Unusual Robeson Swell-Center "Stabber" Jack Back Together

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Unusual Robeson Swell-Center "Stabber" Jack Back Together

Post by herbva » Wed Sep 30, 2020 5:02 pm

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I posted this Robeson, in really rough shape, back in August on the Robeson forum mainly to get an idea of what pattern it was and what it should look like. I still don't know if there is a pattern number for this "stabber" or maybe this was made before Robeson started stamping pattern numbers on their knives. You might want to take a look at this thread if you are interested in more details.

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Charlie (RobesonsRME.com) and others were kind enough to provide information and opinions, and Charlie provided a photo of another "stabber" jack. (Charlie, I hope and pray that you and your family are doing OK with the virus.)

I sent the blade and spring out to Gary Claxon for welding and I think he outdid himself this time! He welded a new tip on the blade and replaced the lost metal on the tang, and filled in the huge divot worn in the spring. I got the parts back on Monday (third picture) and couldn't wait to put this old guy back together. My patch on the mark side scale doesn't match as well as I would like, but I'm pretty happy to have this one in my collection. Both blades have incredible snap! :D
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Re: Unusual Robeson Swell-Center "Stabber" Jack Back Together

Post by doglegg » Wed Sep 30, 2020 6:08 pm

Wonderful!!! ::nod:: ::nod:: ::tu::

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Re: Unusual Robeson Swell-Center "Stabber" Jack Back Together

Post by Meridian_Mike » Wed Sep 30, 2020 6:24 pm

WOW.... great ALL AROUND job!
All the metal work is very well done! Gary Claxon did some NICE welding!
I'm glad you patched the covers instead of replacing..... Very nice!!

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Re: Unusual Robeson Swell-Center "Stabber" Jack Back Together

Post by mcrunkin » Wed Sep 30, 2020 7:55 pm

Fantastic! Knives that special have character just like an artists canvas. Beautiful piece of history there!!!!

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Re: Unusual Robeson Swell-Center "Stabber" Jack Back Together

Post by Doc B » Wed Sep 30, 2020 9:50 pm

Great job, all the way around!!! ::tu:: ::tu:: ::tu::
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Re: Unusual Robeson Swell-Center "Stabber" Jack Back Together

Post by herbva » Wed Sep 30, 2020 10:25 pm

Meridian_Mike wrote:
Wed Sep 30, 2020 6:24 pm
WOW.... great ALL AROUND job!
All the metal work is very well done! Gary Claxon did some NICE welding!
I'm glad you patched the covers instead of replacing..... Very nice!!

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Mike, and everyone else, thanks for kind words. I learned from my first post of this knife on the Robeson forum that the scales are early "pick bone" and the long pull and tangs stamps indicate it is a very early 20th century knife. Normally, I wouldn't try to patch a missing piece of bone that large, but I think that "pick bone" was worth saving. The problem is it was very difficult to match since there is a lot of color variation and no pattern. As a result, my patch stands out like a sore thumb. Now on the pile side I had to do a much smaller patch. Can you find it? :D
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Re: Unusual Robeson Swell-Center "Stabber" Jack Back Together

Post by GClaxon » Wed Sep 30, 2020 11:46 pm

Made a nice addition to your collection buddy!

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Post by Reverand » Thu Oct 01, 2020 12:54 am

It took me a while to find the patch (or, at least, what I believe is a small patch!) on the pile side.
Very good work!
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Re: Unusual Robeson Swell-Center "Stabber" Jack Back Together

Post by GA1dad » Thu Oct 01, 2020 12:55 am

Neat looking folder,, thanks for sharing!!
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Re: Unusual Robeson Swell-Center "Stabber" Jack Back Together

Post by kootenay joe » Thu Oct 01, 2020 6:05 am

Reverand wrote:
Thu Oct 01, 2020 12:54 am
It took me a while to find the patch (or, at least, what I believe is a small patch!) on the pile side.
Very good work!
I believe the patch is on the mark side.
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Re: Unusual Robeson Swell-Center "Stabber" Jack Back Together

Post by herbva » Thu Oct 01, 2020 10:27 am

kootenay joe wrote:
Thu Oct 01, 2020 6:05 am
Reverand wrote:
Thu Oct 01, 2020 12:54 am
It took me a while to find the patch (or, at least, what I believe is a small patch!) on the pile side.
Very good work!
I believe the patch is on the mark side.
kj
The big, ugly patch is on the mark side, but there is a smaller one that blended in much better on the pile side. (Don't tell anyone, but it is next to the pin on the "barehead" end.) ::ds::
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Re: Unusual Robeson Swell-Center "Stabber" Jack Back Together

Post by Byrd » Thu Oct 01, 2020 4:55 pm

Herb, that is fantastic work! I've never seen a welded blade before. You saved an oldie! Kudos!
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Re: Unusual Robeson Swell-Center "Stabber" Jack Back Together

Post by rustyoldknife » Thu Oct 01, 2020 6:07 pm

That is a fantastic restoration and a great looking knife ::tu:: ::tu:: ::tu::
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