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Photos Congress is in session, in the Traditional sense...

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by Gary W. Graley, Jan 26, 2019.

  1. black mamba

    black mamba Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 21, 2009
    Thanks, Young Lad, it is a beauty! :)
     
  2. Jathes

    Jathes Gold Member Gold Member

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    Nov 6, 2016
    I have the same knife in what I think are walnut covers.
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  3. Pinemoon

    Pinemoon Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 25, 2005
    Nice anecdote about your dad.
    If we're spending time on this thread, I just wanted to mention that from what I've read, the Congress pattern originated from England, specifically Sheffield. It is not from the Southern US. It may have been popular there, but that's not where the Congress began. In the early days of this nation, the best knives typically came from England, and that's how the Congress became popular in the US. It was already a popular pattern in England.
    If someone knows different, please set the record straight.
     
  4. eisman

    eisman Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 9, 2009
    Now I have to admit I really like the Congress pattern. I've got somewhere north of 50. Here's some of my favorites:

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  5. Misplaced Hillbilly

    Misplaced Hillbilly Gold Member Gold Member

    May 16, 2018
    :eek: I had no idea CRKT made a traditional! :cool::thumbsup: nice!
     
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  6. Fox79

    Fox79 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Sep 24, 2017
    @Pinemoon - you may be correct that the Congress pattern originated in England. Here’s the story from the GEC tube I was referring to.
     

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  7. onojoe

    onojoe Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 4, 2013
    I've been really wanting a half congress. Beautiful


     
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  8. veitsi_poika

    veitsi_poika Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Nov 25, 2016
    Here's one of those "fancy" ones ;)

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  9. Pinemoon

    Pinemoon Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 25, 2005
    Interesting write-up on the tube.
    Perhaps the term "whittler" makes it an American pattern ?? "Congress Whittler" ? ?
    I may have been mistaken in my last post when I said the Congress was already a popular pattern in England. I just re-read my source material, which is by no means the end-all.
    It seems there's considerable mystery associated with it. However, being made elsewhere first (not the US) is one area where our sources seem to agree.
    Before I link my source, I'd like to offer another tidbit surrounding the Congress pattern.
    A Congress has no liners, the blades nest together, etc. I can't remember where (probably the A.G. Russell catalog) but it's called a Congress because the blades "congregate" together without liners separating them.s

    So, my source...
    At the chance of setting of the moderator alarms, I'll refrain from posting a specific link, but if you Google "Would Congress Sell You a Congress Knife?" you'll find an interesting write-up.
    And maybe our Sheffield expert can shed some light?
    @Jack Black
    Thanks!
     
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  10. JustinR

    JustinR Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 1, 2008
    My favorite congress, a 1950s Hen and Rooster.

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  11. Prester John

    Prester John Gold Member Gold Member

    May 20, 2018
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  12. Prester John

    Prester John Gold Member Gold Member

    May 20, 2018
    Don't know where the Congress originated, but it's pretty cool looking.
     
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  13. Ice Tigre

    Ice Tigre Gold Member Gold Member

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    Dec 17, 2004
    Ok, well, I got to thinking about it, and decided to heck with it, even not ever using it I'm apparently not parting with it...

    So, why not make it what I will more likely use? Yup, I clipped that stupid drop point spear!

    Had it perfect and decided to touch it up a tad... Yeah, then had to fix the over touch and lost 3/8" of blade... lol. So I have a medium to short clip blade. Still infinitely more useful to me than the funky spear.


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    But anyway, I end with 3 different blade styles, plus 1 duplicate. Large sheepsfoot, small sheepsfoot, pen, and clip.

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    Now we'll see if this congress "clicks" any better for me to use. :)
     
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  14. Pinemoon

    Pinemoon Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 25, 2005
  15. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    Wow, you guys have some amazing examples, love em' !

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  16. WValtakis

    WValtakis Hand Engraving, Anodizing and Embellishment Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 29, 2004
    That Northfield whittler has a perfect blade assortment...dunno why they doubled up on the #13 secondaries:confused:.

    What model is that so I can keep an eye out? That's a Congress that would get some pocket time;).

    ~Chip
     
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  17. yablanowitz

    yablanowitz

    Apr 14, 2006
    I never can remember GEC numbers, it's what they called the Courthouse Whittler. It's in my whittling kit right now, but I can check the number when I get home if no one has chimed in by then.

    Edit to add: 620311 is the number.
     
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  18. WValtakis

    WValtakis Hand Engraving, Anodizing and Embellishment Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 29, 2004
    Thanks!:) I guess those are rare to come up for sale as I haven't seen one in the exchange that I can recall:(
     
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  19. Fodderwing

    Fodderwing Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 31, 2017
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  20. yablanowitz

    yablanowitz

    Apr 14, 2006
    You might try posting a Want to Buy in the Exchange. Someone might have one they would part with even if they aren't looking to sell it.
     

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