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PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2011 8:57 pm 
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ANTIQUE HOLMBERG FOLDING BARREL KNIFE WOOD BURL SWEDEN

I pick this beautiful Barrel Knife up last night. It's in great shape and the burl wood is so nice.

The closed knife is just a hair over 4 inches. The blade is 3.5 inches.

Draac

PS: Just for info: EBay has a nice Guide on These Barrel Knives
http://reviews.ebay.com/SWEDISH-BARREL-KNIVES_W0QQugidZ10000000002557777


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2011 12:41 am 
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Nice knife.
I purchased one of John Engstrom's off eBay about a year ago.
Same size as yours. Same wood handles "curly birch".
Can I ask you how much you paid for that one?

Some advice about this type knife.
Don't let the wood get wet.
As it will swell up and you won't be able to remove the knife.
I used mine when I went camping and this happened to me after I got caught in a down poor.
Since then after the wood dried out and I was able to remove the knife I have treated the wood with linseed oil. Hopefully this will help this problem from occurring again.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2011 6:05 am 
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knives-are-quiet wrote:
Nice knife.
I purchased one of John Engstrom's off eBay about a year ago.
Same size as yours. Same wood handles "curly birch".
Can I ask you how much you paid for that one?


As you know they do not come cheap. I fought it out and had to pay $135.00. I have seen ones that were not made with pretty burl wood go got about $100.00. thanks for the advice about getting it wet. I think mine will stay as a show piece. I have many other knives for carring around for function.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2011 11:19 am 
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Nice one, I also could manage to get one.
I have an Engstrom, a bit more worn out than yours and with a more 'simple' wood
but still not all that bad.

BTW, I did some search about barrel knives and found this article:
(just in case some one is interested in)

http://reviews.ebay.com/SWEDISH-BARREL- ... 0002557777


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2011 1:03 am 
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Draac wrote:
knives-are-quiet wrote:
Nice knife.
I purchased one of John Engstrom's off eBay about a year ago.
Same size as yours. Same wood handles "curly birch".
Can I ask you how much you paid for that one?


As you know they do not come cheap. I fought it out and had to pay $135.00. I have seen ones that were not made with pretty burl wood go got about $100.00. thanks for the advice about getting it wet. I think mine will stay as a show piece. I have many other knives for carring around for function.

Draac


Thanks for the info.
I thought I paid too much for mine.
But from what your stating I got a deal.
I got mine for $76.50 and it was eight months ago not a year.
And the knife is in just as good or better shape than yours.
Maybe I bid when no one else was looking?
I am in the process of making a leather sheath for mine to also help keep it dry.

J W


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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2011 1:26 pm 
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Antique 1874 Swedish Barrel Knife Joh. Engstrom

I pick up another Swedish Barrel Knife, this one has a lot more age to it.

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This is an Antique Joh. Engstrom Swedish Barrel Knife dated 1874.
The blade is signed JOH. ENGSTROM.
The inside of the knife on one side is signed " JOH. ENGSTROM ESKILSTUNA SWEDEN"
The other side is signed " J E 1874" these markings are signed around an engraved arrow.
This knife measures approx 7 1/8 inches from tip to end when opened.
The handle measures approx 4 1/2 inches from end to end.
This is in great working condition.

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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2011 2:38 pm 
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Draac wrote:
Antique 1874 Swedish Barrel Knife Joh. Engstrom

I pick up another Swedish Barrel Knife, this one has a lot more age to it.

Desciption:
This is an Antique Joh. Engstrom Swedish Barrel Knife dated 1874.
The blade is signed JOH. ENGSTROM.
The inside of the knife on one side is signed " JOH. ENGSTROM ESKILSTUNA SWEDEN"
The other side is signed " J E 1874" these markings are signed around an engraved arrow.
This knife measures approx 7 1/8 inches from tip to end when opened.
The handle measures approx 4 1/2 inches from end to end.
This is in great working condition.

Draac


NICE---> I like it.
Just like the one I have.
Your blade is a little worn but that's OK.
It gives the knife character.
All these knives are marked 1874.
This is when his business was established but the knife is still old and a very nice one for your collection.

J W


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2011 11:23 pm 
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Hey guys,
Last weekend I found this Swedish barrel knife at an estate sale in a drawer full of chisels.

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It took me a while to figure out how to use it, but now it's my favorite toy! I started a thread about the knife on another forum. Here it is: http://www.rimfirecentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=403082 Judging by the prices you all are paying, I did very well. I got the knife, a Disston backsaw, a vintage "Acme" beer opener and a handful of chisels for $8. Nice!

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2011 11:36 pm 
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Nice one ::tu::

Let`s see it with the blade open ::nod::

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It appears that there is some interesting grain in the handle, with maybe a knot or two. Will I destroy the value of this knife if I strip it, sand it and re-oil the handle? I plan to use the knife, carry it around my neck, maybe. I'm not a collector, but I don't want to needlessly ruin a lovely blade.

Thanks!

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CB,

Thanks, the blade is in very good condition ::nod::

Most of the wood used for these knives is Birdseye Maple.

If you want to maintain the maximum value, do not refinish the wood.

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The knife looks to be in fairly good shape.
Don't know if it's just your picture but the blade looks to have that back of the can opener knife sharpener grind marks on it or rust removed with a grinder.
If this is the case then the knife has already lost some value.
It should be professionally cleaned.
The knife should be sharpened by hand first with a file then a whet stone progressively using finer grades of stones till it is razor sharp.
The wood on your handle is "BIRCH".
Curly birch. which is a type of burl hard wood and is very durable.
Like Miller Bro. said. If you want to keep it's value from decreasing, leave it be.
If you intend on using it have it cleaned professionally or ask how on the repair and restoration forum.
If you intend on using it a lot then stripping and recoating with linseed oil would be the way to go. That's what was used originally and gives the wood that orange glow.
I personally on the barrel knife I own, because I don't intend on selling it I removed what little protective coating was left on the knife and coated the wood with linseed oil and then a coat of butchers wax for added water proofing.
Do not let the wood get wet without a coating on it.
The wood will swell up and you will not be able to remove the blade till the wood dries out.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2011 8:14 pm 
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Well, here's my meager entry for this forum. It's so small I really couldn't get good pictures of it. I'm LOUSY with a camera.
It is stamped, "Joh. Engstrom/ Sweden" on the brass liner. I assume that since it has the country of origin on it that it was made between 1891 and 1918. As you can see by the tape measure, the barrel is 1 inch long. The blade still shows about 99% of the factory shine. I just threw in the other 2 small ones for comparison sake. Any additional info will be greatly appreciated. I'm thinking about putting this one up for sale but I haven't decided, yet.
...CCBill... 8)


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Hey "CCBill" I'll give you 50 bucks for that little barrel knife. No, I'd be robbing you. The smaller they are the more they seem to be worth. I tried to win a J.W. Engstrom 1" Swedish Barrel Knife off of Ebay but I was way out bid. I think it went for close to $300.00.

This will help you date the knife:

The three major makers in Eskilstuna of barrel knives are:

Segerstrom 1864-1925

John Engstrom 1874-1918

P.Holmberg 1900-1950

Other manufacturers to look for are:

M. Blomqvist 1876-1886

J.W. Engstrom 1864-1880

A. Halling 1870-1921

H.Hallstrom 1882-1917

Jernbolaget 1868-?

C.G. Larson 1890-1894

A.J.Westersson 1889-1905

Again see here for more info on these types of knives:
http://reviews.ebay.com/SWEDISH-BARREL-KNIVES_W0QQugidZ10000000002557777

Draac


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