Unusual Denver Hardware Co. Knife

Discussion in 'Multi-tools & Multi-purpose Knives' started by Bullpup01, Sep 19, 2019.

  1. Bullpup01


    Jan 15, 2018
    Hi all...

    Hope I have the right forum, if not, excuse me...
    Maybe someone can give me an idea what this is.

    I ran across this very unusual little folding knife/tool recently.
    The base of the blade is marked...
    The other side is marked...
    Overall length closed is about 2", about 3-1/2" open.
    Mother of Pearl slabs.
    The blade locks in place and is released by pushing the rear 'circlip' down.
    It looks like it is designed to cut a small diameter line or cord(?).
    What makes this unusual is that the cutting 'blade' is angled into a V shape instead of a straight edge... no idea why.
    Very interesting!
  2. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    Maybe for cigars ?
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  3. paulhilborn

    paulhilborn Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 22, 2006
  4. Bullpup01


    Jan 15, 2018
    The hole diameter is just a tad bigger than a cigarette, so probably not for a cigar.
    The hole tapers down to a smaller oval, eye shaped opening.
    Also, the V shape cutting blade wouldn't be necessary for trimming the end off of a cigar / cigarette, I don't think.

    This little knife is a real puzzler.....
    Any other ideas?
  5. Agith

    Agith Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 29, 2010
    Cigars come in a variety of sizes. And V cutters are a thing for cigars. That's a cigar cutter
  6. Bullpup01


    Jan 15, 2018
    It would be a very small diameter cigar, but I guess it could be what it was for.
    Not familiar with cigar cutters. Why the V shaped blade?
    I would have thought it would have been a straight blade for a straight cut.....
  7. oldmanwilly

    oldmanwilly Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 7, 2014
    Not all cigar cutters are designed to cut through the full diameter of a cigar. Some simply punch a hole while others cut a v-shaped channel out of the very tip of the cigar, as does your tool above. I am not entirely certain why v-shaped cuts would be preferable to simply lopping off the entire rounded end; I suspect the v-cut causes less damage to the structure of the cigar and helps keep it from unraveling when smoking. I am sure a cigar aficionado will let us know shortly.

    That's a nifty tool and looks like it would still be useful.
  8. Bullpup01


    Jan 15, 2018
    Well, thanks for the info!
    I do think you are right identifying this as a cigar / cigarette tip cutter.
    What threw me was the small diameter of the hole and the V shaped blade.
    Just couldn't quite determine what it was for.
    Thanks again.....

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