Robeson easy opener

The first Robeson knives were imported by Millard Robeson from England and Germany exclusively. This continued from 1979 until 1896 when Robeson began manufacturing knives in the United States. Since inception, the company has gone through several reorganizations & eventually ended up as a Queen Cutlery brand.
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Robeson easy opener

Postby knife-nut » Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:26 pm

I want to show my large Robeson easy opener. 5” long closed. 9” long open. A little bit too large to carry in your pocket comfortably. Beautiful worm groove bone. Great snap. :D
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Re: Robeson easy opener

Postby RobesonsRme.com » Wed Aug 15, 2018 12:10 am

Beautiful rare knife. Thanks for posting here. ::tu::

They made that pattern as a Terrier, too, so the knives probably date 1910 - 1916 or so.

I have this big five inch Terrier. It has the same pattern number as knives such as yours, but different blades. I'm quite sure these blades are original to the knife.

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Re: Robeson easy opener

Postby BWT » Wed Aug 15, 2018 12:22 am

Nice Charlie, always enjoy looking at your Terriers!! That is one nice knife ::tu:: ::tu::
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Re: Robeson easy opener

Postby knife-nut » Wed Aug 15, 2018 1:21 am

That hawkbill blade sure surprised me. I don’t think I have ever seen that combination before.

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Re: Robeson easy opener

Postby BWT » Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:31 pm

knife-nut wrote:I want to show my large Robeson easy opener. 5” long closed. 9” long open. A little bit too large to carry in your pocket comfortably. Beautiful worm groove bone. Great snap. :D

That's a good looking knife, very impressive ::tu:: ::tu::
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Re: Robeson easy opener

Postby KleenCut61 » Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:10 am

I really Dig Those ,I Didn't know how rare they were thou. To Very Fine examples .Thx 4 Posting ::tu:: __ Joe

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Re: Robeson easy opener

Postby RobesonsRme.com » Thu Aug 16, 2018 3:26 am

When there used to be multiple large, well attended NKCA Knife Shows, you might see a knife like the OP knife every once in a while, but they were always just about used up. The long pen blade was especially prone to being way down.

Joe Seale wrote an article for KnifeWorld Magazine years ago about one such knife that was in fantastic condition. It had a leather thong through the hole. I have no idea what happened to that knife.

The Terrier I posted came out of Mr. Seale's collection after he passed away. Tony Foster bought it and sold it to the man from whom I obtained it.

It is the only such knife I have ever seen, Terrier or Robeson.

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Re: Robeson easy opener

Postby KleenCut61 » Sun Aug 19, 2018 3:57 pm

Very Interesting story there Charlie ::tu:: I like provenance ,The Sacrificial pen blade makes perfect cents on such a Large design . Examples with a Leather Punch Instead of the pen would no doubt have faired better :roll: I think there are the ultimate pocket Knife , Perhaps they were part of the display sample trend of the early period ,Seeing How They sure do get Noticed when they present them selfs :mrgreen: _-K.C.

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Re: Robeson easy opener

Postby Sharpnshinyknives » Sun Aug 19, 2018 4:05 pm

Very nice all those knives. Big fan of Robeson’s myself. Charlie, Any idea how many they would have made of that one w/ the hawksbill? Love that set up, you don’t see a hawksbill and a smaller blade together very often. Very nice set up.
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Re: Robeson easy opener

Postby RobesonsRme.com » Mon Aug 20, 2018 12:24 am

I'm completely clueless on that question. They didn't even change the pattern number on the hawkbill/sheepsfoot knife. Ordinarily, such a departure from an established pattern would have warranted a change of number or an added numerical suffix, although that practice might not have started until later. We are talking about knives made in the mid-teens.

The one I have is the only one I've ever seen or heard about.

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