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Username Post: 1970-1980's Japanese folder i.        (Topic#942540)
jhunt2
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04-15-16 23:53.36 - Post#2625061    













I've had this in my collection for about 25 years, bought at an estate sale ... 3-7/8" blade, 4-7/8" closed, 8-3/4" o.a.l., about the size & weight of a Buck 110 (pictured for comparison)...

...marked JAPAN on one side & 545 on the other. High quality fit & finish ... I believe the bolster scrollwork is hand done nickel silver ...blade etching is distinct ... who would have been the maker? ... Thanks for any help ...John

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brianWE
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04-16-16 00:32.07 - Post#2625063    


    In response to jhunt2

Can't say who made it....if it isn't marked,it is not by anyone important ....but the blade looks like pattern welded steel. Sometimes called "damascus".

I doubt that the bolsters are hand engraved. That would have been a bit much for a cheap, Japanese knife of the era.
Damascus blade aside, it looks like a mass produced item from the 60s or 70s.
brianWE
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jhunt2
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04-16-16 07:59.45 - Post#2625071    


    In response to brianWE

Thank you, Brian, for your opinion & appraisal ... John
 
BillDeShivs
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04-17-16 13:44.37 - Post#2625096    


    In response to jhunt2

Most definitely not hand engraved. Stamped pattern.
 
Michel Droz
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04-18-16 03:35.30 - Post#2625100    


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Hello! Here is a picture taken from a german knife catalog of the 80´s. These knives were made in Japan for Herbertz. Check out the 2nd from the left. Identical machine "engraved" bolsters. The blade is NOT damascus but etched to resemble damascus as is noted in the catalog discription (the knife on the left is real damascus, 49 layers) and it cost around $100. Bonjour de Villeneuve, Michel.

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brianWE
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04-18-16 07:48.54 - Post#2625105    


    In response to Michel Droz

Interesting....especially regarding the dating.

And I have seen fake damascus, before. The OP's knife has the most realistic I have seen. Even in closeup.

The lack of stamping is particularly noteworthy.
Japanese companies did have a habit of producing items outside of contracts for sale on their own behalf.
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jhunt2
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04-19-16 00:44.19 - Post#2625125    


    In response to Michel Droz

Thanks, Michel...I didn't believe the blade to be Damascus. (...hard to evaluate many items just by looking at a photo only... I shy away from those who offer "appraisals" from a picture ...)
The knife is is a production piece. However, in the day (1970-1980's), Japan was flooding our market with low priced, but high quality products, often made better than what was being produced here. e.g.: cameras, hi-fi (Japanese loudspeakers excepted), televisions, cars, guitars, to name a few. The fit & finish on this knife rivals that of any the production knives I've ever seen. Nothing exotic, just a well made knife.
...Thanks, again, for the info...John

Thank you all for the help.

Edited by jhunt2 on 04-19-16 00:45.38. Reason for edit: No reason given.
 


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