Lenox vintage pen knife

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Lenox vintage pen knife

Postby DelNich.57 » Sat Nov 11, 2017 10:10 am

If anyone could give me any information at all on this Lenox knife please advise. Much thanks. It is approximately 2 1/4 to 2 1/2 inches closed.
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Re: Lenox vintage pen knife

Postby kootenay joe » Sat Nov 11, 2017 1:08 pm

I believe this brand is an import from German, considered to be of 'low' collectibility; i.e. can be a well made knife(or not) but of low value because of low demand by collectors.
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Re: Lenox vintage pen knife

Postby tjmurphy » Sat Nov 11, 2017 11:59 pm

I may be mistaken, but it looks like the handles might be celluloid based on the red-brown discoloration around the pins and what appears to be crazing in the handles. This would be a sign of deterioration/out-gassing of the celluloid. Are the handles real MOP or plastic?
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Re: Lenox vintage pen knife

Postby DelNich.57 » Sun Nov 12, 2017 4:22 pm

tjmurphy wrote:I may be mistaken, but it looks like the handles might be celluloid based on the red-brown discoloration around the pins and what appears to be crazing in the handles. This would be a sign of deterioration/out-gassing of the celluloid. Are the handles real MOP or plastic?
DelNich.57 wrote:If anyone could give me any information at all on this Lenox knife please advise. Much thanks. It is approximately 2 1/4 to 2 1/2 inches closed.

Thank you for your time with a brand new collector of sorts (maybe 6 months). I believe it to be real M.O.P. as it is cool to the touch, I don't know any other way to tell. What is "out gassing" and is it a danger to any other knives in the roll or box? Thank you.

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Re: Lenox vintage pen knife

Postby DelNich.57 » Sun Nov 12, 2017 4:23 pm

kootenay joe wrote:I believe this brand is an import from German, considered to be of 'low' collectibility; i.e. can be a well made knife(or not) but of low value because of low demand by collectors.
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Re: Lenox vintage pen knife

Postby americanedgetech » Sun Nov 12, 2017 5:37 pm

Hi DelNich,
Rub the knife firmly between your hands until it is quite warm. If you smell Camphor (like vicks vapo rub) the knife is celluloid. Or you can heat a pin or sewing needle and stick it in an unobtrusive area to see it if smokes/melts.

My first thought was that it is celluloid (very nice celluloid) but it just may be rust seeping into the pearl if it is MOP.

If it confirms to be celluloid, you will want to keep it separate from any other knives.
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Re: Lenox vintage pen knife

Postby edge213 » Sun Nov 12, 2017 8:31 pm

DelNich.57 wrote:
tjmurphy wrote:I may be mistaken, but it looks like the handles might be celluloid based on the red-brown discoloration around the pins and what appears to be crazing in the handles. This would be a sign of deterioration/out-gassing of the celluloid. Are the handles real MOP or plastic?
DelNich.57 wrote:If anyone could give me any information at all on this Lenox knife please advise. Much thanks. It is approximately 2 1/4 to 2 1/2 inches closed.

Thank you for your time with a brand new collector of sorts (maybe 6 months). I believe it to be real M.O.P. as it is cool to the touch, I don't know any other way to tell. What is "out gassing" and is it a danger to any other knives in the roll or box? Thank you.

Use the "search" option and you will find a lot of info on outgassing.
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Re: Lenox vintage pen knife

Postby kootenay joe » Mon Nov 13, 2017 3:42 am

I believe the handles are genuine pearl. Some pearl discolors with age.
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