kootenay joe wrote:Maybe the microscope works better than my eyes. I will examine them again and see if i can make out any 'little dots'. They are dyed black which covers over the black dots of bone if they are present.
Jerry do you have any of these jigged black handled, pre Delrin, Schrade-Walden knives ? If you do, what can you see using the 45x 'scope ?
I'm not much of a Schrade guy so I don't have any Schrades that you're describing. That said, look along the edges of the handles. That's usually the most obvious place to tell, even on black handles.
So, I took a Camillus 67 with old black synthetic handles in good condition (not Delrin) and a '90s Camillus 72 with very good black bone handles and am putting them up for comparison.
The two knives;
A naked eye comparison. Note the handles on the 67 with synthetic handles are solid black with no variations or lighter spots. Now look at the 72 with bone handles. See there are slight variations along the edge and the black is not as deep. Yeah, I know the pictures are not all that great but if you look closely without prejudice, you can see the difference. It's very easy to see the difference under 45X magnification. It's nigh on to impossible to get a solid black dye job on bone.
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