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A.G. Russell's Bicentenial knife in Brass

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by LX_Emergency, Oct 10, 2012.

  1. LX_Emergency

    LX_Emergency KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jun 28, 2007
    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:

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    And yes, that polish is the way it came....I didn't do any polishing on this one.
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    Nice thick blade, perfectly centered, wonderfull cut swedge
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  2. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    Nice knife :thumbup:
     
  3. mqqn

    mqqn Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 12, 2009
    Very nice!

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

    Thanks for the nice detail pictures, and nice score!

    best

    mqqn
     
  4. Wicked Sharp

    Wicked Sharp Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 20, 2007
    Thanks for the information. I was eyeing one of these in the recent catalog. Looks like an easy choice, now.
     
  5. LX_Emergency

    LX_Emergency KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jun 28, 2007
    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.
     
  6. Lycosa

    Lycosa

    Aug 24, 2007
    REALLY nice.
    I'm tempted but I have too many knives.
     
  7. LX_Emergency

    LX_Emergency KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jun 28, 2007
    I'm sorry.....I don't comprehend.....does not compute.......can....not......[​IMG]
     
  8. Lycosa

    Lycosa

    Aug 24, 2007
    lol! Meybe you^ can spare one. :)
     
  9. shrapne1

    shrapne1

    459
    Aug 17, 2012
    that thick blade is very appealing, gorgeous swedging
     
  10. Stelth

    Stelth

    Jul 15, 2007
    It is a very nice knife but I find the choice to make a U.S. bicentennial knife in Germany a bit strange.
     
  11. LX_Emergency

    LX_Emergency KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jun 28, 2007
    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.
     
  12. dannyv

    dannyv Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 18, 2003
    They still make this? I have one in all stainless I bought in 1976( when they were made. How much are they?
     
  13. LX_Emergency

    LX_Emergency KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jun 28, 2007
    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.
     
  14. T. Erdelyi

    T. Erdelyi Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 3, 2001
    I remember when they came out, I shoulda bought one then...
     
  15. Nice knife. :thumbup:

    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:

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    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.
     
  16. LX_Emergency

    LX_Emergency KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jun 28, 2007
    Yup, should be the same factory. Don't think that it was under his ownership back then though.
     
  17. bemo

    bemo

    493
    Oct 19, 2006
    Not to derail the thread but I love that coffin handle! Nothing like a nicely swedged spear point!
     
  18. rprocter

    rprocter Banned BANNED

    Jan 19, 2007
    Here's mine, also from ebay, for very few dollars:

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    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
     
  19. LX_Emergency

    LX_Emergency KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jun 28, 2007
    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?
     
  20. rprocter

    rprocter Banned BANNED

    Jan 19, 2007
    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.
    roland
     

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