Antique AmericanSwitchblades

History of spring-activated pocket knives in America and value guide

Buy/Sell/Trade

1. Schrade Walden small 2 7/8” double with Smoked Pearl celluloid handles. This knife was made in Walden, NY sometime between 1946 and 1956 and was designated the model #745. It measures 2 7/8” closed and just under 6” with both blades open. The only stamping on the blades is “SCHRADE” over “WALDEN” over “NY USA” on the front tang of the larger blade. Both blades are nearly full with some scratches from sharpening, especially on the smaller blade. The handles are in nice condition with both sides having a translucent area, which is common for this particular color of celluloid. The knife works great with both blades seating well, good snap and tight lockup. Very nice. $250

SOLD 2. Schrade Cut Co German Silver small double with engraving. This knife was made in Walden, NY sometime between 1916 and 1946 and was designated the model  #7449 GSil. It measures 2 7/8” closed and just under 6” open with German Silver liners. The front handle is nicely engraved with the name “RICHARD” and the back handle has “WINIFRED”. The blades are mostly full with some scratches from sharpening and a couple of tiny nicks in the edge of the small blade. The knife works fine with the tip of the small blade just above the liner when closed. Both blades lock open better than average.  $225  SOLD

SOLD 3. Edgemaster cigar jack with light green swirl handles. This knife was made in Rhode Island in the 1950’s. It measures 3 ½” closed and 5 7/8” open with brass liners. The blade is nearly full and mostly shiny with some light scratches. The handles are in very nice condition with some light scuffs from handling over the years. The knife functions well with the blade seating deep, strong snap and very good lockup with minimal movement. The safety functions properly. Overall a very nice example.  $90 SOLD

SOLD 4. Schrade Walden Coffee & Cream Fishtail. This knife was made in Walden, NY sometime between 1946 and 1956 and was designated the model 151. The blade is marked “SCHRADE” over “WALDEN” over “NY” on the front and “US PAT” over “2304601” on the back tang. It measures 4” closed and 7 ¼” open and has brass liners. The blade appears to be full & lightly sharpened with the original finish intact! There are a few light scratches on the back of the blade from someone using it for cutting something, but overall a Beautiful blade! The handles are very attractive and in excellent condition with just a couple of minor imperfections on the back handle. The knife functions perfectly with the blade seating deep, strong snap and excellent lockup with minimal movement! Super nice knife!  $250 SOLD

5. New Old Stock COLONIAL SHUR SNAP fishtail from the late 1950’s. Made by the Colonial Knife Co of Providence, RI and was designated the model 1800CB. The tang is stamped SHUR SNAP” over “COLONIAL” over “PROV USA”, but it’s very hard to read. These were not expensive knives when they were made and they often used the stamps longer than they should and some were not stamped at all. This knife was taken off the store shelf in 1958 and put in storage for over 50 years!! Never sharpened, never used!! It measures 4” closed and 7 ¼” open with brass liners. The saber ground blade retains all of the factory finish. The handles show just a hint of shrinkage, which is normal on these. The knife functions perfectly and locks open as tight as the day it was made! What a Step Back In Time!!   $175  

SOLD 6. PRESTO 5” Hunter with Brain Wormgroove synthetic handles. This knife was made by the George Schrade Knife Co of Bridgeport, CT sometime between 1940 and 1956 and was designated the model 3000. This knife measures 5” closed and 8 ¾” open and has steel liners. It’s stamped “PRESTO” over “PAT JAN 30-40” over “Made in USA” on the front and “GEO SCHRADE” over “KNIFE CO. INC.” over “B’P’T Conn” on the rear tang. The blade is full with light scratches and spotting. The handles are very colorful and in excellent condition. The knife functions great with the blade seating deep, strong snap and very good lockup with approx 1/8” up and down. Very nice.   $300 SOLD

SOLD 7. PRESTO Large Hunter with Lazy “W” folding guards. This knife was made by the George Schrade Knife Co of Bridgeport, CT sometime between 1940 and 1956 and was designated the model #8000. It measures 5” closed and just under 8 ¾” open and has steel liners. The front tang is stamped “PRESTO” over “PAT JAN 30-40” over “MADE IN USA”. The blade is 98% full with some patina, spotting and light pitting, but overall quite nice. The wormgroove handles are mostly dark reddish brown and in excellent condition. The knife functions well with the blade tip seating deep, strong snap and Great lockup with almost no movement! Really a Nice Example of a Vintage American automatic knife!   $450 SOLD

8. Schrade Cut Co large hunter with jigged bone handles. This is a later version made between 1916 and 1946 in Walden, NY and was designated the model 1543 ¾ . It measures 4 7/8” closed and 8 ¾” open and has steel liners and brass pins. Oddly it has one steel bolster and the front one is Nickel Silver. The knife has been repaired which would explain the different bolsters. There are also two repairs to the handles, one by the button and small one on the back handle near the bolster. The blade is 98% full with patina, light scratches and some light pitting, but overall good. The knife functions well with the blade tip seating deep, strong snap and good lockup with approx 3/16” up and down movement. Overall a very good example of a vintage American made switchblade.      $250

SOLD 9. Flylock Knife Co large hunter with Lazy W folding finger guards. This knife was made between 1920 and 1928 by the Challenge Knife Co of Bridgeport, CT and was designated the model #11004. It has German Silver bolsters, guards and button and brass liners. The black grooved bakelite handles are in excellent condition! The blade is 96% full and shiny with a high luster Crocus finish on the front and a Glazed finish on the back of the blade. The tang is stamped “Flylock” over “REG US PATS” over “US PAT 3-5-18” on the front and “THE FLYLOCK” over “KNIFE CO” over “B’PORT, CONN” on the back. The knife functions well with the blade tip slightly above the liners when closed, good snap and good lockup!  EX   $500 SOLD

SOLD 10. Imperial Jack-o-matic Jr. keychain switchblade from the late 1950’s! This knife is Near Mint condition and comes with the original plastic sleeve case!! It was made by the Imperial Knife Co of Providence, RI in the late 1950’s and measures 2 ¼” closed and 3 ¾” open. Full unsharpened blade, Clean inside and out!! Works Perfectly with blade tip seating deep, strong snap and tight lockup with NO KICKBACK!! SUPER Example of this knife!! Not likely to find one any nicer!   $180 SOLD

Updated 6-6-13. I'll be posting a new list soon. Thanks for your patience!

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