Old Hickory Butcher Knife?

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  1. Nemasket

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    I found this at a yard sale today for $.25
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    I asked the owner if they knew anything about it and they said "that old rusty thing, it was my grandfathers, give me a quarter for it"

    It looks like an Old Hickory Butcher Knife (10 inch blade) but had no identifying marks. Anyway to tell if it is an Old Hickory?
     
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    I don't think it's an Old Hickory--note the lack of the distinctive roll marking or an Ontario Knife Co. stamp. Could be from any number of makers, either still existing or long gone. Great find for $0.25!
     
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    any markings at all"
    definitley carbon steel and well patinia'ed.
    I bet it'll hold a good edge and make a decent utility knife if you don't need a 10" butcher knife ( 10" is a bit big for anything smaller than beef in my book)
     
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    Whatever brand it is, it looks like a very nice knife with lots of life left in it.
     
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    I have one that looks just like that, no marks on mine either......

    It seems like a good knife, and would work well as is or cut down and modded, nice score for $0.25. :dblthumb:
     
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    I bet you can make a great woods knife from it, then use some of the blade for a small skinner or neck knife. Lots of ideas, I really enjoy seeing the mods to old Hickory knives soem of the people have done here. There is something really cool about re-purposing old stuff.
     
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    I am debating on modding it or using it as a small machete.
     
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    WE had one like that when i was a kid and i used it as you said as a small chopper type knife long befor i ever seen a leuku type knife but yeah those work real well for that Nemasket,thanks for posting it.
     
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    Sharpen it up with a kind of convex edge and use it as a machete / or a large butcher blade.

    Also fine for cutting a roast or large ham at thanksgiving etc.

    While modding it seems tempting, be sure to spend a lot of time just looking at it and see if it is useful as it. Easy to take steel off, hard to put it back on ya know.

    Thad
     
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    338WinMag has brought up a point I have been interested in for a while now. How does a 8" - 10" classic butcher knife compare to the leuku for the tasks the leuku was designed for? I do know that in general the butcher knife is of thinner stock. They will run from 1/16" to 1/8" in the 8" - 10" blade lengths. Does anyone out there have experience with both in identical tasks?

    By-the-way, Nice butcher Nemasket. It is a keeper. Craft a sheath for it, and use the heck out of it. If it turns out that you don't like it, I am sure you could easily double your money around here. Maybe even triple.
     
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    my vote is use it as a large knife!! Its what I've done with my 10" butcher knife and love it!
     
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    looks like a Old Hick to me...I have and older one too and the markings are all worn off....exactly like that
     
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    I have generically called these "old hickory/green river knives" but there have been many makers. I had/have one now, after many years of use I cut it down(having a chip in the blade) to ~5.5, (still a work in progress).

    Keep it full size, make a sheath for it, it will amaze you. It will make an amazing bush knife, it will do things that high $ knives wish they could. I used mine for everything...clearing brush, building shelters, fillet knife...even cutting down trees it had no business being used on (how it eventually chipped).

    Great find for the $.
     
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    I see a lot of non-Old Hickory knives that are the same form factor. That was the look of American production knives in the old days it seems.

    Anyway, when I come across them at the flea market, the sellers usually want $12 - 15 for them. I point out that you can buy a brand new one for less. They never believe me or insist that its antique value validates their price. Bull, I say.

    Anyway, 25 cents is a steal; that's some good luck.
     
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    I am torn with the whole old hickory for bushcraft thing. I bought one of the old hickory butcher knives and can't see it as great for anything but cutting meat. I understand mountain men and all used to use this style and I like them for that, but it seems they actually used them for butchering, not cutting wood. You can yell at me if you want. Go!
     
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    edit: whoops fell alseep on the keyboard didn't intend to post here
     
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    Been there and done that to.......... LOL
     
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    I agree with darodalaf, "Leave it alone". That blade style of knife was made by almost every knife maker over the years.

    I have seen knives like that for sale at Flea Markets for $25.00 or more. Great buy.............

    Yard sales and Flea Markets are great places to shop and save a lot of money. Last Friday, May 10th, from one vendor I bought a Wagner 10'' cast iron fry pan in great shape; 8 Correlle Dinner Plates and a heat reducer for the stove for $10.00 total. These places can turn into gold mines for Bush Crafting goods.

    I need to get a camera and learn to post pictures. I have lots of: cast iron; kerosene lamps and lanterns; hatchets and axes and a drawer full of knives of many styles. Without pictures that doesn't mean much.
     
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    Great find! I went through a spell on EBay ordering carbon steel butcher and chefs knives. A little time on the waterstones and they take fantastic edges. The butchers are perfect for grilled meats. I wouldn't cut it down but use it as is. You can get new Old Hickory's cheap if you want to try modifying.
     
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    Old Hicory Butcher Knife?

    I found this one at a garage sale in the kitchen stuff for a $1. You beat me by $.75 LOL. For comparison this is a real Old Hickory. I love this knife. I have even batoned wood about 3 inches thick and it feathers wood great. I have also processed deer and hogs with it. Works good in any case. If I mess it up I am out a whole dollar.
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    I agree. If I wanted to mod one, I would get a new one. That one has too much character!!! LOVE the look. In fact, I would be willing to give you 10 times what you paid for it :4::4::4: Yeppers, a whole 2 and a half washingtons could be yours!!! Just say the word!! ;);)

    Doc
     
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    Forgecraft was another maker like Old Hickory. Do a google on them and see if it doesn't look similar to their manufacture.
     
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    That is a cool old knife that will give you years of good service I am sure. Just a side note, I guess I am just a sentimental old cuss but who sells their grandfather's knife much less for a quarter, what a shame.
     
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    I'll double your money. Call it $0.50 and I'll pay shipping.....cash money.
     
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    As others have said, there were many companies that made these knives back in the "old days". Nothing particularly magic about Old Hickories. I have a number of vintage and antique knives, some marked/some unmarked, that are the equal of my Old Hicks. Nice score, especially for .25.
     

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