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Taylor's Eyewitness

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by smiling-knife, Sep 21, 2013.

  1. smiling-knife

    smiling-knife

    Nov 11, 2006
    I was very fortunate to spot this little hunting knife in a cluttered cabinet in an antiques and collectables shop. The blade is 5 inches long and it is just over 9 inches long altogether. The Taylor's Eyewitness name and trade mark were owned by Needham, Veall and Tyzack; the likely maker of this knife. The blade appears hand-forged as the tang is shorter and thicker at the guard end and taller and thinner at the butt end so not stamped out of a metal sheet. I'm thinking it was made circa 1880s or earlier. If you have any other Eyewitness knives, please fee free to add them. Thanks for looking.

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  2. rickmenefee

    rickmenefee

    Jun 26, 2005
    Great knife!!!!
     
  3. Gevonovich

    Gevonovich

    Jan 17, 2011
    Everything about that knife is awesome, S-K!!! Fantastic find! Love the Stamp on the blade
     
  4. wlfryjr

    wlfryjr Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 20, 2011
    Congratulations Steve on a keen eye and a great knife.
     
  5. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    Great find S-K. I have a whole load of contemperary pics of the Eye Witness factory I must post. Duncan and myself had a good wander round the outside the other week.

    Here's a pic of a Taylor's Sheepsfoot I bought a few months back. Unfortunately, some heel had taken a grinder to it.

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    This WW2 pattern British Army clasp knife was a present from ScruffUK.

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  6. smiling-knife

    smiling-knife

    Nov 11, 2006
    Thanks for the posts guys. Nice stag on your sheepsfoot Jack. Thanks for showing it.
     
  7. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    Thanks S-K, it's a big knife, and I really like it, but even though it's sharp now, the previous owner really messed it up, and to correct it I'd have to lose a heck of a lot of steel.
     
  8. smiling-knife

    smiling-knife

    Nov 11, 2006
    Hi Jack. Yes, a shame but I think best to leave it as is.

    I think this large jack knife is a contemporary of the hunting knife.

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  9. scrteened porch

    scrteened porch Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 19, 2012
    I have only a couple of new ones, but I like them a lot. I see probably more carving sets than anything else from Sheffield around here.
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  10. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    Beautiful :thumbup:
     
  11. Will Power

    Will Power

    Jan 18, 2007
    Yes, VERY beautiful. Look at that quality stag, offset by having the small (Rat-Tail??) bolster. These must be more than scarce.

    Regards, Will
     
  12. wellington

    wellington

    350
    Dec 7, 2007
    Some lovely TEW knives shown so far..

    Here are a couple of whittlers, the stag example measures about 4" the other about 3 1/2". I'm guessing both were made C1900-1910. The pearl 'Wharncliffe Knife' looks and feels very high quality.

    The display case dates from the 1930s at a guess ?

    TEW were one of the larger cutlery makers, their 1898 pattern book shows quite a range of pen and pocket knives..listing about 3000 patterns !


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  13. smiling-knife

    smiling-knife

    Nov 11, 2006
    Hi Mick. Great to see you on board. Those are beautiful whittlers. Thanks very much for posting.
     
  14. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
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  15. bobbee

    bobbee

    7
    Sep 13, 2015
    Hope no-one minds me reviving this thread!
    I am new here, I am from England and have been collecting pocket knives for only a few months.

    Here are my two recent finds, and I thought the first one was damaged somehow, as the blade is angled backwards. After finding another, albeit with bone instead of horn scales, I realised they must be made like this. They both have the "(eye) witness, Sheffield England" stamp at the base of the blade, the one on the right (horn scales) has "Mastabar-Hull" engraved on one side of the blade, and "COMET" on the other side. Research shows this company to be manufacturers of mining equipment, and Comet a brand name for their mine belts.
    They measure 9cm. closed each blade is 6.5cm, and measure 15.5 cm. open.
    They both seem to be quite old, and possibly turn of the century.
    If anyone knows when they were made and what they were used for, I would be grateful to find out!

    Cheers, Bob.





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  16. mike Berkovitch

    mike Berkovitch Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 15, 2007
    Great you revive this thread Eye witness these are great old knife. Very nice find Bob

    Mike
     
  17. MTURBO

    MTURBO Banned

    Nov 5, 2014
    Welcome to the forums Bob!!
     
  18. bobbee

    bobbee

    7
    Sep 13, 2015
    Mike Berkovitch & MTURBO,
    thanks for the comments and welcome!
    I have a few more oldies, and will post soon.

    Bob.
     
  19. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    Welcome to Traditionals Bob, two interesting finds there :thumbup: I've just been sharpening a TEW :thumbup:

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  20. bobbee

    bobbee

    7
    Sep 13, 2015
    Sweet knife, JB.
    I bet you find plenty in your neck of the woods, I'm in Derbyshire, so we're neighbours!

    I think the "Mastabar" knife I posted could be a pruning knife.
    The blade is heavily worn, and when closed there is a 10 mil gap so it probably had a "hook" tipped blade.
    Both knives lock open with a snap, so I don't think the reason for the blade angle is wear and tear though.
     

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