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Knife Gallery IV

Two Blade Pen and Jack Knives

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Knives are listed in numerical order by handle material (first digit) and the last three digits of the six digit pattern number. The two blade knives are not photographed to scale, but to optimize viewing within a 3" x  3" frame. Smaller knives appear larger than actual size, larger knives appear smaller than actual size.

          

   522482  4 1/2" Genuine Stag Dog Leg Trapper                     622482-100  4 1/2" Brown Bone "PocketEze"

           

  623501  3" Brown Bone "PocketEze"  Pen Knife                  422505  3 1/4" Ivoroid Equal End "PocketEze"

               

   823505  3 1/4" Celluloid Equal End "PocketEze"                        626513  3 1/4" Brown Bone Jack Knife

           

    128544-1/2  3 1/4" Black InterFrame Pen Knife                  928544  3 1/4" Celluloid InterFrame Pen Knife

           

          722550  2 1/2" Pearl Watch Fob Knife                           723587  2 1/2" Fancy Pearl Equal End Pen Knife

           

         622595  3 7/8" Stawberry Bone Muskrat                          123597  3 3/8" Black Equal End "PocketEze"

           

        722601  2 3/4" Pearl Equal End Jack Knife                    622608  3 1/2" Brown Bone "CAMPERS" Knife

           

     626636  3 3/8" Green Bone Regular Jack Knife                   626636  3 3/8" Brown Bone Regular Jack Knife

           

     622636  3 3/8" Strawberry Bone Regular Jack                     626639  3 3/8" Green Bone Regular Jack Knife

           

           723643  3" Pearl Equal End Pen Knife                                323646  3 1/4" Black "PocketEze" Dog Leg

           

  423657  3 3/8" Ivoroid Serpentine "MasterCraft"                 623657  3 3/8" Brown Bone "MasterCraft" Jack

           

    623661  3" Brown Swell Center "MasterCraft"                   623671  3 1/8" Brown Bone "MasterCraft" Jack

MasterCraft knives have a bronze bearing on the ends of the blade tangs that bear on the backsprings. They open and close easily. The master blades are usually etched, "Nev-R-Bind Oiless Bearings" in a flowing banner. The pearl handled 723643 above on the left and the four knives directly above are MasterCraft knives and each has the appropriate etching. There is another MasterCraft below on the right. There is also a MasterCraft knife in the three blade section of Knife Gallery V. It is a 633656 sleeveboard whittler. knives had a distinctive, but plain  bronze shield on the handle that identified them as Perma-Lube knives. There is a three bladed Perma-Lube whittler shown in Knife Gallery V, and has a pattern number of 633661.

After 1948 and under the direction of Emerson Case, the bronze bearing was relocated to the inside surface of the backspring. The knives were designated as Perma-Lube and the MasterCraft name was dropped. The

           

       323675  3" Slick Black Equal End Pen Knife                     823683  3 3/8" Ivoroid "MasterCraft" Jack Knife

           

    622690  4" Brown Bone "PocketEze" Jack Knife                     622721  3 3/4" Brown Bone Half Trapper

           

     622730  3 1/2" Strawberry Bone Regular Jack                     723747  2 1/2" Pearl Equal End Shriner's Knife

           

       623757  3" Brown Bone "PocketEze" Jack                              626765  3 1/4" Brown Bone Regular Jack

           

     722775  2 1/4" Small Pearl Regular Jack Knife                       623777  3 3/8" Bone "PocketEze" Congress

           

     622787  3 3/4" Brown Bone "PocketEze"  Jack                        323825  3" Black "PocketEze"  Pen Knife

The 622787 PocketEze jack knife above left is very nicely etched, "Indiannapolis Paint and Color". I know of three other Robeson knives with that etch. One is a 409 Swell Center Elephant's Toenail; one is an 096 Jumbo Sleeveboard Whittler, and the third is identical to this one. It sold on Ebay in September, 2007 for $575.00  All four are premium knives.

           

      323826  3 5/8" Black "PocketEze"  Senator                           323826  3 5/8" Black "PocketEze"  Senator

Note the difference in the "PocketEze" shields on the two 323826 Senator knives above. I suspect the one on the left is the earlier one.

           

  429841  3 3/8" Ivoroid Sleeveboard "No-Rustain"                    622847  3 1/2" Bone Slant Bolstered Jack

           

         822850  2 3/4" Celluloid Serpentine Jack                          823851  2 5/8" Yellow Composition Pen Knife

                                                 

                                                           523858  2 7/8" Genuine Stag Pen Knife

                               Two Blade Knives Without Pattern Numbers

          

          3 5/8" Cocobola Equal End Jack Knife                         3" Serpentine Butter & Molasses Pen Knife

          

     2 5/8" Rough Black Small Regular Jack Knife                   3" Tan Bone Equal End with Bronze Shield

          

     2 5/8" Rough Black Small Regular Jack Knife                       3 3/8" Brown Bone Regular Jack Knife

          

         3 3/8"  Brown Bone Regular Jack Knife                                     3 1/4" Cocobola Regular Jack                      

          

      2 3/4"  Brown Bone Sway Back Small Jack                         1 7/8" Pearl Swell Center Tiny Pen Knife

          

      3 5/8"  Brown Bone WWI U.S.Navy Issue                     3 1/4"  Green Bone Official Girl Scout Knife

The nice brown bone Easy-Open World War I U. S. Navy issue rope knife above left was Robeson's version of the standard Navy knife. Most U. S. cutlery firms made these knives during the war. All had the square ended rope blade. Some had the manicure blade, as shown here; others had a pen blade as the secondary blade.

The Girl Scout knife above right is unusual in that there exists no record within that organization of Robeson having ever been awarded a contract to produce them. Several of these knives do exist, however. They were manufactured to GS standards, in that the back springs are not excessively strong. They have the GS shield, and the master blade is etched "Girl Scouts" with the GS trefoil logo between the two words, and they have the bail. Some writers have stated that Robeson submitted fifty such knives on approval in the 1940's. However, the Robeson GS knives seen to date are most indicative of 1930's manufacture. Some say Robeson made the knives on behalf of Remington in order to complete a contract while Remington was ramping up for arms manufacture leading into WWII. Some say they are fakes.

What I know about the knife is that it was found in a drawer of a bedside table at a local estate sale by a personal friend and fellow knife enthusiast. Three sophisticated Scout Knife collectors have seen it and declared it genuine, and all have made overtures or offers to buy it, even though they knew it was not for sale.

          

     3"  Brown Bone "NO-RUSTAIN" Pen Knife                     2 7/8" Brown Bone Sleeveboard Pen Knife

          

  3"  Christmas Tree Celluloid "PocketEze"  Pen                  3 1/4"  Brown Bone Box Knife "SHIELDS"

          

3"  Pearl Sleeveboard "Cities Service Co." Shield                3"  Ebony Marked, "Fillmore Cutlery Co."

          

3" Metal Bottle Opener & Cork Screw "Arpeako"                2 1/2" Nickel-Silver Totem Pole Pen Knife

I recently heard from  two grand-daughters of Frederick M. Tobin, the founder and owner of The Rochester Packing Company, a meat packing firm located in Rochester, New York, and somewhat famous for their celebrated Tobin's Hots. One slogan of the company was "The Peak of Perfection". The company held a contest to arrive at a suitable logo for the company. The winning submission was "AR" to replace the "R" in Rochester, "PEAK" for the "Peak" of perfection, and "KO" for "Company; ARPEAKO became the logo for the company. Robeson made the ARPEAKO knives in both nickel-silver and brass finishes for many years.

I'd never before known what "ARPEAKO" stood for, and I appreciate the two women notifying me with that information. Thank you, Ladies!

          

  2 3/4"  Nickel-Silver Equal End GOSS Pen Knife                          Reverse Side of the GOSS Knife

Goss was a company that manufactured the large printing presses that are used to print newspapers and other publications. Their famous "Straight Line" presses were used by most big newspapers, and many are still in use.

          

       1 1/2"  Diameter Nickel-Silver Coin Knife                                 Reverse Side of the Coin Knife

The 1 1/2" diameter coin knife above was manufatured in 1941 for the Rabhor Robe Company's Silver Jubilee. Rabhor Robes was a maker of gentlemen's smoking jackets.

          

  3 1/2"  WWII TL-29 Telephone Lineman's Knife                 3 5/8" Robeson Demonstrator Eureka Jack

                                                   

                                                        3 1/4"  Sleeveboard Congress "Pine Knot"

                                             End Of The Two Blade Knives