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Miniature antique folding knife.

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by mqqn, Oct 8, 2018.

  1. mqqn

    mqqn Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 12, 2009
    My step-mother gave me this tiny blade that she said belonged to her grandmother; and my step-mother will be 80 in May. I am guessing the 1920s just because of the age of the people involved.

    I am impressed with the quality of the build - the thing even has a half-stop!

    I was excited to share a picture with my friends here.

    Thanks, Neta, for the great little gift!


  2. jackknife


    Oct 2, 2004
    What an interesting little knife!

    I couldn't quite makeup the tang stamp. From the looks of the blade it seems like it has been sharpened down so the sharpening choil is gone, if it ever existed. It has a well used look to it beyond what just sitting in a sewing drawer would look like. Maybe celluloid scales?

    For God's sake, don't clean it up. A drop of mineral oil in the joint and a rub down with a clean cloth. A light touch on a stone. It's a little treasure of a knife and it would be great if it could take. Does you step mother have any kind of background on the knife or her step mother? Country of origin?
  3. r redden

    r redden Platinum Member Platinum Member

    May 23, 2015
    @mqqn that is a very cool little knife. :thumbsup::cool: Kind of a teardrop design what a treasure.
  4. cbr1000


    Jan 31, 2013
    Who is the manufacture listed on the tang?
  5. Railsplitter

    Railsplitter Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 31, 2010
    That is really neat!
  6. Elgatodeacero

    Elgatodeacero Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 5, 2014
    Possibly genuine tortoise shell?
  7. mqqn

    mqqn Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 12, 2009
    Thank you for the replies -

    I will get a better picture of the tang stamp this evening to post.

    I believe the scales are celluloid as the blade appears to have some corrosion that is potentially due to off-gassing.

    I have no history save that it belonged to my step-mother's grandmother and she had it as long as anyone can remember. I also have another one that Neta gave me several years ago - I'll get some pictures of it tonight as well.

    Good to have other people that get excited over little treasures like these. Thanks!


    Storm 8593, Old Engineer and seas165 like this.
  8. PStone


    Mar 3, 2018
    What a great piece!

    I believe it just says “GERMAN” on the tang. It would’ve been worn around the neck on a chain or string.
  9. RayseM

    RayseM Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 18, 2010
    I like it a lot! :cool:

  10. Fodderwing

    Fodderwing Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 31, 2017
    Awesome little knife and the shape is sweet. What a wonderful gift.
  11. Old Engineer

    Old Engineer Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 30, 2014
    What a nice little knife and to know who had it for probably most of it's life. A real treasure for sure . I would think that you are probably close on the age of it based on the ages of the people involved . Thank you so much for showing it my friend .

  12. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    Very cool little knife.
    I've got a tiny imperial of a similar size and it too is pretty functional, but this seems much more so like it was functional and built every bit as well as they would a normal sized knife.
    Last edited: Jul 6, 2019
  13. Ernie1980

    Ernie1980 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 19, 2012
    A great piece of family history! Keep an eye on those covers if they are indeed celluloid because they can ruin your treasure fast.
  14. mqqn

    mqqn Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 12, 2009
    Thanks folks -

    The tang appears to have (as someone mentioned it might) GERMANY stamped onto it -

    The other knife that was given to me several years ago which was owned by the same lady appears in the following pictures - it is slightly larger and not made to the level of quality that the other knife.

    I am certainly proud to have them though, and I promise I won't clean them up, I'll just "oil the joints".


  15. T. Erdelyi

    T. Erdelyi Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 3, 2001
    Very cool, I also like the miniature knives. I’d love to get some of the miniatures by the greats like DeBraga and Hendron.
    mqqn likes this.
  16. Bobbybirds


    Aug 17, 2012

    Lovely miniature! I am late to the party but these are just a few from my treasured miniature collection...
    Last edited: Jul 6, 2019
    Cutfinger, mqqn, Jack Black and 3 others like this.
  17. Fodderwing

    Fodderwing Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 31, 2017
    Very cool collection of miniatures. Don't have any but I love em.
  18. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    I'm way late on this, but that's the same little imperial I have which was gifted to me by GT.
    it can be seen in this picture and is always hanging around my neck Along with a couple others.
  19. Pogonasong

    Pogonasong Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 27, 2018
    I have the little providence cutlery white one! Few of em laying around from an antique store that had a bunch...I was amazed they have half stops haha. I agree the quality appears no where near the original one you posted but the blade isn't that lazy which is pretty impressive.
    mqqn likes this.
  20. W.M.B.


    Oct 11, 2013

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