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RobesonsRme.com wrote:I have never seen a Robeson DEMONSTRATOR as small as this little curved jack, which is only 2 3/4” long.
Nor have I ever seen a Robeson DEMONSTRATOR with pearl handles. The vast majority of these knives have pressure molded black hard rubber handles, although I have seen a couple or three with bone handles, all of which were on the table of an older knife seller from Murphreesboro, Tennessee. I was never convinced they had not been rehandled.
I don’t think I’ve ever encountered this pattern before. And it does not have a pattern number.
The master spear is marked, SHUREDGE / DEMONSTRATOR and the secondary pen is marked ROBESON / ROCHESTER.
I’ve never seen that SHUREDGE / DEMONSTRATOR stamp before and it is not shown in Tom Kalcevic’s books.
I’m not sure how to date this knife. Given the block letter SHUREDGE, I’m tempted to say post 1948, but the stamp on the pen is an older stamp and the knife just looks older than that. Also, I always thought the Demonstrator marked knives were from an earlier time. Kalcevic dates the ROBESON / DEMONSTRATOR stamp 1911 - 1939, so I suppose this little curved pearl might be after 1940, but I cannot put an ending date on that.
At any rate, this is a master blade stamp I’ve never seen or heard of before, so I bought it off EBay this week for forty-eight dollars
Sweet little knife, though.
Interesting, rare stuff is still out there, waiting to be found. One just has to stay alert.
Ebay is, indeed, the biggest knife show on earth.
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