Sterling bolster - Help needed, info, age, value?

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Sterling bolster - Help needed, info, age, value?

Postby mmmorici » Sun May 05, 2019 12:51 pm

Purchased this unusual pen knife. Not much to go on so I thought I would check with the experts.
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Re: Sterling bolster - Help needed, info, age, value?

Postby gsmith7158 » Sun May 05, 2019 12:57 pm

That would indicate that the covers are made from sterling silver. A lot of companies made these skeleton knives for Jewelry firms who would then cover them with decorative materials. It's not uncommon to see no makers mark on them.
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Postby smiling-knife » Sun May 05, 2019 12:58 pm

The word sterling rather than hallmarks mean not British and stainless steel blades 1920s or later. That's a little more to go on anyway.
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Postby btrwtr » Sun May 05, 2019 1:15 pm

Beautiful little knife. Oddly enough many very similar knives, nicely engraved and very flat sides, are marked Japan.
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Postby knife7knut » Sun May 05, 2019 4:04 pm

Definitely a Japanese knife;I have a couple including a letter opener knife. Not sure who made them(possibly Mitsuboshi)but they seem to be pretty well made.
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Postby kootenay joe » Sun May 05, 2019 4:26 pm

Yes, Japan and nicely made as well. I too have a couple of these. Age i don't know but they are recent, after 1970. Value is low because very few collectors go for smaller pen knives and not many specifically collect the 'generic' Japan knives. 'Generic' to differentiate from Moki, Hiro, Mcusta, and other high end Japan knife makers. On ebay it might sell for $20-$40.
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Postby knife7knut » Sun May 05, 2019 9:03 pm

Here are a couple:The first is the handle of a letter opener and the second a miniature utility knife.
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Postby kootenay joe » Sun May 05, 2019 9:58 pm

Nice Ray ! Thank you for again contributing to another thread. You do a great deal to help enlighten all of us AAPK'ers.
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Re: Sterling bolster - Help needed, info, age, value?

Postby zoogirl » Mon May 06, 2019 12:08 am

Oh, do I want any one of these knives! ::drool::
Anyway, I don’t know about Japanese knives, but I have a few of the little fancys. One of them has the maker’s name inside the bail, of all places. It was made for a jewelry store. It might be worth a look.
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Re: Sterling bolster - Help needed, info, age, value?

Postby cody6268 » Mon May 06, 2019 8:42 pm

knife7knut wrote:Here are a couple:The first is the handle of a letter opener and the second a miniature utility knife.


Neat how the scissors on that miniature utility knife deploy with the scissors perpendicular to the handle; as opposed to parallel like on most. And it looks like every tool on it is usable; even the can opener. Typically they miniaturize that even on some small knives of the era.

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Re: Sterling bolster - Help needed, info, age, value?

Postby knife7knut » Mon May 06, 2019 10:05 pm

cody6268 wrote:
knife7knut wrote:Here are a couple:The first is the handle of a letter opener and the second a miniature utility knife.


Neat how the scissors on that miniature utility knife deploy with the scissors perpendicular to the handle; as opposed to parallel like on most. And it looks like every tool on it is usable; even the can opener. Typically they miniaturize that even on some small knives of the era.

Unfortunately the spring on the scissors was broken when I got it.They are still usable but you have to return them manually.
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