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Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by Jack Black, Jun 26, 2016.
@gunstockjack One can see and share your enthusiasm for your J. Crookes Lambsfoot. Rightfully so.
Thank you Harvey!
Good Morning Guardians.
Yes, very much so!
Great knife, gear and lighting in your photos, Mark. Looking forward to seeing more.
We're are going to make the 1000 pages...
Even with all its faults, it's still a very cool knife.
Adding another picture to nudge us closer to 1,000... My old roping spurs
Good week to all, I've been out these three days and I see we're almost on page 1000!!!
To contribute to that, I put a new picture of Guardians 19
Hey Dylan, I am going to have to start balancing things a bit better myself, as I am neglecting my work - The Lambsfoot has taken over my life this year!
That's very cool about your knife
I was only thinking yesterday that we haven't see your gorgeous red bone Lambsfoot, nice pic
Thanks for those detailed pics Barry, very interesting to see your knife in detail My original reply is so far back now that I thought I'd better bring it forward (took a LOT of finding):
So, once again, we're looking at an apparent anomaly, a tang-stamp which would appear to pre-date 1839 (the date is given incorrectly in the last paragraph of my post above), when the company was Jonathan Crookes & Son, on a pattern which did not appear until later in the 19th century, so far as our collective research has shown. So it would appear to be an older stamp being reused or a much earlier Lambsfoot. While there are certainly very old Sheffield knives which were rough and ready, Jonathan Crookes is not known for knives of that type, nor were the company. It's an old knife, made with parts that appear to be hand-forged, but they were still hand-forging in Sheffield in the 1960's (not that this knife is that recent). Thomas Crookes appears to have been at least as diligent as his father, but he died in 1892, which brings us into the era of the Lambsfoot. The name is then bought by other cutlers, lesser cutlers I think it may be fair to say, and they almost certainly supplied stamps and parts to outworkers, since this has always been the way of manufacturer in Sheffield. They may have supplied old stamps, they may have had new stamps made with just the name of the father, it was probably the 'Heart & Pistol' mark they cared about more than anything else. There are two key points when we see an increasing decline in the quality of Sheffield pocket cutlery, for fairly obvious reasons, World War I and World War II. However, there were always some firms and individuals who would knock out inferior goods, it depended to a certain extent what they were being paid, (and no Sheffield cutler was paid very much). Barry, if I had to guess, I'd say that knife was made after WWI, when the Crookes marks were owned by Joseph Allen, but it could have been made a decade or two earlier, or sometime later. If you missed it, please go back and read what I said a few pages back in relation to Sheffield knives. You might want to ask @herder if he has any catalogues relating to any of these companies
Fine photos Barry, no problem dating that one
Yes indeed, Wright's smallest one is much simpler, does just one blade at a time Thank you Mark, I like those pics
Congratulations to us all on the rapidly approaching 1000 pages! It’s knives like this that have helped to make the Guardians of the Lambsfoot thread and the knives we all love into one of the most popular on this forum!
That's a great pic Ron, I think I am yet to get a pic of mine that I am really pleased with. I haven't even carried or photographed my Ironwood yet
Thanks Jack! That’s a beautiful setting for your new Stag Damascus. They’re all such beautiful knives my friend!
What a fantastic picture with the waterfall in the background.
That's a great photo Preston
Certainly is I have sometimes bought complete wrecks just to get an example of a particular tang-stamp or a certain feature. I would have bought that one, even with half a blade
Very cool John
Welcome back Jose, that Ironwood is superb
Thanks guys, I'm grateful I need to take some pics where I concentrate just on the beauty of the Damascus and the covers
I was more pleased with this one, but in some of the pics I've taken, the blade just looks grey
Are we there, yet?
Nearly! I want to get the getaways posted, so I can crack open a beer!
I want to get there so I can post a picture... and get back to work
Thank you, Jack. Funny thing about work, it always seems to get in the way of things you'd rather be doing otherwise .
I echo those sentiments, Ron. What a terrific shot of that beauty! Absolutely stunning.
I thought it was time to get another family shot with the most recent acquisition.