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Unknown Knife

Post by jmpaige » Wed Jun 24, 2020 5:19 pm

I have a knife that I can't seem to find any company name on it and I want to know if anyone knows anything about it. It says springer on the bottom of the handle. It has c6 on one side and c 12 on the other and at the bottom of the blade it says Bulinger Germany. There are pictures to show as well.
Any information would be appreciated.
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Re: Unknown Knife

Post by Mumbleypeg » Wed Jun 24, 2020 5:32 pm

That says Solingen, which is a city name, the center of cutlery production, and a cutlery guild, in Germany. Numerous cutleries were one located there so the knife could have been made by one of several companies. A keyword search for the word Springer in the Switchblade Collectors subforum here turned up a lot of posts.

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Re: Unknown Knife

Post by Old Folder » Wed Jun 24, 2020 5:59 pm

jmpaige wrote:
Wed Jun 24, 2020 5:19 pm
I have a knife that I can't seem to find any company name on it and I want to know if anyone knows anything about it. It says springer on the bottom of the handle. It has c6 on one side and c 12 on the other and at the bottom of the blade it says Bulinger Germany. There are pictures to show as well.
Any information would be appreciated.
Welcome to aapk jimpage. ::handshake::
I believe your name "Bulinger" would be = "SOLINGEN" A little difficult to read due to its age and use over the years.
It appears that whoever was sharpening it over the years substituted a sharpening stone with a grinder. ::facepalm::
The center knife pictured below is similar to your knife.
Your knife was most likely manufactured / produced in Germany during the post-WWII era.
The c 6 & c 12 would most likely be a centimeter measurement of some source.

More information on your knife can be observed on the below website:
http://thebladeblog-ulf.blogspot.com/20 ... locks.html

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German Leverlocks
A large variety of folding knives were produced in Germany during the post-WWII period. Many of these knives were tailored for use by hunters and campers. Commonly, these hunting knives were advertised under various German names like Springer, Springmesser, Jagdspringmesser, or Federmesser. These knives were manufactured in the millions and exported to other parts of Europe as well as to South and North America. Among U.S. outdoorsmen and collectors, this knife became known as the Leverlock. It was a very popular knife that sold in great numbers; every cutlery shop, distributor, hardware store, and retailer sold these popular Leverlocks. They were available in different scale materials, bolsters, sizes, and with various cutlery markings on the tang or blade. Many of the vintage Lever Locks also have 'SPRINGER' stamped on the bottom bolster, with some variation in the letter size and style.
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Re: Unknown Knife

Post by Old Folder » Wed Jun 24, 2020 6:00 pm

I see Ken beat be to the response while I was typing. :oops:
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Re: Unknown Knife

Post by royal0014 » Wed Jun 24, 2020 6:10 pm

It is also a 'shell-puller' type knife.
The end (or bolster) is made to fit the rim of shotgun shells, and used to,
literally, pull a spent shell from the chamber.
c6 and c12 would be two different gauges. I do not know what these translate to
in American gauge, but typical are 12ga and 16ga ... ::shrug::

EDIT : going back and looking at your pictures, I believe the markings
are c16 and c12
And also looking at the middle knife in Old Folder's picture,
I'd bet a donut the OP's knife is 12 and 16 gauge ....
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Re: Unknown Knife

Post by Gunsil » Wed Jun 24, 2020 6:18 pm

Knife could easily be pre-WW2, the shell pullers were more popular before the war. The "springer" pattern was conceived in the early 1900s and George Schrade played a part in it's development when he was in Germany in the early 1900s. The 12 and what was once 16 not 6 ARE the guages the pullers were meant for use with.

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Re: Unknown Knife

Post by New_Windsor_NY » Wed Jun 24, 2020 10:41 pm

This is obviously not the same style of knife, but the purpose is the same.
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