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G.W. Stone

Postby Mumbleypeg » Sun May 10, 2015 3:02 am

I've searched through AAPK forums including custom and fixed blade sections, and curious that there seems to be no reference to G.W. Stone, which is a shame IMHO. G.W. "George" Stone (now deceased) was a custom knife maker and founding member of the Knifemakers Guild. When I was a young man living in my hometown of Richardson, TX, he had a small knife making business and sales operation. My place of work at the time was about a mile from there and occasionally some of us would go by on our lunch break and chat with George. He knew more about steel than anyone I've ever met and was quite a salesman. He would take one of his knives, beat the edge on something, then hold up a piece of paper and cut it to ribbons. At the time I couldn't afford his knives but they are beautiful, ruggedly made and of exemplary quality. You can still occasionally find one of his knives for sale and there are some who collect his work. As you would expect most of his work is fixed blades but he made a few slip joints. Here's some examples (the slip joint is mine, the other pictures are from the web). If anyone has any of his work, or information about the man please share it.

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Re: G.W. Stone

Postby PCwizard » Sun May 10, 2015 3:47 am

His work looks top quality, adding his name to my list. ::tu::

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Re: G.W. Stone

Postby tallguy606 » Tue May 12, 2015 2:15 pm

Years ago I had a Guns and Ammo Custom Knives book that I wore out reading. So when someone on Ebay was selling his late dad's knife collection, and offered a mint Stone hunter for $90, I jumped on it. It was too nice for a user; I ended up selling it on consignment for about 3 times what I paid. Top notch craftsmanship.

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Re: G.W. Stone

Postby CharlieR » Tue May 12, 2015 7:05 pm

I knew GW quite well. That was a wonderful time for custom makers and there were many starting up at that time. another maker that lived in the same area at that time was Jery Hunt, who made almost exclusively folders. I still own a Stone knife and one from Jerry Hunt. Both excellent craftsmen.

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Re: G.W. Stone

Postby Mumbleypeg » Wed May 13, 2015 2:01 pm

Thanks for the feed back. CharlieR, I would love to see some pictures of those if you have time to post them here. Tallguy I'm assuming you don't have any pictures but if you do I'd like to see them too.

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Re: G.W. Stone

Postby btrwtr » Tue May 26, 2015 9:43 pm

Nice group of Stones Ken. I never had the pleasure of meeting him but his work is quite recognizable to me and many other knife people from this part of the country. I've never seen a folder of his until now. The folders must be quite rare. Thanks for sharing.

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Re: G.W. Stone

Postby HiPower » Wed Jun 10, 2015 5:26 pm

i picked up a bear bowie [?] which i had ordered at his shop about 1999 . if i recall correctly he did many knives in 440c with a special heattreat & his vocation was a metallurgist. HiPower
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Re: G.W. Stone

Postby Mumbleypeg » Mon Sep 11, 2017 3:08 am

A recent find - another superlative knife by G.W. Stone. Micarta handle, perfect balance, sharp enough to scare the fuzz off a peach! ::nod::

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Re: G.W. Stone

Postby americanedgetech » Sun Oct 08, 2017 7:50 pm

Absolutely beautiful workmanship!

I do believe that gentleman "felt" his blade forms. They are so organic looking that they almost look like flowing water.

The folder in the first image even has a bad to the bone look about it. Like that guy that you KNOW is serious no matter what the expression is.

I'm glad you posted these knives, and their maker.
They just gave me another way of looking at blade designs. There is a feeling about them... :)
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Re: G.W. Stone

Postby WelderBob » Sun Oct 08, 2017 11:19 pm

Ken, You have some fine examples of Texas knife making history. I'm thinking Mr. Stone was one of the early Knife Guild members.

This mite interest you, from the Gun Digest book of Knives 1972 or 73.
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Postby americanedgetech » Mon Oct 09, 2017 12:07 am

americanedgetech wrote:Absolutely beautiful workmanship!

Like that guy that you KNOW is serious no matter what the expression is.

I'm glad you posted these knives, and their maker.
:)
:wink:

:lol:
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Re: G.W. Stone

Postby Mumbleypeg » Mon Oct 09, 2017 12:20 am

Thanks for posting that Bob. ::tu:: I had not seen that before but I can testify first hand to its accuracy. I've personally seen him take a knife from the showcase in his shop, hack that steel pole with it, and then hold up a piece of newsprint and cut it into ribbons. Then he'd hand you the knife to look at, and you couldn't see a mark on it. I started to tell about it here before but figured nobody would believe it! :lol: He was indeed a showman, and a cantankerous character to boot.

Wish I had been able to buy some of his knives back then, but at the time $100 might as well have been $1 million. :lol: I'll have to look for a copy of that article.

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Re: G.W. Stone

Postby WelderBob » Mon Oct 09, 2017 12:49 am

Thought you would like it, this is the book, the copyright date is in roman and I think its 1973.

I worked in Texas off and on in the late 70's to mid 80's and remember seeing his knives, like yourself I had other things that kept me broke... :lol:
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Re: G.W. Stone

Postby Mhhayess007 » Thu Jan 31, 2019 4:31 pm

When I was in grade school in the 80's, a friend of mine came to school carrying this knife. I offered him a couple bucks for it and carried it home where my Dad promptly asked me where I had gotten it.
Dad said that "there is something special about this knife" and took it from me to put away. Dad passed away in 2016 and the as I was going through one of the boxes of knives that Dad had collected over the years, I found it. Now I am trying to find out what it was that made my Dad put it away.
I have changed messages with Bill Hughes of Windy City Knives and he has confirmed that he is in fact the B.R. (Billy Ray Hughes) that is stamped on the blade, that G.W. had made the knife and put his initials in the blade. Is this a collectible;e knife? or just one that will be good for carrying?

Thank you in advance
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Re: G.W. Stone

Postby Mumbleypeg » Thu Jan 31, 2019 6:17 pm

In the post above from WelderBob is a picture of an article about G.W. Stone from 1973. If you click on the picture of the article it expands to a readable size (you can further enlarge it as well). To answer your question, I recommend you read the article if you haven’t already. It may help you decide.

Note that the man is one of the founders of the Knifemakers Guild and during his time was viewed generally as being at the peak in his profession. To quote the article “early models by this craftsman are already sought after by collectors”. You have a piece of history. However you’ll not likely find a better knife to carry and use. He made them to be used.

In the end it’s your knife so the decision is yours. ::handshake::

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