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I wonder how sharp knives on the prairie were kept?

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by Macchina, Sep 8, 2016.

  1. I wouldn't mind meeting her...
  2. mnblade


    Feb 7, 2000
    Raise you hand, guys, if you cringed when you read this! :eek: I can't be the only one. :D

    -- Mark
  3. NvG79


    May 24, 2011
    Thanks for sharing
    I keep liking my mordernpolishedoverkillshiny edge though

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  4. Macchina

    Macchina Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 7, 2006
    That's really cool. He sounds like one of us! Do you know what knife brand was his favorite? Would you happen to have any pictures? Thanks for sharing!
  5. MarkPinTx


    Aug 21, 2003
    He didn't have a favorite. I guess it was whatever was on sale or available at the hardware store. No real consistent pattern, either. One thing, though, most of the knives I have are probably post-war, after he stopped farming. He may have had favorites before that. There's a couple of Kabars, Camillus equal end jack (wish this one had more blade), a Schrade Walden 836 with peachseed bone (my favorite, an 80%er), a couple of Wostenholm IXL "Office Knives." All multi-bladed, what you would call "jackknives" even though they aren't true jacks. Nothing stainless, for sure. He did go for pretty solid knives as opposed to Imperial or the like. I'll get some pix up one of these days.
  6. Sidehill Gouger

    Sidehill Gouger

    Dec 29, 2007
    It dawned on me I probably had the answer to this question. The steamboat Bertrand sank in the Missouri with all of its cargo in 1865 headed for the frontier in Montana. Whetstones are listed in detail. There were a wide variety of sizes and types. Mostly mica schist from various quarries in the eastern U.S. and Arkansas types from various other locations. Pike manufacturing that eventually became Norton was a common brand. From the book "The Steamboat Bertrand and the Missouri River Commerce."

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