108 OT with different bolsters

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108 OT with different bolsters

Post by Meridian_Mike » Tue Apr 07, 2020 9:13 pm

I just found this 108 OT out in the bay and fished it in.
Now... are these called "pinched" bolsters?
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Anyway.... was this a special issue knife or something?
Maybe part of a set?
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Y'all got any ideas about this guy?
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The liners are not reeded so the only thing special I see is the bolsters.
What say ye?

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Re: 108 OT with different bolsters

Post by jerryd6818 » Tue Apr 07, 2020 9:25 pm

Someone has modified those bolsters. Here's one just like yours only with the factory bolsters. I bought this in the late 1960's and carried it for at least ten years. There's a name for those bolsters but for the life of me, I can't remember it right now but it's not "pinched".
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Re: 108 OT with different bolsters

Post by Meridian_Mike » Tue Apr 07, 2020 9:51 pm

Yep, you could be right Jerry.
I have several of these 108's and none look like this one.
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All I can say is.... if someone just decided to file this into the bolster (both sides) they sure did a nice job of it.

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Re: 108 OT with different bolsters

Post by bladecollectorr » Tue Apr 07, 2020 9:52 pm

I'm thinking someone filed the bolsters too. I think they are called "rat-tail" bolsters cause the groove is wide as a rat tail as opposed to "lined bolsters" with a narrow straight-sided groove.

Some folks are surprisingly handy when you give them a file.
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Re: 108 OT with different bolsters

Post by OLDE CUTLER » Tue Apr 07, 2020 11:35 pm

Meridian_Mike wrote:
Tue Apr 07, 2020 9:51 pm
Yep, you could be right Jerry.
I have several of these 108's and none look like this one.
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All I can say is.... if someone just decided to file this into the bolster (both sides) they sure did a nice job of it.

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I'd say they did too. Would it not be possible if you were not paying attention that one could cut into the Swinden pin recess when doing this?
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Re: 108 OT with different bolsters

Post by KnifeSlinger#81 » Wed Apr 08, 2020 12:46 am

That ain't factory.
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Re: 108 OT with different bolsters

Post by Old Folder » Wed Apr 08, 2020 1:22 am

Normally, Pinched Bolsters are on the very tip end of the bolster.
I do not know of the authenticity of your knife, however, if it is not original, someone did a very efficient and good job of "Pinching" the bolsters. ::nod::

Here are "Pinched" bolsters:
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And here are "Rattail" bolsters.
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Re: 108 OT with different bolsters

Post by jerryd6818 » Wed Apr 08, 2020 1:50 am

I tend to equate "rat tail" bolsters with old knives. Old like the 19-teens & 1920s.
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Re: 108 OT with different bolsters

Post by Meridian_Mike » Wed Apr 08, 2020 11:22 am

OLDE CUTLER wrote:
Tue Apr 07, 2020 11:35 pm

I'd say they did too. Would it not be possible if you were not paying attention that one could cut into the Swinden pin recess when doing this?
Yes! That is a very good point.
If you handed me a swinden pinned bolster knife and ask me to file into like that, I sure would be afraid of ruining the knife.

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Re: 108 OT with different bolsters

Post by Meridian_Mike » Wed Apr 08, 2020 11:26 am

Old Folder wrote:
Wed Apr 08, 2020 1:22 am
Normally, Pinched Bolsters are on the very tip end of the bolster.
I do not know of the authenticity of your knife, however, if it is not original, someone did a very efficient and good job of "Pinching" the bolsters. ::nod::
Thanks for that lesson concerning pinched and rat tail bolsters!

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Re: 108 OT with different bolsters

Post by Old Folder » Wed Apr 08, 2020 6:50 pm

Meridian_Mike wrote:
Wed Apr 08, 2020 11:26 am
Old Folder wrote:
Wed Apr 08, 2020 1:22 am
Normally, Pinched Bolsters are on the very tip end of the bolster.
I do not know of the authenticity of your knife, however, if it is not original, someone did a very efficient and good job of "Pinching" the bolsters. ::nod::
Thanks for that lesson concerning pinched and rat tail bolsters!

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Thank you Mike.
I see that many current production knives still produce "Pinched Bolsters" but I do not remember seeing any with old style "Rat Tail" bolsters.

I could be wrong, but Roger and Kens (peanut740) next Maher&Grosh knife will have "Rat Tail" bolsters on their next production. At least from their latest hint, or should I say "latest tease" it seems to be a Trapper with Rat Tail Bolsters. ::shrug::
They should be available soon.
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Their last knives from 2019 "Texas Rangers" listed here have Pinched Bolsters.
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The Smooth Appaloosa Bone "TEXAS RANGER" is my favorite. Only a couple are still available on their above website if you are interested.
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Re: 108 OT with different bolsters

Post by Meridian_Mike » Mon Apr 13, 2020 12:32 pm

Thanks for the heads-up Dan!
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They buried William in the old church yard, And Barbara there anigh him,
And out of his grave grew a red, red rose, And out of hers, a briar.....
They lapped and tied in a true love's knot. The rose ran around the briar.

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