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Military Clasp Knives

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by Jack Black, Aug 2, 2013.

  1. Etchy

    Etchy

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    Sep 6, 2014
    You're very welcome ;)
     
  2. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    A good week to revive this thread :thumbsup: I carried this hybrid pattern by James Barber on the 6th :thumbsup:

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  3. Etchy

    Etchy

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    Sep 6, 2014
    Nice Hybrid Jack.
    I must admit I never seem to be able to snag a decent one of those. I have a couple but they're all a bit ropey with scales that have bulged outwards.
    Mine all seem to be made by JU James too ?
    One advantage I find of this pattern is my thumbnail doesn't get the same type of workout opening them, as on the ones I've handled the springs aren't as bear trap like :)
    Do you know what years they made these ?
     
  4. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    Thank you :) I have had a few ropey ones in this pattern too I'm afraid. The first one I found (by Nowill) had compressed fibre scales, which had swollen so badly, they had actually bent the Bird's Eye pivot, and I had to cut away the scales and re-peen it. Yes, they are certainly easier to open. Since they were never an official pattern, it's surprising how many were made. I think they started making them soon after WW2 started. I'd post a pic, but I'm afraid I'm on my phone at the moment :thumbsup:
     
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  5. scrteened porch

    scrteened porch Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 19, 2012
    Thank you. Sorry I missed this earlier.
     
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  6. Etchy

    Etchy

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    Sep 6, 2014
    No problem, happy to help :)
     
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  7. Etchy

    Etchy

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    Sep 6, 2014
    Thanks for that info' Jack, I was never sure if they were official issue pattern or not.
    I saw one for sale the other day that had a spike on it too, I would have bought it but the guy was so rude I didn't want to give him my money :mad:.
     
  8. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    I have had one with a spike on. I think there were several hybrid patterns produced in the early part of the war, and also after the war, using up parts basically. I hate dealing with rude people, I don't blame you for walking away :thumbsup:
     
  9. Etchy

    Etchy

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    Sep 6, 2014
    Hello
    I recently seem to have come across quite a few of the WW2 pattern bexoid grip types that are just marked Sheffield England. No makers name or anything else on them.
    Does anyone know if these are perhaps attributable to any particular manufacturer, or does anyone know why the makers name would have been omitted ?
    Cheers
    Dave:)
     
  10. Etchy

    Etchy

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    Sep 6, 2014

    Anyone ? :)
     
  11. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    Probably produced by small firms and jobbing cutlers, of which there were a great many in the city. They were a 'protected occupation' (though those of fighting age largely ignored the fact), and were forbidden to do anything but 'War work' during WW2.
     
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  12. Etchy

    Etchy

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    Sep 6, 2014
    That's very interesting, cheers Jack much appreciated :)
     
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  13. I'mSoSharp

    I'mSoSharp Basic Member Basic Member

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    Mar 8, 2011
    This is a strange one, belonging to an old British friend of mine who doesn't remember where it came from!

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    Only marking is BEEWYSE on the can opener, pretty well made & though the springs are strong they aren't the nail breakers I've experienced on other clasp knives.
    Anyone any info? Thanks.
     
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2019
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  14. M.E.E.

    M.E.E.

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    Mar 7, 2019
    From what I have found Beewyse manufactured webbing during and after the war with most being for private purchase. The scales look a lot like civilian sale knives of the 40's and 50's.
     
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