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Sometimes the Ebay gods smile on you and you can snag a great knife as a just listed Buy It Now, this happened the other day with this Ulster balloon jack.
Got it today and other than some age corrosion and a small pin crack it is in amazing condition, I would say unused. Still has a strong blade etch, says Tredway's Wizard Hand Hammered. 3 5/8, single spring, amazing construction with no blade rub and great snaps. Tang stamp is Ulster Knife Co. NY
Anyone have any idea when this one dates from or what or who TredWay's was?
John I just did a quick search on google and apparently Treadway was a hardware company in Dubuque Iowa and Wizard was one of their markings. They were in business in one form or another from around 1853 to 1987. Great Find Lloyd
A pocket knife is still an intimate personal possession of the individual who carries it and consequently deserves the best of materials, finish and workmanship in its production. (Quoted from Boker's 1928 cutlery catalog).
John that is fantastic! You REALLY lucked out on that, hardly ever see them come up in that condition. I believe what you have there is a Norfolk pattern, and an incredible one at that. You defined it perfectly with your description. I believe doing it this way gives a bit more room for a wider blade since the hump above the center pin is far less pronounced when compared to a straight serpentine. A balloon pattern would be swelled on the front edge as well as the back. Congrats!!!!