American Blade

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American Blade

Postby trail » Sun May 16, 2010 9:37 pm

Ironic that a knife branded "American Blade" would be of Japanese manufacture, but like so many of Jim Parker's enterprises, nothing is simple or transparent. There is some information on the web, much of it conflicting, so let me quote AAPK member Hukk, who posted on this topic several years ago:

"American Blade Knives were produced by Parker Cutlery for approximately 1 year in the early eighties. Parker came out with this line to place in department and hardware stores intending to differentiate it from his regular line. These knives feature the American Blade tang stamp and an eagle logo on the master blade. They were manufactured in Seki Japan in 1984."

That Parker eagle...

American Blade Magazine was started in 1973 with Blackie Collins as editor and publisher. In 1981 Parker and Voyles bought the magazine. They changed the name to Blade in 1982. Parker sold his share to Voyles in 1986. (All this from the Blade Magazine web site). I don't know if the knives had anything at all to do with the magazine, other than joint ownership.

The knife in the pictures is a single blade lockback, 3 inches, model AB-16. It is handled in quite attractive smooth bone. I paid less than $20 for it at an antique mall, worth it to me to pick up this little piece of "Americana."
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Re: American Blade

Postby rangerbluedog » Sun May 16, 2010 9:40 pm

That's actually not a bad looking little knife...
That Parker feller sure got around didn't he? ::smirk::
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Re: American Blade

Postby gino » Sun May 16, 2010 9:47 pm

Cool knife!! Try to trick you with the name I guess?
I have a few knives made in Japan and all are decent knives.

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Re: American Blade

Postby Froggyedge » Sun May 16, 2010 11:07 pm

Going sailing together? 8) :D
Nice knife and nice picture! ::tu::
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Re: American Blade

Postby trail » Mon May 17, 2010 1:10 am

You got it Froggy. I'm sailing this week. Couldn't find a pretty girl to come with me so consoled myself by picking up a pretty knife.

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Re: American Blade

Postby Froggyedge » Mon May 17, 2010 1:46 am

Not quite the same, but certainly a lot less nagging..! :lol:
I think you made a good choice! :D
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Re: American Blade

Postby knife7knut » Tue May 18, 2010 2:00 am

VERY STRANGE! I have one that is for all intents and purposes identical save that it is stamped,"AB-15".Looks to be the same size and have similar scales.
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Re: American Blade

Postby elbertson » Tue Jul 06, 2010 7:23 pm

I just ran into this thread. I have an American Blade lockback Buck 110 knockoff, model AB-7. It's roughly the same size as a 110, but only about 2/3 as thick. I received it with a subscription to American Blade magazine....so I guess in that regard that there is a least some connection to the magazine.
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Re: American Blade

Postby Alabamadan » Wed Dec 28, 2011 6:56 pm

American Blade Knife company was Designed and started by THE DEACON of Knives Bob Ernst and me the National Sales Manager Dan Maldet both of us formally with the Imperial Knife CO.aka Schrade Cutlery.Parker was the money behind the Company and wanted us to set up a Marketing Plan for Distrubition.Parker ruined our plan as he did with the Parker Frost Line that he and Frost started.We used Bone and Buffalo Horn Handles, Hollow Ground Blades for maximum Sharpness. We taught Seki Japan HOW to make Quality Cutlery.To bad Parker was so Greedy and ruin the last Knife line to be introduce by The Deacon.I wished there was a Hall of Fame for American Cutlers in the USA Bob should be there as well as many in Ellenville NY.and Providence RI.

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Re: American Blade

Postby chetr1200c » Tue Jan 10, 2012 3:45 pm

i have a trapper with bone handles, made in germany with american blade on the tang. i had it sitting for a few months unattended. when i finally went to use it, the blades, both clip and spey were covered in rust. even the back springs..POS now.

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Re: American Blade

Postby Alabamadan » Thu Jan 12, 2012 6:35 pm

I would like to to see a picture.It sounds like somebody messed up. The American Blade Knife was made in Seki City Japan. I don't of any to be made in Germany.

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Re: American Blade

Postby jerryd6818 » Thu Jan 12, 2012 6:58 pm

Dan, welcome to AAPK. Sounds like you've lived the history of some of the knives that are consistently discussed here. I hope you stick around. It's always good to have the horses mouth for a source. (that's meant in a good way.)
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Re: American Blade

Postby Miller Bro's » Thu Jan 12, 2012 9:53 pm

Chet, it sounds like your celluloid handles went bad ::nod::
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Re: American Blade

Postby chetr1200c » Thu Jan 12, 2012 10:41 pm

ala/dan your right, it isn't american blade. its american knife co. germany. and dimitri they are bone scales. very similar to this one on ebay. i bought this in mint condition from bigden about 3 months ago on one of our thursdays auction. i bought it because no one else would venture a bid to take it. i was the only bid. now i know why.
the one here on ebay says the blades look like they have never been sharpened, they don't show a pic of the blades,(i wonder why)but look at the back springs. just like mine, and my blades are disgustingly rusty like they did have cell handles.
i took emery cloth to em, and the pitting is there now.
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Re: American Blade

Postby Miller Bro's » Fri Jan 13, 2012 1:41 am

Chet,
It don`t make any sense that the blades would rust to that extent without a good reason.

I suspect humidity problems or a Celluloid knife that is out gassing where you stored that knife ::hmm::
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