American Chestnut Knives

Former Schrade President Walley Gardner and principal Joe Hufnagel joined with nine master cutlers to form a group of US craftsmen with over 300 years of combined knife making experience. The company they created is located in upstate New York where a long and rich tradition of quality knife making dates back to the 19th century.
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American Chestnut Knives

Postby philco » Sat Feb 28, 2015 4:18 am

If you're a Canal Street collector, no doubt you've come across the Chestnut handled knives that Canal Street offers for sale. The handle material comes from an old barn in Hopkinsville, Ky. that has been dismantled for the wood. Here's a couple of photos from the Red River Gorge area where they have a display of a cross section of a Chestnut tree slab. I found it interesting, and hopefully so will you.
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Re: American Chestnut Knives

Postby Colonel26 » Sat Feb 28, 2015 5:11 am

Very cool. I have a stockman and I love it. Hop town isn't too far from me either, my sister-in-law is from there so that makes it special too.

My pa used to talk about gathering wild chestnuts. He loved chestnuts, and so do I. He would always talk about how the old wild ones were better than these oriental ones we have now. Can you imagine what the deer would look like if we still had the number of chestnut trees that they claim we had in the early 20 th century? Wow!

There were a handful of trees that survived the blight, and work is being done to reintroduce the native chestnut. I hope I live to see it in my lifetime.
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Re: American Chestnut Knives

Postby TripleF » Sat Feb 28, 2015 9:03 am

Very interesting Phil! ::tu::
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Re: American Chestnut Knives

Postby FRJ » Sat Feb 28, 2015 2:57 pm

Colonel26 wrote:There were a handful of trees that survived the blight, and work is being done to reintroduce the native chestnut. I hope I live to see it in my lifetime.



I have heard of this too Colonel. I hope it's successful.
One of our national tragedies really, the loss of the Chestnut. It is every thing Oak is and more.

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Postby jerryd6818 » Sat Feb 28, 2015 3:30 pm

Rockford is known as the Forest City because of the many old growth Elm trees that used to line our streets and populate our many parks before being decimated by Dutch Elm Disease in the mid-1950s. In spite of the name, Dutch Elm Disease, like Chestnut blight, originated in the Orient.
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Re: American Chestnut Knives

Postby ea42 » Tue Mar 03, 2015 12:45 am

Phil, that's some slab! Really is a shame, I heard that when the trees flowered in springtime it looked like the mountains were covered with snow. Those trees fed a tremendous amount of wildlife, from deer, birds and squirrels to bear. It was an ecological disaster when those giants died.
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Re: American Chestnut Knives

Postby 313 Mike » Tue Mar 03, 2015 2:08 am

Thanks for posting that Phil. I have been eyeballing those American Chestnut Canal Streets ever since they came out... sure are some handsome pieces of cutlery. Isn't there another maker that is offering knives made with wood from that same barn? Kabar maybe?? Is Canal Street making those for Kabar too I wonder? ::hmm::
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Re: American Chestnut Knives

Postby Chase » Tue Mar 03, 2015 11:24 pm

313 Mike,

Not sure which knife you are talking about (KaBar) although I do know for a fact that Canal Street does make knives for Kabar.

I bought Kabars Dog Head Barlow and Dog Head Pinch Lock Backs with Copper Bolsters. These were manufactured by Canal Street exclusively for Kabar.

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Re: American Chestnut Knives

Postby 313 Mike » Wed Mar 04, 2015 1:02 am

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Here are a few of the Kabar dog's head reclaimed American Chestnut knives...Sure look like they were made by CS to me.
AG Russell is selling them....
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Re: American Chestnut Knives

Postby Chase » Thu Mar 05, 2015 11:04 pm

LOL
I would bet my paycheck on it....those are Canal Street Knives

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Re: American Chestnut Knives

Postby Colonel26 » Thu Mar 05, 2015 11:49 pm

Mike that stockman is the spitting image of my Canal street stockman except for the dog's head shield.

I love mine.
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Re: American Chestnut Knives

Postby philco » Fri Mar 06, 2015 3:26 am

Mike those Kabars were absolutely, positutely made by Canal Street. You can take that to the bank. BTW nice knives! ::tu::
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Re: American Chestnut Knives

Postby btrwtr » Fri Mar 06, 2015 5:21 am

Our local Houston area club, the Gulf Coast Knife Club, had Canal Street trappers for this years club knife. We had a total of 26 knives. 12 handled in Reclaimed American Chestnut Wood and 14 were handled in Smooth Sunset Bone. The Chestnut wood trappers sold out fast. Very good quality knives.

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Re: American Chestnut Knives

Postby D.P. Hunter » Sat Mar 14, 2015 8:18 pm

Canal Street makes/made the Kabar Dogs Head knives
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Re: American Chestnut Knives

Postby ea42 » Sun Mar 15, 2015 3:37 am

Mike, great to hear from you, haven't seen you in a while! ::tu::

We did the chestnut ones for them but have since then pretty much switched over to the copper bolstered line. Here's an example:
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