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I got the knife below after my grandfather-in-law passed away, though it might predate him. His father imigrated to the states from Germany to play violin in the Boston Symphony Orchestra and I am thinking he maybe brought this with him?

Maybe somebody here can provide some info. It is a neat knife. Very slim design with a razor sharp blade. It has a war time look and feel to it, kind of like it was mass produced, but still good quality.

One side of the blade says “GERMANY” and the other side says “GRAEF & SCHMIDT”. On the back of the handle it says “MERCATOR D.R.G.M.”

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No special story, but just some cool old knives and the fancy metal box that belonged to my grandfather that my dad gave me when I was a kid. They were my first pocket knives that I used and carried around (as you can see I was a little rough on that buck knife, damn kids!). I remember grandpa always had one in his pocket and he liked to whittle. Glad you posted this thread, it made me pull these out and realize I need to clean them up! [smile]
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Wow. If both sets of knives could talk...
Great photos and contributions guys. Thanks.
~Matt
 

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i use to have a table at some gun shows selling pre owned folders. these old dudes would come up without fail at every show and pull out knives with unbelievable character like the knives you guys just posted...and have great stories to go with them. one i remember clearly is a wwII seabee vet showing me the knife he got from his dad when he enlisted. he toted that knife around the pacific and carried it daily ever since. he was in his mid 90's when i met him. he said it saw war then when he got back, he was cutting stray threads off his wifes wedding gown with it. it had been sharpened so much over 80 years or so i'd bet half the blade was worn away. talk about if that knife could talk.

got rambling, sorry. beautiful old blades guys. i also like seeing 'em. treasures for sure.
 
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Here's an old Case penknife that was given to be by a cousin after my uncle passed.
It's about to get some much-needed love. ~Matt

It's a #6202 "1/2" Barehead Jack

I think it was last sharpened on a coarse-stone bench grinder and finished with a brick...

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I got the knife below after my grandfather-in-law passed away, though it might predate him. His father imigrated to the states from Germany to play violin in the Boston Symphony Orchestra and I am thinking he maybe brought this with him?

Maybe somebody here can provide some info. It is a neat knife. Very slim design with a razor sharp blade. It has a war time look and feel to it, kind of like it was mass produced, but still good quality.

One side of the blade says “GERMANY” and the other side says “GRAEF & SCHMIDT”. On the back of the handle it says “MERCATOR D.R.G.M.”

A knife marked "Germany" was made for export to be sold in the U.S. or an other English speaking country. If it was made for sale in Germany it would have "Deutschland" stamped on it.

DRGM & DRP. The acronym D.R.G.M. with or without punctuation stands for Deutsches Reichsgebrauchsmuster, meaning that the design or function of an item was officially registered inside all of the Germany states and not only locally registered.
 

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here's a sak that while not a grandpa knife, has sentimental value to me. i received this on Christmas of '88 from a good friend and shooting buddy. we use to travel to a lot of shoots around new England and beyond. after we were finished for the day, we'd sit around, eat nibbles, drink stupid imported beer that needed a bottle opener and when the girlfriends were with us, they had to have wine. we never seemed to remember a bottle opener or cork screw. so this knife was the answer. i suppose the gift that kept on giving. it never left my truck. it's pretty scarred up but still has 2 of the 3 gadgets, missing the pen. i retired it from riding in the truck, it lives in my range bag now. my friend died in 1993, just something to remember him by.
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This Old Timer has been with me 28 years. Pops gave it to me on my 9th Birthday. I’ve lost and found it more times than I can remember. Remember Dad watching me clean trout with it. I don’t carry it often anymore but always try and tuck it in my pocket during deer season. One end is gouged up from emergency beer bottle opening. Every couple years my dad asks if I still have it. I probably should clean her up before he asks again.
 

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^^^
Now that is what this thread was meant to represent! Much Thanks! ~Enbloc
 

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Imperial Knife Co. Providence, RI

The Colonial Knife Co. knife in your photo above it was also from Providence, RI
 

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Great thread. I wish I still had my grandfathers knives. I was young and stupid and they got lost or stolen. He was of the type who took a grinder to his blades to sharpen them. They weren’t pretty. I still have a small Sabre brand knife that was my fathers. Not an expensive or heirloom knife by any means, but it has a place in my collection.
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Great thread. I wish I still had my grandfathers knives. I was young and stupid and they got lost or stolen. He was of the type who took a grinder to his blades to sharpen them. They weren’t pretty. I still have a small Sabre brand knife that was my fathers. Not an expensive or heirloom knife by any means, but it has a place in my collection.
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Wow. That is some unique "jigging"; if I can call it that. More of a "crosshatch" really...
 
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I ended up with an old skinner my grandpa had, but for the life of me I can't remember where I put it. So I have to make do with a fishing knife my dad had when he was young. Cutco, who makes the kitchen knives now, made this model back in the '60s.

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I only ever saw it on his belt when we went hiking.
 
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