Lobsters & Orange Blossoms

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Lobsters & Orange Blossoms

Post by knifegirl888 » Wed Mar 14, 2012 1:43 am

An excerpt from Levine's guide 4: James Crawshaw, a cutler & merchant who worked in Sheffield from about 1817 to 1850, invented a new style of pen knife in the 1820's. An 1831 history described it as "the lobster-knife, by which four blades open upon one spring...which instead of forming the back, as in the old method, is placed along the middle of the handle and between the scales or side of the handle, so that it works on each side, hence admits of blades at each end & even any number of them. The mode of slitting the spring gave rise to the many-bladed knives in all their varieties. Mr. Crawsha took out no patent, but is a wholesale manufacturer." (extract courtesy Geoffrey Tweedale)


This past week I was blessed with the opportunity to become the owner of a real gem. Galvanic1882 offered me the chance to buy this Electric (c1890-1909) abalone lobster. I know many of you have seen this knife pictured before. I am still pinching myself to make sure I am not dreamin'. It is a breath taking knife to behold. There is still a faint "Electric" etch on the blade, but my pictures don't pick it up.

Thank you, Mike, I will cherish it!

I hope to see other beauties posted too. Share 'em if you've got 'em!
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Post by Owd Wullie » Wed Mar 14, 2012 2:07 am

SWEET!! ::tu:: ::tu::
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Post by Iron Hoarder » Wed Mar 14, 2012 7:48 am

Very Very Nice!!! ::tu::
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Post by jerryd6818 » Wed Mar 14, 2012 12:58 pm

Congratulations. What a great little knife. Abalone can be jaw-dropping beautiful. I'm sure this knife makes it difficult to keep your mouth closed. Don't you wish the camera could pick up the fire in the abalone?
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Post by Knife Nut » Wed Mar 14, 2012 2:21 pm

Congrats, that is one stunning and beautiful vintage knife.
I would think that could be the crown jewel of your collection, Kathy!

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Post by paulsvintage » Wed Mar 14, 2012 3:51 pm

::tu:: Just Beautiful....
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Post by gino » Wed Mar 14, 2012 7:46 pm

Wow, shes a beauty Kathy! ::envy:: ;)
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Post by knifegirl888 » Wed Mar 14, 2012 10:46 pm

I am one happy knifegirl! ::super_happy:: Thanks everyone!

Now that I got the thread started, anyone have some lobsters to show?
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Post by knifegirl888 » Thu Mar 15, 2012 1:05 am

Here are a couple more...
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Post by Miller Bro's » Thu Mar 15, 2012 3:09 am

Here are some.........
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Post by FRJ » Thu Mar 15, 2012 3:12 am

There's some beautiful knives showing up here. Thanks for showing all this stuff.
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Post by knifegirl888 » Thu Mar 15, 2012 1:48 pm

The etch on the Ulster looks nice and clear...Those are great looking pearls, MB!
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Post by Miller Bro's » Fri Mar 16, 2012 12:57 am

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Here are a couple more............

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Re: Lobsters & Orange Blossoms

Post by knifegirl888 » Fri Mar 16, 2012 1:24 am

Dimitri,

Does the last knife have Berlin on the tang?
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Re: Lobsters & Orange Blossoms

Post by Miller Bro's » Fri Mar 16, 2012 7:21 am

Yes, it does ::nod::
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