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    A.G. Russell's Bicentenial knife in Brass


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    So recently I saw one of these on e-Bay. And I scored it. I know it's still available with A.G. Russell but I did get a MUCH nicer deal on it on the Bay.

    I used to always wonder why the price was so high on these. Part of it I suspected was the collectors value. These were made in the old Solingen Factory that A.G. used to own.

    Now that I've handled one though....I'll say that I understand why they're priced the way they are.....and that they'd be worth every penny even on retail price.

    I don't know the steel on them. The Russell site says High Carbon and the blade is stamped "Stainless". But the Brass handles are just amazing. I can only imagine what the Silver and Gold versions of these are like.

    Here's some pictures:







    And yes, that polish is the way it came....I didn't do any polishing on this one.




    Nice thick blade, perfectly centered, wonderfull cut swedge

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    Nice knife

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    Very nice!

    I have not seen anything from AG Russell that was not top quality.

    Thanks for the nice detail pictures, and nice score!

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    Thanks for the information. I was eyeing one of these in the recent catalog. Looks like an easy choice, now.

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    You'll enjoy it I'm sure. And if you don't....well you can send it right on back to A.G.

    Plus....you know these will NEVER be made again.

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    REALLY nice.
    I'm tempted but I have too many knives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lycosa View Post
    REALLY nice.
    I'm tempted but I have too many knives.
    I'm sorry.....I don't comprehend.....does not compute.......can....not......

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    lol! Meybe you^ can spare one.

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    that thick blade is very appealing, gorgeous swedging

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    It is a very nice knife but I find the choice to make a U.S. bicentennial knife in Germany a bit strange.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stelth View Post
    It is a very nice knife but I find the choice to make a U.S. bicentennial knife in Germany a bit strange.
    If you own a factory....why not use it? Especially if you feel it was the best one for the job at the moment. I don't find it strange at all.

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    They still make this? I have one in all stainless I bought in 1976( when they were made. How much are they?

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    They don't still make it. They still have some from when they were made in '76. The Brass version is around €250 I think.

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    I remember when they came out, I shoulda bought one then...
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    Nice knife.

    Aside from the commemorative solid brass handle, that pattern is identical to some 'coffin handle' folding knives made by Hen & Rooster in the same time period ('70s), and sold by A.G. Russell. A.G. owned the original H & R factory (Bertram) for a time, from '75 - '80 or so. Maybe this was produced under his leadership there. Here's a pic of one of the H & R knives:



    So far as I know, the quality of those H & R knives was top-notch in that time period, so I'd bet this commemorative is no different. I'm assuming it was made in the same factory.

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    Yup, should be the same factory. Don't think that it was under his ownership back then though.

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    Not to derail the thread but I love that coffin handle! Nothing like a nicely swedged spear point!

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    Here's mine, also from ebay, for very few dollars:



    I'm showing it with my 3 1/2" AGR Shopmade Stockman which i bought from AGR because i do support and buy from AGR as well as bottom fishing ebay. Both are great knives.
    roland

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    Nice. Like you I prefer buying from A.G.R. themselves. In fact, A.G.R. is the only company that I have multiple knives of. But this one off the bay was just too good to pass up.

    Yours has a nice looking dark patina. Do you use it at all?

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    The blade finish is 'mint', the lighting has shadows. I haven't carried it. I have so many knives i would like to carry and for some reason, the list keeps growing !
    If you're looking for a near custom level Stockman, the AGR Shopmade one i show above is very nice.
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