SC505/8OT Norfolk Southern

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cody6268
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SC505/8OT Norfolk Southern

Post by cody6268 » Sat Jan 18, 2020 12:58 am

The Norfolk Southern Pocahontas Division (which, officially, was absorbed by the Virginia division in 2016, but still carries the name) covers my area. Headquarters are in the next town over from me, across the state line in Bluefield, WV (and is about a 20-minute drive from the house). This was a safety award in 1988. Pile side scale features the different railroads that became Norfolk Southern--I know of Virginian, Norfolk-Western (which was mostly what covered my area), and Southern off the top of my head. I have no idea what the "IRR" is. I presume it is in Illinois.

After passing up on the first Pocahontas Division knife I found (Boker Trapper, 1992 Safety Award), lost the auction on a second (a brand new 1990s Leatherman PST), I accidentally found this while looking for a Southern-States branded knife. It's a Scrimshaw-series based advertising knife (SC505), and was apparently a safety award in 1988. I think it uses the 8OT as a basis. I think it's a carbon steel knife, so probably going to need to be a bit careful with handling and have to keep something to protect it on the scales.

I offered $30 for it, and the seller accepted. Feeling it's a little bit high now, noticing what appears to be some corrosion on the bolsters due to the felt (can it be easily cleaned off?). I felt like $20 was fair after seeing that not long after I made the offer.
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Re: SC505/8OT Norfolk Southern

Post by bladecollectorr » Sat Jan 18, 2020 1:31 am

Nice! There are at least two other Schrade Pocahontas Division knives you might want to watch out for.

1986
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1987
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I collect Schrade associated knives that were manufactured in the USA.

cody6268
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Re: SC505/8OT Norfolk Southern

Post by cody6268 » Sat Jan 18, 2020 2:14 am

Guess those two are on my list. Currently watching an '87 I just found. Interestingly enough, seller is in my area this time. I've also seen that logo used to refer to the town of Pocahontas (which is in my county), from which (and their coal that helped create the N&W) the Pocahontas Division gets its name.Guess I've dug myself into another hole....

The cool thing about those you show is that both the Pocahontas and the Powhatan were both passenger trains in the N&W fleet.

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