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Opinions?

Post by Waukonda » Thu Sep 26, 2019 10:42 pm

Is this a broken/reconfigured Hawkbill? Or, possibly a Maize knife?
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Re: Opinions?

Post by FRJ » Thu Sep 26, 2019 10:56 pm

Ike, I would assume it's an old hawkbill that is quite worn down.
It has had plenty of time to be worn too as Southington stopped making knives in 1905.
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Post by bladebuddy » Thu Sep 26, 2019 10:56 pm

Looks like a well worn hawkbill pruner knife from one of Connecticut’s oldest cutlery companies. Honest old knife.
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Post by btrwtr » Fri Sep 27, 2019 12:11 am

Beautiful frame but yes badly worn blade.
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Post by Waukonda » Fri Sep 27, 2019 2:03 am

Well, that was my thinking but I was looking for a little more expertise, so, thanks for the answers. While it won't have a prominent spot, It has great old wood and that Southington stamp will keep it out of the "junk drawer". I certainly don't mind an "honest old knife".
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Post by kootenay joe » Fri Sep 27, 2019 11:28 pm

Very fine wood handle and it could be a picnic knife because the rounded blade end will be great for spreading peanut butter, etc.
Looks like a very large stump that the knife is resting on, like 2 foot diameter ?
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Post by peanut740 » Fri Sep 27, 2019 11:34 pm

I don't think so,worn hawkbill.
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Post by Colonel26 » Sat Sep 28, 2019 12:52 am

Every time I see a knife like that I wonder about the stories it could tell, the places it has been, and teethings it has done. While not a show piece, it has earned a well deserved rest in an honored place in your collection.
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Post by RobesonsRme.com » Sat Sep 28, 2019 1:29 am

Agree with all the above. A maize knife's tip would be inside the frame, not exposed like that.

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Post by Waukonda » Sat Sep 28, 2019 3:06 am

Thanks for the comments, really appreciate reading your thoughts.
Colonel, my sentiments exactly, I think those same thoughts whenever I pick up an old knife. It is just an added facet of knife collecting that you don't have with new knives.
KJ, yes, that stump is prob about that size. It was the largest of a few Wild Cherry trees in my backyard, but was beginning to die and had lost a couple of large limbs. Reluctantly, since my shed is only about 15 ft away, we had it cut down. Still regret that.
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Post by terryl308 » Sat Sep 28, 2019 12:03 pm

Looks like an old hawkbill that might have had the tip broken at one time and someone reprofiled it (nice job btw) Great wood scales too. If only it could talk! I love knives with character! ::tu:: Terry
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Post by tongueriver » Mon Sep 30, 2019 7:02 pm

Great HOK! ::tu:: I hope you got firewood, smoking wood and some superb walking stick material out of that tree!

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Post by Waukonda » Wed Oct 02, 2019 8:36 pm

Definitely yes on fire wood and smoking wood but didnt have the foresight to set aside any walking stick material. However, there is no shortage of Hickory saplings in my little corner of the world and that is what I normally use. Nothing elaborate at this point, just a basic walking stick.
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