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Colonial Fish Knives

Posted: Wed Nov 14, 2018 6:00 am
by Baykeeper
I have a few various Colonials, mostly camp knives, but recently ran into a three-fer at a local thrift store. Found these three all together, but each in a different handle version, and the black one has an interesting sabre grind on the master blade, (possibly stainless?). There was a Queen Trapper with them and I offered the guy $20 out the door for the four knives, and sure enough came home with them. These are as found, I haven't ran them through a spa treatment yet, but I was just tickled to find three of the same model at the same time.
So, here they are, if you have one, (or many), please feel free to post photos here.

Re: Colonial Fish Knives

Posted: Wed Nov 14, 2018 1:36 pm
by doglegg
Triplets. ::tu:: ::tu::

Re: Colonial Fish Knives

Posted: Wed Nov 14, 2018 10:15 pm
by Sharpnshinyknives
Baykeeper wrote:I have a few various Colonials, mostly camp knives, but recently ran into a three-fer at a local thrift store. Found these three all together, but each in a different handle version, and the black one has an interesting sabre grind on the master blade, (possibly stainless?). There was a Queen Trapper with them and I offered the guy $20 out the door for the four knives, and sure enough came home with them. These are as found, I haven't ran them through a spa treatment yet, but I was just tickled to find three of the same model at the same time.
So, here they are, if you have one, (or many), please feel free to post photos here.

I have sold several of those. Condition is all over the place, so many have corroded and hurt the value. It’s unusual to find 3 in such really good condition. These are nice knives. Have you ever used one to descale and filet fish w/ one? I have wondered if the blade was too long or too short for most fish? The reason I ask, is that blade has always struck me as too long for pan fish. Pan fish are the only fish I descale, so I never kept any of the ones I have had.
Nice score.
SSk

Re: Colonial Fish Knives

Posted: Wed Nov 14, 2018 10:30 pm
by Baykeeper
Sharpnshinyknives wrote:

I have sold several of those. Condition is all over the place, so many have corroded and hurt the value. It’s unusual to find 3 in such really good condition. These are nice knives. Have you ever used one to descale and filet fish w/ one? I have wondered if the blade was too long or too short for most fish? The reason I ask, is that blade has always struck me as too long for pan fish. Pan fish are the only fish I descale, so I never kept any of the ones I have had.
Nice score.
SSk
As most folks my age I had one or two of these in my tackle box over the years, all I remember doing with them was to clean a few trout, never used the scaler though I used the hook remover on the end of the scaler a few times. I remember they rusted badly, very badly, same as my Schrades did. I got tired of that nonsense and bought a Buck 313 Muskrat in 1972 and never looked back, (still have that knife by the way). I think the blade on the Fish Knife might be a bit too long, and is way too short to be used as a filet knife, so I guess I agree that it seems a bit big for the duty it was supposedly made to do. Finding those three in a relatively intact condition surprised me too, that's why I snagged them.

Re: Colonial Fish Knives

Posted: Wed Nov 14, 2018 10:42 pm
by KleenCut61
Excellent ! ::tu::

Re: Colonial Fish Knives

Posted: Thu Nov 15, 2018 1:12 am
by garddogg56
Big memories with those shell handled knives ::tu::

Re: Colonial Fish Knives

Posted: Thu Nov 15, 2018 1:47 am
by whitebuffalo58
Nice grouping! ::tu::

Before TV sportsmen like Harold Ensley showed them how, most fishermen didn't fillet fish, they 'cleaned' them. Along with cutting bait, line and other generalized tasks, fish knives were designed more for that purpose and much less for filleting. But they do work quite well for what they were designed to do.


WB

Re: Colonial Fish Knives

Posted: Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:07 pm
by mrwatch
We fillet lake Michigan salmon. First make the cuts and then with a pair of pliers pull the skin down from the head and off. Then fillet the meat. running cannon balls on down riggers on my boat. A 28-32 lb. Coho or Chinook is fun to land.

Re: Colonial Fish Knives

Posted: Fri Feb 01, 2019 2:24 am
by Vader442
I got this one in a lot of knives on eBay.