Two Craftsman Washington Comm.

ea42

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Here are a couple of interesting comparisons; I believe this commemorative was put out by Sears in 1989 to mark the 200th anniversary of Washington's innauguration ( I had birthday here first but that wouldn't exactly work :eek: ). The official knife was tangstamped Sears Craftsman USA 95114 and had the etched blade. The other is identical except for the fact that it has no tang stamp or etch and has exposed pins, with two being flush and the two at the rear being spun. The backspring on the unmarked "proto?" is also slightly thicker. It was part of the lot of knives auctioned off after the Schrade closing. Kind of an interesting look at different styles in the knifes evolution.
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Eric
 
It is cool to find something off the beaten path! The spun pins are probably from final assembly, and the flush ones hold the wood to the liner, for a pre-assembly.
For the marked knife, the handles were possibly affixed last (glued on?). Nice pair, Eric!
 
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