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 Post subject: New forum!!!!
PostPosted: Thu Jun 30, 2011 10:38 pm 
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Thanks Bryan!

So who--aside from me--is collecting Western knives, and do you have any particular focus?

I'm trying (not always successfully) to focus on knives from about 1940 or so to 1955, but at the same time I'm working on putting together a tang stamp/blade marking reference collection.

Pics to follow . . .

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 30, 2011 10:41 pm 
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Thanks Bryan,, ::groove:: ::groove::


cheers Gary,.

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8) Can`t wait to see your stuff Jim ::tu::

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I have a few Western folders that I fancy. A couple of old Westaco's and some newer ones including a whittler. I guess I will need to get some photos together.


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 Post subject: Re: New forum!!!!
PostPosted: Fri Jul 01, 2011 3:07 am 
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Great, glad to see the new forum. I always love learning about different knife companies.

Thought I would post pics of the newest Western that I have picked up. Very very slick knife. Fit and finish is great.


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This is great! Thanks Bryan.
Western Cutlery, nice stuff.

I've got a few.

Sexton, nice, clean knife.


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 Post subject: Re: New forum!!!!
PostPosted: Fri Jul 01, 2011 8:17 am 
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OUTSTANDING, a Western Forum! ::tu:: ::tu:: ::tu::

While I don't collect Westerns, I do have a few users that I REALLY like.
IMHO, Western had some of the best carbon steel made back in the day!
Their knives took a razor edge and held it!
Western is the standard I personally use as the standard for other carbon steel knives.

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 Post subject: Re: New forum!!!!
PostPosted: Fri Jul 01, 2011 4:54 pm 
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Here are a few of my favorites.
Punch blade Stockman in cracked ice.
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Westaco 2 blade Jack in cracked ice.
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Westaco Punch blade Stockman in cracked ice.
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Great looking knives folks. ::tu::

It's not hard to see the quality that was built into those Westerns.

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Western Boulder 442 3" closed

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Western Boulder 652 3 3/8" closed

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Western Boulder 651 3 3/8" closed

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 Post subject: Re: New forum!!!!
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I am delighted to see this forum and am looking forward to all that shall grace these pages. Thank you Bryan, and whoever made the request. If anyone wants any scans out of Harvey Platts' book on Westerns I would be glad to oblige. I see that the introduction to this forum has some typos regarding dates. Might wanna check that out.

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 Post subject: Re: New forum!!!!
PostPosted: Sat Jul 02, 2011 11:18 pm 
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tongueriver wrote:
I see that the introduction to this forum has some typos regarding dates. Might wanna check that out.

I'll admit I wrote it in a hurry, but which dates are wrong?

Edited to add:
I just double-checked the dates. History prior to 1984 came from Platt's The Knife Makers Who Went West. As the book was published in the 1970s, later dates came from other sources.

The company was sold to Coleman when Harvey Platts retired in 1984. (Levine's Guide to Knives and Their Values, 3rd edition, p. 349; The Standard Knife Collector's Guide, 3rd edition, p. 326).

Purchased by Camillus in 1991 (Levine's Guide to Knives and Their Values, 3rd edition, p. 349; The Standard Knife Collector's Guide, 3rd edition, p. 326; Blade Forum post by Tom Williams of Camillus dated 02-19-2003).

The only ownership dates I skipped were the brief period of private ownership between Coleman and Camillus. The only information I've been able to locate indicates dates of "Spring 1990" for the sale to the investors, and a date of 22 August 1991 for the acquisition of Western by Camillus. I'm still trying to get sourced information on who the owners were, actual dates, etc.

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 Post subject: Re: New forum!!!!
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T'river, don't know if that's a scan from Platts book or your own knife, but that is one fine looking knife! ::tu:: ; thawk, those are 3 really nice looking Westerns your showing ::tu:: . I have a few Westerns of my own . Will dig my best out and post one of these day's. Thanks for the start up this thread ::groove:: Bull ( Dale H. )


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 Post subject: Re: New forum!!!!
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Here is a nice old etched Western States.


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I know I'm going to be more aware of these Westerns 8)

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