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Info needed on EKA James Garber knife

Post by postmodernnut » Mon Feb 22, 2021 9:23 pm

I can find information about EKA knives, but nothing on James Garber and why his name is on the knife. Also, what was the original intended usage of this knife. And there is another line below the Garber stamping, that I am unable to read, what could it be. Thank you in advance.
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Re: Info needed on EKA James Garber knife

Post by Gunsil » Mon Feb 22, 2021 10:16 pm

You are reading it wrong. The mark is ERA James Barber. Probably says England below that. The name was sold to Thomas Ellin, and then to Joseph Elliot. You knife looks like an inexpensive jack knife from the 1940s-1950s.

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Post by postmodernnut » Mon Feb 22, 2021 10:29 pm

Thank you very much, it is not the first time I read something wrong. Wonderful, I very much appreciate the information.

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Re: Info needed on EKA James Garber knife

Post by WillyCamaro » Mon Feb 22, 2021 10:45 pm

Very good Gunsil! Because if it twas an EKA, then it would be a Swedish knife. Because EKA stands for Eskilstuna, the center of viking, scandinavian, and northern euro steel/knife history.
They can directly date manufacturing out of the city, to the mid-1400's, and area traces directly back to 8th century Vikings.
And EKA themselves are still in business, since 1882.
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Re: Info needed on EKA James Garber knife

Post by Gunsil » Tue Feb 23, 2021 12:57 am

EKA is the name of a company in Eskilstuna, it does not mean Eskilstuna. It is the last company left out of the forty or so knife companies that once operated in Eskilstuna. EKA actually stands for Eskilstuna Knivfabriks Aktiebolag, or loosely translated, Eskilstuna Knifeworks Company.

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Re: Info needed on EKA James Garber knife

Post by postmodernnut » Tue Feb 23, 2021 1:17 am

That certainly cleans things up. Thank you all for the comments and correction.

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Re: Info needed on EKA James Garber knife

Post by postmodernnut » Tue Feb 23, 2021 1:45 am

I just found this entry in another AAPK thread. Do not know how to quote yet.
'ERA was a brand of James Barber c1840
Acquired by Thomas Ellin & Co c1850, then sold to Joseph Elliot later.
Levines 4th Edition"

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Post by Gunsil » Tue Feb 23, 2021 2:48 am

Yessir!! The reason I knew is because I own a couple of ERA James Barber knives from the late 1800s and hence had studied up on them. If you get addicted to the knife collecting hobby Levine's book is very good but hard to find and a copy of "Goins' Encyclopedia of Cutlery Markings" is easier to find and a prerequisite to collecting old knives.

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Re: Info needed on EKA James Garber knife

Post by postmodernnut » Tue Feb 23, 2021 3:51 am

I found a website on German blade makers, that I use for straight razors. Already have more books than I need anymore. My passion is mid century and ceramics, mostly German studio, which is how I got in to knives and razors. That part of our collection is over 2800 pcs and I usually have 4-500 pipes on hand at any given time, I really do not have the room for another collection, but older knives are fun to discover the history of. My hope is that I retain this information without writing it down, but memory is not my forte. ::huff::

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Re: Info needed on EKA James Garber knife

Post by WillyCamaro » Wed Feb 24, 2021 3:55 am

Thank you Gunsil, I stand corrected.
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