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#1 david i

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 02:16 PM

My month or so of hunting "pen knives"--- knives decorated in period plastics similar to those used to construct fountin pens--- continues to be successful.

This one charms. The pen is a 1936-1941 oversized Balance. The pocket knife is fairly hefty for this sort.

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Here are a few other threads featuring knives such as this

Chilton Carnelian Plastic

http://fountainpenbo...g-pocket-knife/

Sheaffer WASP "Circuit Board" Plastic

http://fountainpenbo...ate-pointy-pair

Sheaffer Black and Pearl Plastic (two knives shown by two members, respectively)

http://fountainpenbo...matching-knife/

Chilton Burgundy (close to Parker Duofold)

http://fountainpenbo...duofold-plastic

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 05:14 PM

David,
These knives are just way cool. I must be looking in the wrong places cause I never find them. It's kinda hard to believe that the pen companies didn't have at least something to do with 'accessories' like these. Even when I was a young'un carrying a pocket knife was just something you did. Nobody thought anything about it. When a boy became 'of age' he at least carried his boy scout knife with him. Be prepared and all that good stuff.
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Posted 26 January 2012 - 12:00 AM

I've had a couple of Conway Stewart pen knives in the past which matched their pens and pencils (if anybody is interested Max Davis has a few on his final CS list) but all I have now are these two - not quite a perfect match, but similar
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and somewhere there's an approximate Parker red one but I think one of the children must have "borrowed" it. I do look out for knives if I remember in the hope of getting more CS ones and just occasionally I come across ones like these two which catch my eye (and never more than £5). I use them to pick the remains of the old sac off the section nipple. The two pens in the picture are a Savoy and a Conway Stewart in what is known as blue rockface. I had thought the matches were closer but when I went to get them out for this thread I realised they were quite different. Still worth showing though I think.

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 03:22 AM

I've had a couple of Conway Stewart pen knives in the past which matched their pens and pencils (if anybody is interested Max Davis has a few on his final CS list) but all I have now are these two - not quite a perfect match, but similar

and somewhere there's an approximate Parker red one but I think one of the children must have "borrowed" it. I do look out for knives if I remember in the hope of getting more CS ones and just occasionally I come across ones like these two which catch my eye (and never more than £5). I use them to pick the remains of the old sac off the section nipple. The two pens in the picture are a Savoy and a Conway Stewart in what is known as blue rockface. I had thought the matches were closer but when I went to get them out for this thread I realised they were quite different. Still worth showing though I think.

Enjoy

Simon


Nice!

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 09:51 PM

It took me quite some time but I finally found the red-veined grey Sheaffer Junior and knife in a matching color. I purchased these together about 15 years ago and have stored them that way ever since.

I know that Bexley did a run of pens with knives in matching plastic a few years ago, using the same material intentionally and selling them as a set. I'm not sure that any of the knives we've come up with were ever intended to be part of a set sold by Sheaffer and others, but it is a neat coincidence to find the pens and knives together as seemingly part of a set.

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 09:54 AM

Are these knifes sold as kit with the pens or just by chance that knife makers using the same material as pen makers ?

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 02:20 PM

Are these knifes sold as kit with the pens or just by chance that knife makers using the same material as pen makers ?

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I'm sure I've shown this set elsewhere, however it is relevant to the query.

Conway Stewart produced sets with matching penknives from the second half of the 1920s through until the late 1930s. This no. 77 set is in 'lapis blue' casein. It dates to c. 1930 and it is one of four different sets sold by CS that featured pens with matching penknives. These sets were generally made from casein, though mottled vulcanite is also common. They also sold the knives separately as we know they had cardboard counter display stands for the knives alone. Similar casein clad penknives are often found from this era in the UK but the genuine article is a two-bladed knife, with one of the blades marked 'Conway Stewart', and the general style of the knife is always as the example pictured..

These penknife sets are amongst the most sought after items of the pre-war era for a Conway Stewart collector.

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 01:08 AM

It took me quite some time but I finally found the red-veined grey Sheaffer Junior and knife in a matching color. I purchased these together about 15 years ago and have stored them that way ever since.

I know that Bexley did a run of pens with knives in matching plastic a few years ago, using the same material intentionally and selling them as a set. I'm not sure that any of the knives we've come up with were ever intended to be part of a set sold by Sheaffer and others, but it is a neat coincidence to find the pens and knives together as seemingly part of a set.

Best,
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That's just spectacular, Pat.

Not sure this ups the ante, but it at least is a call. The largest documented slab of circuit-board?

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 12:50 PM

David -

A call indeed - very cool. I've never before seen the circuit board pattern on a knife, which seems to clearly date the knife to the depression era.

This game of collecting pens, and then finding out all the related collectibles that go along with them, can lead amazing places.

And Andy's Conway Stewart set is impressive. The box really sets off the contents.

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 05:45 PM

David -

A call indeed - very cool. I've never before seen the circuit board pattern on a knife, which seems to clearly date the knife to the depression era.

This game of collecting pens, and then finding out all the related collectibles that go along with them, can lead amazing places.

And Andy's Conway Stewart set is impressive. The box really sets off the contents.

Best,
Pat



Ah, you must have become involved in the knife discussions after I posted the very first "pen" knife I'd acquired (different thread). Here's that one...

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 03:14 AM

great plastic finds david. neat to see the plastic in a different light so to speek.


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Posted 28 April 2012 - 03:11 PM

Trying my first posting here without much luck in figuring out how to insert/attach image to the posting. If interested, click on link below (or cut and paste) to see image of a pocket knife with color pattern similar to the green/black pattern of a Paker Vacumatic. I picked this up last weekend at an Antique mall after reading/viewing these interesting posts. Now I have something else to look for with out hunting pens in the wild.

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 06:34 PM

Trying my first posting here without much luck in figuring out how to insert/attach image to the posting. If interested, click on link below (or cut and paste) to see image of a pocket knife with color pattern similar to the green/black pattern of a Paker Vacumatic. I picked this up last weekend at an Antique mall after reading/viewing these interesting posts. Now I have something else to look for with out hunting pens in the wild.

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 09:24 PM

I recently saw a pocketknife on eBay in the Sheaffer ebonized pearl (abalone) plastic. I kind of wish that I bid more for it, but didn't think it would reach its final $100 selling price.

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 11:11 PM

I recently saw a pocketknife on eBay in the Sheaffer ebonized pearl (abalone) plastic. I kind of wish that I bid more for it, but didn't think it would reach its final $100 selling price.




Well, you should be seeing more of this one... soon ;)

http://www.ebay.com/...984.m1439.l2649

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 04:31 PM

Good for you, David. I'm glad it went to a good home. Please let me know when you get tired of it :)

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 05:08 PM

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Not sure this ups the ante, but it at least is a call. The largest documented slab of circuit-board?

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David,

The pattern of your Clipper is 4 rows of black and 4 rows of circuitboard. Examined closely, you will find that the circuitboard is alternating rows of (1) little squares of plastic glued into a strip and (2) more or less continuous strips.

Your knife, on the the other hand, is a pattern of 3 and 3. And, I bet, if you examine it with a lens, you will find that the pattern is produced solely by up-and-down ripples in the strips of pearlescent plastic, thus a closer match to the Eagle copy of the Clipper. Still an impressive knife, though.

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 04:08 AM

I recently saw a pocketknife on eBay in the Sheaffer ebonized pearl (abalone) plastic. I kind of wish that I bid more for it, but didn't think it would reach its final $100 selling price.




And... here ya go...

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Posted 27 May 2012 - 03:47 AM

I found a nice tiny knife to match striated marine green!

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Posted 27 May 2012 - 12:52 PM

I found a nice tiny knife to match striated marine green!




Neat knife. I rather like the shape, which is less mundane than most.

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