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Western Fixed Blade Knife Question

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by winchester73, Jun 11, 2018.

  1. winchester73

    winchester73

    701
    Jan 6, 2008
    What is the difference between the 39 and 40 model fixed blades? They look the same to me. Maybe a slight difference in blade shape?
     
  2. MerryMadMonk

    MerryMadMonk Platinum Member Platinum Member

    May 22, 2011
    I don't have a side-by-side shot, but hope this helps.

    F39 Black Beauty 9 1/4 inches OAL (top) and F40 Black Beauty 8 1/2 inches OAL (bottom)
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    EDIT: I don't have a side-by-side shot Well, I sorta do. Forgot I had these shots.

    In both photos below 39 is first on Left and 40 is third from Left.
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  3. afishhunter

    afishhunter

    Oct 21, 2014
    @MerryMadMonk
    Very impressive collection of Black Beauties. :) :thumbsup::thumbsup:

    What is the second from left?
    The blade shape looks the same as the L66.
     
  4. MerryMadMonk

    MerryMadMonk Platinum Member Platinum Member

    May 22, 2011
    Thank you! It's indeed a 66 (F66... "F" for Fiber, i.e. the black fiber discs)
     
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  5. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel

    Feb 11, 2016
    Awesome collection, I really love that f48b and that f48a which looks a little nicer than mine.
     
  6. winchester73

    winchester73

    701
    Jan 6, 2008
    Van someone tell me what the 949 designation meant? Did the 9 mean Delrin handle?
     
  7. MerryMadMonk

    MerryMadMonk Platinum Member Platinum Member

    May 22, 2011
    Could you give us a little context? Pictures maybe?

    The 49 pattern was their big Bowie knife, usually designated W49 ("W" for wood handles).

    There was a 900 series which were fillet knives.

    A "6" preceding a model number was to designate Delrin... at least by the late '70s.

    I'm not even sure which knife you're referring to. Pictures would help.
     
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  8. MerryMadMonk

    MerryMadMonk Platinum Member Platinum Member

    May 22, 2011
    Thank you! The 48A is one of my favorites.
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  9. winchester73

    winchester73

    701
    Jan 6, 2008
    Sorry I meant to say it looks like a 939 stamp but it could be 639 meaning I guess Delrin handle.
     
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  10. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel

    Feb 11, 2016
    Mine is a late 60's guard stamped f48a that's been sharpened down a bit.
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    Btw that 48a you've got there is a beautiful example in wonderful shape.
    They had a nice crisp and refined sabre grind at that era which just plain looks better, the ffg mine came with would probably not look bad but overall it seems like it was made on a Friday.
     
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  11. edbeau

    edbeau

    Jan 20, 2006
  12. Camillus

    Camillus Gold Member Gold Member

    943
    Jun 3, 2015
    I took a look at these on Ebay a while back thinking a Western skinner would be cheap and interesting to try out - wrong! I couldn't believe the number for auction and the number of bidders. Seems a might popular range of knives that doesn't get much discussion on these forums.
     
  13. leghog

    leghog

    Aug 10, 2013
    Western f
    Western sheath knives are very popular, almost always sell, and sell at very good prices for the seller.
     
  14. edbeau

    edbeau

    Jan 20, 2006
    If you go to the link I posted, you can find pictures of my Western collection of wooden handled knives.
     
  15. black mamba

    black mamba Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 21, 2009
    Does anyone know the manufacturing dates for the F66, from when to when?
     
  16. tongueriver

    tongueriver Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 28, 2007
    email me @ [email protected] and I will send a .pdf of an Oregon Knife Club Newsletter which has a very comprehensive article on the Black Beauty knives.
     
  17. tongueriver

    tongueriver Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 28, 2007
    The 48, 58 and 77 patterns in the Boulder years were all variations of an excellent bird and trout knife. By the way, interested parties should know that a good many '0ld' Westerns are coming out of Colorado over the last year or so at astronomical prices, with the colored handles; they are NOT original, but very nice. Here are a couple that are original.
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  18. tongueriver

    tongueriver Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 28, 2007
    Cracked ice.
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  19. mitch4ging

    mitch4ging Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 16, 2015
    Love my H40, will look for a 39 now, thanks to MMMonk!
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  20. tongueriver

    tongueriver Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 28, 2007
    Another variation.
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