Old Schlieper Cracked Ice Stockman

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Old Schlieper Cracked Ice Stockman

Postby Ohwilliehe » Wed Apr 12, 2017 3:16 pm

I was wondering if anyone had any info on this little jewel? I picked it up at the Tulsa gun show 2 weeks ago. It's tight as a drum and has still has great snap to each blade. I know it's much older than any of my other German eyes with the straight line tang stamp. Other than the canoe pattern I've never seen any other Schlieper's with the cracked ice handles. Maybe Palladin can help me out once again here?
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Re: Old Schlieper Cracked Ice Stockman

Postby Paladin » Wed Apr 12, 2017 3:29 pm

Willie,
::welcome:: to the forum and I'll do my best for you.
The straight line stamp is considered to be the most desireable and the oldest of the Schlieper stamps. With the Eye Logo on the pile side tang of the clip blade it is some of the earliest. I would estimate that the knife came from the 1950s or the 1960s. Cracked ice handles are not terribly common but I wouldn't quite call them rare either.
All in all, it is a nice example of the early work by a fine cutler. Like so many of those Eyes, it went to work as opposed to going into the safe. :D ::tu::

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Re: Old Schlieper Cracked Ice Stockman

Postby EyeBJoe » Wed Apr 12, 2017 4:20 pm

Ohwilliehe, that is a nice find and certainly one of the older Schlieper Eye Brand stockman patterns. One caution and suggestion. The old cracked ice celluloid used on Eye Brand cutlery is very susceptible to off-gassing and corroding the blades. I have experienced this on several older Eye Brands as I grew my collection over the years, resulting in truly ruining some nice old cutlery. The cracked ice material seemed to be the most aggressive in off-gassing among the celluloid handled knives. There is evidence of this on the top edge of the pen blade of your knife and the crack in the handle material at one of the pins is telltale. Suggest you keep that one separated from your other knives in a well ventilated place and not roll it up in a knife roll. Just my thoughts. Hope you can preserve it. It's a great old knife.

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Re: Old Schlieper Cracked Ice Stockman

Postby Ohwilliehe » Thu Apr 13, 2017 1:01 am

Thank you guys! I figured it was much older than the ones I had. Boy it is still a solid Knife, it's fine construction shows. Amazing snap and when I oiled it up it didn't seep out a bit. The thing is tight as a drum. I had never heard of out-gassing before but after reading up on it, that's some crazy stuff. Thanks for all your help! By the way I only gave $20 for the knife, a great buy for any German Eye if you ask me.

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Re: Old Schlieper Cracked Ice Stockman

Postby Paladin » Thu Apr 13, 2017 1:13 am

Willie,
The handles are only going to get worse, as Joe says. If you have someone who will put new handles on it, it might be a good idea. Also, keep it away from your other knives. It will eventually ruin the metal within itself and fall into pieces.

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Re: Old Schlieper Cracked Ice Stockman

Postby tongueriver » Thu Apr 13, 2017 9:18 pm

I have this gasser out to our good friend Orvet to change out the covers before it goes rogue.
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Re: Old Schlieper Cracked Ice Stockman

Postby Ohwilliehe » Sun Apr 16, 2017 5:23 am

Wow that's so nuts. Thanks Ray I believe I'll look around see if I can find someone I'd like to do it. Thought about trying it myself but I don't want to mess up such a great knife. So let me ask you guys this. Joe mentioned the cracked ice were bad to out-gas. So I guess then I should worry about this canoe pattern I have also?
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Re: Old Schlieper Cracked Ice Stockman

Postby Paladin » Sun Apr 16, 2017 11:27 am

Yep, but it looks ok for now. I'd just keep an eye on it and store it away from your other knives. I think a constant temperature environment is best.

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Re: Old Schlieper Cracked Ice Stockman

Postby Ohwilliehe » Sun Apr 16, 2017 2:05 pm

Ok will do. Thanks again Ray and a very happy Easter to you and yours!


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