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Info about Gerorge Herron Subhilt

Discussion in 'Custom & Handmade Knives' started by baffone, May 20, 2019.

  1. baffone

    baffone

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    Dec 20, 2013
    Hi, i just bought this vintage subhilt of George Herron, it is marked 1275 and i need to know which year it is made.
    1275 is the number on the tang and also on the sheath.
    I don't know also the steel used but searching about his knives a think is 154 CM, the blade is mirror polished.

    Thanks for your help

    Pietro
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    Last edited: May 20, 2019
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  2. baffone

    baffone

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    Dec 20, 2013
    I read another tread where a n. 800 was made in 1975....
    The old owner told me it was made during '80 but he don't know which year exactly
     
  3. TAH

    TAH Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 3, 2001
    George was living in Aiken, South Carolina when he started making knives in the 1960s. He consecutively numbered his knives as they were finished. Around 1985, he moved to Springfield, South Carolina and his numbering system started over at #1. The thread that said #800 was made in 1975 is probably true. It was #800 made in Aiken.

    In 1986, I purchased a new fighter directly from him #187. In 1997, I purchased a new hunter directly from him #2252. Doing some quick math, he made approximately 188 knives per year. I would say your knife #1275 was made around 1992+/-. Blade steel is 154CM. Looks like an elephant ivory handle.

    Beautiful knife, BTW. George was one of the masters and a super nice gentleman. :thumbsup:
     
  4. baffone

    baffone

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    Dec 20, 2013
    Thanks a lot TAH, your comment was very precious for me!!
     
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  5. TAH

    TAH Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 3, 2001
    I guess this is a good opportunity to show off more of George's work. :)

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  6. TAH

    TAH Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 3, 2001
    baffone,

    Forgot to mention that George didn't make many sub-hilt fighters. Your knife is a very special piece, especially being elephant ivory.
     
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  7. baffone

    baffone

    26
    Dec 20, 2013
    Thank you very mouch, i think i've paid it a very good price, less then 700$
     
  8. TAH

    TAH Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 3, 2001
    Less than $700 is an excellent price! Does the ivory have any checks or cracks? Don't forget to rub mineral oil on the ivory at least once a year.
     
  9. baffone

    baffone

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    Dec 20, 2013
    There is a little crack but it was repaired directly froma maker. Thanks
     
  10. Jsega51

    Jsega51 Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2015
    @TAH, thanks for the dating info. I have a skinner that is numbered 119 (after his move).
     
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  11. TAH

    TAH Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 3, 2001
    The blade and tang markings will also help indicate if the knife was made in Aiken or Springfield. Aiken blades were stamped "Herron" on the ricasso with a hand inscribed number on the tang. Springfield blades were etched "Herron" on the blade with an etched number on the tang. Here are a couple of examples from the internet to show the difference:

    Aiken (stamped name and hand inscribed number)
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    Springfield (etched name and etched number)
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  12. TAH

    TAH Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 3, 2001
    baffone,

    Checking my old Herron notes and articles that I collected over the years, George made approximately 75 total subhilts.
     
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  13. baffone

    baffone

    26
    Dec 20, 2013
    Only 75, wow
     
  14. TAH

    TAH Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 3, 2001
  15. Ron Sabbagh

    Ron Sabbagh Gold Member Gold Member

    448
    Sep 15, 1999
    Sub hilts are notoriously hard to make. Bob Loveless said he could make a dozen hunters in the time it took him to make a subhilt. Ditto Walter Brend.

    Pietro, that knife is drop dead gorgeous.
     
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2019
  16. baffone

    baffone

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    Dec 20, 2013
    Thanks a lot Ron
     

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