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national blade knives?

Postby ricknra » Wed Dec 06, 2017 3:21 am

i bought a knife a few years ago, its a really nice knife bone handles the blade is inscribed with a tall ship and star of india above the ship. the tang stamp says national blade surgical steel japan. the handle on one side has a scrimshaw scene of a ship "i assume its the star of india" and its signed joe luiz. i found him in newport rhode island he owned a shop he was a well known scrimshaw artist who had died about 12-13 years ago now. what i want to know is, is there anyone who watches this blog who might know about national blade?

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Postby Railsplitter » Wed Dec 06, 2017 10:10 am

I don't know anything about National Blade but I have a similar knife. You can see the tang stamp if you look closely. Click photos to enlarge. I believe that Charles W. Morgan is the name of the ship but I'm not sure about that.
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Postby Paladin » Wed Dec 06, 2017 11:40 am

Goins lists a NATIONAL PRODUCTS MFG. CO. and dates it to about 1917 in Newark, NJ. There is no other helpful info given.
I am not sure this info relates but it is all I have.

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Postby Railsplitter » Wed Dec 06, 2017 11:59 am

I have mine listed in my records as a "Parker" National Blade but I don't think Parker's name is stamped anywhere on the knife. I think the seller I bought it from sold it as a Parker knife. Maybe these are Jim Parker creations?
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Postby Gunsil » Wed Dec 06, 2017 1:52 pm

I don't know about the knife maker, but the Charles W Morgan is the only surviving original American whaling ship left in existence. The Morgan was built in the 1840s. She was rebuilt a few years ago at the Mystic Seaport museum in Mystic, CT and that is where she stays. If any of you ever get up that way the Mystic Seaport Museum is a great place to visit if you and/or your family likes seafaring history. It is a restored small village with several working old sailing ships you can go on including the Charles W Morgan, and some shops and demonstrations of lost arts such as making rope the way they did hundreds of years ago. Mystic is also where the Northeast Cutlery Collector's Association holds their annual two day knife show around May 1st every year. I think this knife was made for sale at the Mystic Seaport and likely to raise money for the restoration of the Charles W Morgan which took several years and lots of money.

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Postby RobesonsRme.com » Thu Dec 07, 2017 3:49 pm

Anecdotal at best, but "National Blade" causes me to think "Bruce Voyles".

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Postby peanut740 » Thu Dec 07, 2017 4:25 pm

RobesonsRme.com wrote:Anecdotal at best, but "National Blade" causes me to think "Bruce Voyles".

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Me too.
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Postby RobesonsRme.com » Thu Dec 07, 2017 11:11 pm

Or, maybe that was "American Blade" as in American Blade Collectors Association.

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Postby peanut740 » Thu Dec 07, 2017 11:58 pm

Maybe,both used Parker knives.
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Postby ricknra » Mon Dec 11, 2017 6:19 pm

how do i add a photo of the knife? its a really nice knife and i want to show a picture of it. its scrimshawed and has the same type of etching on the blade but its the star of india and the scrimshaw is by joe luiz

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Postby Railsplitter » Mon Dec 11, 2017 6:28 pm

I would love to see a picture. The tutorial in this link might help you get er done. Click on the pictures for a better enlarged view.
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Re: national blade knives?

Postby Lawrence » Tue Dec 12, 2017 6:07 pm

Here's one that I found a few years ago, but the scrimshaw is pretty well worn off. Is it considered scrimshaw if it isn't etched or carved deeply? cheers
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Postby Paladin » Tue Dec 12, 2017 6:12 pm

Lawrence wrote:Here's one that I found a few years ago, but the scrimshaw is pretty well worn off. Is it considered scrimshaw if it isn't etched or carved deeply? cheers

That knife is extremely reminiscent of Jim Parker. I'd say it had Jim Parker written all over it.

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