Queen steel #11B

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Queen steel #11B

Postby Sydres » Tue Oct 09, 2018 4:40 pm

Just received in the mail today. Slightly blemished but still a solid knife. Liner is a bit warped, bolsters have some dings neither are a big deal as the blade is full and has what appears to be factory edge. One oddity is that the tang stamp appears to have been defaced somehow.
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Might this be a second?

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Re: Queen steel #11B

Postby XX Case XX » Tue Oct 09, 2018 5:13 pm

I don't think it's a 2nd. It looks as if someone tried to either file or sand down the tang stamp. Very cool knife. ::nod::

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Re: Queen steel #11B

Postby Sydres » Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:38 pm

Can't imagine why anyone would decide to remove a tang stamp unless they were trying to deceive.

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Re: Queen steel #11B

Postby XX Case XX » Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:47 pm

Sydres wrote:Can't imagine why anyone would decide to remove a tang stamp unless they were trying to deceive.

I completely agree, but we all know that sometimes people do strange things to a pocket knife. When the image is enlarged, I can clearly see lines right next to the arrows where someone was doing something to this knife. Click on the picture and take a look.

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Re: Queen steel #11B

Postby Sydres » Wed Oct 10, 2018 12:44 am

I did not have time to really look it over when it showed up. I did not pay much for it and i am sure its not an expensive knife in the first place so ithink it may become an addition to my carry rotation. But its still odd.

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Re: Queen steel #11B

Postby treefarmer » Wed Oct 10, 2018 12:52 am

Sydres,
That is very strange considering the condition of the etch. ::hmm:: Like you said it'll make a great EDC.
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Re: Queen steel #11B

Postby Sydres » Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:17 pm

Just found a queen knife on ebay that had the same thing done to the tang stamp that is being listed as a second

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Re: Queen steel #11B

Postby Tsar Bomba » Thu Oct 11, 2018 12:26 am

My guess is a knife with the etch and no stamp could be dated older than the stamp which (I believe) is on that knife. I'm just speculating, of course.

That's a fine trapper. I've got a yeller-handled version and it's a slim, sturdy cutter that vanishes in the LFP. Great pickup! ::tu::
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Re: Queen steel #11B

Postby Sydres » Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:31 pm

Not sure I understand what you are saying about the age of the knife, though that may be because I am running on little sleep.

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Re: Queen steel #11B

Postby Tsar Bomba » Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:15 pm

Sydres wrote:Not sure I understand what you are saying about the age of the knife, though that may be because I am running on little sleep.

IIRC some of the earlier Queens with the blade etch have no tang stamps while later ones have both. The person who filed that blade tang might have been trying to artificially "age" it. Otherwise I can't think of a reason to attack that poor blade in such a fashion!

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Re: Queen steel #11B

Postby bdev » Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:58 pm

I believe your tang stamp would have looked like this one. If so, it was made 1973-75.



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Re: Queen steel #11B

Postby Sydres » Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:25 am

I get it! I have a soft spot for Queen Knives even though I don't have many of them. Maybe I should start a special home for abused Queen knives so no defaced knives ever have to be discarded.

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Re: Queen steel #11B

Postby bighomer » Thu Oct 18, 2018 2:59 pm

Sydres wrote:Just received in the mail today. Slightly blemished but still a solid knife. Liner is a bit warped, bolsters have some dings neither are a big deal as the blade is full and has what appears to be factory edge. One oddity is that the tang stamp appears to have been defaced somehow.20181009_123340.jpg20181009_123333.jpg
Might this be a second?

Hadn't stopped by this thread in a few days, this is my take on he OP knife, for some reason some the knives of this era have a tendency to corrode at the tang, looks like someone got a little aggressive in cleaning it off. That's my 2 cents worth. YMMV. ::tu::

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Re: Queen steel #11B

Postby brucegodlesky » Sat Oct 20, 2018 11:23 am

The steel in that location is sometimes made less hard to facilitate blade adjustment.

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Re: Queen steel #11B

Postby jerryd6818 » Sat Oct 20, 2018 11:33 am

Anyone who can make anything out of that is a genius.
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