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Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by cbrstar, Jan 27, 2019.

  1. cbrstar

    cbrstar Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 7, 2015
    Thanks man that's really good info and has me wanting the Meyerco version. The thread I was referring to was found here https://www.bladeforums.com/threads/anyone-know-anything-about-the-meyerco-bolt-action.150231/ Where they say the list was $59 but it was sold in some Smokey Mtn Catalogue for only $15.99...The ironic thing is I found a NOS one in Germany but they wanted $200!!

    I also came across this a Hoffritz???

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  2. Steely_Gunz

    Steely_Gunz Got the Khukuri fevah Moderator

    May 9, 2002
    "Have ya paid your dues, Jack?" "Yessir, the check is in the mail."

    Man, one of my favorite flicks of all time. Congrats! Porkchop Express approved.
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  3. Sosa


    Feb 6, 2014
    Henry Swanson’s my name and excitement is my game. You will come out no more! Damn it egg lol
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  4. JPD1998

    JPD1998 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 18, 2004
    Back in the early 80's, I would see the Gerber Bolt Action knife in catalogs, but $39.00 was too much to spend on a knife ( imagine that).
    So when Smoky Mtn Knife Works listed them in their sale catalog for $29.00 , I ordered one.
    It's a great knife and I still have it.
    One of the last Blackie Collins collaborations was with Paragon knives, some are autos and some manual opening. Very classic looking folders in wood or micarta, I bought a few of them.
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  5. gazz98

    gazz98 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 3, 2008
    98% sweet score and 2% jealously on my part since I never find good stuff at a garage. Congo rats!

    That is one classic movie btw. I've been waiting for Big Trouble in Little China II for many years now.
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  6. Frankki


    Oct 26, 2007
    Congrats on the great finds! The Gerber Bolt Action is a fine knife. Not particularly hi-tech by today's standards but we mustn't judge it so. Thirty-five years ago was a different story.

    Here's one paired with a later relative:


    More than three decades apart in design but the lineage in lock develompment is there.
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  7. The Whip

    The Whip

    Jan 28, 2007

    At first, that photo confused me. I know that Hoffritz didn't make any knives, only put its logo on existing models from manufacturers that it sold in Hoffritz stores. So I knew it had to be a Gerber. But all the Gerber Bolt Actions that I'd seen were marked on the blades and/or in raised lettering around the pivots.

    After some research, I discovered that the earliest Bolt Actions did not have marked blades or raised lettering. Instead, the Gerber logo was present on the cap over the pivot bolt (which is missing on that Hoffritz knife).

    Here's the reverse pivot cap on the Hoffritz knife. The Bolt Action mechanism is still patent-pending, so it's an early model.


    Here's how I think the Hoffritz knife looked when new (only with the bead-blast finish rather than satin).


    Here's another version of the Gerber with no blade marking, but it does have the raised lettering. By the way, I think this is the first production run for the blade-changing Bolt Action model, not the original, which I believe was earlier than 1985.


    I even found another Gerber that had been abused similarly to that Hoffritz and was also missing the pivot cover. You can see the same oddly off-center blade pivot.


    Strangely enough, I also discovered this early Gerber with a handle pattern I'd never seen before. It doesn't even look to be the same material as the other models.


    Gerber made a lot more variations of the Bolt Action than I realized!

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  8. sliceofaloha

    sliceofaloha Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 4, 2018
    My childhood dream involves Lynda Carter and Erin Grey - probably not going to happen, ever.
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  9. cbrstar

    cbrstar Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 7, 2015
    Nice post that explains a lot as I never knew of Hoffriz and couldn't find any other bolt actions by them. I also read on another forum the original Gerber bolt actions used L-6 steel but later moved to a 440 steel.
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  10. Bigfattyt

    Bigfattyt Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 23, 2007
    Loved that movie as a Kid!!!!

    Great score on the knife. Now you can do things no one else can do.....see things no one else can see.....!
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  11. mt666tm


    Nov 20, 2012
    Epic score!!! ... I love that movie too :)
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  12. Pickergrinner


    May 20, 2018
    Great thread and info. I had no idea this old Gerber that my dad gave me for Christmas in the '80s had any relation to the Blackie bolt action that I know from Spyderco. Having a cornucopia of blades is fun too!

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  13. JTC


    Dec 22, 2002
    Nice scores! I’m a big fan of Big Trouble and the Gerbers of the 80’s. Well and some later Gerbers too.
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  14. Night Rider

    Night Rider Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 16, 2018
    Nice score Op and thanks for that anecdote SpySmasher. Did a quick Google on bolt locks and found it a very interesting read. Seems like a lot of the good old locking systems keep getting rehashed.
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  15. aceman4

    aceman4 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 6, 2019
    Wow, what a number of garage sale finds. Congrats.
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  16. bubbaskyjacker

    bubbaskyjacker Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 24, 2008
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