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info on voss pocket knife

Postby songsingingman » Wed Aug 01, 2012 6:07 am

Hey Friends,
I'm here looking for info on a knife my brother has. It is all metal has BEST WARDLOW STEEL FULLY WARRANTED engraved on the handle.
Has a spear point main blade and a pen blade . Is about 3.5 inches long. Has the Voss usa stamp on the main blade and says LC
Simmons ST. Louis on the pen blade. I think its a hardware brand knife. Just wonder when it was made and what kind of value or collectiable it has. Any info would be appreciated. I'll try to upload a couple of pictures. The man he got it from said it was made of nickle metal whatever that means. Thanks for any replies,Songsingingman :? :?
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Re: info on voss pocket knife

Postby robinetn » Wed Aug 01, 2012 10:14 am

I'm going to go out on a limb here and make a wild guess , but it sounds like a "frankenknife" consisting of a John Primble India Steel frame , an E.C.Simmons pen blade , and a Voss ??? U.S.A. master blade . ::shrug:: .

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Re: info on voss pocket knife

Postby Miller Bro's » Wed Aug 01, 2012 11:24 am

The tang is stamped Voos U.S.A., not Voss.

Voos marketed knives to hardware companies, so I am not surprised to see an E.C. Simmons pen blade in there.


The handles are engraved Nickle Silver, the same material as a nickle in your pocket is made of, it is also called German silver.
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Re: info on voss pocket knife

Postby jerryd6818 » Wed Aug 01, 2012 11:41 am

I remember seeing it called "white brass", somewhere.

This came out of Wikipedia:

Nickel silver, also known as German silver, Argentan, new silver, nickel brass, albata, or alpacca, is a copper alloy with nickel and often zinc. The usual formulation is 60% copper, 20% nickel and 20% zinc. Nickel silver is named for its silvery appearance, but it contains no elemental silver unless plated. The name "German silver" refers to its development by 19th-century German metalworkers in imitation of the Chinese alloy known as paktong (Cupronickel) All modern, commercially important nickel silvers (such as those standardized under ASTM B122) contain significant amounts of zinc, and are sometimes considered a subset of brass.

Another interesting statement from that Wikipedia article:

After about 1920, its use became widespread for pocketknife bolsters, due to its machinability and corrosion resistance. Prior to this point, the most common metal was iron.
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Re: info on voss pocket knife

Postby chetr1200c » Wed Aug 01, 2012 2:06 pm

here is a pic of my wardlow. the main tang stamp has hibbard, spencer, bartlett. the pen tang has a diamond with h.s.b.&co., over top and chicago, below.
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Re: info on voss pocket knife

Postby robinetn » Wed Aug 01, 2012 5:01 pm

Miller Bro`s wrote:The tang is stamped Voos U.S.A., not Voss.

Voos marketed knives to hardware companies, so I am not surprised to see an E.C. Simmons pen blade in there.


The handles are engraved Nickle Silver, the same material as a nickle in your pocket is made of, it is also called German silver.

That was my first thought , but I am pretty sure that I see 2 ess'es on the tang stamp of the master , although , I have never seen a Voss U.S.A. before .

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Re: info on voss pocket knife

Postby songsingingman » Wed Aug 01, 2012 5:24 pm

Thanks Fellows,
It is marked Voos instead of V :) oss. Can anyone tell me what the price range is on these? When were they made? I'm thinking maybe the fifties?
THANKS Again,Alvie songsingingman
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Re: info on voss pocket knife

Postby chetr1200c » Wed Aug 01, 2012 6:08 pm

when it comes to older knives like these, it all depends on who really wants it. there really is no book value. but my guess would be in the $25 to $40 range.

btw, my guess would also be made in the 50"s


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