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Olsen OK knives

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by Itsmebsh, Aug 6, 2018.

  1. Itsmebsh

    Itsmebsh

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    Jul 27, 2018
    Just throwing this out there .If anyone has any questions about Olsen OK knives feel free to ask . I will answer to the best of my ability. I have been collecting Olsen's for about 20 + years and have a nice collection of knives plus paperwork and research . If i don't know i will say so .
     
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  2. joeradza

    joeradza Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 6, 2014
    @Duckdog Stuart this is the gentleman that I spoke of. If you wondered where the Olsen folders are. Here!
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    This is a photo of mine.
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  3. Itsmebsh

    Itsmebsh

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    Jul 27, 2018
  4. joeradza

    joeradza Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 6, 2014
    Keep 'em coming.
     
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  5. Itsmebsh

    Itsmebsh

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    Jul 27, 2018
    These are my Colts made by Olsen in 1971 -72
     
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  6. Itsmebsh

    Itsmebsh

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    Jul 27, 2018
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  7. pa knifeguy

    pa knifeguy

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    Jun 8, 2004
    Love those folders. My only question is where can I find one?
     
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  8. joeradza

    joeradza Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 6, 2014
    Good luck.
     
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  9. Misplaced Hillbilly

    Misplaced Hillbilly Gold Member Gold Member

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    May 16, 2018
    While the folders aren't my cup of tea exactly, they look well made. But those fixed blades, those I like. Especially the larger one on the top left. Is this his only style of folder, or are there other patterns? Neat thread would like to see more.
     
  10. Duckdog

    Duckdog Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 26, 2012
    Welcome, Itsmebsh, and thank you for any Olsen insight that you can provide. I have a smattering of the history, but it is cobbled from various sources. Those knives are very special.
    - Stuart
     
  11. joeradza

    joeradza Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 6, 2014
    As far as I know there are only two folders. The 511 shown above and a larger version the 510.
     
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  12. Itsmebsh

    Itsmebsh

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    Jul 27, 2018
    All I can say is keep looking, every once in a while you see one for sale but not very often. I acquired mine by buying out other Olsen collection's
     
  13. John A. Larsen

    John A. Larsen

    Jan 15, 2001
    I looked for a long time for an Olsen folder. The first one I found was a Stockman, with a clip, and spey blade and an awl, marked "Olsen Knife Co", and on the other side of the tang, "Solingen Germany". I found a almost exact same knife but it was marked Edge. The second one I found was a large two blade, folder, with a shield that is marked "Olsen OK", probably
    made by Camillus. John
     
  14. Itsmebsh

    Itsmebsh

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    Jul 27, 2018
    Hello, Olsen only made two folders themselves. The 511 I have shown and it's bigger brother the 510 in Howard City mi. All of their other folders were contracted out. I will try to take a picture of some 510's tomorrow and share with you guys.
     
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  15. Itsmebsh

    Itsmebsh

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    Jul 27, 2018
     
  16. Itsmebsh

    Itsmebsh

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    Jul 27, 2018
    Hello, most of Olsen's folders were made by other companies. Most of the older ones were made in Germany, then Scharade made them for a while. And finally they were made in Japan.
     
  17. Itsmebsh

    Itsmebsh

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    Jul 27, 2018
    Hello, I am pretty well schooled on the history of the Olsen Knife Company. I may not know everything but who does. But I do know the bulk of their story. I have studied about Olsen OK knives with my mentor for over 20 +years. We have collected paperwork and research including interviews for a long time. Unfortunately I lost him to a illness 4 years ago.
     
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  18. Itsmebsh

    Itsmebsh

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    Jul 27, 2018
    The stag handle knife on the lower right is the only one that I have ever seen and known to exist. It was given to and executive from colt by Olsen. But there has to be another one somewhere. Olsen always made two of every knife. They would build you a knife to your liking if you asked them , but they always made a mate to it just in case someone else liked it.
     
  19. Duckdog

    Duckdog Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 26, 2012
    I'm sorry for the loss of your mentor, as those are enriching relationships. I am happy to have your knowledge available here, as I inherited a couple of 511's from my stepfather and started an internet search on the knives' legacy. Interesting, but many short dead-ends.

    Other than the 510 and 511, what other folders did Olsen make? Or contract from others?

    Thanks.
    - Stuart
     
  20. scrteened porch

    scrteened porch Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 19, 2012
    I thought the Olsen OK always meant Howard City manufacture. I have a stockman so marked.
    Can't find it offhand.
     

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