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Username Post: Fighting Bull?        (Topic#566196)
RGR
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01-19-05 18:01.33 - Post#566196    



One of my west coast buddies asks me about a "Fighting Bull" brand knife. Advertised as "hand made", I suggested they might be one of the maker discussed here recently, but had never heard the name.

He resonded by saying they were typical patterns, but larger than usually found under the other usually German made knives.

Any one know the name?

I know someone is going to ask for a pic, but I dont have any at this time, I dont think he has a camera.

Ron
 


oupa
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01-19-05 19:05.41 - Post#566215    


    In response to RGR

Ron, I got this off Ebay:

"HI, I'M WENDELL CARSON, MAKER OF THE"FIGHTIN BULL" KNIVES. I HAVE OVER 40 YRS EXPERIENCE IN KNIFEMAKING. I MAKE THESE KNIVES ONE AT A TIME. I DO ALL THE FITTING BY HAND AS WELL AS ASSEMBLY, AND FINISHING. THESE KNIVES HAVE A MIRROR POLISH INSIDE TO ENHANCE THE APPEARENCE AND VALUE. THANKS."
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El_Lobo
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01-20-05 00:29.42 - Post#566263    


    In response to RGR

Hey Ron,
Here is a picture (poor, unfortunately) of a knife "Embellished" by Mr. Carson.....
It was a bone handled stockman, made for Jim Sargent (by Colonel Coon?)....Carson then added 2 blades, and replaced the scales (in Oupa-like fashion ) with very nice MOP scales. He did polish the liners and signed/stamped his name inside.
It is not a Fighting Bull, but it is an example of his work. I got it from Houston Price, and it is quite nice work.
What I believe he does/did with the Fighting Bull line, is like the Colonel Coon knives were done. Sources good parts from Queen, Camillus, others.....then hand fits and finishes the knives to his satisfaction. He is not listed in Price's Guide or Levine's Guide as a custom maker, nor is the brand listed. Maybe he is/was only an embellisher of knives?
He also wrote some articles for KnifeWorld in the late 1970s, as well.
I don't see them very often....Dirk's find looks like a great example. Wish I owned that one as well.

Bill


 
El_Lobo
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01-20-05 05:58.05 - Post#566450    


    In response to El_Lobo

OK then,
As soon as I say they are hard to find....
The correct name is Fightin(no g) Bull, and Mr. Carson does seem to be alive and well. He has an eBay name of knifeman110, and appears to sell regularly on eBay. His knives have recently been going for about $100...some a mite more or less.
Just trying to help out with a little information.

Bill


 
RGR
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01-20-05 06:02.42 - Post#566454    


    In response to El_Lobo

Thanks guys, I also suspected this might be a possiblity, that he was assembling parts. Which is nothing wrong with that, if one can sleep at night with ones advertising, thats fine, heck, one mail order guy in particular did it for years.

I use the term hand crafted in something like these. Its a little more honest description, "handmade" has been stretched bout as far as it will go, so its acceptable to keep stretching it I guess.

I am not even certain the definition myself. Somehow, this one is, and yet it almost isnt.

Ron


 
knifeaholic
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01-20-05 13:03.37 - Post#566795    


    In response to RGR

The ones that I have seen are definitely Queen and Schatt patterns - the one that Oupa posted is a Schatt sway belly trapper....Parker has had them in his catalogs in the past in various patterns.
 


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