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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 kootenay joe » Fri Jul 07, 2017 5:06 pm

Can you give me a few details on the black handled "Stabber Jack". I am pretty sure i need one.
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Postby Rookie » Fri Jul 07, 2017 6:19 pm

Sure KJ, here is what I know about it.

They were released on April 18, 2012, in a limited 50 piece run. The Certificate of Authenticity lists it as "Ebony Wood Lockback pattern". They were made by Queen Cutlery, with the Tuna Valley tang stamp. Original dealer selling price was $120. They are 4 1/2 inches long closed. Blade is made of ATS-34 steel. It has Nickel Silver pins, liners, and bolsters.

They also made 50 more in burnt stag handles in the Swing Guard pattern instead of the lockback. But the handle size/shape and blade/tang are all identical. I've yet to find one of those for sale that wasn't modified, or missing the tube/coa. The hunt still continues for that one.
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Re: Tuna Valley Picture Show

Postby kootenay joe » Sat Jul 08, 2017 1:56 am

Thanks Rook, 4 1/2" is the same as the GEC # 23. Does this T.V. have a flush & square joint ?
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Re: Tuna Valley Picture Show

Postby 313 Mike » Sat Jul 08, 2017 2:17 am

Fantastic pics of some beautiful knives Rookie, thanks for sharing them . I too like walking in the woods and taking pics of knives, so I can relate! Just curious, when you are woods walking with your TV knives, do you carry them in a special bag or pouch so they don't get all scuffed up? If I am taking multiples into the woods for pics I will sometimes use a fold over style shotgun shell holder with individual velcro sleeves for each shell (or knife).......other times I just load up my pockets and go! :lol:
...always have to be sure to do a little inventory count after pics though so no knife gets left behind....one time I took a bunch of pics of an old wooden Robeson jack atop a big rock off the trail, got about a mile down the path and realized I left the knife perched atop the rock! Hustled all the way back and it was still there thankfully. I was worried some greedy squirrel was going to snatch it up and scurry up a tree with it. That rock is now named "Robeson Rock" in my mind, and I think of it every time I hike past it. :lol:

Another question if you don't mind... I read that you don't carry any of your Tuna knives....what do you edc? It must be something nice I bet, since you have such fine taste in cutlery.....
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Re: Tuna Valley Picture Show

Postby Rookie » Sat Jul 08, 2017 3:02 am

Joe, yes the lockback when fully opened is flush. Here is a pic I found of it open, this isn't my photo, just one I had found online a few years ago.


Mike, if I'm taking more than 1 knife in the woods, I usually take a small backpack with me, with the camera, tripod, knives, and a clean cotton cloth to wipe off fingerprints. All the Tuna knives come with a black velvet sleeve, so I keep them in those until they are ready for a photo, and then afterwards they go right back in. I have knives that are users, for in the tackle box or in my hunting pack, but the TV knives are for a display collection only.

I'm a little different than most. I researched for a long time to find my ideal carry knife, and it rides in my pocket every day. I don't have a knife rotation like most, I just have this one and it will be my only one until it fails me or I find something I like better. It is a 2012 S&M sowbelly in stag. This photo was from the day I bought it. It has been sharpened and dropped a few times since then, and the stag isn't as vibrant a color, and the bolsters and blades have some surface scratches on them. But I still like it.
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Re: Tuna Valley Picture Show

Postby kootenay joe » Sat Jul 08, 2017 9:04 am

Rookie, "flush & square joint" refers to the blade tang being flush with the bolster ends in both the half stop and closed positions. Here are pics showing such a joint in a GEC # 23 pattern knife.
Does the T.V. 'Stabber Jack' have this type of joint construction ?
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Re: Tuna Valley Picture Show

Postby Rookie » Sat Jul 08, 2017 1:09 pm

I see. No, it definitely doesn't have a flush& square joint then. It has a continuous round 1/2 circle. There is no 1/2 stop.
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Re: Tuna Valley Picture Show

Postby kootenay joe » Sat Jul 08, 2017 2:12 pm

Thanks.
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Re: Tuna Valley Picture Show

Postby Rookie » Sun Jul 16, 2017 9:50 pm

I was out today after lunch and took some photos of the 2015 muskrat in amber stag. These 2 turned out nicely.
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Re: Tuna Valley Picture Show

Postby MITCH RAPP » Sun Jul 16, 2017 10:04 pm

8) Man! That's a Real Beauty! ::tu::
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Postby Rookie » Mon Jul 17, 2017 12:36 pm

Thanks Mitch
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Re: Tuna Valley Picture Show

Postby kootenay joe » Mon Jul 17, 2017 1:28 pm

Is this a 2 spring Muskrat ?
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Postby Rookie » Mon Jul 17, 2017 2:43 pm

Yep, 2 springs. 1 on each blade.
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Re: Tuna Valley Picture Show

Postby kootenay joe » Mon Jul 17, 2017 6:00 pm

The 2 spring Muskrat is more of a brawny work knife. The single spring Muskrat is a svelte knife, graceful looking that i think of as 'lighter' duty, but i don't know if is actually less strong.
Although i prefer the single spring design your Tuna Valley Muskrat is a very handsome knife.
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Re: Tuna Valley Picture Show

Postby Rookie » Sun Jul 23, 2017 6:53 pm

Here are a couple nice shots of the Cattleman with buffalo horn.
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