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Old 03-25-2012, 01:02 AM   #1
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Default Can anyone tell me anything about this knife?

This knife was my grandmother's. I recently acquired it from my sister. I don't know how old it is, but it is old. It is shaped like an old fashioned lady's shoe. It is about 1 3/4 inches closed and about 3 1/4 inches open. My parents thought that my grandmother might have gotten it at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis. Can anyone tell me anything about it?

Should I use Flitz and clean the blade or leave it as is?







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Old 03-25-2012, 01:50 AM   #2
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I have been an antique knife collecter for decades now so I do have some knowledge. First, you have a small shoe knife usually reserved for womens sewing kits. These were quite common in the early part of the 1900's. These sold for just pennies at this time. These were lightly constructed knives meant for light duty work. I cant tell from you photos, but if you can give me a name of the knife I will look up the manufacter in my library. Lastly, speaking from many years of collecting and cleaning knife, the knife will lose any real value if polished. Ther blade is pitted and no polish will help this. I have ruined many a good knife in my early years, cleaning historic knives.

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I wish I could tell you the manufacturer. The only writing on the knife is that in the bottom picture. It seems to indicate that it was made in Germany. I don't know if that is the name of the manufacturer.

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Think the maker was Germania Cutlery Works (werks) . Company founded in Solingen Germany about 1885 by a Mr. Kastor. Many years later, they bought a US company called Camillus.

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I am having a difficult time reading the name in the photo. If is says "GERMANIA CUTL. WORKS" it was made in Germany between 1896 and 1938 and made for export to the US.

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Thanks for the info. I am not really interested in any monetary value for it. The sentimental value to me would far outweigh any montetary value it might have. I was just hoping to find out more information about it.

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