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The Old and the New - Sleeveboard

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by lambertiana, Mar 8, 2014.

  1. lambertiana

    lambertiana Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 7, 2000
    And now that I have a GEC 79 I can compare it to some old sleeveboards:
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    Left to right:
    NYKC 1856-1931 bone
    Cattaraugus 1886-1963 bone
    Axel Nilsson 1900-1914 ebony
    GEC 79 African blackwood
    Maher & Grosh 1877-198? ebony

    For period reference, first a page from the 1886 HSB catalog
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    A Maher & Grosh ad from about 1877
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    And a NYKC from a 1902 catalog
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  2. Campbellclanman

    Campbellclanman Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    Again, Awesome Thread Lambetiana - I like the way you have set out the thread with comparisons - together with the fantastic old Brochures-a lot of trouble you have gone to-thank you for that kind Sir-by the way THAT Axel Nilsson is just a superb looking knife-can you tell me about it, and if I could trouble you to show more please- thanks again!
    By the way - I was surprised at the agreesive advertising wording in the Maher & Grosh Brochure/pamphlet- #59 - "The large class of idiots who worship everything English...."
     
  3. Rsmith_77

    Rsmith_77

    Jun 4, 2010
    hehe i see what your talking about there about the english quote, too funny
    i agree, lots of effort putting these together, great layout!

    but i got a question. whats the deal with the sleeveboards? its it purely aesthetic? or is there a traditional, functional reason for the handles to be this sorta shape? I am curious since this is another pattern outside of my experience. thanks in advance!

    Ryan
     
  4. Pipeman

    Pipeman

    Dec 2, 2004
    Here are a few asst. sleeveboards. Happy Sunday folks.

    Best regards
    Robin
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  5. smiling-knife

    smiling-knife

    Nov 11, 2006
    I think the shape is very functional. On penknives and whittlers, the handle is wider at the master blade end for greater support and narrower at the small blade end.

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    The sleeveboard shape is also very traditional for lobster patterns where the Y-shaped spring needs a wider handle at one end.

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  6. lambertiana

    lambertiana Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 7, 2000
    The Axel Nilsson was made for J.M. Thompson Hardware in Minneapolis, Minnesota. There were a lot of Swedish immigrants in that area, so they played that up with both the name of the brand, and with a tang stamp that includes the words "Swedish Steel". Here are more pics
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  7. stevomiller

    stevomiller

    May 4, 2001
     
  8. sceva

    sceva Gold Member Gold Member

    479
    Sep 18, 2002
    Here is my Cattaraugus by AG Russell Sleeveboard Whittler.

    Neat knife
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  9. Redbeardo

    Redbeardo

    668
    Dec 26, 2012
    Great knives! As I have mentioned a million times on the forum, the sleeveboard has been my favorite patterns for a while. The only one I have at the moment is this #79 but hopefully at some point will pick up a #26.
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  10. Mike Robuck

    Mike Robuck Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 11, 2001
    That Axel is very nice. Here's a Remington "Bulldog."

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  11. Will Power

    Will Power

    Jan 18, 2007
    Very interesting bone on that example Mike Robuck, kind of enhanced version of CASE's Amber Bone. Here's a 26 in Primitive Bone

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  12. ptradeco

    ptradeco Gold Member Gold Member

    May 26, 2010
    It suits these smaller Sportsmans style knives quite well.

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  13. WoodenChicken

    WoodenChicken

    632
    Sep 11, 2008
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    I like this #26 in Banana Peel Bone
     

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