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Do you recognise this knife, what is it used for, is it rare???

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Flagg, Apr 10, 2019.

  1. Flagg


    Jul 31, 2017
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    9 1/4 inches long
    4 1/4 inch blade
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2019
  2. rxavage


    Aug 16, 2014
    Pretty sure it’s used to cut things
  3. FortyTwoBlades

    FortyTwoBlades Baryonyx walkeri Dealer / Materials Provider

    Mar 8, 2008
    Known as a fruit sampling knife. Not especially rare, and used to be fairly common as a trade tool for grocers.
  4. HappyDaddy

    HappyDaddy Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 21, 2013
    I've got something similar. My dad always called it a grapefruit knife.
  5. Boozoo Chavis

    Boozoo Chavis

    Oct 18, 2003
    Here's a Case version of a melon tester knife.

  6. evilgreg

    evilgreg Why so serious? Gold Member

    Dec 25, 2012
    I've seen piles of them with various names on them (apparently they're give-away items in the agriculture trade, you see them with various company names on them like you might with pens for other companies) and in my experience they are super common, at least anywhere that fruit is grown.

    There are fancy ones, too, though--I've seen a pearl handled one from Case or Buck or someone, at some point.
  7. tltt


    May 1, 2008
    Melon tester, sausage knife, etc.... Most of the collecting of them is done with an eye toward the fancy ones, and by people that collect advertising items. You could probably get into the high 100's or perhaps break into the 1000's with all the different brands they advertised on them. Drug companies even offered them as ersatz pill sorting knives to pharmacists at one point.

    They were also used as dirks sometimes. This was usually done by stomping the frame shut while the knife was open, creating a makeshift fixed blade.

    Schrade was a big maker in the US, but was later supplanted by Colonial, who in turn faced stiff competition from Italy and Japan.
  8. jc57


    Nov 28, 2012
    Melon Tester is what I have always seen them called. Not especially rare, but I don't think they are in current production by any US slipjoint companies.
  9. Nixelplix


    Mar 26, 2003
    Rough Rider makes a few different versions of them.
  10. Flagg


    Jul 31, 2017
    "Outspan" is engraved on the scales which I recollect from my youth as meaning an orange.
    I thank you all for your input, interesting
  11. slyraven


    Feb 19, 2019
    Pretty cool regardless, nice shape! if it is for fruits and things, I'm sure its sharp


    Jan 6, 2016
    Outspan oranges - from South Africa.

  13. slyraven


    Feb 19, 2019
    lol id drive that
  14. b00n

    b00n Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 15, 2016
    Orange Car - When a Rollover needs to result in highway bowling. :thumbsup:
    orangejoe35 and Mecha like this.
  15. abcdef


    Oct 28, 2005
    G-10 car, awesome.
  16. Frozen Bear Trading

    Frozen Bear Trading KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 22, 2019
    Cut some fruit you will
  17. Flagg


    Jul 31, 2017
    Brilliant, I Love a gaff.
  18. Sidehill Gouger

    Sidehill Gouger

    Dec 29, 2007
    Melon tester. According to some sources (I think Berine) law enforcement asked knife companies to quit making the long ones because certain classes of people were using them as weapons they could break off in the body. I know for a fact they were commonly carried by my fellow teens when I was younger.
    Lance Leon likes this.
  19. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    Doctor's knives are similar and are available. I know Rough Ryder makes them and probably a few other companies. The little Fox Elite folder labeled a "Gentleman's Knife" by AG Russell is very similar and would likely be used for the same kinds of tasks as a "melon tester".

    The GEC Ben Hogan #65 is another similar knife that was made.
  20. Sidehill Gouger

    Sidehill Gouger

    Dec 29, 2007
    The Ben Hogan would have been called "dirk knife" in the old days. The melon testers was created for just that in the original form.

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