A special knife passed down to me. What is your special knife?

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A special knife passed down to me. What is your special knife?

Postby Krj1volfan » Thu Aug 09, 2018 1:28 am

This knife is an old cattle knife made by the New York Knife Company. It was my GGGrandfather’s knife James Jackson Lee. It was in his pocket when he died 8/9/1899 after falling into a sink hole while in performance of his duty as a Deputy Sheriff of Putamn County Tennessee. I would guess most of the wear on this knife was by him due to it being relegated to heirloom status after his death. Attached are some pics of the knife with a newspaper article of his death. I would welcome any insights on this knife. I would also to love to see any stories of any of your special knife.
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Knife of Deputy JJ Lee
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Knife of Deputy JJ Lee
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Knife of Deputy JJ Lee
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Knife of Deputy JJ Lee
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Memorial of Putnam’s Fallen Officers

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Postby tongueriver » Thu Aug 09, 2018 1:51 am

Great story and great relic to the family, and well-told; thank you! ::tu:: My paternal grandfather was a trader, hunter, trapper, bait man, trotliner, mentor of boys, horse (uh...) trader ::paranoid:: , and all manner of outdoorsman stuff; he never held a wage job. He was born in 1876 in Coryell County, TX and died at the age of 94. I enherited 2 wolf traps with rare markings, a horn he used to call in his coon hounds, a 00 trot line hook, and a tiny miniature double spring trap used as a tie ornament. But the best thing was this German Boker, which I believe to be his last pocket knife, maybe mfg between the end of WWII and the 1950s? I bought another one to keep the two together. The other relatives got the rest of his items. I also got Grandmother's kerosene lamp. Except for a few basic tools for living, these people were poor as church mice but big on character.
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Postby tongueriver » Thu Aug 09, 2018 1:57 am

More on Grand Dad Cal Pruett. He made a lot of knives himself to use heavily in his day to day work. I doubt he ever owned a "fancy" knife.
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Postby tongueriver » Thu Aug 09, 2018 2:13 am

Grandpa Cal Pruett had his OWN grandpa, Matt Davidson, born 1825 on an island off Memphis, TN in a woodcutter's camp. Now HE had some stories which I won't go into. When he got back to Coryell County, TX after the war he built a house (1867). I have a board from that old fallen-down house. In the attic was a sleeping room for two slaves which decided to stay with him after the war. There were gun ports up there and there were some incidents (!). Grandpa Davidson made it to 99 and 11 months; he was looking forward to putting a whole dollar in the plate on his birthday, at the little Pecan Grove church; he almost made it. Sorry about the rant, but a story, you know...
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Re: A special knife passed down to me. What is your special knife?

Postby doglegg » Thu Aug 09, 2018 2:19 am

Great stories, Krj and Cal.

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Postby Krj1volfan » Thu Aug 09, 2018 2:29 am

I loved hearing about your Grandfather and what a beautiful knife. I love to see a good worn knife because you know it was used. A knife well worn is a life well lived. I made that up and it sounds stupid but I like it.

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Postby LongBlade » Thu Aug 09, 2018 3:16 am

Those are great knives, stories and photos Krj and Cal ::tu:: ::tu:: ::tu:: .... Just really special given the family history... priceless!!
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Postby stagman » Thu Aug 09, 2018 3:39 am

Ol Gramp's was the real deal from the post too the pic's.
Pretty cool to have pic's of your own blood kin folk that
were real American frontiersman that settled this country.
A great Lone Star state story as well !!!

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Postby treefarmer » Thu Aug 09, 2018 3:52 am

Great stories and great pictures, men! ::tu::
I only knew my grandmothers, never had the opportunity to experience a grandfather on either side of my family, both passed away in the early 20th century. One in 1907 and the other before 1920, so no old knives to share but I do have some of my dads knives to share with our boys and I'm doing my best to share the knives I use with my grandsons. Maybe they'll one day say, "This is the old Queen that Granddaddy always used skinning deer." ::hmm::
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Postby TripleF » Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:07 am

Great stories!! Thanks for sharing....
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Postby Paladin » Thu Aug 09, 2018 11:38 am

Those are great stories! Thanks for posting!

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Postby Meridian_Mike » Thu Aug 09, 2018 12:11 pm

Cool... love the stories. Thanks for sharing with us.

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Postby glennbad » Thu Aug 09, 2018 4:27 pm

Great knife and story!

I've shared this knife before. It belonged to my grandfather (father's father). I only ever met him once, when I was about 8, and we drove across country in 1975 (6 of us, LOL) to California to visit. My grandfather was a poet, musician, gifted leatherworker, ladies man, (drinker), a man of many talents. I'd like to think I got my ability to work with my hands from him. He grew up in the PNW, but mainly Montana, and fished and hunted like many of his generation. He always had guns, fishing rods, knives, guitars, all quality pieces. When he passed away, my parent went out for the services. My dad brought me back this knife, amongst a few others, but this was one that he used regularly. I wish I knew more about him...


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Re: A special knife passed down to me. What is your special knife?

Postby doglegg » Thu Aug 09, 2018 4:35 pm

I'm glad you got some of his more positive gene's Glen. And knife and memories get better with age. :D ::tu:: ::tu:: :D

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Postby Paladin » Thu Aug 09, 2018 4:43 pm

glennbad wrote:Great knife and story!

I've shared this knife before. It belonged to my grandfather (father's father). I only ever met him once, when I was about 8, and we drove across country in 1975 (6 of us, LOL) to California to visit. My grandfather was a poet, musician, gifted leatherworker, ladies man, (drinker), a man of many talents. I'd like to think I got my ability to work with my hands from him. He grew up in the PNW, but mainly Montana, and fished and hunted like many of his generation. He always had guns, fishing rods, knives, guitars, all quality pieces. When he passed away, my parent went out for the services. My dad brought me back this knife, amongst a few others, but this was one that he used regularly. I wish I knew more about him...

Another great story in this thread. On a roll here... ::tu::

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