Tuna Valley Picture Show

The Tuna Valley Cutlery Company was an old Pennsylvania brand that was resurrected by Perry Miller in 2007. Perry had several patterns produced by GEC under this name in the later 2000s. In 2012, Daniels Family Knives purchased the Tuna Valley Cutlery name & working stock. Production has since resumed under the direction of Ken Daniels (co-founder of Great Eastern Cutlery) and his son Ryan Daniels.
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Re: Tuna Valley Picture Show

Postby Rookie » Fri Jan 20, 2017 12:53 pm

Hi Joe, I started collecting these after my grandfather gave me one of the original pearl 1906 Tuna Valley knives. It made for a perfect centerpiece to focus the collection around. You are correct, all my Tuna are collectible/display pieces, I don't use them.

The blades have a mostly uniform grind, maybe a few weren't perfect. Typical to fashion from Queen, the blades don't come razor sharp from the factory.

Most of my knives I acquired are 2nd hand, or bought at shows. In both cases you can pick up a knife for quite a bit less than full dealer price. I've spoken to Ryan and Courtney Daniels on many occasions (and bought knives from them), and they introduced me to some of the dealers, so I can also buy from dealer sites with a discount price occasionally.

I love the mammoth ivory, and all the Tuna knives I've seen have premium ivory. So much character and each knife has perfectly matched handles. And there is a lot of variety from knife to knife, so lots of different colors to choose from (white, brown, red, blue, green). Part of the reason that the mammoth handled knives are more money isn't just the ivory, but also the ivory is fluted on the ends, and then the bolsters are each hand engraved by Oiseau Metal Arts, so that adds to the cost, and they are also limited to only 25 pieces. At knife shows, you can often find an ivory Tuna Valley knife in the $350-$400 range, but even still, you are correct that most won't pay that much for a factory made knife. I've never found a flaw with any of the ivory handled knives, and I would say they are higher quality than factory made, but not quite up to custom made quality. But I like them, I'm blessed to be able to buy them when I wish, so I keep buying them. :D

Here is a newer one that I just recently got pictures of. The carpenter whittler in ivory.
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Re: Tuna Valley Picture Show

Postby kootenay joe » Fri Jan 20, 2017 2:37 pm

Thank you Rookie. Your reply really helps me understand these knives.
Did T.V. use elephant ivory on any of it's knives before the ban went into effect ?
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Re: Tuna Valley Picture Show

Postby Rookie » Fri Jan 20, 2017 5:22 pm

All Tuna knives use mammoth ivory only.
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Re: Tuna Valley Picture Show

Postby Rookie » Mon Apr 10, 2017 12:02 am

I liked these pics I got today walking in the woods with my camera and a newly acquired Tuna knife. 2012 Cotton King with Ebony Wood handles.
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Re: Tuna Valley Picture Show

Postby kootenay joe » Mon Apr 10, 2017 2:17 am

Another fine Tuna Valley knife & well photographed as well.
Rookie you sure are putting on a great knife show here. I like the Burnt Stag & Mammoth ones best but so far i don't have one to post.
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Re: Tuna Valley Picture Show

Postby Rookie » Sat Apr 15, 2017 2:11 am

Thanks Joe! Here are a few new ones I took today.
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Re: Tuna Valley Picture Show

Postby kootenay joe » Sun Apr 16, 2017 10:38 am

Wow ! More spectacular knives. Is this 2 knives or 4 knives ?
These Tuna Valley knives you have would make a stunning display if all shown together like on a display board/cabinet.
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Re: Tuna Valley Picture Show

Postby Rookie » Sun Apr 16, 2017 10:52 am

Those are just 2 knives, I posted 2 shots of each one. They are the 2012 lockback in amber stag, with spear point blade (made by Queen Cutlery). And the 2010 4-blade cigar congress in jigged redbone (made by Great Eastern).

That is actually my long term goal, if I ever get "man cave" built in my house, I'm going to create a nice wooden/glass display with black velvet liner, and soft light inside. That's probably a 10 year goal at this point though. :D
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Re: Tuna Valley Picture Show

Postby Rookie » Sun May 07, 2017 9:44 pm

Time for a photo update. Here are a few new shots from during the past few weekends while I'm out walking in the woods behind the house.
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Re: Tuna Valley Picture Show

Postby Rookie » Wed May 10, 2017 6:25 pm

Another couple I took today, of the 2012 version of the cigar stockman with brazillian cherry.
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Re: Tuna Valley Picture Show

Postby kootenay joe » Thu May 11, 2017 11:33 am

Thanks Rookie. You are showing us the best Tuna Valley Picture Show anywhere online i do believe.
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Re: Tuna Valley Picture Show

Postby Rookie » Thu May 11, 2017 12:23 pm

Thanks Joe! I like walking in the woods, I like Tuna Valley knives, and I like taking photos of them. So I would probably be doing this even if nobody was watching. haha
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Re: Tuna Valley Picture Show

Postby TripleF » Thu May 11, 2017 12:32 pm

Amazing knives and pics!! Thanks for posting!! ::tu::
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Re: Tuna Valley Picture Show

Postby Rookie » Thu May 11, 2017 2:39 pm

Thanks Scott, much appreciated. :D
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Re: Tuna Valley Picture Show

Postby Rookie » Wed Jul 05, 2017 1:39 pm

Some new ones to show.
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2012-tuna-valley-lockback-ebony2.jpg
2012-tuna-valley-lockback-ebony3.jpg
2012-tuna-valley-cotton-burnt-stag-01.jpg
2012-tuna-valley-cotton-burnt-stag-02.jpg
2012-Tuna-Valley-Lockback-Clip-Burnt-Stag.jpg
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2015-tuna-valley-railsplitter-ivory.jpg
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