Old Palette Knives

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Old Palette Knives

Postby Miller Bro's » Mon Mar 20, 2017 1:26 am

Palette knives were used by artists to mix and apply paint.

The blade is as thick as the back spring and about half way down the blade it thins down to a flexible rounded tip.

They made fixed blade and folding blade palette knives, I like the old folding blade palette knives.

Here's a fine example with horn handles, looks like it was never used. Anyone have any post 'em here I would like to see them!
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Re: Old Palette Knives

Postby FRJ » Mon Mar 20, 2017 3:18 am

Nice one, Dimitri. I think Russell made a lot of that stuff back early on.
Who made that one? How long is it?
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Re: Old Palette Knives

Postby 1fartsmella » Mon Mar 20, 2017 3:26 am

Here is an old Camillus with a pen blade.
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Re: Old Palette Knives

Postby knife7knut » Mon Mar 20, 2017 5:22 am

Here are mine:
Bonum palette Knife.
Miller Bros.Cutlery Co.(Keystone Varnish Co.)
A Russell fixed blade with a strange Japanese style handle.Looks original.
A pearl Russell folding palette knife
An Ulster palette knife with folding knife blade advertising Tums.Probably a pill knife but the blade is still flexible.
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Re: Old Palette Knives

Postby Miller Bro's » Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:38 am

FRJ wrote:Nice one, Dimitri. I think Russell made a lot of that stuff back early on.
Who made that one? How long is it?


Thanks Joe!

Made by John Petty & Son's, it measures 3 3/8" closed.
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Re: Old Palette Knives

Postby Miller Bro's » Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:40 am

1fartsmella wrote:Here is an old Camillus with a pen blade.


That's a rare one, you very rarely find one with a pen blade. ::tu::
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Re: Old Palette Knives

Postby RobesonsRme.com » Mon Mar 20, 2017 1:54 pm

I think these knives were also used by physicians, druggists or pharmacists to compound ingredients and also to sort, count and dispense pills or tablets.

Obviously, if the handles advertise a paint or color company, they were palette knives, though.

Here is a German made pre-1900 Robeson three blade pearl handled knife with a flexible spatula master blade, a pen and cork screw.

Bernard Levine refers to this as a European Physician's Knife.

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Re: Old Palette Knives

Postby 1fartsmella » Tue Mar 21, 2017 3:44 am

Charlie, WOW, That Pearl is outstanding. Those small cork screws are for medicine bottles. What a great knife.

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Re: Old Palette Knives

Postby 1fartsmella » Tue Mar 21, 2017 3:46 am

Another folding spatula with pharmaceutical advertising. Walden Knife Co.
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Re: Old Palette Knives

Postby gsmith7158 » Tue Mar 21, 2017 11:53 am

Barry that Walden is outstanding! ::tu::
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Re: Old Palette Knives

Postby Miller Bro's » Tue Mar 21, 2017 8:24 pm

They keep getting better ::tu::
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Re: Old Palette Knives

Postby 1fartsmella » Wed Mar 22, 2017 12:25 am

Miller Bros. Smooth Bone with Pharmacy advertising.
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Re: Old Palette Knives

Postby FRJ » Wed Mar 22, 2017 12:27 am

Nice knives, Barry.
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Re: Old Palette Knives

Postby 1fartsmella » Thu Mar 23, 2017 1:02 am

Thanks guys, I have more.........Here's an Ulster with artist supplies advertising. At least I think it's artist supplies?
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Re: Old Palette Knives

Postby Miller Bro's » Thu Mar 23, 2017 1:05 am

I really like that Miller ::drool::
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