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Gunsil wrote:Like Steve says there are a lot of knives from different companies with Asten Felts shields or marked celluloid scales. None of these knives were meant for work in the felt business, they were promotional items like all the EH Best knives and other promotional or advertising knives. I have not seen a KA-BAR as old as the OP knife (it is pre 1943) with that shield but have seen a lot of later KA-BARs with that shield. Cool old knife for sure. By the way, "matchsriker pull" is a misnomer they are really "dentate" pulls, they were not really suitable for striking matches (try it yourself) and one could spark the old "strike anywhere" matches on their shoe sole or blue jeans or most any other surface. I think the matchstriker business came from the same folks that refer to a Prestolite key square hole in some blades as a skate key.
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