Craftsman Fixed Blade

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Craftsman Fixed Blade

Post by Doc B » Sun Aug 09, 2020 6:51 pm

I've had this Craftsman knife sitting around for awhile. This is the first fixed-blade I've rehandled. It originally was done in leather rings. I had thought I might put bone on it; however, didn't have anything thick enough, to match the pommel end. The latest run of GEC had some knives covered in mesquite...so...a light went off, in my head. I've got an endless supply of mesquite at the ranch and I use it for most of my outdoor grilling and smoking. It was a little tricky, with my limited armamentarium, to get some slabs out...but, I got it done. Mesquite is a very hard wood! You can barely cut it with a very sharp knife. I generally cut my firewood from dried / dead limbs and will have to resharpen my chainsaw after cutting a small pile. I don't think this will be my last time to use it. I kinda like the look...and it has a connection to the property. Happened to have the perfect size sheath, too.
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Re: Craftsman Fixed Blade

Post by glennbad » Sun Aug 09, 2020 6:55 pm

Looks ready to put into use, nice job!

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Re: Craftsman Fixed Blade

Post by orvet » Sun Aug 09, 2020 7:05 pm

Nice job! ::tu:: ::tu::
I have some mesquite but haven't used it yet.
That is some incentive for me because that looks good!
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Re: Craftsman Fixed Blade

Post by zzyzzogeton » Sun Aug 09, 2020 7:32 pm

With a bifurcated tang and double pommel pins, it was obviously a Western made hunting knife. With that style of clip point, it is most likely an L44, an L44-1/2 or an L36.

What is the blade length and overall length?

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Re: Craftsman Fixed Blade

Post by Byrd » Sun Aug 09, 2020 7:51 pm

Doc, that's sweet! I'd carry that.
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Re: Craftsman Fixed Blade

Post by kennedy knives » Sun Aug 09, 2020 8:31 pm

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Re: Craftsman Fixed Blade

Post by Colonel26 » Sun Aug 09, 2020 8:36 pm

Great job on the Western/Craftsman! it's ready for another several generations of work!
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Re: Craftsman Fixed Blade

Post by Doc B » Sun Aug 09, 2020 8:59 pm

zzyzzogeton wrote:
Sun Aug 09, 2020 7:32 pm
With a bifurcated tang and double pommel pins, it was obviously a Western made hunting knife. With that style of clip point, it is most likely an L44, an L44-1/2 or an L36.

What is the blade length and overall length?
The blade length is 5 1/4 inches and overall length is 9 1/2 inches. I had been told it was an L36; but, hadn't had a chance to verify that. Would that be correct?
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Re: Craftsman Fixed Blade

Post by zzyzzogeton » Sun Aug 09, 2020 11:12 pm

It doesn't match any known Western, per se. The L36 has a 5-1/2" blade, the L44-5 has a 5" blade.

I suspect that with a 5-1/4" blade, and looking at the slightly rounded tip, it is most likely an L36.

Western's are notorious for having blades that are slightly under the advertised lengths. The WW2 Sharks are always said to have 6" blades, but most are about 5-7/8", so if it was a tad short to begin with, tip shortening would get it closer to 5-1/4".

As a Craftsman offering, it would not have been marketed as an "L36", but what ever Sears would have called it. It doesn't show up in any of the Sears Christmas catalogs, so it was probably advertised in the Spring/Summer catalogs which no one has collected, digitzed and put on line, like the Christmas catalogs have. Or at least if they have been, I haven't found them online yet.

IF the stamp has a reference to the patent number, that would indicate that the knife was made before 1953. Lack of a patent reference would imply that it was 1954 or later, but maybe not. Negative info doesn't prove anything.

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Re: Craftsman Fixed Blade

Post by herbva » Sun Aug 09, 2020 11:42 pm

Wow, the mesquite rehandle came out really nice Doc! And its great that you have your own endless supply of mesquite to go to right there on your ranch. ::tu:: ::tu:: ::tu:: ::tu::
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Re: Craftsman Fixed Blade

Post by doglegg » Sun Aug 09, 2020 11:43 pm

A use for mesquite other than cooking!!! Who would have thought. That sure looks good Doc. A great save on that one. ::nod:: ::nod:: ::tu:: ::tu::

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Re: Craftsman Fixed Blade

Post by Doc B » Mon Aug 10, 2020 12:52 am

zzyzzogeton wrote:
Sun Aug 09, 2020 11:12 pm
It doesn't match any known Western, per se. The L36 has a 5-1/2" blade, the L44-5 has a 5" blade.

I suspect that with a 5-1/4" blade, and looking at the slightly rounded tip, it is most likely an L36.

Western's are notorious for having blades that are slightly under the advertised lengths. The WW2 Sharks are always said to have 6" blades, but most are about 5-7/8", so if it was a tad short to begin with, tip shortening would get it closer to 5-1/4".

As a Craftsman offering, it would not have been marketed as an "L36", but what ever Sears would have called it. It doesn't show up in any of the Sears Christmas catalogs, so it was probably advertised in the Spring/Summer catalogs which no one has collected, digitzed and put on line, like the Christmas catalogs have. Or at least if they have been, I haven't found them online yet.

IF the stamp has a reference to the patent number, that would indicate that the knife was made before 1953. Lack of a patent reference would imply that it was 1954 or later, but maybe not. Negative info doesn't prove anything.
ZZ... It says Pat No 1767479, Over Made in the USA. Thanks so much for the info!
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Re: Craftsman Fixed Blade

Post by zzyzzogeton » Mon Aug 10, 2020 1:32 am

doglegg wrote:
Sun Aug 09, 2020 11:43 pm
A use for mesquite other than cooking!!! Who would have thought. That sure looks good Doc. A great save on that one. ::nod:: ::nod:: ::tu:: ::tu::
Of all the NA hardwoods, only American (Southern) Chestnut and Ironwood are harder than Mesquite, Chestnut slightly and Ironwood significantly.

Mesquite has been used for tool handles for hundreds of years in Texas and Mexico, and the rest of the SW.

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Re: Craftsman Fixed Blade

Post by Doc B » Mon Aug 10, 2020 1:50 am

zzyzzogeton wrote:
Mon Aug 10, 2020 1:32 am
doglegg wrote:
Sun Aug 09, 2020 11:43 pm
A use for mesquite other than cooking!!! Who would have thought. That sure looks good Doc. A great save on that one. ::nod:: ::nod:: ::tu:: ::tu::
Of all the NA hardwoods, only American (Southern) Chestnut and Ironwood are harder than Mesquite, Chestnut slightly and Ironwood significantly.

Mesquite has been used for tool handles for hundreds of years in Texas and Mexico, and the rest of the SW.
...another interesting bit of info, I was not aware of. ::tu:: ::tu:: ::tu::
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Re: Craftsman Fixed Blade

Post by Reverand » Mon Aug 10, 2020 3:33 am

I had no idea that mesquite wood looked so pretty. That truly has a beautiful color and grain pattern. Great choice!
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