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Knoxville Worlds Fair Commemorative Pocket Knife

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Whipfinish, Aug 27, 2004.

  1. Whipfinish


    Aug 14, 2004
    Recently I found a pocket folding knife that commemorated the 1982 Worlds Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee. It appears to have been made by the Parker Company and has some wonderful cast images on both sides of the handle. Does anyone know about such a knife and its background?

  2. Esav Benyamin

    Esav Benyamin MidniteSuperMod Staff Member Super Mod

    Apr 6, 2000
  3. textoothpk

    textoothpk Banned BANNED

    Sep 24, 2003
    There were many thousands of these made and distributed by Jim Parker when the World's Fair came to his neck of the woods. Boxes of a gross were given/sold to finacial supporters of the Fair. Boxes of a gross continue to be offered for sale. Smokey Mountain Knifeworks has them on their site right now... they state that they bought 16,000 of them from one of the original investers of the fair. They are priced at $4.99 each.
  4. Whipfinish


    Aug 14, 2004
    Thanks for the welcome and for the link to the page.
  5. Whipfinish


    Aug 14, 2004
    Thanks for the information. I paid a little more than that with the original box but I really appreciate the information. The knife seems to be well made and has a pretty sharp blade. It appears to be a convex grind.
  6. DB1


    Jan 4, 2002
    This thread brings back old memories - our family drove over from Asheville to see the World's Fair in Knoxville when I was 10 :)

    Is the Sunsphere still in Knoxville? That was the highlight of the trip for me, going up into that.

    I might have to pick up one of those SMKW knives for nostalgias' sake.
  7. marsupial


    Apr 25, 2001
    Yep,its still there!What a waste of money the sunsphere was :rolleyes:
  8. u812

    u812 KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 15, 2002
    Did you see the Simpsons that was set in Knoxville.It was a wig store. :D
    About the knife,a little store called Rocky Top General Store that I worked for 10 to 15 years ago had a few hundred of them.

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