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    Carl Friedrich Ern Woodcraft model?

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    A while ago i bought this what i think is a nice little knife, and although it looks quite a bit like the well known Woodcraft model it wasn't made by Marble's USA.
    Now in 1916 Webster Marble received a patent on his Woodcraft knife which lasted around 20 years, but because the model became widely populair other manufacturers had similar models made outside the US to get around the patent, often in Solingen Germany.

    The blade on my knife has no markings and the pommel doesn't have the mushroom shape like many Woodcraft models.
    Based on this and the typical handle construction with 2 stag panels held together by brass rivets my best guess is that it's a Solingen made Woodcraft copy from the 1920's or 1930's or who knows ?
    Later seems unlikely, first because of the war and after that various US manufacturers could make as many Woodcraft type knives in the US as the market could bear since the patent had already ran out.

    The specimen i have is a well made knife with very hard steel (noticeably harder than my F.Dick basterd file no.1), and i'm currently in the process of making it functional again.
    It definitely has had a hard life with many sharpening attempts, and somewhere in time a previous owner even used the pommel as a hammer, which dented it quite badly and also got it stuck on the threaded tang.

    This is how i received the knife:









    On YouTube i found this clip by German collector Jake vd Ibach where he shows a Fahrtenmesser made by Solingen manufacturer Carl Friedrich Ern, and based on the type, sequence and color of the spacers as well as the shape of the pommel on his knife i'm starting to think that my knife was also made by CF Ern.

    What do you guys think ?

    Geändert von kwakster (29.10.18 um 15:14 Uhr)

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    After removing all the edge damage and restoring the full convex blade shape with 400 and 800 grit wet & dry using WD40 oil as a lubricant on a semi-hard rubber backing.
    Removed the tiny burr with some 1.0 micron diamond paste on hard cardboard, and the new edge angle is +/- 26 degrees inclusive.
    It's apex will whittle a chesthair from root to tip, and was also tested by whittling an old piece of wooden cutting board, which it does just fine.
    The swedge was recut using 2 diamond files.
    (You can click 2x on each pic for a bit more detail)




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    How the knife currently looks:










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    Next step will be to find some good leather to make a better sheath for it, but that will have to wait until i've finished a couple of other knives.

    On Pumahunter's website i also found this picture of an old Puma 6302 Fahrtenmesser, which is strikingly similar to my knife:


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