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PostPosted: Sun Jun 21, 2009 11:18 pm 
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Over the years I have come across some unusual "Novelty" knives.

Meaning they were of a novel design as compared to a standard pocket knife. Here is one such knife. It was made by Lion cutlery Co. I can find no information on this company. This is the only knife with this mark I have seen.

Here is the novelty part. The knife is spring loaded, so what right, you`ve seen switchblades before! Well this one works in reverse. Instead of the blade springing open the spring retracts the blade only. How it works is the little round knob on the side is drawn up, as you are doing this the internal spring is compressing and the knife blade is rising, then you slide the knob to the right to lock the knife in the open position. When you are done using the knife slide the knob to the left and it springs shut! The knife is drawn back down into the round handle.

We have all seen the round gravity knives made by eagle, these have no spring, this one looks similar but is spring loaded.


Another favorite of mine is Secret knives. These are knives that look like something other than a knife or are a knife with a hidden blade! I have a couple of these and will discuss them a little later.

Anyone have any of these? If you do post them here 8)

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 1:58 am 
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I have seen several Lion knives on Ebay over the years. None were like yours, MB.

The reason they caught my eye is because I own this old trade card from The Lion Coffee Company. I have seen other such Lion trade Cards with knife offers. Again, I do not recall your little "anti-gravity" knife being one of them.

Note the expiration date of the offer is January 1, 1895.

Most or all were made in Germany. Most had iron handles, like the one on my card. All were marked, "LION", but the word "cutlery" or "Coffee" was not included, as far as I can remember.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 2:23 am 
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Charlie,

I have the same card but with a different picture on the front. This one is an Easter greeting card.

I do not believe Lion Coffee, who offered a free knife for saving their wrappers, offered the novelty knife shown above. My best guess is the knife they offered free was made here or imported from a large cutlery co. Lion Coffee had to buy them dirt cheap to offer them free. The tang on the give away knife was most likely left blank or had the knife company`s name on it, not Lion Coffee.

The novelty knife shown above is clearly marked "Lion Cutlery Co.", on both the tang and the barrel. I would think if it were to be given out by lion Coffee they would have marked them with their exact same name, such as the knives stamped L.L.Bean ,etc. who had knives made for them.

Thanks for showing your trade card, by the way mine is dated the same as yours! 8)

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 2:34 am 
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Lovely little knife! AND very unusual.

This is my favorite subject;a lot of my collection is just that;unusual knives.Here are a few:
First is a B&B sliding knife advertising the company.What is unusual is the blade is spring-loaded to pop up at about a 30 degree angle when it is slid open.Then you finish opening it as a regular knife.
Second is another B&B creation in the form of a so-called,"funny folder" except that it is the end of a letter opener.I have only seen one other like it.
Third is a concealed knife inside an aluminum billy club but small.
Fourth is a small folder inside the end of a mechanical pencil(also made by B&B).I have several of these including one that slides out ala Eagle Pencil.
Fifth is one of the more unique pieces:a tiny pair of scissors with a knife blade inside each handle.It has ivory scales on the outside only and each side is made up of a single piece of metal(bolsters,liners,and scissor blades)with a separate back spring.Made by Joseph Rodgers and Sons circa 1880.
Last for this post is a small manicure set with four utensils that fold out individually after the case is opened.No makers name.Stay tuned;I have more..............


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A few more pictures:

First is a pipe smoker's knife with a long skinny blade for cleaning the bowl,a pointed blade for cleaning the stem(and piercing cigars)and the unique item:the disc on the end is a tobacco tamper that slides out and folds 90 degrees.Ivory scales
Second is an unmarked Rase knife.The fixed blade has a point next to it for making circles(the rounded parts of letters)and the folding blade is for straight lines.
The next knife I show several ictures of because that is the only way to explain the action.The handles are held together by friction and the arrow shaped piece which has to be pulled away from the knife in order to facilitate rotation.It locks open as well.The name on it is Rota-Knife.
Last is another manicure tool with four utensils but instead of opening up the blades slide out.There are 2 on top and 2 on the bottom.Handle is French ivory.
I'll see if I can find some more pics and post them tomorrow.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 3:12 am 
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Second is another B&B creation in the form of a so-called,"funny folder" except that it is the end of a letter opener.I have only seen one other like it.


K7K,

Here is another one of these, now you have seen two!

I like that Rota-Knife! Very unusual knife.

Outstanding collection ::tu:: :D

M.B.


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Hey M B..........
You mean like this one ?????


http://cgi.ebay.com/RARE-CAMILLUS-DICK- ... tsupported

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Blister,

Bad link! ::doh:: :lol:


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Here's one that has a novel way of opening. I've yet to get any info on it. You slide out one bolster and that releases one side from the rear bolster to access the blade.
sorta like the rota-knife or neft but not quite. Truly an oddball


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Hukk wrote:
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Thanks Hukk!

Blister, That would be a novelty knife :mrgreen:


Paul,

Are there any patent dates or numbers stamped on your knife? I recognize that design from an early patent knife, I just can`t remember which one it was ::doh:: It will come back to me eventually. ::nod::

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There are no markings on it that I can see. LT saw it on a previous thread and thought he had seen it before and that it was an import.
All I know for now.
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Now for a few more.

The first one was made in Italy, it is a novelty knife, has your standard folding blades. The back side has a knob that you slide either left or right. If you slide it to the right out comes a tweezers. If you slide to the left out pops a scissors! Each one is finely crafted and work well. the button has a lock in the middle when it is carried in the pocket.


The second knife down is a Secret knife. It looks like an ordinary tie clip, it is gold plated has a nice engraved design. However, on the back side which would be under the tie, is a two bladed folding knife. A very novel idea as it is always handy, you don`t even have to reach in your pocket for your knife!

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LOLOLOLOL.....
Yeah M Bro..... a Camillus Dick Knife would be a novelty...
Actually that post didnt show the entire title..
It IS in fact a Camillus Dick Tracy Knife....LOLOLOLOL...

the link worked for me, however here is the item number
for you considerations..... 220436355246

Wullie will surely get hold of this one <<insert L@@K of terror here>>>>


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Some more interesting old novelty knives.

The first is an assisted open knife. To open you pull on the flat protrusion on the end, the blade flys open. How it works is interesting, the tang of the blade that would normally ride on the back spring has teeth like a sprocket on a bicycle. The lever that you pull out has matching grooves that the "sprocket" fits into, as you pull on the end bar the blade gets pulled open from the closed position! Quite clever :wink:

The second knife shown is a Secret knife. It looks like a bullet. However when you pull off the top there is a knife inside. After you pull it off you re-insert the knife blade into the shell casing, as shown in the picture. Now you have a handy little knife to use. The casing is not real, you see some similar type knives made during WWII. termed "Theater" knives, they were made from real spent bullet casings, this knife was not. It was manufactured to look like a real bullet! But it is really a disguise for the hidden knife.


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