Need a Robeson Punch & an NYK Punch

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Need a Robeson Punch & an NYK Punch

Postby orvet » Sat Nov 10, 2018 10:22 pm

I need a couple of punches to rebuild some beautiful old knives.
The first is a Hibbard Spencer & Bartlett and I am assured that it is a Robeson punch.
Here are a couple pictures:

Hibbard Spencer & Bartlett punch a.jpg

Hibbard Spencer & Bartlett punch b.jpg



The second punch from an New York Knife. I think it was called an Army Knife. The other blades in this knife are in good condition even the master blade is 80% or better and only has a small piece of bone missing on the rear handle, most definitely worth restoring!

NYK Punch broken a.jpg

NYK Punch broken b.jpg


Both of these knives are in nice condition except for the broken punches and ironically both have broken bone handles on the pile side.

I would really like to restore both of these knives. I have knives or parts for trade as well as $$$.
If you can help me out with parts for these I would appreciate it. Thank you.
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Re: Need a Robeson Punch & an NYK Punch

Postby just bob » Sat Nov 10, 2018 10:45 pm

Dale I may be able to help you. I'll look tomorrow. I have found when replacing a punch thickness is critical and sometimes a spacer is used. how thick are each of these punches? Do they have spacers?
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Re: Need a Robeson Punch & an NYK Punch

Postby ea42 » Sun Nov 11, 2018 4:18 am

Dale I believe I have what you're looking for. I also have a couple of the spiral punches as well, a bit rusty but no wear at all. PM me your addy and I'll send them along Monday. Just compare the tang to the tang of the punch that's in the knife. It's possible these punches were never in a knife and you may have to grind a bit off the front and/or rear of the tangs to have the spring flush.

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Re: Need a Robeson Punch & an NYK Punch

Postby orvet » Sun Nov 11, 2018 7:37 am

Thank you Eric,
PM inbound.
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Re: Need a Robeson Punch & an NYK Punch

Postby Ozwelder » Sat Nov 17, 2018 7:49 pm

G,day Dale,
I am relatively new here and if I don't ask the question, I will never know.
My question is about the punches you refer to above. They look like they may be used like an awl perhaps to enlarge or make extra holes in a belt.
Is this the function for them or is it something else?
It is a knife tool I don't recall seeing on folding knives down here in Australia. I have seen similar which were flat but not with the tapered half round and the lip.

My interest in folding knives or pocket knives as we call them here goes back some 50 years plus.


Thanks in advance
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Re: Need a Robeson Punch & an NYK Punch

Postby orvet » Sat Nov 17, 2018 9:29 pm

You are right Grahame,
if you never asked, you will never know.
One of the classic jack knife patterns was called a harness Jack. It usually had a Clip blade, though I think I have seen them with spear blades as well, and the secondary blade was a punch similar to the ones posted above. The harness Jack was a knife by farmers who used horses and Teamsters who drove teams of horses. The punch was used to repair leather harnesses and also great for putting a new hole in your leather belt after a big dinner.
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