Here’s a lucky recent pickup with abit of a story… I saw this hawkbill with nice bone and a grooved bolster, brass end cap etc – a nice HOK - but the tang stamp being very worn was an unknown – and 3 or 4 different folks looked with a loupe and couldn’t venture a guess – it was like playing a game of “Wheel of Fortune” … I bought it anyway as somehow it looked familiar especially the bolster but also hard to walk away from a bone hawkbill which are not all that common - it was a nice old knife just based on looks
… Anyway I kept thinking maybe Holley and hoping based on the few letters - - but when I saw another Holley Hawkbill at the show though not in bone my suspicions were confirmed – a Holley for sure based on construction and end cap, bolster etc
… See the tang stamp photo - I think the original stamp was HOLLEY/ MAN’FG Co/LAKEVILLE / CONN … or HOLLEY / LAKEVILLE / CONN – Importantly the ID was also nailed down based on the other jigged bone Holleys posted in this same thread – same bone, end cap, bolster etc
This example is 4 3/8” closed – still hard snapping and tight.. it definitely has some weight to it given the thick brass end cap along with the catch bit in the well… it no doubt is heavier than some of my larger hawkbills at 4 3/4” …. Somewhere I read it may be Salisbury bone rather than Rogers – definitely doesn’t seem to have the classic Rogers look to me imo… either way I’m really diggin’ the pick bone
.. I also like the way they hammered steel pins on the handle where the spring is and small brass ones on rest of handle - a cool touch!!