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Franciscomv 07-19-2010 01:17 AM

Show me some heirlooms!
A recent topic about a classic Schrade LB7 handed down from grandad to grandson gave me the idea for this thread. I bet quite a few of us have knives that have been in the family for a while, I'd love to see them.

Here are a couple of mine (crappy mobile phone pics!).

These two fixed blade knives are traditional Argentine knives. They both belonged to my grandfather on my dad's side. He managed ranches and sugar cane plantations.

The first one has an antique Boker blade a little over 4" long, the handle and sheath are made out of gold and silver. This kind of small knife is called a "verijero" ("groin knife") because it's carried IWB at 1 o'clock. It's a sort of Sunday knife, a status symbol.

The second one has a Herder blade around 5" long. This was his work knife, I had to replace the sheath with a new one because it was rotting away.

My grandfather on my mother's side was a doctor. Before my mother was born he was in the army and lived in some fairly desolate places in Patagonia. He loved gadgets of all sorts and was really proud of this Wenger knife he'd brought from Switzerland. The other folder is a Boker (probably the best known brand around here back then).

I've got some more of their knives, but haven't photographed them.

canebrake 07-19-2010 01:19 AM

Francisco, your photos got scrambled??

doctherock 07-19-2010 01:37 AM

Dont think I can show my family jewels on here. LOL. My family wont pass down crap to me. I'm not worthy I guess. Oh well.

NitroxAZ 07-19-2010 01:52 AM

Here is the one I posted in another thread. This has been in my hands for the last 23 years. My father gave it to me when I was a young man and will be handed down to my son. Thanks to some help from Francisco I found out that it is a jet pilot survival knife from the mid to late 60's.

Franciscomv 07-19-2010 03:24 AM


Originally Posted by canebrake (Post 317024)
Francisco, your photos got scrambled??

I pasted the wrong links, I'm getting used to some new software. A rather painful experience.

Can you see them now?

TheDaggle 07-23-2010 02:04 AM

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Don't know much about this, except that it was my grandfather's. My sister has the knife he carried in Vietnam. He got into custom knifemaking later in life, and altered it ['Nam knife] quite a bit. I'll get some pics of it when I'm up north in August.

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C.I, 440 stainless, 511 japan?
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Franciscomv 07-23-2010 02:50 AM

Thanks for sharing, NitroxAZ and TheDaggle. I love to see knives that have made it through a couple of generations of use. I think that's the ultimate test of a quality blade. I love all the technical- almost esoteric- steel mumbo jumbo and performance testing. But no lab protocol can compete with a few decades of good honest use.

Not to mention the sentimental value of these pieces. Each time I use one of these blades I remember thing like the first time I saddled a horse, no other knife brings me that kind of joy.

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