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Offline Pat/Rick

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Re: Green River knife
« Reply #15 on: May 15, 2015, 10:36:05 PM »
Hey Mr Mazo, does that one have wood grips?  About light/dark enough to look like aged bone almost.

I really like them old knives! The only SS knives I use, besides the kitchen, are SAK's. The rest are carbon steel, In my estimation, they're the best that's available. I've read quite a few accounts of frontier/plains knives in Army and general use listed as plain ol' "butcher knives". There are of course numerous mentions of bowie styles, but I have often wondered if bowie was a generic description of any large blade, including butcher knives.
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Re: Green River knife
« Reply #16 on: May 16, 2015, 06:35:06 AM »
GreenRiver Works knives were not as big a part of the Trapper culture as a lot of people think.   They didn't even show up until 1840's.  Out west here the Fur trade went on a little longer in the mountains and there were a few used out here.   I have talked to a historian/museum curator that claims there were more Wilson cutlery knives used by the fur traders than GreenRiver knives.
Most Mountainmen and trappers just took whatever kitchen knife or utility blade they could find and used it.   A lot of the so called history behind things is just folklore perpetuated by writers and dime-store novelists.

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Re: Green River knife
« Reply #17 on: August 01, 2015, 01:08:36 PM »
By some mysterious ways, I find myself the proud owner of a small knife made by Classanr and with a sheath made by Mike116. The blade is marked "Survivor" and the handle contains a rod for sharpening that also is a lighter. It is all very ingenious .

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Re: Green River knife
« Reply #18 on: August 01, 2015, 03:42:54 PM »
Very nice. That rig looks useful. The sources of course add to it too. 
What size is it Len?
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Re: Green River knife
« Reply #19 on: August 01, 2015, 08:51:45 PM »
I have talked to a historian/museum curator that claims there were more Wilson cutlery knives used by the fur traders than GreenRiver knives.

Well, it jes' sounds more proper to holler at an injun that yer gonna "give him Green River" than "give him Wilson", which sounds more like Cast Away.....

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Hanks does fit the part of a mountain man here, tho....
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Re: Green River knife
« Reply #20 on: August 01, 2015, 09:09:28 PM »
Yes Capt.  "Give him the Wilson" doesn't have very good ring to it does it.   Might have scared a few injuns off anyway though.

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Re: Green River knife
« Reply #21 on: August 02, 2015, 04:54:00 AM »
Very nice. That rig looks useful. The sources of course add to it too. 
What size is it Len?

Blade length 4", total length 7". Sharp as a razor.

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Re: Green River knife
« Reply #22 on: August 02, 2015, 11:45:47 AM »
That seems about perfect.  What a little beauty that package is.  Pass the Mike or pass the Classanr ... those scan.
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Re: Green River knife
« Reply #23 on: October 22, 2015, 11:15:14 AM »
Bet you don't wait 152 years before you slice something with that beauty!

You're right Classanr....  There has already been blood on the blade.  I cut my finger with it while taking the photos.

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Re: Green River knife
« Reply #24 on: November 06, 2015, 10:11:04 PM »
Should one expect to find stamped makers marks on a genuine 19th Century Green River?  Were markings on the blade omitted sometimes?
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Re: Green River knife
« Reply #25 on: November 06, 2015, 10:43:42 PM »
Should one expect to find stamped makers marks on a genuine 19th Century Green River?  Were markings on the blade omitted sometimes?

They were stamped J. Russel & Co. Green River Works with a diamond trademark. The other side was marked Deerfield Massachusetts. All were marked. If it's not marked it's not a Green River.
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Re: Green River knife
« Reply #26 on: November 06, 2015, 10:50:03 PM »
Today I was cleaning up a knife and was standing at my milling machine.  I picked up the shop rag and wiped it down, then set it down with the other side up.  I saw red spots on it and the first thought was I cut myself.  Turns out it was Dychem Red on it.

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