Odd kick on an English Jack

The first Robeson knives were imported by Millard Robeson from England and Germany exclusively. This continued from 1979 until 1896 when Robeson began manufacturing knives in the United States. Since inception, the company has gone through several reorganizations & eventually ended up as a Queen Cutlery brand.
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Odd kick on an English Jack

Postby GClaxon » Fri Sep 21, 2018 3:08 am

Anyone ever seen one like this? I’m thinking done by someone and not the factory BUT it was done very nicely. Why grind it and leave the kick?
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Re: Odd kick on an English Jack

Postby btrwtr » Fri Sep 21, 2018 3:16 am

Looks odd to me. What is the pattern number on the back tang?
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Re: Odd kick on an English Jack

Postby jerryd6818 » Fri Sep 21, 2018 3:22 am

Why grind it at all. That's just weird. Probably a question that will never get answered.
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Re: Odd kick on an English Jack

Postby deo-pa » Fri Sep 21, 2018 11:40 am

It's a Robeson, hey Charlie...

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Re: Odd kick on an English Jack

Postby kootenay joe » Fri Sep 21, 2018 5:21 pm

I don't think Charlie is needed to say that Robeson did not grind tangs like on the O.P. knife. However, his opinion on the rest of the knife might reveal other 'issues' such as, is blade original to this handle.
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Re: Odd kick on an English Jack

Postby peanut740 » Fri Sep 21, 2018 7:11 pm

let`s see so other photos of the complete knife.Open and closed. ::hmm::
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Re: Odd kick on an English Jack

Postby btrwtr » Fri Sep 21, 2018 8:34 pm

Pattern number would be helpful to see if the blade is correct for the frame, handles etc.
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Re: Odd kick on an English Jack

Postby RobesonsRme.com » Fri Sep 21, 2018 9:36 pm

Looks like an early knife. I don't see any problems based on photos of just half a knife.

Somebody, however, for whatever reason, has ground down the kick on the master blade's tang. I assume the pen blade was not similarly treated.

What we have to decide is for what reason might somebody have done that?

Was the tip of the blade resting above the tang and catching in his pants pocket?

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Re: Odd kick on an English Jack

Postby GClaxon » Sat Sep 22, 2018 12:49 am

122119 is the pattern number

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Re: Odd kick on an English Jack

Postby RobesonsRme.com » Sat Sep 22, 2018 2:50 am

A Robeson 119 was a five inch English Jack with a clip master blade. They made them with both one and two blades.

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Re: Odd kick on an English Jack

Postby kootenay joe » Sat Sep 22, 2018 2:21 pm

The kick is mostly filed down but there is a small area near blade edge which was not filed and so appears like a "stovepipe" kick. Would this prevent blade from sinking any lower when closed ?
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Re: Odd kick on an English Jack

Postby btrwtr » Sat Sep 22, 2018 3:18 pm

Looks to me like a previous owner has filed the tang down either as some sort of weird customization or for some specific use. Not sure what specific use it could be but it's likely a mystery that will never be solved.
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Re: Odd kick on an English Jack

Postby kootenay joe » Sat Sep 22, 2018 3:40 pm

" Not sure what specific use it could be "
Wayne are you saying that the way tang has been filed down will not drop tip of blade when closed ?
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Re: Odd kick on an English Jack

Postby GClaxon » Sat Sep 22, 2018 3:53 pm

The kick would have been in the same position if it hadn’t been messed with. That’s why the mystery. Why has this tang been altered, for what purpose, or was it factory?

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Re: Odd kick on an English Jack

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