stockman's...an average price I've paid was $ 30-$ 50 bucks each!!
I was selling my pearl custom's 30 years ago for $ 150.00 each!
Naturally American made cutlery will ALWAYS fetch more mula!! ::tu::

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Re: SABRE Pocket Knives Made By Colonial

Postby shugy » Sun Nov 18, 2012 3:17 pm

:D Hey bonfire, I came across a ranger the other day in pretty decent shape, what u reckon their worth these days? Think he was askin $18.00 ::shrug::
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Re: SABRE Pocket Knives Made By Colonial

Postby Bonfire bob » Sun Nov 18, 2012 11:09 pm

Hey shugy, what size is it? Small, medium or large? Two blade or three blade? Pretty decent shape means no rust? How do the blades look? Any rust on the springs? Is the tang stamp nice and clear or are there inperfections? Are the black covers dull and scratched or are they in nice shape??? It's difficult to determine without it being in your hands but does it walk and talk smoothly?? Are the bolster's in nice shape???
As you can see there are many factures that put a knife at a particular value....
Just for your Colonial Knife info pad, and you should write these down....
The small Ranger is a # 912, two blade, and three blade, # 913. The medium stockman is a # 922, two blade and # 923 three blade. The large stock was # 932 two blade, and
# 933, three blade.
All in all, if all the above qualifications are met, the Ranger's are worth from $ 12.00 to
$ 22.00 each..please keep an important factor in mind my friend, a knife is really worth what another collector is willing to pay for it! Good luck; I hope I was helpful...
Bobby P... ::nod::

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Re: SABRE Pocket Knives Made By Colonial

Postby RICK day » Sun Nov 25, 2012 11:11 pm

Got his one from Ebay for $5.75
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Re: SABRE Pocket Knives Made By Colonial

Postby Bonfire bob » Sun Nov 25, 2012 11:52 pm

Excellent!! Good price for it's condition..Even the plated bolster's held up!!

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Re: SABRE Pocket Knives Made By Colonial

Postby RICK day » Sun Nov 25, 2012 11:55 pm

Thanks Bob and thanks for all your info!!!!!!!
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Re: SABRE Pocket Knives Made By Colonial

Postby deltaboy » Thu Aug 10, 2017 12:05 am

I got a USA SABER MED Stockman today off the bay for $6.49 in my mailbox! ::tu::
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Postby Tsar Bomba » Thu Aug 10, 2017 3:34 am

You've been killin it on the bay, deltaboy! ::tu:: Glad you're on a Sabre kick, keep an eye on yer mail for the next week or so.
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Re: SABRE Pocket Knives Made By Colonial

Postby deltaboy » Fri Aug 11, 2017 3:05 am

Tsar Bomba wrote:You've been killin it on the bay, deltaboy! ::tu:: Glad you're on a Sabre kick, keep an eye on yer mail for the next week or so.


Thank you I ran across it the other night and I put a 3 dollar bid on it and no one else bid on it so before shipping I paid $1:98.
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Re: SABRE Pocket Knives Made By Colonial

Postby deltaboy » Sat Nov 11, 2017 4:02 am

Solid knife
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Re: SABRE Pocket Knives Made By Colonial

Postby bestgear » Sat Nov 11, 2017 4:18 am

I miss Bob, this thread made me pull out his book which I will re-read over the weekend. There are others from AAPK that I also miss but losing Bob was tough. That is all. Good night my fellow knifers!
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Re: SABRE Pocket Knives Made By Colonial

Postby OLDE CUTLER » Sat Nov 11, 2017 7:16 pm

Great pics of the USA made Sabre knives. I have a few Sabre knives, but only one that was made in USA. This is the 4 inch stockman. Mine has a few small blisters in the chrome on the bolsters.

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