Robeson PocketEze Swell Center EO 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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Robeson PocketEze Swell Center EO Jack

Postby Duffer » Thu Dec 13, 2018 11:43 pm

Here is a Robeson PocketEze EO Jack. It is 3 & 1/4 inches closed. It appears to have seen little or no use, has not been sharpened and for that matter does not look like it was ever pocket carried. The blades look full. The famous oval PocketEze shield with vibrant red background is completely intact. This is uncommon because most were carried and used. They were well liked by our grand fathers because of the sunken joints that were easy on pockets. This one has the Robeson/Shuredge (script) underlined/U.S.A. tang stamp (circa 1920-1940). Has beautiful worm groove jigged bone handles that are perfect and look like they just came off the production floor. The pile side primary blade does not have a pattern number. Don’t know why as the other ones I have (and I have a number) all have a six digit pattern number. I believe this one is a pattern number 622598. What do you think Charlie? See attached salesman catalog artist rendering and description reproduced by David Clark. This one 623598 has nickel silver liners represented by the 3 and mine has brass liners represented by the third number 2. Overall just a fabulous Robeson PocketEze example!
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Re: Robeson PocketEze Swell Center EO Jack

Postby peanut740 » Thu Dec 13, 2018 11:55 pm

Lloyd,I will be the 1st to say that is one fine knife! ::tu:: ::tu::
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Re: Robeson PocketEze Swell Center EO Jack

Postby kennedy knives » Fri Dec 14, 2018 12:08 am

peanut740 wrote:Lloyd,I will be the 1st to say that is one fine knife! ::tu:: ::tu::

I would like to second that ::tu::

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Re: Robeson PocketEze Swell Center EO Jack

Postby edge213 » Fri Dec 14, 2018 12:18 am

I will third that!
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Re: Robeson PocketEze Swell Center EO Jack

Postby philco » Fri Dec 14, 2018 12:57 am

Please add me to the list of admirers. That's a beauty! ::tu::
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Re: Robeson PocketEze Swell Center EO Jack

Postby bladebuddy » Fri Dec 14, 2018 1:18 am

Well Lloyd thank you for posting pics of your Robeson. That knife has so many good things going for it. A real beauty. I wish I could hold it in my hands for a very very long time. I’m a little jealous ::mdm:: Lucky you!! Steve B.
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Re: Robeson PocketEze Swell Center EO Jack

Postby 1fartsmella » Fri Dec 14, 2018 2:58 am

Lloyd, An unusual pattern in amazing condition. A real beauty. Thanks for posting, Barry
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Re: Robeson PocketEze Swell Center EO Jack

Postby FRJ » Fri Dec 14, 2018 3:09 am

That is an absolute beauty, Lloyd.
Who wouldn't be proud to own such a beautiful knife. Congratulations. ::tu::

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Re: Robeson PocketEze Swell Center EO Jack

Postby RalphAlsip » Fri Dec 14, 2018 3:19 am

Lloyd, beautiful old Robeson. The handles are fantastic and the shield looks like it still has all the color. Magnificent!

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Re: Robeson PocketEze Swell Center EO Jack

Postby buddyie22 » Fri Dec 14, 2018 4:18 am

Lloyd Question: The groves on the mark side and the pile side look like to me they are indentical. Do you know if they are man made or are they natural ?
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Re: Robeson PocketEze Swell Center EO Jack

Postby wlf » Fri Dec 14, 2018 5:13 pm

Excellent knife Lloyd. That's a characteristic to Robeson's jigging buddy,and others, not natural usually.
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Re: Robeson PocketEze Swell Center EO Jack

Postby RobesonsRme.com » Fri Dec 14, 2018 5:52 pm

Beautiful knife, Lloyd and in fantastic condition.

I agree the pattern number is probably that in the catalog re-print. I have no explanation for why there is no number on the knife, but I have had dozens of Robesons, of all ages, without a stamped number.

You are amassing a fine group of Robeson folders. ::tu::

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Re: Robeson PocketEze Swell Center EO Jack

Postby Duffer » Sat Dec 15, 2018 12:25 am

Thanks guys for your very nice comments!!

Thanks Charlie for your additional input and information!

Buddyie, like Lyle said this jigging pattern or worm groove was unique to Robeson and a couple of other cutlery makers. It is not naturally occurring but rather is man made (from bovine or cow bone typically) using a variety of rotary type cutters some more mechanized than others. The process is usually a proprietary highly guarded process/secret and very little explicit information or photos/videos can be found about it. I have examined a number of PocketEze and other Robeson folder handles in my collection with this worm groove jigging and each is unique to some degree from another handle even on the same folder. Some cutlery manufacturers strive, it seems, for a very random and inexplicable jigging patterns others not so much.

Thanks again gentlemen!
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