Okay so, I just found this in the nearby river. Looks antique possibly
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    Okay so, I just found this in the nearby river. Looks antique possibly

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    Any clue on age based on shape of the blade?

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    Here it is scrubbed a tad, pictures are pretty dull sadly.
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    Well dang haha that's disappointing, thanks for the help!

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    What size is it?

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    14 all together with handle and blade
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    If you run it thru some electrolysis, you may get a pattern of stippling on the blade metal that would indicate some of the popular brands from early 1900s to present. If the blade sides are flat you might have something a little earlier. It's not disappointing to me. You've found a mighty handy artifact. Probably one of man's first tools.

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    So you believe it's old? I can do more restoration if that'd be of any help with a better potential for an ID. EDIT: looking at it the sides of the blade are very flat with no raising anywhere on the blade visible.
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    I can't really see much trying to blow your pix up gets blurry fast. Hydrolysis would take most of the blade back to where you might see what I'm talking about. Many companies made butcher knives on the same pattern for years and years. They were some very good knives even though they were about as cheap as you could get. I'll grab a few and take some shots to let you see the stipling. They were stamped metal blades. Thin and good carbon steel. Brought to razor sharp very easily. They usually had just straight wood scales attached by machine made brass rivets. I'll be back in a few...

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    These are a few I have. The top 3 knives have the stippling I'm talking about although stippling might not be the correct term. Some of these blades are marked "Forged" but that process means different things to different people I guess. I believe they were stamped from sheets to perimeter shape then sharpened and hardened and tempered.
    Lots of the cheaper ones would not have any markings on the blade to determine who made them, but many had the name stamped on the wooden scales...that didn't last long. The steady use of these wore the handles smooth over time. The lines and marks on the blades I believe could aid in IDing if you knew which makers used that certain machine to roll the steel into sheets(or stamped). Further than that you can't really tell much about them unless you have a maker's mark or name of the company stamped into the steel somewhere.
    Of these 5, the newest knife is on the bottom. It was given to my Mom in 1953 by my uncle Jessy. It is also the most valuable because of the name..Green River! The oldest is probably the one above the Green River. It is Marked I. Wilson. It's a Sheffield England knife from 1870-90s.
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    The knife you found is not actually worth anything. It is not pre-1900. Crusty crap is neat to find, but it is not worth the time or effort to "clean up," or "restore." Again, cool find, now throw it in the trash and be done with it!
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    Can't tell if you're being serious lol
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    Terry is right! You can buy a brand new Old hickory or Ontario Knife Company butcher similar to yours for less than $20. Most of the knives we'll find aren't going to be in very good shape if they are old. The good steels back then were carbon steel. Rust takes them away. I've found 7 or 8 pocket knives on the old trail thru here and there's nothing left but some brass bolsters, some thin brass liners, once in a while you might have a piece of handle still surviving. I still think they are cool finds. Whether you feel it's collectible or not is up to you.
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    Nice!!! Congrats!!!
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    Interesting find and plenty of suggestions about it here...



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