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Quick Steel wrote:Sixpack: Hope you can find more information on the knife. It is interesting. I find the handle somewhat odd for the style of blade.
kootenay joe wrote:Interesting as it looks like a "German Export Dagger" from very early 1900's. See LG4 pg. 455 & 466. However Jonathan Crookes is an old Sheffield knife manufacturer, 1780-1827. Jonathan Crookes & Son 1827 - "present"(1994 ?)
Can you make out "& Son" after "Crookes" ?
I think this could well be all original with Crookes & Son copying the "German Export Dagger".
And during early 1990's some Sheffield cutlery manufacturers actually contracted out to Solingen manufacturers and the knives were marked as per Sheffield company. This could be one of them but a real expert in vintage British & German daggers is needed to assess this.
kootenay joe wrote:Very clear markings !
Jonathan Crookes became "& Son" in 1827, however i doubt this knife is older than 1827.
In 1907 Joseph Allen & Sons, also a Sheffield knife manufacturer, bought out 'Crookes' and thus had the rights to all trademarks associated with the Jonathan Crookes & Son business.
My guess is that this knife was likely made by Joseph Allen company sometime not long after 1907 and was marked with the original Jonathan Crookes markings.
There is still the possibility that J. Allen contracted this knife out to a Solingen manufacturer as it is a German pattern from early 1900's.
Note: i am an amateur in all things 'knife'. It would be helpful to hear from someone more knowledgeable about vintage Sheffield fixed blades.
What i can say with some certainty is: it is a very nice knife, one i would be very pleased to own as i'm sure would many others here.