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The " Roosters " are crowing for the " Farmers"

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by wlfryjr, Jan 8, 2014.

  1. wlfryjr

    wlfryjr Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 20, 2011
    Here is a comparison from left to right of the large (4", common farmers jack size) Southington and the smaller (3 3/4") Southington,A Fields( made by Schatt and Morgan), Schatt and Morgan, and Holley.Compared to the Southington the Holley and Schatt look well used. I would have never thought the 3 3/4" Southington's pruning blade was as robust as it is. Pruning blades and spear blades will fool you unless you have a verifiable unused comparison.

    On the other hand,the Holley is fuller than you think and the Schatt is near full, why....? The pruning blades were never that robust, as the Southington. They are a slimmer peach pruning type blade. Cuts in a 1915 Holley catalog and a Schatt catalog shows the slimmer design, although my Schatt has ebony handles.
    I couldn't keep the tribe still.

    Comparisons of large Southington and small Southington   A Fields  Schatt and Holley535.jpg Holley 1915  catalog  262.jpg Schatt and Morgan FJ.JPG
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  2. wlfryjr

    wlfryjr Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 20, 2011
    Another 4" unused Lockwood Bro. I think most of these came about years after WWII.Looks like this one got too close to a celluloid gasser. Lockwood Bros519.jpg Lockwood Bros521.jpg Lockwood Bros520.jpg
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  3. Augie

    Augie Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 23, 2014
    Lyle, really like the Southington's, surprised they made 2 sizes. The Southington's I've handled have been very high quality knives.
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  4. tmd_87

    tmd_87 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 29, 2016
    I scored this sweet orchard gem! So excited, it's been in my pocket since I got it. The pruning blade is super useful! Great at cutting twine, zip ties and even packages. I used it yester day to cut irrigation line and soil bags as I set up my garden. Not to mention the jigging on this is amazing!!
    Last edited: Jun 15, 2019
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  5. nifebrite


    Dec 1, 2015
    If there ever will be a new prodcution run of the FJ's,
    a crest or a federal shield would be awesome!:rolleyes::)

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