I like old knives. I mostly collect knives made before 1965. I just don`t get too excited about knives made after the 1960`s. Knives are kind of like cars, after the 1960`s they went down hill. There are a few exceptions, of course.
The knives I really like are the ones made before the turn of the 20th century. They were all hand made, forged blades, very few machines to do the work of a human hand, like today`s knives. The oldies were made by craftsmen that apprenticed for years before being deemed a master cutler. Today you could go to a modern knife company, what few are left and if they are hiring, and they will put you right to work making knives after a few days of watching an experienced employee. Not the case in the 19th and early 20th century.
The knives produced during this period are some of the nicest old knives you will ever see.
As I have time I will be posting pictures of some of these early knives here in this thread. If anyone else has some post them here too
Here is an early pre 1890 James Barber folding knife, 2-blades, half stops, grooved rat tail bolsters, and some of the nicest natural stag seen on an old knife. Steel bolsters, liners, and pins. A simple yet elegant knife made for the working man and sold for under $.75!
It has been used, carried, sharpened and still is in excellent working condition. You could put this one back to work for another lifetime. It is a proven winner and has earned my respect for the cutlers that made these knives way back when.