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Sheffield Bowie Knife by W. F. Jackson. 9.25" clip point blade with etched panel with slogan "I'M a real ripper." Marked on the ricasso W. F. Jackson Sheffield.  German silver guard and German silver cutlery handle with eagle and shield in the pommel.

Sheffield Bowie Knife by W. F. Jackson. 9.25" clip point blade with etched panel with slogan "I'M a real ripper." Marked on the ricasso W. F. Jackson Sheffield. German silver guard and German silver cutlery handle with eagle and shield in the pommel.

H. Thompson quill knife: tapered, flat-sided wood handle, imprinted with Victorian crown and cipher, as well as "H. THOMPSON/9 NASSAU ST."; 17.6 cm long overall, blade sound, tiny chip to tip.

H. Thompson quill knife: tapered, flat-sided wood handle, imprinted with Victorian crown and cipher, as well as "H. THOMPSON/9 NASSAU ST."; 17.6 cm long overall, blade sound, tiny chip to tip.

Large Sheffield Bowie Knife by Lockwood. 10.25" clip point blade, 15" overall.  Marked on the blade near the false edge CIX Lockwood Brothers, Sheffield, Guarantee Hand Forge.  German silver guard and pommel.  Stag handles with German silver escutcheon.

Large Sheffield Bowie Knife by Lockwood. 10.25" clip point blade, 15" overall. Marked on the blade near the false edge CIX Lockwood Brothers, Sheffield, Guarantee Hand Forge. German silver guard and pommel. Stag handles with German silver escutcheon.

This simple yet elegant knife was used by an early 19th-century penman to cut quills. The narrow blade facilitated curved cuts, and its sharp back could be used to scrape the quill as part of its preparation. The wooden handle is a masterpiece of ergonomics -- a more comfortable fit in the hand would be difficult to imagine.

This simple yet elegant knife was used by an early 19th-century penman to cut quills. The narrow blade facilitated curved cuts, and its sharp back could be used to scrape the quill as part of its preparation. The wooden handle is a masterpiece of ergonomics -- a more comfortable fit in the hand would be difficult to imagine.

A Woodsrunner's Diary: More on Clasp Knives.

A Woodsrunner's Diary: More on Clasp Knives.

1871 Bowie knife with mother of pearl pommel carved in the large well-defined shape of eagle's head.  Long narrow gold escutcheon inlaid in center of pearl grip section with deeply engraved sterling silver crossguard, and fancy wide silver barrel at base of grips ferrule. Original all sterling silver sheath fancy engraved on both sides full length.

1871 Bowie knife with mother of pearl pommel carved in the large well-defined shape of eagle's head. Long narrow gold escutcheon inlaid in center of pearl grip section with deeply engraved sterling silver crossguard, and fancy wide silver barrel at base of grips ferrule. Original all sterling silver sheath fancy engraved on both sides full length.

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