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STA-SHARP knife

Postby Jporter1974 » Wed Nov 07, 2018 6:52 am

I ran across this little long pull that wasn't busted up, but it doesn't have a tang stamping. The only thing that it has is STA-SHARP 9502 written on the blade. Does anyone have knowledge to share on this one?~ Jon
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Re: STA-SHARP knife

Postby gsmith7158 » Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:04 am

Sta-Sharp is a brand name used by Sears. That knife was most likely made by Camillus.
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Re: STA-SHARP knife

Postby kootenay joe » Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:13 am

Very nice knife. Made by Camillus for Sears likely in 1930's - 1940's. "Sta-Sharp" was the top line of pocket knives sold by Sears and are some of the best knives Camillus made.
Sta-Sharp pearl & bone handled knives make a fine collection. Most of the bone handled ones have been used but there are never used examples that show up from time to time and they are very impressive old knives. Part of Sta-Sharp collecting can be collecting old Sears flyers & catalogs so you can accurately date your knives.
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Re: STA-SHARP knife

Postby jerryd6818 » Wed Nov 07, 2018 12:46 pm

Greg doesn't need my support but here's a plus one for him.

This is what the Kastor List has to say about it. (Left click on the image to enlarge it.)
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Re: STA-SHARP knife

Postby btrwtr » Wed Nov 07, 2018 1:40 pm

I've seen a number of these knives that like your's, were only blade etched and not tang stamped. Once the etch is worn off the brand value is lost. Sweet little pearl in the OP!
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Re: STA-SHARP knife

Postby jerryd6818 » Wed Nov 07, 2018 2:29 pm

Wayne as you've noted, like you, blade etch is the only Sta-Sharp marking I've ever seen.
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Re: STA-SHARP knife

Postby kootenay joe » Wed Nov 07, 2018 3:39 pm

The Kastor list is wrong.
Sta Sharp knives were made in USA by Camillus. I cannot recall seeing any Sears knife that was "Made in Germany".
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Re: STA-SHARP knife

Postby knife7knut » Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:38 pm

Here is one that has both the blade etch and the tang stamp. Unfortunately it was also fated to be made with unstable celluloid handles which completely rotted away the brass liners.Note the excellent condition of the stainless blades though.
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Re: STA-SHARP knife

Postby Jporter1974 » Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:47 pm

Wow, thanks for the great information on this knife. I tried to Google it and the examples that were shown were bone handled and looked like they had a tang stamp, but when you click on Google images they throw everything in the mix. I had concerns about the legitimacy since there was no stamping. I would never have imagined this knife would be as old as it is and still be in such nice shape. I don't believe that it has ever been put on a stone, appears factory. Thanks Family ~ Jon

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Re: STA-SHARP knife

Postby btrwtr » Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:56 pm

Here's a 4" stockman with both etch and stamp.
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Re: STA-SHARP knife

Postby knife7knut » Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:28 pm

And here is a four blade stockman with the STA-SHARP etch and a tang stamp of High Carbon Steel.
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Re: STA-SHARP knife

Postby RalphAlsip » Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:44 pm

Here is a Sta-Sharp cattle knife pattern where the main blade is both etched and stamped.
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Re: STA-SHARP knife

Postby gsmith7158 » Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:55 pm

jerryd6818 wrote:Greg doesn't need my support but here's a plus one for him.

This is what the Kastor List has to say about it. (Left click on the image to enlarge it.)

Jerryd do you think that perhaps the knives with the sta-sharp tang stamps were the ones from Germany? ::shrug::
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Re: STA-SHARP knife

Postby kootenay joe » Thu Nov 08, 2018 12:01 am

Craftsman Sta-Sharp 9548 Chrome Plated High Carbon Steel U.S.A.
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Re: STA-SHARP knife

Postby jerryd6818 » Thu Nov 08, 2018 12:50 am

gsmith7158 wrote:
jerryd6818 wrote:Greg doesn't need my support but here's a plus one for him.

This is what the Kastor List has to say about it. (Left click on the image to enlarge it.)

Jerryd do you think that perhaps the knives with the sta-sharp tang stamps were the ones from Germany? ::shrug::

Couldn't say Greg. ::shrug::
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