FRJ wrote: But I do have one, and only one, so I'll give it up here.
No matter if you have one or a million;I love to look at them all.That one looks like it was well used and appreciated;bet it could tell some stories!
Thought I'd post some individual pictures to show a little more detail.Some are like new and others the details are almost completely worn away.Don't know which I like the most.
First one up is near mint and(I believe)has Birmingham hallmarks.
Second has some beautiful carved pearl scales but the blade tang is worn a bit allowing it to protrude slightly when closed.
Third is marked,"coin" and is likely American made.
Fourth has no marks whatsoever except for the initials.This was the 1st sterling knife I ever bought.
Fifth is one of the unusual with blades at either end.Not really common.
Sixth is really unusual in that it came in the leather case with an equally ornate silver comb.First one of these I've ever seen.No maker's mark as are a lot of mine.
Seventh is an unusual pearl scaled knife with bolsters on both ends and an odd nail mark.Looks to be of French origin.Hall marks are unknown.
Eighth is an oddly shaped one with no marks but the anchor motif on the scales might indicate Birmingham manufacture
Ninth and tenth are opposite sides of an unmarked knife with some really nice engraving.
I'll post some more later as I've had a long day painting and have another job to get ready for tomorrow(lettering a school bus for the local AMVETS).Hope you all enjoy these as much as I do.