Unusual Old Folding Knife

Discussion in 'Knives & Edged Items' started by USMC-03, Jul 17, 2009.

  1. I have on idea what this knife is; thought the collective wisdom of our TFF group might know. The blades are marked "Case" (which makes sense) but the width is something I've never seen.

    My dad gave it to me a few months back and his grandfather gave it to him when he was a boy, so it's at least 60 or 70 years old. My great-grandfather was a carpenter and could have perhaps made it from a kit or modified it from an original. Maybe it's two knives put together?

    Any ideas on what it is or what it was used for?

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  2. 45nut

    45nut Well-Known Member

    Jul 19, 2006
    Dallas, TX
    I don't know what it was used for, but I would say it's two Case knives made into one. Wow, what a revelation. Did your Father give you any information on it? Maybe it's Great Granpa's favorite whittling knife?

    Looks neat though.

  3. I have never seen anything like that before,
    Used for a specific profession?
    Now i'm really curious.
  4. wleoff

    wleoff New Member

    Jan 15, 2009
    North Alabama
    It's a bud grafting knife. Use it to make two cuts in the bark on a tree trunk. Them make a split between the two cuts and insert a bud. Then wrap the graft with string to hold tight until it heals. This is used to graft various fruit trees. I probably didn't explain this too well.
  5. I hadn't thought of that, thanks. I'm in orchard country so I know exactly what your're talking about.
  6. Bill DeShivs

    Bill DeShivs Well-Known Member

    Apr 7, 2006
    Your grandfather probably made it, as it was not factory made, for sure.

    Now WHY he made it like this is another question.
  7. Good info, you explained just fine, i 'groke' grafting:D
  8. TranterUK

    TranterUK Guest

    Just when you think you have seen it all, another first. I have never seen anything like that before. Thanks for the post, really interesting.

    My guess would be two knives joined by someone post manufacture. First it looks that way, second if they made them, I would think we would have seen one now and again before.
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  9. wleoff

    wleoff New Member

    Jan 15, 2009
    North Alabama
    I don't know if USMC-03s grandfather made his, but here is a current production version: http://www.frostproof.com/catalog/h671.html. I have a Camillus version, somewhere also with my melon testers, and it has a wood spacer between the two blades, like USMC-03s. Still an interesting knife.
  10. RJay

    RJay Well-Known Member

    Feb 22, 2004
    Goodyear, Arizona
    I would think it was an original Case knife. Being just a poor farm lad , couldn't afford no fancy store knife, just just used my old Utica for our apple trees.:)
  11. pickenup

    pickenup Active Member

    Nice gift from your dad.
  12. Bill DeShivs

    Bill DeShivs Well-Known Member

    Apr 7, 2006
    I retract my previous statement. Sometimes I think I have seen every type knife made.
    I have to eat crow on this one.
    It was very possibly originally made this way.
    Contact Case, as they are very helpful.
  13. Thanks for the input, gentlemen; you've given me some ideas I would have never thought of. I'll do a bit more research and see what I come up with.
  14. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    NW Florida
  15. Thanks, Alpo. I'll let my dad know, he'll be interested.
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