Mystery knives

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  1. not2sharp

    not2sharp Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 1999
    Any marks on the other side of the main blade?

  2. Omnius


    Apr 17, 2020
    No, it has no marks on both sides of the main blade. I cleaned it more and looked closer. There is stamped "17" on one side of the claw like hook.
    There are also small letters that look like cyrillic "U3P30K". I googled it and got some pictures of old Russian flatware, but no folders.
  3. coinbuysell

    coinbuysell Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 29, 2014
    I traded a S30V Blur Blem for this one and have tried to find the maker for years and even posted in the Bernard Levine thread a year or two ago but no one had any answers. It is a nice little edc fixed about 8" oal with hollow ground 4" blade (3.5" sharpened) and sweet micarta scales. It also came with a fairly generic basket weave leather sheath but it is pretty thick and nice quality.

  4. not2sharp

    not2sharp Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 1999
    try @makandr, he is our resident expert on Russian knives.

  5. passenger.k


    Sep 23, 2017
    That old folder is russian (ussr production). The exact factory called "October", Vorsma town.
  6. Monofletch

    Monofletch Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Jan 14, 2010
    It’s better left unknown...... This one is too dangerous to put out in mass quantities! Those serrations are just deadly!!!

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  7. not2sharp

    not2sharp Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 1999
    theater knife WWII made from US1904 bolo.jpg

    Here is yet another kind of mystery knife. This thing clearly starts life as a US 1904 bolo, but it has undergone quite a facelift to convert it into a massive bowie-like fighter. Was it a WWII theater knife or a home project made in response to the film The Iron Mistress? We will never know. I particularly like the sheath work on this one, and it does seem to have been used and carried, so perhaps it was much more than a cool wall hanger. If it could only talk.:eek:

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  8. not2sharp

    not2sharp Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 1999

    To save you the trouble: this is how the 1904 bolo originally looked.:)

    BTW, the blade stock on these was 3/8" at the base of the spine!

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  9. not2sharp

    not2sharp Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 1999
    skinning knife.png

    This interesting little fighter/hunting knife has a 5/16" thick spine. "G506" is lightly marked on the blade tang.
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  10. scdub

    scdub Basic Member Basic Member

    May 29, 2004
  11. JPD1998

    JPD1998 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 18, 2004
    Here's one that's a real mystery. My father in law brought this home after WWII and it sat on his dresser for he rest of his life.

    My wife was born 17 years after WWII ended and never asked him anything about the knife or where in Europe he got it.
    Actually she new almost nothing about his service in WWII until I researched his unit.
    She gave it me after we were married , but he had already passed away.

    The name "Leslie Andersen" is carved in the handle and the wood is well worn from being a daily user.
    The face carved at the pommel was painted at one time.
    It's probably home made, but I think it's older than WWII vintage.


    I know my father in law was in Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge.

  12. not2sharp

    not2sharp Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 1999
  13. timberweasel

    timberweasel Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 5, 2011
    Fun thread, OP! :cool::thumbsup:

    My brother knows I like knives. He also "knows a guy" who likes to make knives, so he decided to send me a few. Looks like the steel is recycled from used circular saw blades. Um...I bet the guy had fun making them.

    They live in a box in a deep dark corner of a closet. I should probably move them out to the garage.... :eek:


    This one is a little more interesting: an old-timey stag German hunting knife. It belonged to a friend of mine who comes from a long line of deer hunters, and claimed this knife for himself from the family stash years ago--and that's about all he knows about this knife. I told buddy he should really keep it, but he would take no refusal. Dunno what to do with it...


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  14. not2sharp

    not2sharp Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 1999
    Nice post war Solingen knife. Lots of similar German knives were imported by GCCC, Hoffritz or Edgemark.

    I was given this one when I was 10.
    Edgemark 5 inch hunter.jpg
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  15. r8shell

    r8shell Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 16, 2010
    Here's a pruner from the bottom of the $5 bin at the vintage store.
    Could it be from Italy, Pakistan, USA, China....?
  16. JPD1998

    JPD1998 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 18, 2004
    I guess anything is possible.

    Whoever owned it , the knife handle looks like it has 10 years of wear from use. It sharpened up nicely too.
    My father in law never used it for anything other than light work. Mostly a souvenir.
  17. not2sharp

    not2sharp Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 1999
    It is easy for collectors to get fixated on production knives and the next sprint run. We all do that and there is nothing wrong with that. But, there is a lot of other fun and colorful knives out there beyond that wheelhouse; and it would be a shame to miss out on some of that stuff. WWII ended 75 years ago. If anything is still around from that period, there is probably a good reason for that.

  18. Kabancheck


    Aug 11, 2018
    Yes this is Soviet period knife from October factory from Vorsma, Russia.
    During soviet time almost everything has price directly on the product. Ц3Р30К mean that price for this knife is (was) 3 soviet rubls and 30 kopecks, this is on 18 kopecks more than the bottle of Stolichnaya vodka at this period of time :)
  19. RayseM

    RayseM Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 18, 2010
    I think this one qualifies - mystery knife and HALLOWEEN knife.

    Was given to me by a friend whose father was an artist and collector of native Americans and their artifacts. He lived and worked in the 4 corners area 60s through 90s. This one came from him.


    The bolster appears to be a light bulb base.


    The beaded sheath was unlikely made for this knife but just used because my friend's dad had it.
    The deerskin leather work is pretty awful though the bead work is not too badly done.


    Altogether a queer knife - unmarked, badly treated over the years, though comfortable in hand, it doesn't inspire me to try to use it.

    Cool or weird? o_O
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  20. not2sharp

    not2sharp Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 1999
    yukon theater knife 1944.jpg

    This was made on the Yukon, in 1944.


    The Yukon was an old (laid down in 1920) Artic Class Stores ship that saw service in the Atlantic and the Pacific throughout the war and survived a collision and several torpedo attacks. She served through the end of 1945 and was scraped in 1946. She must have had an excellent crew.

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