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ENGLISH TRADE KNIFE: This is a copy of a William Parker trade knife. Parker supplied these trade knives from 1763, to around 1800. Blade is 7 1/4" 01 steel, 3/32" at the grip, with a distal taper to the point, and a tapered partial tang. Walnut grip. The originals were most often handled in blond boxwood, or beech wood. I am checking on the availability of these woods. The knife is $100.00. Sheath is $35.00 when purchased with knife. I now have a source for boxwood, at an extra cost of $10.00. I am now offering these knives with an optional octagon grip at no extra charge. NEW OPTION: This model is now available in the historical correct construction, basic assembly, and appearance, with very few exceptions. The standard handle will be Boxwood, and will be oversized in profile, as the originals, octagonal in shape, and a bit slimmer. The pins will be acual rivet pins, but the blade tang will still be internally assisted in strength by an epoxy bond if desired. The epoxy bond is unseen, but provides a moisture barrier to the tang steel, insuring a long lasting grip bond. This optional model will be priced at $110.00. However, be aware, the grip finish of this model will not be as detailed to the degree of my standard model. It will be closer to the original trade knives. It will be probably better than originals were, but not to my normal standards. The English often used exotic woods from South America. I can offer some of those woods at a slight increase in price if desired. Whatever the price of the wood cost me, is the extra you will be charged. I will have photos available later on. You can get the basic idea of how the optional model will look by the English Trade Knife/Small down lower on this page.
 

Wick Ellerbe
3871 E. Osceola Rd.
Geneva, FL 32732
407-349-5818
wicklrb@bellsouth.net

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