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Robeson ShurEdge 2017-04-23

Dating Robeson by their tang stamps

  1. T. Erdelyi
    A Historical Perspective On Vintage Robeson Tang Stamps

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    Robeson tang stamps album 1 (click the R to view the album)
    Robeson tang stamps album 2 (click the R to view the album)

    Robeson tang stamps album 3 (click the R to view the album)

    Robeson Numbering System

    Robeson pocket knives were stamped with a five digit pattern number, sometimes with a letter prefix or six digit number from about 1915 to 1999. The first digit signified the handle material; the second digit, the number of blades; the third digit, the Liner and Bolster material; and the remaining two or three digits, the Factory Pattern Number.

    First number or Letter- Handle Material:

    0 – Metal (Aluminum, Stainless Steel)
    1 – Black Cocobola Wood, Black Composition
    2 – Rosewood, Walnut
    3 – Polished Black Composition
    4 – Ivory Celluloid
    5 – Saw Cut Bone, Gold Filled Metal, Stag, Saw Cut Delrin
    6 – Bone, Rough Jigged Black Plastic, Jigged Delrin
    7 – Pearl, Abalone
    8 – Multi-Colored Celluloid, Single Color Celluloid
    9 – French Pearl Celluloid, Christmas Tree Celluloid, ShurWood, Gun Metal
    C – Celluloid
    G – Gold

    Second Number – Number of Blades

    Third Number – Liner and Bolster Material:

    0 – Combination Handle, Liner and Bolster
    1 – Steel Liner and Bolster
    2 – Brass Linder and Bolster
    3 – Nickel Silver Liner and Bolster
    5 – Special
    6 – Iron Liner and Bolster or Iron Bolster
    8 – Steel Frame Liner and Bolster
    9 – Stainless Steel Liner and Bolster

    Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Numbers – Factory Pattern Number:

    Two or three digits indicating knife model.

    ½ Suffix:

    Usually indicates a modification to an already introduced pattern. Examples are the addition of a bail or change from a clip to a spear blade.

    All info courtesy of AAPK dot com and a special thanks to RobesonesRme dot com (Charlie) for letting me use his pictures and info.
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Recent Reviews

  1. huelsdonk
    huelsdonk
    5/5,
    Version: 2017-04-23
    This is a fantastic resource for Robeson collectors (like me!).