Thanks a lot for the information. I will try the wool sweater, pretty sure the wife has one some where. Just will have to do it when she is not looking Also, I'm glad I signed up on AAPK cause Google ain't got nothing on you guys when it comes to knives!!orvet wrote: ↑Mon Sep 28, 2020 3:46 amI have not heard of that tang stamps before, but time handles look more to me like French Ivory, a type of celluloid, then they look like real ivory.
It's hard to tell from a picture but there are a couple of dark brown spots on the handle in pictures 4 and 5. It is a dark brown spot near the bolster.
That's often an indication that the celluloid is beginning the off-gassing process.
If you have a wool sweater rub to handle briskly with the sweater and then smell it to see if you get kind of a chemical smell from the sweater. If you notice that chemical smell that's a good indicator that it is probably a Celluloid handle.
Although it's very difficult to tell, the fact that you don't have a lot of shrinkage may mean that it is early in the off-gassing process, or that is not celluloid and the brown coloration on the handle maybe due to something as simple as rust.
Thank you so much for the information Old Folder.Old Folder wrote: ↑Mon Sep 28, 2020 8:23 amWelcome to AAPK cleroy423.
Your knife "Kaye Hull" was manufactured by, or for: "Kaye Hull" a Retail business.
The location was "Hull" England. A port city located in Eastern Yorkshire England. A very historic town.
Yes, Sheffield made. So...Kaye + Hull = "Kaye Hull"
When I read "Hull" in your posting, I remembered that while researching my Fathers history during his service in WWII, (Just prior to his Normandy landing) I remembered reading about "Kingston upon Hull" usually abbreviated to just "Hull." which suffered much devastation during the Hull Blitz which was the bombing campaign that targeted the English port city of Kingston upon Hull by the German Luftwaffe during the Second World War.
Sorry, I do not have further information about "Kaye Hull" cutlery. However, you have a very nice rare knife. I have never before seen or heard of a Kaye Hull knife.
I am not much help with the handle material without having the knife in my hand.
I only assume that your knife was made prior to the second World War.
Thanks kootenay joe, it is a pretty decent knife it's got good snap and a nice solid construction. As far as the handles I'm going to try the wool like "orvet" suggested. You got the length right on the money 3 1/2"kootenay joe wrote: ↑Mon Sep 28, 2020 4:46 amI think the handles could be genuine ivory. The picture showing close up around the shield shows the somewhat indistinct grain that is typical of real ivory. Imitation ivory tends to have more distinct parallel lines.
"Kaye Hull" was probably the name of a merchant business, not a knife manufacturer.
Very nice knife.
What is closed length ? 3 1/2" ?