parker knives ID and company info?

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by Kitten Party, Aug 16, 2015.

  1. Arathol

    Arathol

    Jan 1, 2003
    Surgical steel can mean just about anything. In this case its probably 440A or 420.
     
  2. meako

    meako Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 4, 2006
    pheew I was a bit worried there for a second:D
     
  3. brownshoe

    brownshoe I support this site with my MIND

    Sep 6, 2002
    Parker made a lot of knives. More than a few are good serviceable knives. Just because the maker does not reveal the steel, does not mean it is poor quality ill suited for a knife.
     
  4. Ballenxj

    Ballenxj

    Oct 30, 2010
    That's what I'm hoping for.
     
  5. knarfeng

    knarfeng senex morosus moderator Staff Member Super Mod Moderator

    Jul 30, 2006
    I agree with both Arathol and brownshoe. Unlikely to be 440C. But that does not mean it is not a suitable steel for a pocket knife. Well done 440A is nothing to sneeze at.
     
  6. Ballenxj

    Ballenxj

    Oct 30, 2010
    I bought it mostly as a project (that, and the lady needed $3.) to see if I could repair it, and now that I have, I'm considering giving it to a 17 year old boy whose dad hasn't been around for a long time. I'm just hoping the knife is of high enough quality to be worthy of a gift. This will be his first knife.
     
  7. knarfeng

    knarfeng senex morosus moderator Staff Member Super Mod Moderator

    Jul 30, 2006
    I'm sure it will turn out fine. They had the reputation of being well made.
     
  8. brownshoe

    brownshoe I support this site with my MIND

    Sep 6, 2002
    I have seen some Parker knives that are old and abused, and as they used to say about Timex watches...took a lickin and was still ticken :)
     
  9. Austinaftermath

    Austinaftermath

    307
    Sep 2, 2009
    There was a thread not to long ago about old Japanese knives and there stamped steel; even if it was stamped 440 or surgical it was most likely and AUS series steel and that the stamp was just to appeal to an American market in the 1980's.

    Found it,

    Quote Originally Posted by KenHash

    "Your knife is marked 440 and for a Seki made knife that meant either Aus6 or Aus8 as US importers preferred the knife t use a designation more familiar to US consumers at the time. Unfortunately they often didn't get specific enough leaving many people guessing."
     
  10. Ballenxj

    Ballenxj

    Oct 30, 2010
    I gave it to the young man this morning. By the time I got back later today he said he really liked it. Everybody else said he was playing with it all day.
     
  11. LastRodeo

    LastRodeo Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Nov 2, 2013
    :thumbup:
     
  12. Jody744

    Jody744 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 8, 2009
    They were the best bang for the buck knife when I was a kid in the 80's.(imho)
    I still have mine, all are decent knives, I used a couple for years. I really
    liked the ones with the eagle etch on blade. Used to buy parker, frost, and victorinox
    with my lawn mowing cash while on vacation!
     
  13. Ballenxj

    Ballenxj

    Oct 30, 2010
    That's what I wanted to hear. :cool:
     

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