treefarmer wrote:The stamp is the '46-'73 mark, USA w/o the periods. Is that time frame '46-'73 as close as this one can be nailed down?
I would think the bone handles close the gap to '46-'61 or so and the milled back probably makes mid-fifties more likely for the top side of the range. So maybe '46-'55ish?
It's hard to nail it down for sure, it's safe to say '46-'61 as that's when it shows in the catalogs described with bone handles.
The 1954 catalog describes the milled back...
...but the 1961 catalog does not. The catalogs in between '54-'61 only describe the pattern number, handle material, length and price. No other details are given in the catalogs between these years. Notice this also does not describe whether the large blade was polished on one side, though it likely was. It's also likely it still had the milled back but maybe also had the red wavy jig bone that was used in the last S-W days before bone ended.