Old Imperial solid bolster knives......

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Old Imperial solid bolster knives......

Post by knife7knut » Mon May 01, 2017 9:15 pm

A recent post featuring an old solid bolster Imperial got me to thinking about them. I amassed quite a few of these back when I was collecting knives because they were well made and not of any specific brand. The old Imperial knives never disappointed me and great examples could be had for very reasonable money as no one really cared about them.
Going through mine and doing some re-photographing I found some interesting variations.For instance some of the curved can openers are stamped,"Can Opener" and one I have has a patent number below the stamping while still another has,"patent pending" underneath. There are at least four different leather punches featured including one that is two piece! Some of the non Scout utilities feature a pen blade in lieu of a punch blade.The screwdriver/cap lifter comes in at least 3 sizes.Some have pinned bails while others have snap on(wire)bails that usually disappear.I won't even get into the number of shield variations as well as tang stamps.
Of all the ones I photographed today probably the most unusual(to me anyway)is the 3 blade with the shield stamped,"Kamp King". This is the first time I have ever seen a Kamp King with solid bolsters. I have several of them with the shell bolsters including my grandfather's which was the first knife I ever cut myself with at the age of eight!
Anyway here goes the pictures;I hope you enjoy them and feel free to add any you might have.
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Re: Old Imperial solid bolster knives......

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Post by knife7knut » Mon May 01, 2017 9:26 pm

Page five The IKCO with two different color handles may have been a salesman's sample.
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Post by danno50 » Tue May 02, 2017 3:37 pm

Great variety of old Imperials, Ray! I really like the second one on the second page, with the large clip and the serrated sheepsfoot. I don't really like serrated blades, but on that one it seems to fit.
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Post by knife7knut » Tue May 02, 2017 4:17 pm

danno50 wrote:Great variety of old Imperials, Ray! I really like the second one on the second page, with the large clip and the serrated sheepsfoot. I don't really like serrated blades, but on that one it seems to fit.
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I was a bit hesitant to post that one as the master blade isn't stamped but it has all the earmarks of an Imperial.If you look closely at the serrations you will notice there is a mis-cut tooth about two thirds of the way down the blade. Someone else posted an identical knife on one of the forums here awhile ago that had the exact defect! Here is a closeup of the blade.
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Post by treefarmer » Tue May 02, 2017 5:08 pm

Those serrated blades like that, were they for dog grooming? Something seems to ring a bell. ::shrug::
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Post by knife7knut » Tue May 02, 2017 5:38 pm

treefarmer wrote:Those serrated blades like that, were they for dog grooming? Something seems to ring a bell. ::shrug::
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I believe the dog grooming blades had a little more pronounced tooth to them such as this one;although I suppose they could have been used for that purpose.
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Re: Old Imperial solid bolster knives......

Post by Dinadan » Tue May 02, 2017 5:45 pm

Interesting historical bunch of Imperials, Ray. Of the ones posted my favorites are on page five: the first and third cracked ice jacks - the ones with bolsters. I like the nice swedged clip blades with the long pulls on those. I do not know if that cracked ice material is a kind of celluloid or not, but it has certainly held up well.
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Post by treefarmer » Tue May 02, 2017 6:51 pm

K7K,
There is quite a difference in the teeth on the that "stockman" compared to the one we are discussing. Back to the 1st serrated blade, the tooth count is about 24 per inch like a metal cutting hacksaw blade and appears to not to be directional. What do you think such a blade was intended to cut?
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Post by knife7knut » Tue May 02, 2017 9:03 pm

Dinadan wrote:Interesting historical bunch of Imperials, Ray. Of the ones posted my favorites are on page five: the first and third cracked ice jacks - the ones with bolsters. I like the nice swedged clip blades with the long pulls on those. I do not know if that cracked ice material is a kind of celluloid or not, but it has certainly held up well.
The first one with the greenish tinted handles is indeed a beautiful little knife.The serpentine is pretty decent although it does show a bit of shrinkage. The one above it with the blue handles originally had cracked ice handles but they were deteriorating so I replaced them with some blue Plexiglass I had left over from a job.And yes they are celluloid.
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Post by knife7knut » Tue May 02, 2017 9:07 pm

treefarmer wrote:K7K,
There is quite a difference in the teeth on the that "stockman" compared to the one we are discussing. Back to the 1st serrated blade, the tooth count is about 24 per inch like a metal cutting hacksaw blade and appears to not to be directional. What do you think such a blade was intended to cut?
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I'm not really sure of the intent of those teeth;a sheepfoot blade isn't really suited to cut anything that would require serrations such as steak or some other meat. What I cannot understand is how two knives got out of the factory with the identical fault in the blade. I'm going to have to search and find out who posted that other knife.
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Re: Old Imperial solid bolster knives......

Post by Tsar Bomba » Tue May 02, 2017 9:24 pm

knife7knut wrote:I'm not really sure of the intent of those teeth;a sheepfoot blade isn't really suited to cut anything that would require serrations such as steak or some other meat.
Schrade, the eventual owner of the Imperial brand (or vice versa depending on your perspective) thought otherwise:
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Re: Old Imperial solid bolster knives......

Post by #goldpan » Tue May 02, 2017 9:34 pm

You guys have some nice Imperials! They certainly made some fine knives in their early years. I looked through my pile and I have 5 old school Imperials.
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The top four all have the two line marking dating 1935-1945 per Goin's.
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The Barlow on the bottom has the earlier curved stamp dating it to 1917-1925.

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