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Please help identify this beautiful little knife

Post by Double W knives » Sun Feb 06, 2022 7:32 pm

I purchased this knife at a gun show some time back because of its beauty even though I didn't know anything about it. Guess what? I still don't know anything about it!

Although it looks similar to some Khyber's I've owned in the past, it's still not quite the same. The attention to detail is incredible. It has extensive file work and the fit of the handles is excellent. The only thing that I can see that might be considered a maker's mark is on the lockback and it looks like the letters MW

Attempts to match it online have been unsuccessful so any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you, Keith.
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Re: Please help identify this beautiful little knife

Post by OLDE CUTLER » Sun Feb 06, 2022 7:43 pm

Could be a knife someone made from a kit? Just my guess.
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Re: Please help identify this beautiful little knife

Post by Reverand » Mon Feb 07, 2022 1:53 am

I don't think I have ever seen a center pin that close to the edge before. That would be a distinctive identifier, to me.
I wonder if it is not a custom knife. It could be a kit knife, or a production knife with filework & new clothes, but it should have an identifiable tang stamp if that were the case.
Either way, it is stunning! Is that bone handles, or Ivory?
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Re: Please help identify this beautiful little knife

Post by Double W knives » Mon Feb 07, 2022 2:37 pm

OLDE CUTLER wrote:
Sun Feb 06, 2022 7:43 pm
Could be a knife someone made from a kit? Just my guess.
Yessir you could be correct but I've not seen a kit knife with this precision fit or filework. Thank you for your feedback.

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Re: Please help identify this beautiful little knife

Post by Double W knives » Mon Feb 07, 2022 2:46 pm

If it is a kit knife, any idea what the MW on the lockback piece represents?

Looking at the handles I can see lines and vessels indicative of bone rather than ivory.

Thank you for the feedback!

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Re: Please help identify this beautiful little knife

Post by btrwtr » Mon Feb 07, 2022 10:10 pm

Certainly not sure but it looks to me to be custom made. The handle on the mark side looks like fossil tapioca (the inner nerve cavity) walrus ivory and the pile side fossil walrus ivory.
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Re: Please help identify this beautiful little knife

Post by Double W knives » Mon Feb 07, 2022 10:27 pm

Thanks for your insight.

Although I don't need it, I don't want to sell it without knowing more about it. I've contacted several companies today that came up when I searched MW knives - all to no avail.

Looks like this one may be passed down by default.

Right or wrong I like your answer the best lol!

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Re: Please help identify this beautiful little knife

Post by terryl308 » Tue Feb 08, 2022 12:13 am

no info on the maker but like Wayne said it is walrus ivory and the maker got it too hot when he sanded it and caused the crazing (light black cracks). ::tu:: Terry
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Re: Please help identify this beautiful little knife

Post by just bob » Tue Feb 08, 2022 1:45 pm

I'll assume that is a custom knife and not made from a kit, though that may be wrong. I have an old reference book that has a list of custom knife makers. There isn't a long list that match the initials MW, but there are a few. Mark Wahlster, Michael Walker, Michael Wattelet, Martin Weiss, Mike Wesolowski, & Michael Wine. Not one of those names are familiar to me. There is a forum on this site for custom knives you might post your knife there and ask for comments. At one time Arizona Custom Knives was the premier dealer of custom knives. You might contact them with a picture of your knife and see if they have any ideas. Good luck in your efforts keep us posted on your progress.

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Re: Please help identify this beautiful little knife

Post by Double W knives » Tue Feb 08, 2022 4:45 pm

Terry, thank you for your input. I would never have guessed walrus ivory as the lines in it led me to believe it to be bone.

Bob, thank you for your valuable information! I will attempt to contact each of the knife makers one by one.

If I am fortunate enough to find the maker, I'll report back on here what I learned.

Again, you guys are great. Thank you.

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Re: Please help identify this beautiful little knife

Post by testcase » Tue Feb 08, 2022 8:48 pm

I'm in agreement with those calling it a custom, never seen anything that lines up exactly ::hmm::
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