What a fantastic gathering Larry. Love seeing an entire lineup like that.
If you don't mind me hopping on your thread, here's my 49'er collection too. Just a starter set for sure. Got a ways to go to catch you!
Got this 498S in the mail yesterday, from our good friend Joel (Gradall) over in the exchange thread. Looks like the 49'ers have some great steel, and the blade grinds are very well done. Notice the grip they put on the thumb rest. Rubbed the blade with Rem Oil with an old t-shirt cloth, and gave the brass a quick Flitz. She looks ready for action. I'd like to stab a whole prime rib sizzling on the grill with that sharp tip!
Here is the 1974 catalog lineup of Larry's great set. The 49er stamp on some of the sheaths is a nice touch.